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Re: How did you learn to write well?

Post by lisalynn » 27 Apr 2019, 20:40

Practice. Practice. Practice. Read. Practice. Critique Group. Practice. Practice. Practice. Never give up. You're always learning.

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Post by CinWin » 04 May 2019, 22:42

I believe it is a work in progress. The more I write, the better I get. The more I read, the better writer I become.
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Post by eastandalchemy » 07 May 2019, 13:11

I'm still learning, but my best advice is to write every day (even if it's only in your journal) and be open to constructive criticism. Even if you don't agree with a critique, try to take away at least one thing to improve your writing. Also, as everyone else has said, it helps to read a lot of different types of books!

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Post by Quickstudy » 09 May 2019, 20:27

I believed I had inked out a working knowledge of the rules of writing.
However, I am quickly learning from others on this site and reading there is room for improvement .

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Post by Afturnitsa » 20 Jun 2019, 23:39

I developed a love for words in college. I, initially, started pursuing engineering. However, I was forced by several biased science and math professors to switch my educational path to liberal arts and psychology. Although I lamented the loss of status an engineering career can provide, I'm thrilled about writing. Yet, I don't engage in it nearly enough. Through goals, putting my butt in the chair, writing book reviews, and doing close analysis of books I read and/or keeping a reading journal, I believe that I can write better.

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Post by clint_csperry-org » 22 Jun 2019, 10:41

I take every writing course I can find at the local Junior College, any classes being offered at the Library or by local authors. I joined and attend meetings with Willamette Writers on the Coast, and I have joined a writers group where six to ten of us do critiques of each others writing. But, I also write a lot, generally every day.
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Post by Michelle Fred » 27 Jun 2019, 15:35

I'm still learning. But frankly, I think I'm getting more anxious rather than better each day.

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Post by WhiteLotus » 28 Jun 2019, 06:25

Just by reading and writing a lot, you can learn to write to a level your comfortable calling good. Of course, people who can critique your stuff (avid readers, teachers, critique partners, editors) would help make the process faster, because doing it solo you might not always notice your mistakes.

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Post by Michelle Fred » 28 Jun 2019, 14:33

WhiteLotus wrote:
28 Jun 2019, 06:25
Just by reading and writing a lot, you can learn to write to a level your comfortable calling good. Of course, people who can critique your stuff (avid readers, teachers, critique partners, editors) would help make the process faster, because doing it solo you might not always notice your mistakes.
I appreciate your answer. But I have a problem, what do you recommend to someone with no editor or writing partner to review their writing?

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Post by TLWoodliff » 01 Jul 2019, 20:17

My writers' group; online writing prompt suggestions and examples; reading my favorite authors' book a second time to analyze WHY I stay so wrapped in their words; always trying to do better.

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Post by Monet_va » 07 Jul 2019, 13:11

Read. Read. Read.
Learning from other writers, writers that you love, really teaches you what works and what doesn't. Reading bad books is important so that you can learn from other people's mistakes. Other than that, it's all practice.

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Post by clint_csperry-org » 10 Jul 2019, 08:05

I think many of us will say something to the effect of 'I am still learning.' That aside, I was told in middle school that I wrote well -- when I wanted to. (That was five decades ago)
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