Posted in A to Z 2017, Writer's Life

B: Better Your Writing

And today’s letter is B! I’m not going to go through make every B bold, becuase… this is a long(er) post and it would take a while. Anyways. The topic for today is Better your writing! One thing I’ve learned in life is that you always need to be improving your skill as a writer. If you want to write good quality five star books, well, you’ve gotta be upping your game constantly. Here are some resources that have helped me to grow.

Short Story Contests

Often times, if you can find a short story contest where the judges will give constructive criticism, you can learn a lot. There was a group that did that and my writing grew so much. There was a contest every weekend and I entered almost every weekend. Unfortunately, the person who ran it became too busy to keep it up and our little writer’s group disbanded. I wish I could find something like that again. (If any of you know of such a thing, please let me know!!)

Writing Groups

I don’t mean writing groups that you just… talk about writing with. I mean writing group as in you show your writing to each other with the expectation that it’ll get ripped to shreds. Okay, maybe not quite that much, but you get the point. A group where you are pushed and where you can push others. Where you’re doing more than simply and lackadaisically “talking” about writing. I’ve never had one… I’ve always had to do my editing and criticizing for myself or beg it out of friends, but some of my friends have been apart of such a group. And they credit a good deal of their writing growth to it.

One place I’ve found that I’m dying to try is Inked Voices. I may or may not super want to do it. I may or may not be saving my money for college and wondering if $75 a year is too much to pay for this super neat platform… I may or may not be shuffling around on the line of “buy-or-not-to-buy”… (be advised; if I get profits from my books, you can bet what the first thing I’m going to buy is… after the celebratory treat-my-family-to-an-ice-cream).

Another one is Scribophile. However, unlike Inked Voices, there is a free account and it is not so much as a “writing group” as it is a “everyone critiques everyone”. I recently got the free account.  The best thing about it is that it does give you critiques and you have to critique others. And unlike Figment and Wattpad, both of which I joined to get critiques from, there is a spotlight and your work does not leave the spotlight until you get three long critiques. Unfortunately, the premium account is only ten dollars less than Inked Voices: $65.


Practice

Okay, guys… listen here. Everything gets better with practice. Even writing. Your brain is a muscle and the more you use it, the better you’ll get. I suggest writing. And more writing. And more writing. Then look over your work and push yourself. What can I do better? Is this character actually realistic? Then go and… you got it, write some more!

Learn!

I don’t remember who said this, but I’ll always remember hearing this: “To learn, you must be willing to learn.” If you don’t want to learn, you won’t. It’s as easy as that. Once you are willing to learn, you can learn anything from anywhere and everyone. You can learn from books, from bloggers, from reading good fiction…

Go ahead and do it!

 

What are your favorite resources to learn about the art of reading?

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Author:

Jaylee Morgan is a teenage author with her sights set on publishing. She’s written short stories since–uh… um–before she can remember. Her family isn’t quite sure what to do with her (mental hospital, maybe?), as she carries around a folder that she’ll randomly open and start scribbling in. She grew up (er, is still growing up) on a little hobby farm. She was basically born riding horses and hopefully will continue to ride horses for the rest of her life. She loves, loves, loves the cowboy lifestyle and might actually write about it someday. (Right now, she’s too scared that she won’t do it justice.) She reads. Like crazy.

21 thoughts on “B: Better Your Writing

  1. I feel like online platforms are nice because they’re convenient, but I feel like nothing beats a writing group where you can meet with people in person!

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  2. First of all, this post was FANTASTIC! It’s so helpful and encouraging, and really makes me want to drop everything I’m doing right now and write…

    But first I shall comment. 😀

    I’ve heard of Scribophile, but I’ve never really looked into it, and I’ve also never heard of Inked Voices before… What is it, exactly? Is it like a writing group platform or something? It sounds interesting, and since it costs 75 dollars, IT MUST BE GOOD!!!

    I, too, don’t have a face-to-face writing group. It’s kinda sad, but no one I know in real life really writes. They SORT OF do, but they don’t necessarily take it as seriously as I do, since none of them want to be writers when they grow up or publish a book. I tried joining a writer/reading club at my local library, and that, sadly, was an epic fail. 😛 So I can totally relate to not having a face-to-face writing club! I do, however, have some writerly friends who I met through blogging, and they have been super encouraging and extremely helpful to my writing process! Honestly, sometimes I wish I had people I could talk extensively about writing face-to-face with, but I guess that’s just not part of my story yet!

    Again, LOVED this post!!! Keep up the awesome work! 😀

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    1. First off… I LOVE YOUR BIG COMMENTS! ❤ ❤

      Yeah, if you want some critiques on your story, definitely head to Scribophile. It can get a bit annoying on the free account occasionally (only two chapters, other features you can't access), but if you're there for critiques… you will get those for sure! Inked Voices is an online writing group. You basically find an online group based on what you're doing and what you're interested in and such and then you and your group help each other out! I actually like the idea of it better than Scrib because you're with a group of people who will read your story start to finish instead of reading a chapter here and a chapter there. They'll also get to KNOW your story and you and know what you're looking for and such. Butt… yeah, first I have to be rich to afford it. XD

      This is going to sound super bad but…. I'm glad I'm not the only one without a face-to-face group! I was beginning to think that I was the only writer who couldn't find anyone else who was seriously writing. *sighs in relief* I'm glad you found some helpful blogging friends! Hopefully we'll both find face-to-face groups soon. 😉

      Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Have a great day!

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      1. Ugh, I’m always worried I’m spamming people with my gigantic comments… It’s a problem, haha!

        Ooh! Inked Voices does sound a bit cooler than Scrib! But Scrib might be a good tool to use when trying to edit certain parts of chapters. Although, I’m really loving the idea of getting a personal-ish writing group that gets to know you and your story! That would just be awesome… But yeah… Gotta be rich first, haha!

        Oh no, it doesn’t sound bad! Trust me, I’m actually beginning to think most writers don’t have a group of westerly friends, because a lot of them tend to be very quiet and slightly shy. But yes!!! I’d love to have a face-to-face group!

        You too!! 😀

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