“But what will make me a good writer?” you ask. The answer is the same. If you want to be a good writer, you have to write and write and . . . There is no secret formula, there is no fairy dust, there is no magic potion. Only two things make you a good writer: being born with the talent to be a great writer, or experience. Experience comes in writing just like in any other physical or intellectual endeavor. You do it, you make mistakes, you learn from your mistakes and correct them, you do it again and again. You grow into become a marathon runner or a pole vaulter or computer programmer — step by step day by day, just as you grow into becoming a good, or even great, writer.
From The Writer’s Compass
Nancy Ellen Dodd
I’ve started reading The Writer’s Compass for some reminders about novel structure, character, plot, and creating a story map. I’m very much enjoying the book so far. Story is such an important part of my work that I enjoy reading new books on how to improve my writing and storytelling.
Do you have any favorite or new favorite books on writing? I’m always on the lookout for new ideas.
- Exploring Three Great Places For Learning About Writing (superdoodadsblog.wordpress.com)
- On Aspiring Writers (ncpendergast.wordpress.com)
- But am I a PUBLISHED Writer? (thewritersadvice.com)
- Writing to you… (alchemyfestival.wordpress.com)