I want to share with you the poster “10 Steps to Becoming a Better Writer” produced by Copyblogger. It is one of my favorite posters and I review it every single day, especially when I’m about to procrastinate and that I don’t feel like writing.
This poster is all about common sense. If you want to be a better writer, write. That’s it. The more you write, the better you’ll become. It’s a very simple concept but it does not mean it’s easy to do. The same concept applies to all areas of life. If you want to be a better runner, run. If you want to be a better public speaker, speak in public regularly. If you want to be a better basketball player, play basketball every day. If you want to be a better chess player, play chess. We all get better at things that we do regularly.
My father is a carpenter and loves to fix things. He’s always reading magazines about home improvement and renovations. He’s always trying to fix something in his house. He’s very interested in renovations. He’s an excellent carpenter because he’s been doing the same job for more than 30 years. When I work with him, he sometimes finds me clumsy. I have to remind him that I don’t have 30 years of experience in carpentry. But when it comes down to exercise and workouts, my father usually comes to see me because I have more than 10 years of experience in the fitness industry.
They say that practice makes perfect. I don’t know about perfection, but regular practice will definitely improve your skills in any field. Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, and Mike Tyson are all living examples of the power of daily practice and discipline.
So, if you want to be a better writer, you better start writing now. Write every day of the week. Write as often as possible, and you’ll soon realize that you’re a lot better than before. That’s what I’m trying to do myself. It’s not always easy. There’s always something else to do. We all have busy lives. But if your goal is to really become a better writer, you’ll find the time and energy to write every day.