The Reason Writers Always Read Articles About Writing
We can't stop ourselves - and we're not sorry
Here’s a loaded question: Where do you learn about how to write?
I’m asking out of curiosity and for the purposes of research …
Why? Well, if you’ve been writing for a while (and even if you haven’t, pay attention), eventually you’ll hit a writing hurdle.
Whether it’s the nuances of grammar, punctuation, tense, sentence structure, or where to post your shining trophy to reach the largest audience, some niggling issue will eventually stop you in your tracks.
And that’s when doubt and fear set the hook.
Frankly, I’m always on the search — eyes peeled and ears open — hoping to find new ways to hone my writing technique, and ever grateful for those who are generous enough to share.
Here’s a short excerpt from Please God, Make Me a Writer that may give you a few pointers on where to look for sources to help you learn, grow, and expand your writing skills.
Reading Articles About Writing Is Part of the Learning Process
“If I waited for perfection … I would never write a word.” — Margaret Atwood
Admit it: If you’re like me, you check out every article and book related to improving the art of writing.
Personally, I’m instinctively drawn to sources offering tips, strategies, and suggestions exploring the nuances and particulars of the craft.
I can’t stop myself. And I’m not sorry.
Sometimes I just have to know what I don’t know.
I can’t take the chance of missing out on any nugget of wisdom, experience, or truth others have stumbled upon and mastered — especially if they’re willing to share with those of us still trying to find our way.
After scouring through the tidbits, I’ll usually uncover a few interesting techniques or takeaways — maybe a new method of marketing or a publishing platform to explore.
All good stuff — yet I’m often left with a few unanswered questions.
And then the quest continues for the next gold nugget promising to reveal new perspectives, insights, and secrets.
Because we all love a treasure hunt every now and then.
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Jill Reid is the author of Please God, Make Me A Writer, Real Life, Discover Your Personal Truth, and Life in Small Doses. Her books, videos, and newsletters explore writing, life, relationships, and personal success strategies for building the skills and confidence you need to achieve your goals.
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