What are the best ways to improve writing skills as a beginner?

I’m sure you’ll get this answer from all kinds of writers, but it bears repeating:

  1. Read, read, read. But zero in on the kinds of things you want to write because, after a while, you’ll start seeing patterns that will hold true for that kind of writing. Pay attention, even start jotting down what you think you see and then start taking everything apart and figuring out how it was done.
  2. Write, write, write, and while you are writing, refer to those notes you jotted down to make sure you are doing the things those other writers did that was so appropriate for that kind of writing that it not only got published, but also was read (which is even more important in today’s world of self-publishing where tons of things are published but few are actually read).
  3. If you wish to hone your skills, read a book about the craft of writing (I wrote such a book but it’s just one of many that will do the job) or take a class. Or several classes. And find out what you have been doing right and what you might consider changing.
  4. Go back and read some more and write some more.
  5. Repeat steps 1 through 4 for as long as you are a writer because you’ll never stop learning.

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