A Writer’s Evolution

You say you want an evolution? As a writer? Well, look in the mirror (just don’t write a character looking in the mirror). Every day that you show up, hack out that word count, refine your words or your thoughts, you are evolving as a writer. If mastering writing takes at least ten thousand hours, then all but the most stubborn of writers make progress.
Writing Tip for Today: If you doubt you’re a different writer now than you were a year ago, a month ago, or even a week ago, consider these things:
  • The Cringe Factor. Most evolving writers read their older material now and then. If you’re really making progress that old stuff makes you cringe a little.
  • What Was So Special? You look back and can’t figure out what you thought was so blinking hot about a particular piece that seventeen editors rejected.
  • Eureka! When you finally really “get” a writing technique or concept, you wonder what took you so long. Then you get your BIC and write at Absolute Top Speed!

Wherever you are on the writing road, be encouraged! You may not have mastered all the skills you wish to, but if you are showing up, getting in word count and committed to becoming the best possible writer that you can, you will make progress. You’ll keep evolving. If you don’t believe it, read some of your oldest saved work. And have a good laugh as you realize how far you’ve come.

About Linda S. Clare

I'm an author, speaker, writing coach and mentor. I teach both fiction and nonfiction writing at Lane Community College and in the doctoral program as expert writing advisor for George Fox University. I love helping writers improve their craft and I'm both an avid reader and writer of stories about those with wounded hearts.

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