The Back to School season is officially here in the Northeast and while we think about it in terms of sending the little ones (and not so little ones) off to school, it’s also a time when adults should commit themselves to learning something new.
For writers, that means committing ourselves to improving your writing by finding new educational opportunities to hone your skills. Here are three steps you can take to improve your work.
- Find a writing or editing class. Perhaps you need to brush up on your grammar skills. Maybe characterization has got you tied up in knots. Whatever it is that’s preventing you from moving on with your work, see if you can find a class that will address it. You might start your search with:
- Your local library
- A community college or community learning initiative
- An online extension or continuing education programs from a major university.
- Join a writer’s group. This idea may not work for some, but if you can find some writers with whom you work well and can trust to tell you the truth about your work (while being very fair and definitely encouraging and supportive) this can be a mutually beneficial arrangement. Don’t know where to start? Depending on what you are writing perhaps you might benefit from a national writer’s group like the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators or the Mystery Writers of America.
- Surf the Net. There is a plethora of good material on writing and editing to be found online. It can take some digging to weed out the good from the bad, but once you find a site or two you like, bookmark the page. By following the poster regularly, you’ll likely gain a treasure trove of knowledge that you can then put into practice.