As writers, we owe it to ourselves to keep improving our craft. Everyone tells us to write, write, write. They– the omniscient and all-knowing they– tell us it takes about 400,000 written words to hone our writing to a real professional quality.
But what can we do in the meantime to improve or to speed the process? One thing we can do is read. Read everything. Read your genre, read other genres, read historicals, chicklit, women’s fiction, inspirationals, erotic romance– hmm, maybe putting those last two next to each other wasn’t my brightest move.
Another thing that will help improve the quality of our writing is to continue to learn by reading about writing, and assimilating it into your own writing. There are a lot of books about writing you could study. Here are a few of the best currently out there: Elements of Fiction Writing–Beginnings, Middles, and Ends by Nancy Kress; On Writing by Stephen King; Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott; and Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Brown and Dave King.
So go ahead and Learn Write!