June 6

Becoming a Great Writer: Embracing the Journey

“Become the writer you were meant to be, one word at a time.” – Unknown

As you may already know, I have recently completed the manuscript for my first book. However, I have found myself falling into the trap of perfectionism, a habit I acquired during my time in medical school and residency training in England. It’s crucial to remember that “perfectionism is the enemy of good enough.” Fortunately, I am fortunate to have young children who share a passion for reading, perhaps inherited from their grandparents or teachers (nature versus nurture).

In light of the feedback I received from my editor, I would like to share some valuable tips for aspiring writers. By following these suggestions, you can cultivate your writing skills and embark on the journey of becoming a great writer.

  1. Lay the Foundation: Strengthen your grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure. A solid understanding of these basics will allow you to convey your ideas with clarity and effectiveness.
  2. Read Widely: Immerse yourself in books, articles, and other well-written pieces. Reading exposes you to diverse writing styles, vocabulary, and ideas, ultimately inspiring and enhancing your own writing abilities.
  3. Practice Regularly: Writing is a skill that thrives with practice. Set aside dedicated time for writing, exploring different styles and genres. By consistently engaging in writing exercises, you will develop your unique voice and style.
  4. Seek Constructive Feedback: Don’t shy away from sharing your work with others and actively seek constructive criticism. Join writing groups or connect with beta readers who can offer valuable insights and suggestions for improvement.
  5. Edit and Revise: Remember, good writing often requires multiple rounds of editing and revising. After completing a draft, invest time in reviewing and refining your work. Focus on achieving clarity, coherence, and eliminating any unnecessary or repetitive elements.
  6. Embrace Lifelong Learning: Writing is a journey of continuous growth. Embrace opportunities to learn and expand your skills as a writer. Attend workshops, enroll in writing courses, or explore online resources that offer guidance on various aspects of writing.

“Great writers are not born, they are made through the fiery passion of their words.” – Unknown

By incorporating these tips into your writing routine, you will steadily progress on the path to becoming a great writer. It’s important to remember that this journey requires patience, consistent practice, and an open mindset. So keep writing, seeking feedback, and refining your skills. With time, dedication, and a passion for the craft, you will continue to improve and evolve as a writer.

Embrace the adventure that lies ahead and enjoy every step of your writing journey. Happy writing!

“Be fearless in your writing, for it is through vulnerability that great stories are born.” – Unknown

Thanks for sharing!


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journaling, Mindfulness, smart habits, Writer's Journey


About the Author

Niran (Larinde) Ojomo is a Trusted Advisor, COACH, Speaker and Trainer certified with the Maxwell Leadership Team. He is the founder of Forward-Thinking Generation Next, a forward-thinking organization that challenges individuals and organizations to re-invent themselves, anticipate and adapt to the future and be culturally relevant in an increasingly complex globalized world.

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