Practice helps your writing craft, writing skills grow

Practicing your writing helps you become more skilled as a writer — and it can make your writing income grow as well. I’ve found an excellent writing resource that I may have mentioned before, but I think it deserves a serious look for any of you who are serious about any sort of career as writers.

I’m referring to the website/blog site of Dean Wesley Smith, a writer whose work and instruction I am coming to love. He’s been incredibly helpful, wonderfully inspirational, and highly entertaining.

One of the many words of advice Dean frequently offers is the importance of writing itself as “practice” and training for, uh, well — writing. He often mentions those who worry about throwing out writing and starting over again. Such worries take the form of “Oh, my, I’ve just wasted three weeks on a chapter
that I’m going to have to toss. What a waste!”

Not a waste, Dean would say, but rather it was exceedingly worthwhile PRACTICE. More than once, he compares writers to musicians and singers. No one would learn to play basic scales on the violin then immediately play Carnegie Hall, would they? No, they’d spend hundreds of hours on their instrument before ever hoping to reach a major concert venue.

Yet we writers groan and moan over “wasted” writing that we may need to toss out — instead of understanding and applying the concept of practice to our writing. NOTHING we ever write is truly wasted, Dean says, as all of it is a learning process.

I encourage you to go to Dean’s website and poke around awhile. He’s a true “pro” with several hundred novels and hundreds of short stories (both traditionally published and indie published) to his credit. It’s well worth your time and will offer truly useful tips for doing your writing right.

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