What qualities does a good writer have? How do you become a better writer?
These are important questions that every writer should consider when they want to improve their craft.
So, why not go straight to the source?
Forbes spoke to a lot of successful writers to find out what makes them tick. Here are three main points.
1. Keep your eyes and ears open
Since writing is typically a solitary activity, it's easy to tuck yourself away at your desk and tune out the world.
While this is a great focus strategy, make sure you get out into that world sometimes, too!
Good writers are also good listeners and good readers. Practice those skills!
This leads us to our next point.
2. Practice, practice, practice
Just like the old saying goes, practice makes perfect!
Many of the writers mentioned that writing a little bit every day helps.
Forbes said, "It doesn’t even have to be good. All it has to be is consistent. Writing takes practice. It takes discipline. It takes showing up. The hardest part is sitting down and actually making yourself do it."
So, what are you waiting for?
3. Find your passion
It's much easier to be a better writer when your passion shines through.
Write about topics you are interested in!
We aren't all lucky enough to be able to write about our biggest passions in life – but that's alright. Even if your job is to write about subjects that aren't your favorite, you can still apply this. Find the topics that interest you the most and start from there.