Most authors do not begin as excellent writers. It’s a life-long process. Here are some tips to help you improve:

Writing takes practice. To get in the habit of doing it, follow tips one and two:

  1. Find your writing space. Have a comfortable space without distractions that’s conducive to writing.
  2. Create a writing ritual. Set aside a specific time each day or week that is used only for writing. 

Learn from others. Tips 3 through 6 can help.

  1. Read works by great writers. Look for books by award-winning authors – preferably those who have won prestigious literary awards. A lot can be learned about character development and plot by doing this.
  2. Read books on the craft of writing. Elements of Style, Storyworks Guide to Writing Character, and Save the Cat Writes a Novel are some good ones to check out.
  3. Take a writing course. Writersconferences are a good source for these, but there are many free online ones if budget and time are issues.
  4. Get workshop feedback. Critique groups, of course, help. It’s even better to get professional opinions at writers’ workshops. 

Here are some technique tips:

  1. Describe and be clear. The clearer the writing, the easier it is for the reader to become a sensory participant in the story.
  2. Leave adverbs out. A few are okay, but for the most part, they’re not needed.
  3. Learn to be conversational. Make sure dialog sounds as it would in conversation.
  4. Revise: The all-important step for ensuring that a manuscript is the best it can be.