One of the biggest obstacles to becoming a better writer is actually the writer themself. It’s easy to block out some time, sit down, and get into the writing headspace, but it’s difficult to actually put pen to paper. For some it’s procrastination that makes writing difficult, but for others it’s the fear of failure or perfectionist mindset that hinders the writing process.

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To become a better writer, you need to clear your mind of all thoughts and criticisms. Don’t think about the “what-ifs” or the “it’s not ready yets,” simply tell the reader the story. Describe it like it’s the first time you’ve laid eyes on it or experienced it. Write down every sensation and thrilling thought of that moment. The key is to remember that as the writer, you hold the power of the perspective. You can create twists and turns, a narrow path, or a rollercoaster ride for readers.

The key is to stay present in your writing. Get the thought down on paper, it doesn’t have to be perfect. It doesn’t even have to be complete sentences. That’s what editing is for. Many writers get stuck in their “editing voice” and forget how to formulate the story at all. Don’t fall in that trap! Tell the reader the story, then worry about the nitty-gritty later.
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