"I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter." ~James Michener
Writing takes time, passion, and curiosity about the world.
It also takes... practice.
Where to begin? Scratch any writer and you'll probably find a voracious reader. That includes everything from Shakespeare to cereal boxes in an avid quest to digest words, and more words.
Later, a spew of words will pour out as they write. It's then that they discover the secret to all good writing. It's in the revision. The first draft is just that.
The first, second, or third revision later, and almost miraculously the piece as a whole begins to make sense. Ultimately, the best writing gets its point across in the quickest possible way, and with the fewest possible words. If it sounds easy, know that it may take a lifetime to master!
Around the Web, get better at writing by taking advantage of the following collection of top sites pointing the way to online courses, creative writing programs, and related resources for the professional
or aspiring writer.
More about learning to write around the Web:
- Perdue University offers online guides to APA and MLA styles,
and a searchable database of handouts covering research, writing,
to Write - This BBC guide features tips & advice from
famous writers on crafting a play, memoirs, novels, radio plays
How to Write - The Guardian - Check out the UK newspaper's continuing series on how to write fiction, and non-fiction with professional tips on travel writing, journalism, historical biography including the finer points of style, idea development, and lots more.
Daily Writing Tips - Find the gamut, from Creative Writing 101 to tips on business writing, grammar, word usage, and more including tests and quizzes, and an online writing course.