Would you like to become an excellent writer, the kind that agents and editors are looking for?
You can become one.
Not by following one of those “ten steps to a bestselling novel” guides.
Not by getting feedback on your writing from members of your writers’ group who don’t know anything more about writing excellence than you do.
And certainly not by following one of the worst pieces of advice ever given to aspiring writers: “Just keep writing; you’ll get better.”
You acquire expertise the same way that people in other fields like sports and music do—by learning through practice.
Now you may think that you practice writing skills. Maybe you do morning pages, or a lot of freewriting.
But while such practices are great for self-exploration, they don’t teach you the skills you need to write for other people.
They don’t teach you how to grab and keep the attention of your readers.
To make that happen, you need to master a large repertoire of writing skills.
Writing—like hitting a major-league fastball or performing a Liszt piano concerto—is a complex skill. Like any complex skill, it’s best learned by breaking it down into its component skills and practicing each “mini-skill” separately, then putting all the skills together.
But how does one do that?
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