Just as in swimming, the code is to keep the stride and stay afloat, there are a number of codes every budding writer and indeed every writer needs
Writing is an ever learning process, the more you write the more you know what works and what doesn’t as far as the development of your creative writing is concerned. In the words of Ernest Hemingway:
“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”
Simply put, writers are continuous learners.
One of such things I’ve found recently is that just as maintaining the stride keeps you afloat in swimming, there are some codes that every budding writer must abide by in order to develop steadily in the craft.
These codes are particularly important to the upcoming writer.
1. Writing is incomplete without readership
2. All Great Writing is Rewriting
1. Writing is Incomplete without readership: whether you like it or not. Even if you are writing for yourself, all writing is meant to be read. The writing craft is not a hideous one, you must show. In fact, public practice is the best way to get better faster. It opens you up to feedback of all sorts from critics to fans, giving you ample critique/criticism as well as some raves. There’s no two ways about it, if you want to develop and succeed in this craft then you must showcase your work.
2. All Great Writing is Rewriting: this quote from E. B. White, co-author of one of the best books on writing style – The Elements of Style, was very crucial to my early writing. It is natural for you to feel done with a piece when you’ve compiled your drafts, but beyond this stage lies rewriting which is hard but needful. In fact, after seeing how my pieces tend to be better when I pay more attention to the rudiments of writing, I’ve come up with a six step formula to writing masterpieces. You can read that here.
Writing without an audience is just like playing a football match in an enclosed place with no spectators. There’s no way you’d know how well you do if you don’t have readers. Rewriting is an essential aspect of writing and any budding writer who holds on to it would develop great pieces after each following of the rewriting process.
There are lots of tips on how to develop steadily in the writing craft but as far as the budding writer is concerned, these two stand out.