As a creative writer, you know how important it is to hone your craft. In the same way that an artist invests time in taking drawing classes when they’re in college, you understand how beneficial it is to learn all the theory behind your writing. Whether you’re a fiction writer or a poet, whether you write memoir-style tales about your adventures traveling, there’s always more to learn. You love to write, and there’s nothing better than sitting at your favorite cafe or your desk at home and writing what’s in your heart. But sometimes, you need to stop, take stock, and think about how to improve it.
If you aren’t sure where to start, there are lots of ways to get better as a writer. From reading your favorite authors again to learning from a mentor at an MFA program, here are some of the best ways to improve your creative writing.
Read your favorite books again (and new ones, too)
For any writer, you started writing because of your love of literature. Maybe it was those first few lines of J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye that got to you; maybe it was Sylvia Plath in her collection Ariel, tugging at your heartstrings with her rhythm and her sadness. Whatever book or author it was that made you fall in love with literature, it’s time to get lost in it again. Because that’s one of the best ways to learn: by imitation. Make notes in the margins of what your favorite authors are doing well, whether it’s dialogue or voice, and challenge yourself to pull it off in the same way.