How do I become a good writer?
Many people ask us how to become a writer. Here's an opinionated guide.
Year 1: write (yes, there are no shortcuts unfortunately).
The best resource is docs.new or other text editor of your choice. Write. Preferably at least one million words.
Some resources can help though (as long as you are writing too. The best is to read and write. If you don't have time, rather just write.
- Watch The Craft of Writing Effectively by Larry McEnerney
- Read On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction by William Zinsser
- Read On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
Many people try to learn something without doing it - by watching others, reading guides, buying courses. If you want to ignore one section in this document, ignore this one and take note only of the previous one. That said, if you're actively practicing, getting some advice from people who have actively practiced even more can be useful.