Who else wants to be a great writer?

I got to thinking back to when I was 9 years old and wrote my first short story and how much I enjoyed it. Writing was fun and creative. It gave me something I could show to my whole family and I knew I wanted to keep writing.

I’ve always wanted to be a great writer.

There was no doubt in my mind that I wanted to be the best when it came to writing whether it was doing papers in school or  writing contests. It felt like my destiny.  I think a lot of writers have this feeling of wanting to be the best.

It is possible.

Do you want this?

We can’t become the best overnight but there are some things we can do to make each day better than the last.

 1. Practice

Writers write and practice makes us better. Coming to the table everyday and writing will help our craft expand and deepen than it would if we wrote once a week.

When we rewrite and edit our work ourselves we become better at recognizing our mistakes and are less likely to make them again.

 2. Discipline

It’s not easy getting up and writing. Even though I love to write, some days I just don’t feel like it. Then I remember the burning story I have inside me that I want to get out to the world and I bring myself to my feet.

We as writers have to be discipline in our craft. We have to beat the urge of staying in bed or watching TV and do the work.

 3. Patience

To be the best means we have to be patient and let our talents grow. We have to wait till we have mastered the craft of writing, if that’s possible, to be the best we can be.

 4. Time

Writers get better in time. As long as we keep showing up and keep writing every day we are going to get better and better at what we do. We have to keep showing up and keeping our talents at its peak.


 We become the best when we consider ourselves professional. When we take ourselves serious enough and do the hard work. When we give 100% we are the best writer we know.


Thanks for reading,


Do you want to be a great writer? When do you decide when you’re at your best? Does being patient work for you? Please share your tale.


photo credit: chris (shuttlehacks) creative commons

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Shaquanda Dalton

Hello, my name is Shaquanda Dalton and welcome to Learnasyouwrite.com! I'm from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and graudated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a degree in Creative Writing. I fell in love with writing at the age nine and love it till this day. :)

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