Too many writers are confused with thoughts of whether or not they are any good. It’s crazy. We are quite the neurotic bunch, aren’t we? But what if all this self-doubt was actually a confidence-building tool. As an author, you have to be determined of the fact that you will have your unique reader-base. Most people’s definitions of “good” vary. What one person loves another critiques. Authors need to cease to obsess over whether you're a good writer rather you need to be an effective writer. Three tips need to be exercised while honing our skills as an author:
Firstly, read. Good writers read. It’s that simple. Words are the kernels of great writing. There’s no way to get good without lots of valuable input. You're imagination can only take you to certain point, you need to read, evaluate situations, research your subject in order to get a better understanding of your perspective. Learn to capture ideas. A good writer is constantly gathering creative input. Valuable inputs are the inspiration for artists and writers.
Secondly, be incredeibly specific. Vagueness just confuses people, rather irritates them. Clichés and abstract thinking are painful to read and prevalent across every type of writing. People tend to deject if there isnt a palpability, focus, flow or certainty in your thoughts. The solution to clichés is to get incredibly specific-start detailing the scene and describe the characters, what they're doing, where you are, and what is happening. Also, examples are more powerful than anecdotes.
Thirdly, learn to rewite. An essential part of writing is rewriting, distilling the fluff down to some core content that will actually make a difference. This is hard, but important. Stephen King calls this “killing your darlings.” And for good reason. It isn't fun. However, it’s necessary. First thought is your very charged thought - the excitement of the beginning of an idea. Your corrections are your refined thoughts, ones which will connect more with your readers at a quicker and more effective level.
Thus, writing boils down to hard work, imagination and passion—and then some more hard work! Just having an artistic temperament won't make you a writer. You need to be inspired at all levels, every bone in your body should want to put out the message you want to convey as a writer. There isnt a room for hesitant or abashed thoughts. Conviction becomes your second name. The wrath or the accolades you face later is a different pandect altogether. You can be drunk later (in sorrow or happiness), but first, write sober