If You Just Keep Writing, Will You Get Better?

Author Barbara Baig discusses the idea of deliberate practice from Anders Ericsson’s book Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise. She says:

When it comes to becoming better writers, most of us make three assumptions:

  1. Each of us is born with a certain innate potential for achievement: We call it talent. Getting better at what we do is simply a matter of fulfilling that inborn ability.
  2. To get better at what we do, we just need to keep doing it.
  3. Improvement depends on how much effort we put in. If we’re not improving, we’re just not trying hard enough.

These assumptions are so common you might not even realize you hold them.

It is true that some people are really good at what they do, they seem to possess an innate greatness, while others are seen to work hard to achieve success, with writing the question is whether you grow as a writer simply by continuing to write, or is there something else needed in order to achieve greatness?

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6 Replies to “If You Just Keep Writing, Will You Get Better?”

  1. Improvement is also about learning. You can write all day every day, but if you don’t read works from better skilled writers, work with editors who can offer advice on how to improve your writing, and continue to listen and grow, you’ll stagnate.

    1. Peter B. Giblett says: Reply

      We share a common thought about this and even a powerful writer can stagnate if they don’t make steps to improve their craft.

      1. Even the greats have to keep getting better 🙂

  2. I can relate to the third point, “Improvement depends on how much effort we put in.” One needs to be passionate about its work if you want to excel as it is rightly said “Practice makes perfect”.

    1. Peter B. Giblett says: Reply

      Thank you Sumit for your thoughts. We each have imperfections to work on, the trick is knowing what they are.

  3. I’ve written for many sites over the years and each one had their specific rules to follow. I learned from moderators, teachers and fellow writers as I continued along my writing path. I think new ]writers would be wise to listen to helpful advice.

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