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?

Source: 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.

  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”.

    • 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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