Ironically enough, two days after saying I’m writing Wrapped in Darkness in first person in my What POV and tense do you write in post, I am now re-writing the 8000 words in third person. For whatever reason, first person just wasn’t working for me. It was reading like a to-do list, “I did this, I did that, I moved my arm, I rubbed my eye”… very annoying. I didn’t feel like I was getting deep enough into the world and it’s really frustrating when what you have on the page is nowhere near as good as what is in your head.
Which got me thinking… what am I doing to improve my writing?
What is everyone else doing to improve their writing?
For me… the thing that is improving my writing the most, at the moment, is critique groups and beta-readers. I’ve read that if you want to improve your writing then you should read, but I find learning from mistakes is the best way to move forward. It’s amazing how someone can point something out and it’s almost like a light bulb moment. For example, it was recently brought to my attention that I use a LOT of adverbs and adjectives in my writing. I read back through and yup, I do. So that is something I’m working on.
What about you guys? What are you doing, right now, to improve your writing? Are you taking a class? Are you part of a writing group? What are you working to improve?