I just finished drafting my YA contemporary novel Chemicals Collide and am sinking into heavy revisions. While I’m revising, I’m going to start another YA contemporary called Walking Barefoot in the Rain… but before I start, I want to know that I’m moving forward, that my writing is improving, and that my dream of becoming a full-time writer is getting closer.
The only way I can see that happening is for my writing to constantly improve with each novel I pen. Which poses the question… how do you improve your writing?
One of the only foolproof ways I know, is to let others critically read your work. Find a beta-reader or critique partner and listen to what they have to say. Through critiquing I’ve learnt that I overuse adverbs, don’t pay enough attention to building stakes, and overuse words like ‘just’ and ‘so’.
I want to keep improving. So I want to know how you guys improve your writing? Do you read in your genre? Take workshops? Let me know.