Want to write better? Write more.

Do you want to write better?

While I hope this blog gives you some tips and ideas to improve your writing, it’s only a partial solution.

to write better, write more often
I keep track using the Streaks iPhone app

Nope, to really write better you have to write—not necessarily better, but definitely more often.

I’ve been writing for at least 15 minutes every day for nearly eight months (it’ll be 231 days after I finish writing this). And even though I’ve already won awards for my writing, I honestly believe I’m writing better now than ever before.

To write better, aim for completion not perfection

Is everything I write spectacular? I can answer that with a confident and resounding No. But the good stuff has been getting better—and maybe the bad stuff less bad, but that’s not really the point. The point is the discipline of sitting down at my computer (most days it’s the computer) with my fingers poised over the keys. I set my alarm for 15 minutes and it’s off to the races.

I’ll have plenty of time later to contemplate the merits of what I write. You should never edit as you go, anyway. So the discipline is just about getting the words out of my head and into some storage medium, whether analog or digital.

A new discipline for the new year

If you’re serious about improving your writing skills, don’t let this goal end up as just another unfulfilled New Year’s Resolution. Get a jumpstart on it in the last week of the year and roll into 2017 on a winning streak.

write better - this challenge will help
The Challenge is simple: Write for 15 minutes a day for five days in a row. You don’t have to write well—as I said, no one writes well all the time. Just write.

To give you some incentive to commit to the challenge, registration will cost you $15. But when you complete the challenge, I’ll donate $15 in your name to Room to Read, a fantastic nonprofit that supports education and literacy for girls around the world.

Want more information? Click here.

Ready to register? Click here. (Yes, it’s the same link.)

Tell your friends. Support each other as you develop great writing habits. And let’s make 2017 a year of transformation for all of us.