One of my goals in life is to improve as a writer. Believe it or not, I feel I have gotten better over the years (Seriously, check out some of my posts from 2008!), but I know I still have a good deal of room to grow. I’ve read a decent amount of advice on how to become a better writer, and while the advice can vary depending on the source, one message is consistent: A good writer needs to always express his voice.
Despite my efforts to improve, I feel I can be very hit-or-miss with this. Sometimes, I’ll re-read a post and feel that my personality has indeed shone through. Other times, I’ll be left dissatisfied. Sure, I may have gotten the point across, but it didn’t feel like I “owned” it.
I seem to have the most trouble when I’m trying to describe actual events that have transpired. I struggle with walking the fine line between giving people enough information and overwhelming them with non-crucial details.
Sometimes the writing becomes a bit bogged down, and it ends up reading like a textbook. In those cases, I fail to convey why the incident or event was worth re-telling in the first place. (Perhaps in some instances, the basic problem was that the incident wasn’t in fact worth re-telling.)
I suppose it’s a good thing that I don’t feel satisfied, because no writer is perfect. (Even Stephenie Meyer? Especially Stephenie Meyer!) If I ever become satisfied with everything I produce, then it’s probably a sign that I’m not trying as hard as I once did.
I do have some ideas as to how I can improve, and I plan to implement them here over the coming days. Hopefully it will result in posts that are both more fun to write and more fun to read. That should be a good thing for all of us!