The first step in solving a problem is recognizing you have a problem. Writers are often big quaking masses of insecurity, but zeroing in on a weak skill can be that first step in enacting change.
Take the quiz below. Answer honestly.
What one skill—if improved—would make you a better writer?
Is it a technical weakness, a bad habit, or a confidence or work ethic problem?
How does this weak skill impact your writing now?
How would improving it make you a better writer?
When or how did you discover you had this issue?
What have you done so far to improve or address your weak skill?
What have you not done so far to improve or address this weak area?
Do you want to become a better writer?
If no, why not?
If yes, what can you begin to do TODAY to change this one particular weak skill?
I can’t answer these questions for anyone other than myself, but I can make suggestions. Not all may be available or appropriate, but if you want to sharpen your skills and become a better writer, it requires footwork.
To make a change toward become a better writer:
Take the quiz above and answer honestly
Set a specific goal of what you want to change or improve
Buy/borrow reference books and self-study your area of weakness
Search the Internet for other writers’ take on the subject
Take an online course
Enroll in a course at a community college, senior center, library, arts group
Join a group—online or face to face—that will encourage and keep you honest
Work every day in some small way on your weak skill
Keep a journal—even a temporary one—of how you will address and conquer your weakness