Lately I’ve been reading a lot sites and blogs that gives aspiring writers (like me) tips on how to become a better writer. It is a continual learning process and only practise makes perfect.
I also came across a list of 6 qualities Roald Dahl believes every fiction writer should have:
1. You should have a lively imagination.
I’ve been daydreaming all my life and my imagination has taken on a life of its own so this is an easy one for me.
2. You should be able to write well.
I would like to believe I get better every time I submit a new post or every time I manage to finish another chapter of my book.
3. You must have stamina.
This is something I can work as I tend to become bored easily and then just give up.
4. You must be a perfectionist.
I do set incredibly high standards and I tend to be too hard on myself as well.
5. It helps if you have a sense of humour.
This one should be easy but many times I take myself too seriously in fact I have been told I am too serious but when I let my guard down there is a sense of humour lurking there that just needs to be encouraged and nurtured.
And the most important rule of all…
6. You must have a degree of humility. The writer who thinks that his work is marvellous is heading for trouble.
I agree with this one the most because I absolutely hate every single word I write and I am always doubting myself. This means I am well on my way to becoming a writer. The only tip that is not on the list is Do Not Procrastinate. I am a master procrastinator especially when it comes to writing, it really is amazing what you can get done when you’re busy avoiding doing something else.