Recently I attended Veronica Roth’s book signing and Q&A session for her latest book, Allegiant. I had a wonderful time gleaning advice from her amongst the silly questions she was asked by the younger audience (majority of them were about the actors in the upcoming Divergent movie.)
Someone did ask her though, “How do you become a good writer?”
She offered a great piece of advice: “Write a lot. Write when you want to write. Write when you don’t want to write.”
The hardest part for me in writing is when I don’t want to write — when I don’t feel inspired. However, writing is a skill, like anything, and practice makes perfect. While I do believe there is an inherent talent when it comes to writing, I also believe that the majority of writing is discipline and practice.
So today, I urge you to write. Write when you want to write and write when you don’t want to write. Just write.