I recently had the privilege to practice pistol shooting with a friend of mine who is an expert sharpshooter. It had been some years since I had had a gun in my hands, so I was shamefully rusty and felt like a complete novice. ‘Have things changed so much,” I asked myself, as I struggled to remember all of his instructions. Then I realized that I hadn’t been properly trained and my friend was teaching me what I should have learned all those years ago.
When this man is in the field, you can be confident that he is doing everything right. Every move he makes is deliberate. focused on his target. His life depends on it. When he squeezes the trigger, he hits his target, every time. He is an expert sharpshooter. A true marksman.
A good writer is a lot like a sharpshooter. Most writers know that the saying, “The pen is mightier than the sword,” refers to how powerful words are. They know that a well-placed word (much like a well-placed bullet) can break a heart, make someone cry, shatter dreams, or emotionally scar you for life. Conversely, the right word or words can mend a broken heart, make someone laugh, make you believe in your dreams, or heal an old wound.
Some writers are better than others at selecting the right words to convey their meaning. Writers who do this best are like sharpshooters. They can hit their target every time and their readers know that they can count on them to deliver.
How do these writers do this? They practice. They hone their craft through daily practice, just like my friend. Practice. Practice. Practice. It’s a litany that they live by. Although our lives may not depend on the well-placed word every time we write, our livelihoods certainly do. We know we must practice our craft daily if we want to earn our living as full-time writers.
So dip your pen into the inkwell and tell us how you hone your craft.
Write On With Confidence,
The Writers Inkwell Muse
Have you ever had one of those days when you can’t write what you’re supposed to be writing? The kind of day when the words just won’t come. No creativity. And you start to panic. . .
The other day I was telling a friend that I just couldn’t finish a chapter in my latest book. The words, the thoughts just weren’t there. I told my friend that when I teach my Writing for Publication class, it’s so easy. I started to say, ” I teach my students how to use The Professional” and Oops! I realized where I was going wrong.
“I think I just got the answer to my dilemma,” I laughed, then continued. “I need to practice what I teach.” You see, in my class, Writing for Publication, I teach my students how to use The Professional Writers Secret Weapon. This Secret Weapon is so amazing because when writers use it, their article, book, newsletter, whatever they are writing, practically writes itself. Honest!
I’ve been teaching this class for nearly 15 years and every student who correctly uses and applies the Professional Writers Secret Weapon not only has reported back to me that they’ve sold what they wrote. They’ve each confirmed that what they were writing practically wrote itself.
If you’re curious about The Professional Writers Secret Weapon? Check out my online Writing for Publication class right now. You don’t want to miss a thing.
But back to that last chapter. It’s finished and the book is ready for publication. It’ the Business of Freelancing and it’s available to you, my readers, at the Writers Inkwell store.