Writing, any type of writing…whether it’s fiction, essay, technical…is a medium which can be very difficult to gauge progress in. At the end of the day, one thing is clear, writing is a very solitary effort. It is rarely done through teams and/or committees. And if it is done this way, well the results may be disastrous.
So if writing is so solitary, how is one to gauge how they are doing as a writer? Well, the short answer is simply self-assessment. There really is no other way.
So how can one go about assessing their own writing?
Here’s a simple exercise: Tomorrow morning wake up and after you are settled down to write do a 30 minute free write session. Now in this session it is important to work on properly constructed sentences and paragraphs. Work towards a linear expression. Make sure there is no doubt that you are working on a particular subject.
Now, keep the time very strict. Don’t go beyond that 30 minutes. Once the 30 minutes is complete, save your work and then move on to something else. Take a break from that writing you did for a good 3 to 5 hour break. After that allotted time is over, open up your 30 minute exercise and edit yourself. Go through each word usage, phrase and sentence construction. Edit yourself.
The more you edit yourself in this fashion the more you will be able to catch your writing tendencies and grow as a writer. It really comes down to this…writer, if you want to grow in your writing, then edit thyself.
Read the full article here: The Best Way to Measure Your Growth As a Writer
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