I’m so pleased to have been invited over to Writers Helping Writers to talk about a daily writing habit that can TOTES help you improve your craft, no hair-tearing needed! It goes a little something like this:
I’m always wary of promises to shatter procrastination’s evil hold, lose that pesky weight or fix your firebombed marriage in “just 10 minutes a day!” Because, come on: 10 minutes? One-sixth of an hour?
Yet here I am with a too-good-to-believe promise of my own: You really and truly can improve your writing with one short, simple exercise …
Rewrite the work of famous authors.
An Exercise in Greatness
This technique is one I’ve been using for years. Originally, in fact, I didn’t even know I was doing it. In my early 20s, when I dreamed of being the next JK Rowling, I had no idea that my manuscripts were just bad versions of Harry Potter – agents had to tell me. Ouch. Slowly, though, it dawned on me: hey, this is a fantastic exercise.
Sarah has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has worked as a professional writer for the last six years. When she’s not writing at a feverish rate, she can be found creating online courses teaching copywriting, entrepreneurship and audience-building. She is also certified as a Specialist in Fitness Nutrition and possesses a master’s-level teaching degree, and spends more time than healthy reading YA fantasy.