Featuring interviews with bestsellers like Andy Weir, Jodi Picoult, Greg Olsen, and more, How to Improve Your Writing presents an uncommon but effective method of becoming a great writer.
How do you get better at writing?
The "write a lot and read a lot" method of improvement is insufficient. Writing and reading are both necessary, of course, but if that's all you do, you're eventually going to hit a plateau. What then?
Engel has the answer. Actually, he has seven. After conducting an online survey, asking over 1,000 writers how they improve their fiction, Engel grouped the answers into seven main categories, 7 Drills to help you write better. With these writing habits, you can level up your craft and reach your publishing dreams. If, that is, you have the secret sauce.
The 7 Drills are effective in their own right, but to get the most out of them, you need something called deliberate practice. Pioneered by the researcher who coined the "10,000-hour rule", deliberate practice is practice on steroids, crafted from several principles. This book explains those principles in the context of the 7 Drills, gives real life examples, and provides a step-by-step guide for how to convert your knowledge into effective habits.
Take ownership of your talent. You can be better. You just need the right drills.
"After surveying the working methods of over 1,000 writers and researching best writing process techniques in available literature, Mason has distilled that information into a very solid, practical, clear, and accessible approach to writing."
-Steve Adams, Pushcart-winning author and writing coach