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Hi. This social recluse has been wandering less on the net and more in the streets. Surprising, to be sure. And while wandering through the vast experiences this rich world has to offer, I have found one thing that really is amazing for anything to improve. If you haven’t discovered it for yourself yet, I suggest you interact with more humans to try it out, because scary as it may be for some of us, it really does help you to improve much more than if you never tried it.
How do you improve your writing aside from practice and critique? Simple, really.
Before some of you panic and close the tab, I’ll correct myself. It’s not necessarily so much competition that helps you, but the comparison of your own writing as opposed to one of your peers.
I know many of us tend to shy away from the word ‘comparison’ as we often prefer to do it when no one else is looking. However, the act of comparing, while typically viewed in a more negative light, also has its pros, and those tend to be overlooked by the vastly introverted community of writers across the globe. Writing can often be seen as a solo activity, but to be honest, rarely is something humans do better when they do it by themselves than when they do it with others, however big or small the input by others may seem on the surface. Therefore, let me share the three biggest ways competition will help you with your writing.
I’m a big fan of stories, as you may have gathered from my hobby of writing, so I’ll be using a lot of examples from my life. When it comes to motivation, we writers often (hopefully) don’t struggle all that much; writing is, after all, largely self-driven by people who feel they have something to tell the world. However, there are also times when the well feels dry, and the story on your tongue suddenly seems less necessary. I have felt this while re-working an old story, but working with one friend in particular has helped to continuously fan the flame of passion to push on through the dry moments for the potential it has in the end.
Even simply seeing someone else be passionate about their own story and characters can reignite the first love you had for your own tale, and that can give you the extra push you need to get over that particular hump of writer’s block you seem to be stuck on.
My brother and I often have petty competitions over the smallest things like random video games. When he started playing one game and earned his high score, I played intentionally to beat him (and did a pretty thorough job of it). Yesterday he unfortunately went on to almost double my high score, but the moral of the story is that the two of us pushed each other to do our best when we otherwise probably would have not spent that many hours on the game just to rub it in the other’s face.
While you hopefully won’t go around doing your best just so you can say you’re better than another writer you know, having someone more accessible to challenge yourself with really can push you to write the best that you can. I’ve seen this similarly in my own writing class and my sister’s photography class where we shared our pieces during the lecture; especially as everyone begins to improve, others’ growth can help to push you on your way to giving every piece of writing every bit of love that you’ve got. It makes you think more carefully about what you put onto paper.
Last but not least, writing with others can also teach you more about writing. It not only gives you a glimpse into other peoples’ thoughts, but also may give you ideas for style, voice, characterization, etc. that you likely would not have thought up on your own. And while you’re learning from the things other writers do well, you’re also learning from what they don’t do well, and that can teach you to avoid it in your own writing. It may even teach you more about the basics of punctuation and spelling when you see something you disagree with in another writer’s piece.
This, friends, is the magical pill that will take your writing from zero to hero. Use it wisely, and never go around paying $200 for the physical pill, because that actually might have side effects other than invested time and socialization-caused exhaustion. Now go; I send thee into the real world to find your writing buddies.
If you’re having trouble finding a physical writing buddy, you may want to consider trying an online platform. You may want to try WordPress for writing blogs, or Wattpad for a large gathering of writers.