As college students, we have to have at least a little bit of skill in terms of writing. There will be times in college when we will have to write papers, and even when we graduate and get a job, we will have to communicate effectively through writing. But what does it take to be a great writer? It’s simple. Here’s a list of things that great writers are able to do.

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You Have to Think for Yourself

A good writer can regurgitate information from others. But do you want to be a good writer or do you want to be a great one?

Being a great writer requires that you have opinions. It requires you to think for yourself. It requires you to be able to look inside of yourself and write down the things that make you live your life the way that you do. Practicing a daily writing habit can help you clear your head, resolve issues within yourself, and even develop your writing skills.

Being able to write is a skill that is almost necessary for you to be successful. If you can write clear, concise, intelligent, and honest content, you’ll be able to express yourself in ways that even you didn’t know you were capable of. Your life will make more sense each time you write.

Be Consistent

One of the most important things to remember is that, in order to be a great writer, you have to be able to be consistent. Writing well doesn’t happen overnight; you have to be willing to write even when you feel like you can’t. Even when you feel like the words just aren’t in you. Once you can master that, you can begin to invest in your writing future.

Here’s a good question to ask yourself if you can’t find the courage to write: What is bothering me? Now write it down.

Find the Things That Make You Want to Write

What makes you tick? What inspires you? What hurts you? What breaks your heart? What are your insecurities or your strengths? What are your dreams?

Honestly, there are things in each of our lives that make us do the things that we do. Write about those things.

Get Outside of Your Comfort Zone

You won’t be able to grow if you don’t find the space to do so. What I mean by that is, you should go places that make you nervous or anxious; not too nervous or anxious, obviously, but places you’re not used to being. Having new experiences will help you find the reason to write.

For example, if you don’t like to read much, challenge yourself by reading one book a month. After a few months, you’ll start to get comfortable with your readings, and then push yourself further; read two books a month. By stretching yourself slowly, you start to adapt to a new life that you’re giving yourself. Sooner or later, you’ll find yourself consistently progressing to become someone that you want to be.

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Practice Self-Reflection

One thing that great writers do is find the time and space to deconstruct themselves. They self-reflect and write about those things.

That being said, give yourself the opportunity to spend some time with your thoughts and feelings. At first, it may not feel normal or right to you, but you have to be patient with it. Practicing self-reflection can lead you on the path to becoming a great writer. You just have to allow yourself to become one.

Putting This Into Action

Some of this may be vague and some of it may be far off from your own experiences. But if you simply follow some of these steps, you’ll find yourself learning, growing, and becoming a great writer. It won’t be easy. But if you really work towards it, you’ll accomplish it.

This list is not limiting; there may be things that good writers do that are not listed here. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.


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