How do writers grow? How can we keep improving, accepting new
challenges, exploring new terrain? How do we prevent ourselves
from slipping into a cozy, self satisfied, stagnation, where we
are saying the same thing or using the same form over and over
And how do we know if we've unwittingly settled for a hidden
Ask yourself the following questions: Do I still feel excited
by what I write? Am I discovering something new? Do I ever have
trouble understanding what I've put down on paper? Do I ever feel
I've failed as a writer?
If you've answered Yes to any of these questions, then you are
probably heading in the right direction.
Moving forward, striving to develop the talents that G-d has
given us, is an ongoing, perpetual task. There are many ways to
achieve this. A few that come to mind: Staying in touch with your
real feelings about what you write. Reading other writers' works
that you like. Joining a writing group. Finding one other writer
to share work and feedback with. Brushing up on basics such as
grammar and vocabulary building. Trying to write in a new form
or style or about a topic you've never written about before.
So experiment. Try something new in your writing. Watch out for
those hidden plateaus. And keep growing as a writer.
Esther Susan Heller is a published
author and the director of the Jewish Writing Institute.
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