My writing did a huge improvement over the last 4 month I spent on Wattpad writing my own stories.
The most difficult thing for me was to actually get into the English writing, find fitting words and write them right as well as the grammar.
I, for myself, want to grow as a writer as much as I can, but I’m sure that I won’t reach any of the high skilled level any time soon. The reason behind that may be that I’m not originally English and have sometimes great difficulty with the language.
If you compare the first story I wrote in English and a newer one from me, I did improve in almost every possible way. My grammar and spelling are one of the things that still need a huge improvement and probably take a lot of time but that’s okay for me.
If I would Imagine myself in the next years and my writing goal, I would say that I’m at the same level as I am now. Just with a whole lot of improvement in the way I write. From there on I can think about going into professional skilled level.
One of the best experiences I ever made while writing, either in German or English, is that reading a book similar to the once you want to write ( genre does count too ) helps a lot. It gives you ways to reach out, helps you to find words you needed and maybe even gives you points to improve.
The best advice I ever got was actually from my teacher. She used to always tell us that following our goals and never stop just because the way to our goal season to be hard and bumpy isn’t a excuse to stop. It did work. Even when I thought that no one likes my work, that no one likes to read what I write because I’m simply not good enough, I wrote chapter after chapter.
Your own writing will improve over the time from itself ( reading books still does a lot of impact ). The worst thing you can do as a writer is to stop writing.
And that’s what motivates me all the time, it shouldn’t matter if you get 100k reads or just 2. It should matter if you get a million followers or just 30. All that matters is that you write for yourself, not the others.
You may not see when you improve yourself, but over the time everyone improves, just like I did.
It was out of fun when I gave my friends a story I wrote a year ago in school and a story I wrote now. I still can Imagine the expression she made when she saw the difference of my work. She wasn’t only amazed, she was inspired and truthfully that is all I needed to hear. She got inspired by my writing even if it wasn’t good, it was horrible. She got inspired to write her own story.
Sure, I still need a lot of improvement in any possible way, but by looking at my work and truthfully and hardly thinking about it, I think I did a lot of improvement already.
But only improvement isn’t what I aim for, not now and hopefully not in the future. It may seam strange to you all, it does sometimes seams strange to me too. But I hope to make myself happy with my stories. Why? A good question actually.
I noticed something in the way I write, every time when I’m happy about my writing, I did improve. If I didn’t improve, I wouldn’t be happy about the chapter I wrote.
I may only write on Wattpad for what seams to be a very short time in comparison to other who are there since I don’t know when.
But the things Wattpad writers and readers thought me, are the best personal experience I ever got so far.
( sorry for the long answer, couldn’t stop once I began )