These days, if you're an aspiring writer, most of the advice you'll hear concentrates on marketing: how to use social media, how to increase traffic to your website, how to self-publish, and so on.
But agents and editors continue to yearn for the same thing they've always wanted: great writing.
Perhaps, like most people, you assume that the only people who can become great writers are the ones born with great talent. But scientific researchers in the field of expertise studies have shown that innate talent is a myth. They've shown that what makes certain people great at what they do, whether it be chess or sports or music or business, is not innate talent but dedication to deliberate practice. (The findings of the research scientists are discussed in bestsellers such as Outliers
and Talent is Overrated.
With thirty years of teaching writing behind me, I've developed an innovative approach to writing instruction that's grounded in the proven principles of expertise development. I call this approach The Mastery Path: for writers who seek excellence
. It will show you how to develop your skills the same way athletes and musicians do—through deliberate practice and imitating models of excellence.
This approach is not for the faint of heart, nor is it for those seeking quick tips and tricks. But if you really want the skills that will make you a great writer, you can acquire them--if you're willing to dedicate yourself to practice.
To try out some free practices, visit WhereWritersLearn
Or take a look at my widely-praised books
I'm always interested in hearing from writers curious about my approach, or those who've tried it. You can reach me via the contact form on this site.