C is for Craft

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To me, writing is more than just a hobby or a pastime, it’s my craft.

The difference might not seem obvious, but a craft is something that takes practice and training and dedication.  It’s something that you hone over time.  You start as an apprentice, working hard to imitate those who came before you.  Next you become a journeyman, someone who can work on their own, but still has to turn to a mast craftsman for the most complicated things.  Eventually, if you work hard enough, you can become a master craftsman, someone others seek out for advice and encouragement.

Not everyone has the dedication to make it all the way to being a master craftsman, and even fewer have the ability and good fortune to become Grand Masters, those few and famous that are known by everyone.  But you don’t have to become a Shakespear or Chaucer to be a good writer and storyteller.  You don’t even have to be a best seller for that.

All you have to do is become the best that you can be at your craft.  Practice your writing, revising, and editing skills by continually working on your projects.  Work through them one at a time, or rotate through them at different stages, but keep working and crafting your stories.

I like to use challenges, prompts, and contests to keep me motivated to work on my craft.  What strategies do you use when you’re working on your crafting?

C

*Title Photo Is a Stock Image, Not my Work

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