Want to work on your writing craft, even if you’re busy with other things? Tackle your skills one month at a time.
Once a month, I’ll suggest a single writing skill to work on.
Focus on it for the month—in your emails, your work or personal writing, your journals, or anywhere you write.
Rotate through different aspects of the craft one month at a time, and you will strengthen your writing skills.
We often think about beginnings in January. Use this month to work on the way your writing pieces start.
When you write anything this month, pay extra attention to the start. This includes:
- Email subject lines
- Email first lines
- The first line of a social media post
- The introduction to a report
- The beginning of a chapter
As you look at the beginnings, ask yourself a few questions:
Does this compel the reader to continue?
If not, how can I make it more interesting?
If it’s an email, is the first sentence about me, or about the recipient? (Hint: try making it about the recipient.)
Start by doing this after you draft, but before you publish or send. As you get more comfortable, you can try to integrate the strong starts into your drafting process.
Do this for a month, and see what happens! Let me know if it makes a difference for you.
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