I’ve kind of made a pact with myself: I’m going to write regularly. A little bit, every day…I’m just gonna start.
Writing well is hard. The more I get into writing and editing regularly, the more I see this fact. The only way to get better is consistent practice at it – that’s it.
Writing for radio is different than writing for print, but one thing remains common, no matter what media format you are working with:
Write conversationally, for Pete’s sake!
A great habit I developed in public radio is to always, always, always read out loud what you write. Ask yourself this question: “Would I have actually said it that way in conversation?”. And, perhaps more importantly, “Would anyone I’m talking to get what I was trying to say if I wrote/said it this way?”
Other goals for this year:
Take a class/workshop on writing.
Get a coach, or at least someone I feel comfortable who can push me along toward getting better.
And. that’s my post for tonight….