7 Valuable Ways of Becoming a Better Writer from Roald Dahl’s story “Lucky Break–How I Became a Writer” included in the collection The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More by Roald Dahl:
1. You should have a lively imagination.
2. You should be able to write well. By that I mean you should be able to make a scene come alive in the reader’s mind.
3. You must have stamina. In other words, you must be able to stick with what you are doing and never give up, for hour after hour, day after day, week after week, and month after month.
4. You must be a perfectionist. That means you must never be satisfied with what you have written until you have rewritten it again and again, making it as good as you possibly can.
5. You must have strong self-discipline. You are working alone. No one is employing you. No one is around to fire you if you don’t turn up for work, or to tick you off if you start slacking.
6. It helps a lot if you have a keen sense of humor. This is not essential when writing for grown-ups, but for children it’s vital.
7. You must have a degree of humility. The writer that thinks that his or her work is marvelous is heading for trouble.
Do you agree/disagree with Roald Dahl's advice? What’s your favorite Roald Dahl book or story? Though I love all of his books, my favorite is James and the Giant Peach!
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