Learning from the Masters

July 18, 2008

If you want to improve the overall quality and form of your writing, try the modeling approach.

Whether it’s fiction or nonfiction, if a certain chapter by a renowned author really makes a first class impression on you in terms of great writing, I would recommend copying that chapter in longhand and re-writing it at least 6 to 8 times. To reinforce the sound of quality writing, I would also read that chapter out loud a few times.

This modeling technique will impress upon your mind, both at the conscious and subconscious level, an overall feeling and capacity for quality writing.

Obviously, you will want to retain your own voice and style, so I wouldn’t recommend doing too many of these exercises in the middle of a major writing project. However, it’s a great technique to use in between projects to learn the rhythms of moving language and sharpen your acumen for quality writing.

Sharif Khan
Freelance Writer, Book Consultant
Author of “Psychology of the Hero Soul”
An inspirational leadership book on awakening the hero within
(As mentioned in USA Today, Reader’s Digest, Toronto Sun)


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