I like to write. This is the main reason why I started this blog.
I’d like to write even more because it helps me grow. My brain is a glutton for information. It eats and eats and eats until I can’t pack anything else in. Writing forces me to synthesize and organize my thoughts so that my audience can follow along and, as a result, my brain can happily gorge itself on more information.
Although I find writing extremely rewarding, I must admit that I could use some help on my process. I recently wrote an opinion piece for Oncology Times (link coming soon!) on the many ways, besides patient-provider interactions, that healthcare providers, researchers, and patients can all benefit from using social media. I feel strongly about the subject and had the background knowledge and research at hand to support my arguments, but I certainly went through too much (self-sabotaging) stress in getting it written.
I realize that my writing skills are a bit rusty since graduating 4 years ago and my process will improve with practice. But I also realize that forming good habits now will relieve some of the stress I go through when I write my next piece. So, a question to all you writers out there: how do you write better? What habits have you found helpful? Leave me a comment!