Writing Tips – G is for Growing as a Writer

2016 April A to Z

“When you stop growing you start dying.”
― William S. Burroughs, Junky

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G is for Growing as a Writer

Growing as a writer  is one of the most important things we can do for our writing. That may seem obvious but besides writing daily what do you do to grow as a writer? Writing workshops, reading, writing challenges and contests, joining a writers group and staying inspired are some of the things you can do. But what about vocabulary? Are you actively work on growing your vocabulary as a writer? I like to randomly open a dictionary, choose a word on the page that either I don’t use regularly or I’m unfamiliar with, and free write for three to five minutes about that word. Never stop learning.


How do you keep growing as a writer? What writing challenges or contests have you participated in besides the A to Z Challenge?

Morgan Dragonwillow



You Can Also Visit the Story Dam Team Member’s A to Z Posts:

Morgan’s theme is The Ramblings and Photos of a Wild and Juicy Heart. Stop by: Morgan Dragonwillow’s blog
Tui takes us on a quirky road trip with her Offbeat Travel Pics at: Tui Snider’s Offbeat & Overlooked
Patricia is changing things up this year and diving into Diary of Phobias. Read them at: Patricia Lynne’s blog

Every April, bloggers from all over the world participate in the April A to Z blog challenge, and you can too. It’s a lot of fun and it’s a great way to meet other bloggers.

To play along, all you do is make a blog post for each letter of the alphabet during April, then use the blog hop linky to visit as many other bloggers as you can. For the 3rd year in a row, the StoryDam team is sharing A to Z posts with Writing Quotes & Encouragement as our theme. We hope you enjoy them!

Check out more April A to Z Blog Challenge Participants by clicking the link below:

Find out more about the April A to Z blog challenge, and check out the other participants!


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Morgan Dragonwillow: Poet , author of Wild Woman Waking & Dancing within Shadow, massage therapist and facilitator of magical journeys who (mostly) doesn't let her fears get in the way of her passion for writing and creating. When she isn't working with clients, writing or dancing you can find her encouraging and supporting her writing community at #StoryDam#OctPoWriMo, & #PoetsonthePage You can also find her on Google+


  1. My editor is doing wonders for helping me to grow as a writer. He just sent back a chapter with really cool feedback.

    Thanks Marvin!

  2. Right now, I am working on applying my editor’s feedback for my next novel. I participate in NaNoWriMo each year to write the first 50k words of a new novel. And in the middle of last year, I took a break and wrote poetry for a change of pace. Keeping my mind active with plenty of reading also helps.

    Gail’s 2016 April A to Z Challenge
    Theme: The Fun in Writing #235

  3. I do write every day, read a lot, and work on my vocabulary at least weekly. My grandmother read her dictionary faithfully and taught me to love words. I enjoyed your post. 🙂 Visiting from atoz

  4. I do a lot of reading, don’t have the money at the moment to travel to workshops. I did pick up Stephen King’s On Writing at the library, so I can’t wait to dive into it!

  5. Writing workshops are my favorite way to grow as a writer, but unfortunately I didn’t get to attend any this year. I was signed up for Sleuthfest, but my dad died and I had to cancel. I like to take writing classes/seminars when I can as well. I never really thought about just opening a dictionary and choosing a random word, but that’s a wonderful and inexpensive idea. I also like writing prompts. I try lots of different things. Anything that will spark my imagination works for me. I also read a lot. I read fiction and I also read a great deal of non fiction, writer’s craft, how to books. I’ve learned most of what I know from the amazing people whom I’ve met through blogging, from either their blog articles or their published writer’s craft books or from attending their seminars or on-line workshops.

    Melissa Sugar

  6. Podcasts! I am thoroughly enjoying them and they fit beautifully into my schedule while I’m gardening or walking or traveling. The Creative Penn, Rocking Self Publishing, Writing Excuses, Create If to name a few.

  7. I recently started writing flash fiction through http://www.carrotranch.com They have been quite stimulating and have yielded surprisingly good results. I’ve done a number of writing workshops through the Sydney Writer’s Festival but I’m now in writing mode and it’s time to “Just Do ii!”
    I also read writing books.
    Great post. Thanks very much.
    xx Rowena

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