The Best Way to Learn to Write: Writing Retreats, Workshops or DIY?

We all have a writer\’s magic hidden behind our own layers of limiting beliefs. You don\’t think so? That\’s one of your limiting beliefs! 🙂 Successful authors know that you can learn to write. Julia Cameron, author of The Artist\’s Way says that each and every person has within them a source of creativity, that it can be watered and it can bloom. (Why Write: 11 reasons to start)

While you fight your inertia, resistance and limiting beliefs, it\’s always a good idea to seek help. There are resources that offer a combination of practical advice, inspiration, writing exercises, and community support to help you learn and enhance your writing skills.

Please remember that ultimately your own consistent practice, reading, and seeking feedback are key components in improving as a writer.

Today, we bring you a comparison of the pros and cons of going to a writing retreat or attending a creative writing workshop, as well as DIY writing:

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Writing Retreat

I found a beautiful Himalayan writing retreat that I would love to go to.

Pros:

  • Focused time to write. Writing retreats typically offer a distraction-free environment where you can focus on your writing.
  • Expert guidance. Many writing retreats are led by experienced writers and editors who can offer feedback and guidance on your work.
  • Networking opportunities. Writing retreats can be a great way to meet other writers and build relationships.
  • Inspiration. The change of scenery and the focus on writing can be a great way to spark inspiration.

Cons:

  • Cost. Writing retreats can be expensive.
  • Time commitment. Writing retreats typically require a significant time commitment.
  • Not for everyone. If you\’re not comfortable working in a group setting, a writing retreat may not be the best option for you.

Creative Writing Workshop

Pros:

  • Learn from experts. Creative writing workshops are typically led by experienced writers and editors who can teach you new techniques and skills.
  • Get feedback on your work. In a creative writing workshop, you\’ll have the opportunity to get feedback on your work from other writers and the instructor.
  • Network with other writers. Creative writing workshops can be a great way to meet other writers and build relationships.

Cons:

  • Time commitment. Creative writing workshops typically require a significant time commitment.
  • Not for everyone. If you\’re not comfortable working in a group setting, a creative writing workshop may not be the best option for you.
  • Can be competitive. Some creative writing workshops can be competitive, which can be off-putting for some writers.

DIY Writing

Pros:

  • Freedom. When you DIY your writing, you have the freedom to work on your own schedule and in your own way.
  • Cost-effective. DIY writing is free or very low-cost.
  • Flexibility. You can choose the topics you want to write about and the genres you want to write in.

Cons:

  • Lack of feedback. When you DIY your writing, you may not have the opportunity to get feedback on your work from other writers or editors.
  • Can be isolating. DIY writing can be isolating, as you may not have the opportunity to connect with other writers.
  • Easy to get discouraged. When you\’re DIYing your writing, it can be easy to get discouraged if you don\’t see results quickly.

Ultimately, the best way to learn to write better is to find a method that works for you and stick with it. If you\’re not sure which method is right for you, I recommend trying a few different options and seeing what works best for you.

There are many other resources to help you on your writing journey. Perhaps they could be part of your DIY writing journey. They are the books on writing, blogs and websites, podcasts and communities.

Join us and let\’s make a Elizquidana writers community. Do share your comments on the resources that you\’re using. Together, we\’ll learn to write and express ourselves better.


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