The links below provide a set of core articles (1,000–2,000 words) on ten core skills or competencies a professional writer would do well to master.
Note: I don’t promise success! However, I am convinced that it lies in the direction indicted here.
At the end of each article, I’ll provide links [yet to be added] to a few additional Blue Zoo blog posts on that topic with more important tips.
If you want to grade yourself, give yourself a score of 1–10 on your competency in each topic. Otherwise, read each piece as you have time, and pat yourself on the back if you agree (or have a well-considered alternate approach!) and have a good handle on the needed techniques involved.
The core skills are loosely grouped into 1) Being a Writer, 2) The Craft of Writing, and 3) Career Development
Ten Core Competencies
Being a Writer
Overcoming Obstacles & Weaknesses [text to come]
The Craft of Writing
Creative Techniques [text to come]
Create Characters We Care About [text to come]
Use Language More Beautifully [text to come]
How To Pitch Your Writing [text to come]
Develop Your Marketing Platform [text to come]