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    How do you know when you've reached the peak of your writing skills?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by EvilFairy, Feb 25, 2010.

    Lately, I've been thinking, how do you actually know when to stop trying to learn more about writing, and when are you're at the peak of your writing skills. I'm only young so I know I've got much more to learn about writing, but I was just wondering if anyone thinks there is only so much skill you can learn or if you can always improve.

    Also, do you think you've reached your peak at writing?
    How long has it taken for you to reach the writing level you are at?

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    The day you believe there is nothing more you can learn about writing is the day you should quit writing.
     
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    I agree with Cogito. Also, the other day I saw a story I wrote about three years ago, when I was thirteen: It was, as people say, cliche-ridden, and badly written. These two past years in the forums have helped me greatly.
     
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    I am a firm believer, that with anything, the more you learn the less you know. Never let yourself think you've learned all there is to learn. Your skills will only 'peak' if you let them, if you stop trying to improve. Otherwise it will be a continuous incline of betterment until the day you die. There is no such thing as knowing everything. But just because you don't know all there is to know is no reason to not start.

    No way am I as good as I could be at writing and I may never be, I don't practice near enough. I've been writing creatively since elementary school, though never seriously.
     
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    Even the most veteran writers can grow. Think of it like martial arts, it's a life long journey. When martial artists get their black belt thats considered 'just the beginning'.
     
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    We can always be better at even our best skills.
     
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    Like most things, the more you do, the better you get. I'm 31 and only really started writing creatively 2 years ago. I have developed loads since then and hope I will continue to do so. I wish I'd started earlier though!
     
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    At the end of his life Nietzsche exploded into a raving lunatic and quoted bible passages and wrote strange letters to his friends on his deathbed. I think everyone reaches their peak right just before that happens.
     
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    I figure I'll hit my peak when I'm dead. Of course, not knowing what lies beyond the veil, I could be mistaken.
     
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    Like any other art, there is always room for improvement. As Cogito said, if you think you've reached your peak, it's time to stop writing and move on to something else.
     
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    I think everyone's comments are very interesting, and I must say, likewise, I think there's always room for improvement =] Though sometimes I get frustrated if a piece of writing is bad, and sometimes feel as though I'm not a good writer. It seems its something you can develop, with enough commitment, even a beginner can become an expert.
     
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    They key words here are patience and determination. Also, the word time is heavily linked with these two.
     
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    How do you know when you've reached the peak of your writing skills?

    I don't think you ever really do. Doesn't everybody doubt?
     
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    Who cares if you are at your peak? If you've not reached it yet, you need to keep working to maintain the improvement. If you've passed it then you need to keep working to slow the decline. Either way, keep working at it!
     
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    i'm 71 and, although i've been writing better than most since high school and have been writing at what you may consider a 'peak' [it's more like a plateau for me] if that means with 'perfected' skills, since my late 50s, there's always something new to add and i'll never just consider myself 'done'...
     
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    How can you reach the peak of writing? That's like saying you've learned all there is to learn about culture.

    You can't know everything about culture because by the time you've said it out loud, half of your knowledge is obsolete.

    It's a constant learning exercise.
     

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