After reading tons of books on writing, taking classes, buying apps and gadgets, it's somewhat anticlimactic to realize the only thing that will make me a better writer is to write. Every day. I'm so guilty of frittering away my writing time by searching for the secrets to success for writing and marketing that bestseller in someone else's finished book, ebook, blog or podcast.
After awhile though, it's like reading a book on swimming. It can be fascinating but as you can imagine, it would be quite difficult to learn how to swim without ever putting your big toe in the water. You can't become an Olympic swimmer and make the technique seem so effortless and natural unless you're in the pool. Rain or shine. (Maybe they take time off for holidays, I don't know, but you see where I'm going).
Anyway, it's a no-brainer and I said it in less than 10,000 words. If I want to become a better writer, then I must write with the understanding that I will only be able to tease out my true masterpiece after countless revisions and edits. It sucks. It's much more fun to talk about my idea for my new novel than it is to actually to sit down and write it but that's what I have to do if I am to call myself a writer. I have to write and accept that I will always be a work in progress.