I can’t express how many times I’ve heard the advice: “The best way to become a better writer, is to write more.”
You know what? I would argue that this is only the best way to becoming a better writer if you have someone providing feedback and guiding you along.
I would argue that reading other author’s works and putting what you see into practice would be the best way to learn how to be a better writer. If you’re reading more experienced author’s, you’re going to see how they build worlds and weave their stories. If you’re reading less experienced author’s, you’ll notice where they go wrong and see if you make the same mistakes.
The age of email and ebooks has made this process incredibly inexpensive and very convenient. Just load up your book of choice, and away you go!
But with the advent of the internet and the increasing popularity of writing as a profession, there are other ways to become a better writer.
Taking a class on writing is one of the oldest forms of “author education” there is. Most of your basic English courses at any college are going to help you improve your basic grammar and tighten your grasp on writing the English language.
And as you progress, there are more advances courses, focusing on a specific area of being an author. “Introduction to Fiction”, “Creative Writing: Fiction”, and “Introduction to the Novel” are just a few classes offered at the university that I’m attending. All of these class give you a chance to work on a particular aspect of your writing and receive feedback from your peers and from instructors.
Finally, there is the truly modern method of learning: the internet. Search the internet for “Writing Classes Online” and you’ll be looking through search results for days. Get on YouTube and do the same and you’ll find video after video of people talking about how to become a better writer.
Brandon Sanderson has a channel that puts up all of his lectures from BYU on writing fantasy, including many sessions in which he discusses the business side of being a writer. (LINK) I highly recommend watching at least a few of these if you get the time. And if you’re more of an auditory learner, there are podcasts galore that discuss writing both as an artform and as a business.
So if you want to become a better author, as a Modern Writer there are so many tools available to you. Go use them!