Most kids love stories, not only at bedtime, but pretty much at any time. A good story stays with you a long time and even years later you're able to recall it, sometimes even using the exact words it was written in. Growing up the fairy tale loving kids turn into fiction appreciating young people, and a portion of them start thinking they would not only want to read good stories, but also write them. Those who have no doubt regarding their own talent write a book, several short stories or a series of articles and send them out to different agents and publishers in hopes of becoming an instant hit. Those who are not all that sure of their abilities choose to practice, to learn, to treat writing as an activity on the side until proven they have what it takes in the literary world or for as long as they find it pleasurable.

The aspiring writers, whether they want to write novels or poems, often choose writing courses at their school or local community college, but not everybody has the time or the money to sign up for a class. If you'd like to work on your skills but can't quite do it officially, your option is to get to work all by yourself and become your own teacher and student, writer and critic. You love to write, so you most likely keep a diary and type up a story here and there, make notes on the side, create something when you have the time. Being serious about your writing, though, you have to do more than just that, you have to rearrange your schedule and find the time to write every day.

Some days a lot of things happen, while others seem boring and uneventful. If most of your writing is a diary, on those slow days you may not even make an entry, or limit it to just a few sentences. Don't use that as an excuse not to write, but become creative and use that time to write fiction, to create unbelievable celebrity scandal stories, to write down your family history, to describe your perfect day or to write a children's tale starring your mini mouse. When you want to get published the story is important, but when you're just practicing, it's about your language, your composition, the vocabulary you use. If you can take a set of vacuum cleaner instructions and turn them into an easy to follow step by step, or describe any typical place so that the reader feels like they're there and want to be there, you'll be able to write a story that will catch a publisher's eye.

Creativity and catchy ideas are just a beginning for any article or book. You can have the most interesting plot, but if it's written in a choppy, heavy way, nobody will want to read it. That's why you need to practice your skills, play with the written word, write, rewrite and then write things all over again to discover your own style that will have a smooth flow, nice language and will keep the reader glued to your work from the first word to the last, no matter if you write a political thriller full of twists and turns of action, or a history course book for high schoolers.