Learning to write isn’t always easy. You can read good books and study how they use the language. Read blogs about writing techniques. But really the only way to learn how to apply that is to write a lot then turn it over to people to tear apart. It can be heart wrenching, depressing, discouraging and brilliantly enlightening.
In addition to having my work critiqued I have two ways of “practicing writing” These are things that aren’t filled with the same anxiety as my wip. Things I write just to learn a technique and never go further than that so there’s no pressure. One is five minute fiction. It happens every Tuesday and helps me loosen up and think things through. Quickly. The other is the exercise folder at Compuserve. There they give a prompt or assignment once a month on a skill or technique. Everyone posts their attempts and we suggest and give advice to each other. I’ve never done it and not learned something.
How do you practice writing?