Most writers realize they need to build their writing skills. Especially early on, when the writing career is just a dream and the writing reality is that you don’t know how to bring what’s in your mind to the page. You need to read the kind of stuff you write, you need to read about writing, and you need to write, and you may also need classes, workshops, critique groups, and other training opportunities to get yourself to the point where what’s in your mind actually makes it to the page.
But, what about the rest of it?
You see, writing isn’t just about writing. At least, a writing career isn’t just about writing. It’s about speaking, blogging, networking, giving interviews, marketing, planning, development, and a host of other things. Most of this requires at least some form of training. Some learn it in school. Others learn it on the job. Others have to find books, workshops, and support groups to teach them these skills.
Once you start to launch your writing career—assuming that you’ve developed your writing skills adequately to have a writing career—you need to reorient your learning to these other skills. It’s great that you can write, but a lot of people can write. Now, you have to learn how to capture an audience.