The 22 Best Writing Tips Ever

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The best writing tips ever

Brian Clark over at Copyblogger has issued a challenge to bloggers in his post “The Cosmo Headline Technique for Blogging Inspiration.”

The idea is to use headlines from magazines like Cosmopolitan for inspiration, and to write your headlines before composing your article.

I’ve taken Brian up on his challenge and as a result, I bring you the 22 best writing tips ever.

Best Writing Tips


These writing tips cover the basics and the most important aspects of writing.

  1. Do it. Write.
  2. Read as much and as often as you can. Remember, every writer is a reader first.
  3. Keep a journal or notebook handy at all times so you can jot down all of your brilliant ideas.
  4. Make sure you have a dictionary and thesaurus available whenever you are writing.
  5. Be observant. The people and activities that surround you will provide you with great inspiration for characters, plots, and themes.
  6. Invest in a few valuable resources starting with The Chicago Manual of Style, and The Elements of Style.
  7. Grammar: learn the rules and then learn how to break them effectively.
  8. Stop procrastinating. Turn off the TV, tune out the rest of the world, sit down, and write.
  9. Read works by highly successful authors to learn what pleases publishers and earns a pretty penny.
  10. Read works by the canonical authors so you can understand what constitutes a respectable literary achievement.
  11. Join a writers’ group so you can gain support from the writing community and enjoy comradery in your craft.
  12. Create a space in your home especially for writing.
  13. Proofread everything at least three times before submitting your work for publication.
  14. Write every single day.
  15. Start a blog. Use it to talk about your own writing process, to share your ideas and experiences, or to publish your work to a reading audience.
  16. Subscribe to writing blogs on the Internet. Read them, participate, and enjoy!
  17. Use writing exercises to improve your skills, increase your talent, and explore different genres, styles, and techniques.
  18. Let go of your inner editor. When you sit down to write a draft, refrain from proofreading until that draft is complete.
  19. Allow yourself to write poorly, to write a weak, uninteresting story or a boring, grammatically incorrect poem. You’ll never succeed if you don’t allow yourself a few failures along the way.
  20. Make it your business to understand grammar and language. Do you know a noun from a verb, a predicate from a preposition? Do you understand tense and verb agreement? You should.
  21. You are a writer so own up and say it out loud: “I am a writer.” Whether it’s a hobby or your profession, you have the right to this title.
  22. Write, write, write, and then write some more. Forget everything else and just write.

Do you think these are the very best writing tips? If you have any tips to add to this list, leave them in the comments!

About Melissa Donovan
Melissa Donovan is a website designer and copywriter. She writes fiction and poetry and is the founder and editor of Writing Forward, a blog packed with creative writing tips and ideas.

Comments

123 Responses to “The 22 Best Writing Tips Ever”

  1. Michele says:

    Great tips, Melissa! Very encouraging ;-)

    Smiles,
    Michele

  2. This is a wonderful list of 22. I love how you’ve covered so many important elements but broken them down to simple rules to live by. :-)

  3. anon says:

    These are some great advice but may i point out that at number 2, when there was no litriture out where did the first writers come from if there was nothing to read?

  4. Woundedduck says:

    Be sure to re-read anything you wrote while “inspired”: it usually sucks. Your best writing is done with a cool head.

  5. Deepak Adhikari says:

    Very useful tips for an aspiring writer like me. But, i believe I follow some of those.

  6. Kevin says:

    I’m going to get to work writing my own list right now!

  7. iblogcn says:

    Great tips!

  8. MadMolecule says:

    On #7, I’d add some emphasis: “Learn the rules and then break them. But LEARN THEM FIRST.”

  9. cynthia says:

    I have been ever so unmotivated of late, I feel a bit encouraged by these tips. Thank you.

  10. J.L. Graham says:

    Very nice set of tips here. I’ve been in this business for over two decades and I can attest to the fact that she didn’t miss a thing. Good job.

  11. Ryan says:

    Thanks for the great tips. I have been procrastinating about starting my own blog, and your advice is very helpful. Plus, the “Shoots and Leaves” will make a great gift for one of my grammatically-challenged co-workers.

  12. Wasco says:

    This a shoddy list. I cant think of any way this process and encouragement could actually better someone. It is treating writing like a job that anyone can be trained to do, involving only education and refinement of skill, when really writing is an expression of thought that does not require perfect grammar. If it understandable it can be proofread by someone who treats writing like employment. The author needs the ability to materialize plot and characters, even poetically. Just create great characters. Kurt Vonnegut has much better advice than this.

  13. Jeff says:

    wow, almost all of these, except for the ones that mention blogging, are right of of “On Writing” by Stephen King.

    way to make an effort

  14. Wasco,

    Writing is a job that most people can be trained to do. The best writers also possess some talent, which simply makes them lucky. Oh, and this list was not compiled specifically for fiction writers. I tried to put together a list that would be useful for a wide range of writers, whether they are freelance copywriters, poets, or authors (fiction or non-).

    Thanks for stopping by.
    Melissa

  15. Jason Adams says:

    Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule.

    - Stephen King

  16. Melanthios says:

    Wow. Unlike a lot of advice I’ve seen about writing on the web, these tips are actually useful. ^_^ I’m so jazzed!

  17. Jenny says:

    I’m working on a novel so I will be sure to remember these.

  18. jennifer says:

    These are some awesome ideas and I am going to try and use them all , they are all very useful tips that everyone needs.

  19. JJBean says:

    I tend to agree with wasco … this list is pretty cliche, though I bet it would be useful to amateurs or people who like to journal. If you want to work on a professional level, this list won’t help. Oh, and writing is absolutely not something anyone can be trained to do. That doesn’t mean you *have* to have gobs of talent, but without some natural facility, you’ll never gain a real audience.

  20. Jobi says:

    I cannot even begin to tell you how much starting a blog got me going. And all after, oh, about 40 years of wanting to write!!!

  21. Webster says:

    You should look “comradery” up in the dictionary.

  22. Mike says:

    Melissa, recently I added your great post to my favorite stumbleupon. Apparently, the referred image alarmed you as ‘stealing content and/or bandwidth’, which I never intended, but apologize if this caused you any trouble. Perhaps my whole idea about social bookmarking needs finetuning.

  23. Alfonso says:

    Thanks for the advices is just what i needing.

    English is not my second language but the websites I’m promoting.

    Is a big challenge for me to be a copywriter using another language but it’s works and will works.

    Best regards
    http://alfonsoruiz.ws

  24. hiproductions says:

    These are great tips for writers in every field ‘camaraderie’ or not. When you get some good short film scripts send them my way and I’ll make them into movies. Thats what writing is all about. Camaraderie.

    Andrew Hamilton
    Hamilton International Productions
    http://www.hiproductions.com

  25. JEMi says:

    I stumbled upon this page and I’m glad I did. I’m going to take heed to your list :)

  26. John Smith says:

    There’s too many of them

  27. Tiffany Monhollon says:

    Great tips! I think that learning the rules and then breaking them applies to more than just grammar – it applies to structure, to headline writing, and beyond. Especially in blogging. Freedom, flexibility and creativity in writing are so critical, as is variety. It’s so easy when you write often to come up with formulas that work – and then stop looking beyond that for what could be better, or even just more interesting. That’s why I loved this challenge from Brian so much. Glad you participated!

  28. JBM Smith says:

    “How to be A Great Writer” – Charles Bukowski
    You’ve got to fuck a great many women
    beautiful women
    and write a few decent love poems

    and don’t worry about age
    and/or freshly arrived talents.

    just drink more beer
    more and more beer

    and attend the racetrack at least once a week
    and win
    if possible
    learning to win is hard-
    any slob can be a good loser.
    and don’t forget your Brahms and your Bach and
    your beer.
    don’t overexercise
    avoid paying credit cards
    or anything else on time.

    get a large typewriter
    and as the footsteps go up and down
    outside your window

    hit that thing
    hit it hard
    make it a heavyweight fight
    make it the bull when he first charges in
    and remember the old dogs who fought so well:
    Hemingway, Celine, Dostoevsky, Hamsun.

    If you think they didn’t go crazy
    in tiny rooms
    just like you’re doing now
    without women
    without food
    without hope
    then you’re not ready.

    drink more beer.
    there’s time.
    and if not
    that’s all right
    too.

  29. Cynth says:

    The best book ever about writing is called ‘Writing Down the Bones’ by Natalie Goldberg. My sister gave me that Stephen King book, and it pretty much was an uninspiring mishmash compared to Goldberg’s tome. I’ve tried reading practical books about writing books and have come to the conclusion that the only way to make money as a writer is by writing a book telling other writers how to write.

    Of course, if you’re more interested in getting a paycheck than in actually writing, then the “practical advice” including that in King’s book will work. But some of us long for the lost art of not writing either gory or tawdry bestselling fiction.

    One bit of advice you do miss, and one that I find more than useful, is to complete your higher education. You don’t have to get a Master’s Degree to be a writer, but it sure helps to get your book published if you have a few letters attached to the end of your name. Either that, or be a celebrity.

    Regarding point #11, it really does help to have other writers read your work. There are many writers-only community websites that don’t cost anything to join–Gather.com being one of them. I have learned more about writing from being in that community than by reading any book on the subject, no matter how good or recommended that book may be.

  30. Azhar says:

    the list is really keepable in (at least) mind…!!!

    thnx….

  31. KC says:

    I don’t want to offend an above commenter, but I completely disagree with having to have a higher education to write, as one of the above commenters said. If someone loves to write, then WRITE – don’t worry about your status in life. Not all published authors possess college degrees just as Bill Gates and many others also don’t have collegiate degrees. Just because you have a degree doesn’t mean you can write. Anyone can write. A rare few possess that extraordinary quality that puts them on the top tier of literary genius and those people were not taught that by any level of degree. However, a degree does help for technical and non-fiction writing or to get a job at a newspaper. I hate seeing people say they can’t write because they don’t have a college degree. I’ve read writing by people with college degrees that was terrible and writing by those without degrees that was some of the best writing I’ve ever read. When you have a pen in hand or sit down at your computer, throw away your social status, your background, etc. and breathe life into your story. Your actual writing will say FAR more about you than a title behind your name will.

    I would never aspire to BE a writer, buying every book on the subject…you just DO it. Look for interesting stories to tell (they are all around you). Open up a local newspaper, watch people, become intrigued with people in the real world. A writer’s best tool is a natural sense of curiousity about the world and the desire to tell the story behind it. If you can drive down a suburban street and wonder about the lives of those behind closed doors, you have the curiousity it takes to write good fiction.

    One great writer I’ve read said that if you want to write lyrical and beautiful content, read poetry before you write. For some reason, it works. It’s like it shifts the gears and takes your writing to a whole new level.

  32. I get the feeling that you think if someone wants to be a writer that they should… write a lot?

  33. Stik says:

    To anon: I’d venture a guess and say that many of the first writers were transcribers of stories/poems passed down through oral tradition. A good example of this is Homer. The Odyssey and The Iliad were originally performed as songs. Given their lengths, writing them down is a preferrable alternative to going hoarse on a regular basis.

  34. sandy says:

    Really fruitful tips……..Thank You

  35. greywulf says:

    Excellent advice, all.

  36. Bihar says:

    I agree.Good tips for writting.

  37. Matthew Ramsey says:

    Melissa,

    God knows I had a hard enough time constructing this response to your tips without utter abuse, and perhaps I will never be a great writer, but I believe that your 9th suggestion is an outrage.

    In fact, I couldn’t read past it.

    Imitation is suicide. I don’t understand how you or anyone as an individual with a unique voice could possibly identify with the mantra that you seem to espouse in your 9th tip.

    I’m certain, since you’ve read the “great authors”, that you’ve read Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay “Self-Reliance”, but it may be worthwhile for you to revisit such an important expression in defense of the individual’s voice in order for to become a better advisor to young writers.

    Matthew Ramsey

  38. Matthew Ramsey says:

    “in order for *you to become”

    Irony.

  39. Cynth says:

    I agree with Matthew Ramsey on his main point. Imitation only serves to perpetuate the myth that the only writing worth doing is in service of the publishers and their egos as well as their bad taste in writing. Authentic authorship is not as cost-effective for publishers to promote as is “fast food” writing.

    The sad reality is that people are averse to taking chances. So-called “revolutionary” writing is hailed when the only radical approach these writers take is to twist the same plot that everyone else uses so that it really isn’t all that different in a substantial way. The music industry is just as bad, asking original-sounding artists “can you sing more like Mariah Carey” or “can you play this song more like U2? (You can use whomever else fits nicely in their stead.)

    Of course, we’re just hitting our heads against this new wave of intellectual fry cooks who would rather make money than create significant original writing. After all, there’s really no money to be made in being true to our voices when the same old crap sells. There is no end to those more than happy to write to the tastes of the lowest common denominator. The same is true of non-fiction as well.

    This may damn me for an everlasting place in the pantheon of the shunned, but I couldn’t care less about that. Life is too short to write horrid fiction anyway, and the best authors are those who are better known a century after they are dead–another sad commentary, showing that dead authors who won’t rock the boat are preferable to living ones who do.

  40. Cynthia and Matthew,

    I appreciate your strong feelings about imitation. However, since nowhere in this list did I encourage writers to imitate, I’m quite unclear as to how you’ve both become so engrossed in the issue.

    If one’s intent is to become a writer, then it stands to reason that one would make study of the trade, and in doing so, would read a variety of literature, eventually gaining understanding of what gets published, what sells, what readers enjoy, and what earns recognition and acknowledgment.

    For those who want to make a career out of writing, it must, on some level, be treated as a business. Anyone with an ounce of business sense will tell you to do your market research.

    This doesn’t mean you should sell out, or lose your voice, let alone use another’s voice. It just means know what’s out there, if for no other reason than to make sure you don’t, unwittingly, imitate.

    Melissa

  41. Tiffany says:

    I’ve been feeling so dry lately when it comes to my writing. I’m twenty years old and I feel so inexperienced with life. But these tips are helping me revive my writing past.

  42. Ruth Taylor says:

    At the age of 74, and with no college experience ,I am sure I will never be a ‘great’ writer. you have,however, renewed my desire to write. My passion is people and life, and writing my outlet. I want to touch hearts and make the world a better place,at least for some, or someone. I will write from my heart,though I know without the head there would be no writing. Whatever may be, I pray the world will be a better place because I tried.
    Thank you for the inspiration to try again.

  43. Jason says:

    Great tips! Cosmo will be jealous…

    -Jason
    QuickEssayEditing.com

  44. Leslie Carbone says:

    23. Read your draft aloud.

  45. Friar says:

    I like what you said about Rule #7. Learn the grammar rules, and then break them.

    The trick is to know how to adapt to your audience.

    As Mr. Project Engineer, I spend the entire day writing dry technical documents that obsessive-compulsive managers love to micro-edit to half to death. This is when strict adherence to proper grammar and spelling is mandatory.

    But, when I write as the Friar, I kinda relax the rules (like I am right now). It’s more fun to write this way even though it’s not grammatically perfect. It also makes my stories more readable.

    If I wrote my Blog as Mr. Project Engineer, I’d have zero readers.

  46. @Friar, I used to work as a technical writer and for years I did mostly business writing. Switching back to a creative mode takes a bit of effort ;) (for me, anyway).

  47. Friar says:

    Melissa

    I agree….until recently, the only writing I ever did was technical. It’s painful, nit-picky writing.

    This “creative” writing is completely new to me. I need to unlearn some of my old habits.

    Kind of like trying to teach a draftsman who’s only used AutoCad how to paint a landscape.

  48. @Friar, I hear you! It’s a difficult adjustment but I’m sure we both can do it!

  49. Jon says:

    I used hypnotherapy to help beat writers block – it really works!

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  53. D says:

    Cynth:

    I disagree about the Stephen King book. He does not advise anyone to write the way he does, and his instruction and encouragement are not geared at teaching writers how to do so. King gives a lot of solid advice in his book. His recommendation to avoid deliberately trying to increase your vocabulary is among the best advice I’ve heard or read anywhere– no one can be a good writer using words he doesn’t know how to use properly.

    You may not like King’s work, but he writes for himself and has luckily found an audience who likes to read him. You might consider his writing awful tripe, but it’s written for a little more than profit. If you have any doubt, compare King’s novels to Dean Koontz’s.

    I also think it’s more than a bit hypocritical to recommend reading practical advice only if you’re more interested in getting a paycheck than writing well, then, in the next paragraph, to recommend having “letters” attached to the end of your name in order to get a paycheck for your crappy writing. Higher education is certainly valuable (I have both a baccalaureate and a professional degree), but getting your crappy writing published because you have a degree does not make your writing better than writing published because it is “gory” or “tawdry.”

    Anything that helps a writer identify the flaws in his writing and work to diminish them is the kind of instruction that writer needs.

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  55. Martin - Writing Prompts says:

    You can never underestimate the power of writing poorly. I have friends who get so frustrated that their writing isn’t coming out well so they just call it quits. It’s important to remember that it might turn out bad sometimes, but you need to find what you like in the poor stuff and expand on it.

    • I think most artists and creative people go through phases where they struggle and everything just seems to come out all wrong. That’s why sticking with it is so important. Never give up!

  56. Great tips. I really like the one about creating a writing space in your own home. When I had my own place, I had an extra room that I could use as a writing study, and it did wonders for my concentration.

    Now that I’ve moved back in with my parents, it’s harder to find the space. Of course, writing isn’t about where you do it, so it’s not a big deal, but I’m looking forward to the day when I can have a writing study again.

  57. Future_Wordsmith says:

    I wanted to offer a tip of my own, for consideration. When I’ve written numerous pages at a time and I feel as if the ‘moment’ is passing, I like to have a cd burned with instrumentals of different songs to kind of carry the emotion over page by page, word by word. The classics, such as Beethoven and Mozart are helpful keeping me mellow and yet still inspired and of course if the story calls for drama, or excitement- I must have some Biggie Smalls instrumentals playing in the background. ; ) Hope that would help someone if they tried it.

  58. Sarah says:

    When you can’t write anything, it means you need to read something.

  59. Writing tips says:

    good tips

  60. Rob Graber says:

    I especially like rules 6 and 10. Strunk & White is indeed great! More extensive guides I really like are Sheridan Baker’s THE PRACTICAL STYLIST and Diana Hacker’s A WRITER’S REFERENCE.

    Though not a Vonnegut fan, I can’t help enjoying an odd-sounding rule attributed to him:

    Write like somebody else.

    (This will have zero appeal to most writers of free-verse poetry, who think that the whole point and sole point is to express YOURSELF.)

    :-,?

    • I haven’t read much Vonnegut (maybe none), but I am extremely interested in reading some of his work. I’ve eyed Hocus Pocus a few times and it’s definitely on my wish list! Wonder if I’ll like it… I do like “write like somebody else.” That’s a great tip for fiction writers!

  61. Dinesh says:

    Really very useful tips. Thanks a lot !
    .-= Dinesh´s last blog ..An idea on Pay Per Click (PPC). =-.

  62. Reeferino says:

    Some writing tips:
    Writers always need to be true to themselves.
    Write down everything.
    Know your proofreading marks.
    Take a college level or English Compsition course.

  63. Reeferino says:

    FOCUS on one subject or topic.

    • I almost included something like that, but then I realized that single-subject writing doesn’t work well for many writers. But if you work best when sticking to one topic, then you definitely should. This is why one of the secrets of great artistry is trying different methods and techniques to see what works best for you. Thanks!

  64. VickyC.me says:

    Amen to #21
    “I am a writer” :)
    .-= VickyC.me´s last blog ..Are You Overdosing On Healthy? =-.

  65. Andrew Nattan - Unmemorable Title Copywriting Blog says:

    It amazes me how many times people have to hear point 1 before they get it. The only way anyone succeeds at anything is by practising. If you’re not writing more than the next man, you’ll never learn to write in a more interesting way than the next man.

    Thanks!
    .-= Andrew Nattan – Unmemorable Title Copywriting Blog´s last blog ..Is Your Professional Voice Boring? =-.

    • Even though we writers are supposed to avoid cliches, “practice makes perfect” comes to mind. There’s a reason it became cliche (because it was true enough to be repeated often!).

  66. Alec says:

    True inspiration!!!

  67. Tracey says:

    Great tips. My biggest problem is to stop thinking about it and just do it. Another tip, is to build a website about something you’re passionate about. To be successful you need a lot of content, so by having a website you have a goal and many pages to write.

    I started my creative writing website a little over a year ago and have over 99 pages of content built, it’s a great goal to work towards!
    .-= Tracey´s last blog ..About Site Sell =-.

    • Passion is crucial when you’re developing a website. I’ve learned that firsthand after several projects that I started never got off the ground. You know what they say: do what you love and the money will follow. I would add to that: if you do what you love, joy will always be present.

  68. Raine Ishida says:

    “8. Stop procrastinating. Turn off the TV, tune out the rest of the world, sit down, and write.”

    Translation: Get off of Facebook and write!

    This is my biggest problem. Too often do I find myself wasting time on Facebook when my creative juices are flowing out of my ears… I have found that my best writing happens when I’ve turned off my Internet and given full concentration to my writing. …with inspirational music playing as well, of course. :)

    • Absolutely. Facebook and Twitter are fun and they can be useful as marketing tools but mostly they are just time-sucks. I haven’t been using either very much for the past few months. I kind of miss them and I’ll go back eventually, but for now, I’m just too busy and I’d rather write and play music when I’m not working. Stay away from those evil Facebook games! They can be a writer’s greatest adversity!

  69. Zahid says:

    great tips, quite encouraging….for aspiring writers…keep it up

  70. Great tips. Having a blog has been the best way for me to improve my writing. I often need to go for a walk to clear my head before sitting down to write

    Julia M Lindsey
    Our Little Books

  71. cmdweb says:

    These are truly great tips. Number 3, about carrying a notebook is one of the most valuable. You never know what is going to pop into your head at any point in time that you might want to jot down. If you have a memory like mine, it’s the only way to capture things. I had a great idea yesterday but I can’t remember what it was… I just remember it was great. D’oh!
    Also, as I get older, I’m people-watching much more than I did in my 20s and 30s. That’s where huge amounts of my inspiration comes from.

    • I agree 100%. I always have a small notebook nearby and keep them stashed in my purse, car, nightstand drawer, etc. Also, now that I have a smart phone, I can always use that to make notes or do a quick recording so I don’t lose my ideas. I used to call myself and leave voice mails if for some reason I didn’t have a notebook with me.

  72. shera _hasasa says:

    how can i improve my vocaaabulary and also how can i minimize my writing errors.give me some short cut ideas if u can.thanks.

    • Unfortunately, there are no shortcuts. It takes a long time to develop solid writing skills and a well-rounded vocabulary. However, one of the best things you can do is read. Read as much as possible and read work that is well written. Look for work that is published by credible and reputable publishers – the literary classics, for example.

  73. T. Archer says:

    “Writer’s carry their dead.”
    Meaning, don’t ever erase any of your work, even if you think it’s terrible. You never know when you might want to use it!

  74. Becca says:

    I think all 22 of these tips are great, my favorite one is number 2!

  75. Ricardo Fajutagana Maulion says:

    Great inputs there again Melissa. I like numbers 17 and down. All the rest are experienced and precondition for the making of a writer.

  76. Elaine Conley says:

    I just ordered several copies of Melissa’s book, 101 Creative Writing Exercises for my grandchildren. I started writing a memoir over a year ago; Melissa has inspired me to stick with it. Melissa’s tips are helpful and inspiring. Writing Forward is a brilliant concept.

  77. Peter Minj says:

    Hi Melissa,

    As newbies should we try to write like the novelists who churn out bestsellers one after another or tell a tale which our heart longs to convey in our unique style?Our styles may not always be interesting and I don’t think one should sacrifice the uniqueness of his craft ever.That’s what defines us but then,how to make our work more sellable?

    • Peter, I think you should write what you want. If you want to be a commercial bestselling author, then by all means, study that part of the industry and go for it. Personally, I prefer writing from the heart and stories that are more unique (and some of these do make the bestseller list). It’s worthwhile to take some time and set goals or decide what kind of writer you want to be. Style comes with years of practice and experience and is a matter of taste. If you’re just writing your first novel, I would recommend that you focus on getting it written and worry about selling it later. Lots of writers end up tucking their first novels into a bottom drawer and chalking it up to experience (myself included).

  78. Richard Archer says:

    Amen to “Write”! I started years ago and allowed a couple of rather nasty experiences to stop and it takes three times as much energy to start (again) as it does to keep goint

    • That’s true. If you can form a good habit to write every day, it’s easier to keep going. I like to write (fiction) late at night and it’s getting to where I can’t sleep if I don’t put down at least 500 words (usually I get over 1000). Even if it’s messy, senseless, and I know it’s going to get cut, I have to do it. That’s a habit I don’t intend to break!

  79. Osman says:

    Am willing to be a best writer but due to social status am slow in achieving my dream.

    • One of the wonderful things about writing is that it’s accessible to people of all social statuses. Ray Bradbury educated himself at a local library and became one of the most celebrated writers in the world. Read a lot, write as much as you can, and you’ll do fine.

  80. Sandipan says:

    One of the most important challenges before an author is figuring out how to enrich and add value to the audience and in so doing to stand out from the pack in a meaningful way.

  81. Jennifer says:

    I just love this article! I love it!

  82. EYINMOSAN ANINO DICKSON JNR says:

    I generally will subscribe to the assertion in your tips especially the nos 17 which ponders on writing irrespective of whether there are grammatically correct or wrong,valid or invalid but the bulk still rest on the individual personality involved cos it takes a determine mind to still continue on that streak knowing fully well that his writeup are poor and uninteresting.However, like the aphorism entails ‘winners never quit and quitters never win’

    • I find it’s the best way to capture lots of ideas that are flowing quickly through my mind. Love the quote “winners never quit and quitters never win.”

  83. smith says:

    thankyou! that was really helpful, im only young but i think writting and reading is for me as i enjoy it so much, you never know maybe i could be a writter some day, thanks again helped me soo much!

  84. Anthony T says:

    Carry a voice recorder or a mini note pad with you so when an idea pops in your head you can instantly record it, or write it in your note pad.

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