10 Tips for Becoming a Better Writer
I’ve been writing for a long time, I’ve had great mentors, I’ve allowed my own process to evolve and I think I’ve learned over the years … so here’s what I have to offer:
- Be patient with your voice. Sometimes you’ll write something amazing right out of the gate, sometimes you won’t but that’s how it goes. It’s a big ebb and flow just like all creative things.
- There are things you can do to grease your creativity to have it more at your fingertips when you want it, but it’s not a perfect science and there will always be lulls … it’s called being human.
- I find that lulls in creativity usually make room for some really awesome writing … It’s like the brain gearing up for the next big thing!
- Write a lot. Make it a daily habit. I’m also a huge fan of actually writing on paper with a pen, but I know a lot of people simply type, you do you.
- Read your work out loud … as silly as it feels, especially if you live in a house with 7 people like I do … and you may be reading the latest sex scene you wrote .. LOL!
- Edit., Always go back and re-read, re-edit. In this day and age of computers, you always have the original copy you can go back to if you don’t like your edit. (Sometimes I think that erasers and this easy way to revert back is the bane to creativity though! I had an art teacher once that banned all erasers from class. Her mantra was to go with the mistakes. Afterall it definitely works your flexibility as a writer or artist as well as challenges your creativity.)
- Get yourself into a routine of tapping into your creativity. Whether that be daydreaming, making up stories or doodling. Tap into more than just writing on a daily basis, it’s all prompts to get your writing flowing
- Have fun, enjoy your own process.
- Know who you are … as a writer and as a person. If you’re not there yet … take some time to write and figure it out!
- This is the most important I think … be honest with your writing. That doesn’t mean you can’t write about all the beautiful lies your mind makes up, just write them honestly with your own truth attached.
Bonus! (Look I had an extra one in me!) Don’t shy away from the hard stuff. Tackle it with who you are, your experince, your honesty and your point of view.