10 Tips for Becoming a Better Writer

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. 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.)
  7. 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
  8. Have fun, enjoy your own process.
  9. 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!
  10. 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 clipartBonus! (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.

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