Monday, March 20, 2017

10 writing tips for new writers

Writing is scary to a lot of people. I am totally aware of that. Writing sends people into panic attacks, even if it's something that they want to do. While I am not a seasoned writer, I have learned tips that have helped me be more confident with my writing.

#1       Practice: You don't have to practice every day or every other day. I do suggest to at least set some time out for writing at least two or three hours a week. Don't worry what you're writing about when you set your practice time. it 
#2       Take online courses: There are a ton of MOOC's that are geared toward better writing and grammar. It might be childish to some people to work on your grammar once in awhile, but it's always a great refresher.
#3       Only accept positive criticism: This is something I learned first hand. I have had some pretty nasty comments about my writing. I have let it derail me more than enough times. But I have also had some positive things said about what I write. Those are the people to pay attention to if they like your work, and if they can give pointers. If someone doesn't have something positive to say, then ignore them.
#4       Only Write for yourself: This should be one of those, well duh type of things. But it's not. If it's not making you happy or you're doing it to impress someone. It's going to show in your writing, and you want the real you to show, not the you that's trying to be cool.
#5       Don't take little teeny jobs: Content mills may sound exciting to a new writer because you're writing for someone else. Most of them are a waste of time and their pay is very low. If you want to write for people, find a website, newspaper or something you can write for instead. Or do what I do the blog. 
#6       Forget what you've learned in school: As far as blogging and writing online is concerned. Everybody views stuff you write online, so you're going to have to be open to appeal to many people. You just have to make sure what you're writing makes sense and not a bunch of grammatical garbage.
#7       Take time to read: Reading does a lot for a writer. You don't have to read anything particular, magazines, another blog, whatever. Reading helps with your imagination and your creative process. The same thing with practicing reading goes for writing. You don't need to spend every day reading or hours a day reading. You just need to spend a little time reading. Even if it is on the toilet. 
#8       Don't force your writing: Forcing yourself to write is obvious. If you force something. It's not going to be natural, and writing when forced looks like garbage. It has no flow, and has no organic feel. Sometimes you do have deadlines, but that doesn't mean that you need to force yourself. 
#9       Keep a blog or journal: Keeping a blog or a journal does a lot of things. It helps document your progress. You don't have to have your journal or blog on public display for all to see. It could be your personal secret. It's all up to you. 
#10     Do not give up: If you love to write, don't give up. Sometimes we get stuck in believing what we're doing is a dead end. The truth being, if you give up, you wouldn't have made it as a writer and would be stuck with that woulda. shoulda coulda type of thing. With the woulda, shoulda, coulda mentality it can be very depressing. 

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