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These 43 writing tips will improve your writing style forever
Writing tip # 1: Write.
Write. Every single day. Forget everything else and just start writing.
Writing tip # 2: Just start.
You just have to sit down and start writing. If you have written a sentence, then you can also write two sentences, or even three. Or 1000. Always one by one. So writes Stephen King .
Writing tip # 3: Be like a mini skirt.
No one likes endless sentences. Write short words, short sentences, short paragraphs. Be so short that people can not help but look.
Writing tip # 4: Break open the bars.
Writing exercises are great for improving your writing style . Go beyond your limits and try again and again in new genres, styles and techniques. Get out of your usual prison.
Here is a writing exercise: Get upset, get excited. That will unleash your language.
Writing tip # 5: Be a turtle
Never think about 10 pages a day. You will never succeed. Write one page a day. Or half. The trick is that you write daily. Every day 500 words are 182,500 words per year. So you can create more than one novel every year. Amazing, right?
Writing tip # 6: “Hello, my name is Arash and I’m an book cover designer!”
Say it out. Tell people that you are an author . It does not matter if you write professionally or it’s just a hobby. When you write, you can also call yourself an author .
Why is that important? If you are not serious, your readers will not take you seriously either. Stand by what you are.
Writing tip # 7: Always read.
Reading should be as important to you as eating. Take every opportunity to read, whether it’s a book or a magazine. Because every writer is first and foremost a reader.
Because every writer is first and foremost a reader.
Writing tip # 8: Copy the pros.
Read books or posts by successful authors , bloggers or journalists. From them you can learn a lot and apply these tricks yourself. Copy it especially at the beginning of your writing career. Later, you can detach yourself from them and develop your own style of writing .
Writing tip # 9: Collect the best interest.
The best interest brings an investment in yourself. In your knowledge. In your skills. There are many books, courses and seminars about writing that cost money . I stopped counting how much I invested in blogging . But I also collect great interest now, working only 4 days a week.
Writing tip # 10: Stick to the “big boys”.
How do you attach yourself to someone digitally? Through a newsletter. That sounds banal, I know. But let me explain: I got some of my biggest insights from newsletters. Why? Because you can get through the email list to the “big boys”. All good bloggers answer their newsletter subscribers. I do it anyway – even though I have thousands of readers.
Writing tip # 11: Do not lose your mind.
Do you have a spontaneous article idea when shitting? Then write it down immediately. The best is a small notebook or your smartphone. Whatever you choose, always have it at hand. If the muse kisses you, you have to have your lipstick on paper – otherwise you forget everything again.
Writing tip # 12: Have a treasure chest.
Not only your own ideas should you write down, but also foreign ones. I call it the “treasure chest”. Copywriters call it a swipe file. In it you collect anecdotes, stories or quotes that are especially powerful. If you have a writer’s block or you need a story to get started, look in your treasure chest.
Writing tip # 13: Be an observer.
Everything that happens around you is material for a text. But you have to lift your head and watch. Look people in the eye. What do you feel? Why are you in a hurry? Where does this ketchup stain come from? All stuff for your next intro.
Writing tip # 14: You do not need any tools.
Software is totally overrated. It just distracts you. You do not need an expensive writing program for writing. Later, a professional tool makes sense, but in the beginning it is often just an excuse. Stop the excuses. Just open Word and get started. Or take a classic blank sheet of paper and a pen. So it has been handled the last centuries and Johann Wolfgang and William have written immortal texts with it.
Writing tip # 15: Use tools.
Always have a dictionary or dictionary at hand when you write. Or even better: use a checklist. So I have 11 points, which I check off with every blog article. Look up is not bad. Writing bad is bad.
Writing tip # 16: Learn the grammar.
That sounds boring now. Sorry. But at least you should know the basic rules of grammar. You do not have to do word acrobatics, just write correctly so people understand you. Example complacent? Commas save lives: come eat grandpa. Or: come on, Grandpa. You decide.
Writing tip # 17: Break the grammar.
If you master the rules of the language, then you can deliberately break them. I emphasize consciously. Too many writers accidentally make grammatical mistakes.
Learn the grammar. Break the grammar.
Writing Tip # 18: I’m a blogger now.
Start a blog . Do not make it too complicated. The most important thing is the passion. Everything else can be learned.
Writing tip # 19: Sit on the boat.
Become part of a writing community. Your colleagues can support you and kick your ass. It’s best to find someone better than you.
Writing tip # 20: When you write, there is only your text and you.
Do not turn away. If you want to work, turn off the TV, mute your phone and if necessary, disconnect the Internet. I always turn off the internet while writing. Focus separates successful authors from unsuccessful ones.
Focus separates successful authors from unsuccessful ones.
Writing tip # 21: Write at the right time.
Just do not stop in the morning when you’re most productive. Get started right away. Best before breakfast.
Writing tip # 22: One by one.
Break big projects into small steps. If you take one more step each day, this will not only give you a sense of achievement, you will also be closer to your goal. Stephen King was once asked how he writes. His answer: “One sentence at a time.”
It does not matter how slow you go. The main thing is you go.
Writing tip # 23: Separate the processes.
Separate your research clearly from the writing process. Do not jump back and forth, or you’ll waste a lot of mental energy. If you write, then write. If you research, then research. And most important: forget the “delete” button when writing. It is only used when editing.
Writing tip # 24: Writing is work.
Even if you do not (yet) earn any money with blogging , take the writing seriously. Be reliable, write daily, stop fooling around. Your muse is your boss and if you work badly, then she fires you. Seriously, if you neglect the writing, then your inspiration flutes.
Writing tip # 25: Pull through.
Do not revise your text while writing. Once you start writing, finish writing. Write until you run out of air. You can always improve your text with hindsight. If you are constantly deleting and revising your text, you will never get past the first page. You are then like a karate fighter kicking himself in the balls all the time.
Writing tip # 26: The first draft is always shit.
Do not let minor things stop you when you write your first draft. You can also correct or look up dates, names, or quotes later. Errors and inconsistencies you can catch up. But finish this design. Accept that the first draft is just a draft. A pile of shit is still better than a bunch of nothing.
A pile of shit is still better than a bunch of nothing.
Writing tip # 27: Sleep over it.
Read all your works three times before you publish them. It’s best to spend a few hours or even a day between writing and correcting, so you have a different view of your own work.
Writing tip # 28: Correct by hand.
Print your texts as often as possible and correct them by hand. This gives you the reader’s eye and enough distance from your text. Also, you always see things on paper that you never see on screen.
Writing tip # 29: Kill the worthless.
Always ask yourself if the sentence you just wrote continues your story or your article. There is a simple rule for short and crisp texts: Everything that can go should go.
Writing tip # 30: Edit your text.
Unfortunately, this is not self-evident. Too many bloggers just cut out their first draft. Yes, that saves time, but it is an imposition for the reader. If you respect the reader – and you should – then always edit according to the following criteria:
- Is the sentence clear?
- Is the sentence pictorial?
- Is the sentence short?
Writing tip # 31: I do not have time to tweet.
Do not waste your time on Facebook or Twitter. Be so busy writing that you do not have time for social media. If you still want to build a community, set clear times for social media – but not during the writing process.
Be so busy writing that you do not have time to tweet.
Writing tip # 32: Overcoming writer’s block.
You have a writer’s block? Not bad. Get out the door and get your head free. Talk to a person about the topic you’re stuck with. A new perspective can open your eyes.
Writing tip # 33: Do not lose the flow.
If you’re stuck, write another text as long as you can. An article. A manifesto. It does not matter what you write. The important thing is: do not come from the flow.
Writing tip # 34: You need fixed working hours.
Set yourself every day firm and especially undisturbed working hours. Writing takes longer, focused periods of time. Without these fixed dates writing will always be just a flirtation – and never a solid relationship.
Writing tip # 35: Write your 500 words a day.
Determine for yourself how many words you want to write per day. It can be 500, 1000 or 2000 words. You decide. It is important that you commit yourself and only stop when you reach this number. Without exceptions!
Writing tip # 36: Look back and patting your shoulder.
Look at what you’ve done in the last few days and weeks or even months. If it is more than nothing then you have already achieved something. Tap on the shoulder for that. Small successes have to be celebrated. Because this will give you more confidence and that in turn gives you power to continue writing.
Writing tip # 37: The permanent workplace.
Create a job for you. For example, set up a desk that you only use when you work. When you sit down at this place, automatically switch to “work mode”. No coffee, no food, no internet. Here is only worked. I am therefore not a fan of writing nomads – it simply lacks the focus.
Writing tip # 38: The unusual workplace.
Airplanes and trains without Wi-Fi are wonderful for writing. And even better for revising your texts. Because you can not go anywhere else and have nothing else to do. Use this time.
Writing tip # 39: What happens?
Concentrate more on what you have to say instead of what you want to say. If you have something to say, you will touch people. If you have nothing to say, even the most beautiful words will not help you.
If you have nothing to say, even the most beautiful words will not help you.
Writing tip # 40: Write for the reader.
Never write for yourself, but always for your audience. If you have only one person in your head for whom you want to write, then you will really write. Stephen King put it aptly: “Without the reader, you’re just a quacking voice in the void.”
Writing Tip # 41: Write what’s in your heart.
Never write about a topic that you can not stand for death. In the end there is a pile of dirt on your paper. But if you put your heart into something, then only something great can come out of it. Without passion for your topic, the best writing tips will not help you.
Without passion for your topic, the best writing tips will not help you.
Writing tip # 42: Stop when it’s the most beautiful.
Stop it if the reader does not expect it. Be a good joke: always a bit too short. So many readers have complained about my new book that it was way too short. Better the other way around.
Writing tip # 43: Mistakes are good.
Allow yourself to make mistakes . You will not make everything perfect and not every post or book will be a bestseller. We humans are like this: We learn best from mistakes.
Writing tip # 44: Go the extra mile.
A good entrepreneur always delivers more than expected – a good blogger and author as well.