I’ve loved writing for a long time and therefore have accumulated some advice over the years. I thought I would take some time to share some of these tips with you! If you have any to add, feel free to add them in the comment section!
1.) Always have a pen or pencil around
- You don’t know how many times I’ve been somewhere and out of nowhere, started coming up with words for a poem, lyrics to a song, or lines for a story. Sometimes there’s a pen around and sometimes there isn’t. In those times, I get pretty frustrated with myself. As a writer, you should always have a writing implement around. Let’s face it, sometimes we forget some of our best ideas!
- I know. You’ve probably heard this little piece of advice so many times that you want to scream, but reading is fundamental to becoming a good writer. First of all, reading a good book inspires us to write something of our own. Reading great books is what made me want to be a writer – I wanted to be a part of the process. Also, looking at what makes literature and writing so wonderful is a great way to learn how to write well yourself!
3.) Be careful how much you share with others
- I don’t mean to make anyone paranoid here, but there are people out there who will be happy to steal your work and claim it as their own. As writers we shudder to think of this type of thing, but plagiarism does exist. Therefore, always be careful when sharing your work and never share too much. Your work belongs to you and no one else should be able to take that away.
4.) Take the time to edit but don’t beat yourself up if you miss something
- As writers, we want our work to be perfect. While we shouldn’t rush through our writing or skip the editing process, we also need to understand that we’re all human and that we all make mistakes. I know how hard it can be to not obsess about those mistakes or think that they make us bad writers, but the truth of the matter is that we’re not bad at writing just because we make errors. Hell, even editors make mistakes sometimes.
5.) Never, ever give up on your dreams!
- Writing can be hard, there’s no doubt about it. It can be frustrating if you start a story and then it somehow gets lost along the way. It can be irritating when you send your story in to a million publishers and every time, you get a letter back saying that your work wasn’t accepted. While all of these things can make a writer disappointed, that does not mean that we should quick. In fact, it just means that we should try to learn to be better writers and to put even more effort into our work. Practice may never make perfect, but it sure does improve our chances of being successful!
How about you? What are your tips for yourself and other writers? Have you tried my tips? Do they work for you?