Monday, June 26, 2017

20 Writing Do's and Don'ts

I've been writing for over six years and have a thirst for any new tips and ways to improve my writing.

Check out the 20 tips that will help you become a better writer:

1.  Put thought into your punctuation, notably the use of commas and periods.  Your thoughts flow through the use of these two punctuation marks, put in the wrong place they can make your text confusing even when the words are clear.

2.  Always create and edit separately, because they are two different processes using different parts of the brain.  Doing both at once will confuse you.  Leave the job of editing last.

3.  Write regularly, daily if possible and for around 30 minutes.  You'll discover ideas flow more readily and words and language will become more familiar.

4.  Learn all of the good rules of writing.  Then learn how to break them.

5.  Get into the habit of reading a book and become a good reader.

6.  Don't rely on your spell-checker, at the end of the day you're the best spell-checker.

7.  Learn to accept criticism, pursue it at every given opportunity.  If someone gives you a harsh criticism don't be offended and get all upset, thank the reader for taking the time to offer it.

8.  Use a thesaurus and make the best of your vocabulary.

9.  Don't use unnecessary words in a sentence, use unnecessary sentences in a paragraph.  You wouldn't see unnecessary lines in a drawing would you?

10.  Routinely write 500 words and give yourself a deadline, then repeat it again and again.

11.  Write simply in language that your audience understands with the most relevant words.

12.  Get inspiration from "the Greats", learn from the best authors and writer's in history and model yourself on their writing style.

13.  If you end up writing a lengthy article don't worry about it, as long as it gets your point across. If you can do it using the least amount of words, even better.

14.  Write frequently, always completing your work using a sensible writing schedule.

15.  Model your sentences and paragraphs off another writer's, then imitate the correct structure with your own content.

16.  Stay away from long sentences.

17.  Write spontaneously!

18.  If you're writing fiction having a plot will help coordinate your thoughts and add consistency to the text.

19.  Refine your style by editing your older articles and blog posts.

20.  "Just Write".