Top 10 Writing Tips

  1. Smile! You’re a writer. Welcome to the club!
  2. When you finish your first draft, take a month long break before editing and revising. Fresh eyes always help.
  3. Share your work with people you trust! You can’t improve your craft if you don’t allow others to provide feedback. That being said, understand that you should take every suggestion with a grain of salt. You’re the writer, so you’ll make the executive decision in the end.
  4. Writing prompts are your best friend.
  5. Read all the time! Read in your genre; read out of your genre. Read the classics, read modern stories. Whatever you choose, devouring the literary work of others will only help you grow as a writer.
  6. Reward yourself when you’ve accomplished your goal. Whether you’ve finished NaNoWriMo or completed your weekly word count, you should be proud of yourself. Grab your favorite candy, go shopping, or plan a date with Netflix… You’ll be motivated AND refreshed afterward!
  7. Keep it fun! Write in your onesie, with your fake glasses that make you seem smarter, or wear the super cute beanie you’re too afraid of showing off in public. Break out that new writing journal, blast some music before your writing session!
  8. Take breaks… I mean it. If you’re feeling drained, your writing will also give off that vibe. Go play with your puppy, take a walk, or call a friend up. Your mental health should always come first.
  9. “Good writers define reality; bad ones merely restate it.” Edward Albee
  10. Persevere. We’ve all had the person in our life who has tried to tear us down, but a passionate writer will continue to chase his or her dream no matter what. You are skilled, you are talented, and you will reach that end goal if you put your mind to it. You are NOT defined by those who have placed doubts in your mind.
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