Writing Tips

You stare at a blank piece of paper. Your mind is whirling, searching, flipping through the database in your brain of creative phrases, enlightening statements and “hooks” that will catch a reader’s interest. Sometimes the light bulb blinks on in that puffy balloon caption over your head, just like in comic books, but often as not, you have a block.

Best advice for a writing block is time. Stop thinking so hard. Move on to something else, like thinking up character names or titles. They are hard too, but a little more fun, and can take the mind in a different direction. Writers should always have a pen and paper handy wherever they are, for when a juicy idea strikes. Once you have a title, some thoughts written out, character names if you are writing fiction; or a clear topic if writing an article; then let the creative juices flow. Keep writing until your brain slows down

Some writers have fancy college degrees and perfect language arts skills and know how to avoid dangling participles and incomplete sentences naturally. Other writers go by “gut feelings” and need all the help they can get with spell-check, grammar software and proofreading tools. It doesn’t matter. Writing is a creative expression of your thoughts and hopefully words that people will enjoy reading.

Here are some basic helpful tips:
  • Don’t confuse the reader. It is the kiss of death. Most people will stop reading at the first sign of confusion.
  • Meet your reader’s needs. If you are writing an informative article, then get to the point quickly; if you have written a fiction piece, then pique their interest immediately.
  • Keep words short. Long words make reading difficult and often not necessary. Make your document easy to read quickly.
  • Use spellcheck often. Misspelled words turn people off as well as take the IQ of the writer down a notch. Same with correct grammar and structure. Use software to help.
  • Always read your work out loud, to yourself, children or pets. This is the best way to put you in the reader’s shoes. Rewrite anything that you stumble on.
  • When that feeling of accomplishment for a short article, or pride from a chapter you just finished hits you, stop. Chances are it is good writing, and your mind knows it. Complete your work, send it to the requestor, store it in your files and feel good about it, because tomorrow is another day and another story.

If you know of any more helpful tips for writing please add them in the comments section below.


23 comments posted

This is great information for anyone who is studying to become a Writer.

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 04/14/2017 - 23:47

My skills and pieces of writing does not suit the kind of society am living in,as a result i pack most of my work for readers i don't know...what should i do,please?

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 03/31/2017 - 19:37
write for your readers not for yourself

you should write for your readers, for your audience, especially if you plan to publish something and eventually to sell whatever you manage to publish...

your book, your output product of your writing process is a product in itself that must be appealing to your readers...

as such, do not write for yourself, but for your readers, give them what they want or expect, not what you want... sure, you can write whatever you want, but then don't be amazed and wonder why no one is reading and/or buying your book...

forget about what you want to say to the world... just say whatever the world wants to hear, regardless of how you feel about it... that again, assuming you want to sell your end product...

once you're a renewed and acclaimed writer, once you have an audience, your audience, your followers wanting your books, expecting books from you, once you have a positive cash flow from sales and/or royalties, then you can slowly start addressing issues that are important to you and you care about it.... and even then, it's a risky process as you can publish a book raising an issue that you care about, yet your readers-audience is not willing to accept it, or to digest it so well, as such you may damage your reputation in the process...

but, either way, until you reach that level, don't expect your readers to stick with you, to buy your books if you only write for yourself and not for your readers...

if you don't care what your readers want or need, or more importantly if you don't care if you sell, or if you even have readers, then write whatever you want to write about and save it for posterity in a drawer in your writer's desk...

but, if you want to have readers, to build an audience, and more importantly to publish and to sell, then you need to change your approach and write for your readers, not for yourself...

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 10/03/2017 - 22:09

To write something very attractive, first you must know the basic grammar. Be it simple, doesn't matter, as long as it is correct.
Learning 2-3 new words a day keeps your writing more standardised.
If awesome ideas about any strikes you, note it and if you don't want to write at that instance then keep it revealed in your mind.
I love writing anything.
Here's my quote, "A writer is never satisfied with their vocabulary, they tends
learning more"

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 02/05/2016 - 04:35

Writing is like exploring the hidden treasure which lie in our unconscious mind.While writing we discover exotic beauty of our thought body which was covered by veil of ignorance. Admire this Beauty..

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 07/24/2015 - 15:49
Just write

Get a blank piece of paper, or blank word document, and just start writing.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 05/05/2015 - 19:59
Literature mirrors life.

Literature which has three genres; viz- the drama, prose and poetry is not only artistic as majority perceived but also scientific, psychological, and philosophical. Because the three afore-mentioned genres can be used to express one's thoughts and feelings in any field of study and occupation in life. I love reading and writing. They are hobbies I can't do without. Any attempt made by me to do without them is like I'm imprisoned. I prefer to be imprisoned without been disallowed to read and write. I love them. They are very germane in my life.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 03/31/2015 - 23:34
Grade 5 devices

My daughter is doing a book report and is being asked what and how literary devices were used. Which ones are 5th grade level?

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 09/14/2014 - 18:11
Might be too late, but here are a few --

Conflict, foreshadowing, metaphor, imagery, and plot. In any good 5th-grade level novel or short story, all of these would be present, and they are fairly easy to find, understand, and describe.

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 11/07/2014 - 00:24
this website sure helps me a lot in literary devices

this website sure helps me a lot in literary devices

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:58
me too

me too

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 07/08/2016 - 05:50

how can i minimize my grammatical mistakes??

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 06/22/2014 - 18:46
avoid using shorthand

avoid using shorthand

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 08/19/2014 - 15:54
Have an open mind...

When thinking about life in general, writing tends to be clouded with emotion that can interfere with the writing you may have previously written. Come up with something new, and see where you can take it. some books took years and years to become the final products they are today. Research and soul-searching for the right plots, and characters, and settings the best way to find the joy of writing.

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 05/02/2014 - 06:02
As a freelance proofreader.....

I have read my share of terrible manuscripts and the #1 problem I see when I proofread and edit is the use of too many characters.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 04/24/2014 - 14:33
Reading poetry helps get the writing started

When I worked as a journalist, I had to read a lot of terribly written press releases. After a while, I felt like the poor writing was seeping into my brain and affecting my work. I countered that nefarious influence by opening a book of poetry I kept in the office and reading a poem or two. The intense, concise nature of a good poem is so amazing it feels like fireworks going off in the mind. Then I could return to my own writing without the sludge seeping through!

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 03/27/2014 - 16:58

I find it very helpful to keep a journal, and write in it consistently. I constantly write letters to God. I put into sentences what I'm grateful for in life, and write whatever else I want without worrying about being judged. I find a safe place and write till you need a break.

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 09/13/2013 - 01:17
Journaling is a great way to

Journaling is a great way to get ideas flowing. I also like to keep a little composition book in my pocket. I often write down interesting sentences and quotes I come across as well as vocabulary. I make note of the source in order to refer back to who said it or wrote it and to make sure I am not plagerising. I'll use the intersting sentences and quotes to teach myself how to express my ideas more clearly.

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 03/08/2014 - 00:07
You should an idea about what

You should an idea about what u r going to write. :-*

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 05/14/2013 - 09:04
this too!

I've been taught, and know from experience that the best way to avoid writer's block is to READ beforehand, and as much as possible. "You can't draw water from a dry well," as my teacher would say. It is best to read well-written things, and I've found it helpful to focus on the style you intend to write. True, this is more like a vaccine than chicken soup, but it sure works!

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 08/04/2012 - 21:10
I agree! Inspriration comes

I agree! Inspriration comes from somewhere because there is nothing new under the sun.
Reading quality literature does expose one to interesting vocabulary, varying sentence patterns and styles of writing.
It's helpful to get ideas from other works. When you come across ideas stated in ways you like, copy those sentences and then practice re-writing them in your own words. Take note of the author's use of language and imitate it. Many well known people throughout history have copied great works and as a result they have become great thinkers, writers, artists, etc.

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 03/08/2014 - 00:03
Well put! A great tip to put

Well put! A great tip to put into practise.

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 12/02/2013 - 01:23
have a big bucket

Have a big bucket of exposure to life and pick out what you have to say. Then go read someones bucket to see what they have inside. Pour the stuff you like into yours and mix carefully . Pass your bucket to some one else..

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 12/01/2013 - 08:49

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