I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. Even as a child I was writing poetry, short stories, and telling my siblings fantastical bedtime stories. It’s just always been a part of me.
But just because I love it doesn’t mean it’s easy. The most successful of writers can still struggle with time, energy, and motivation. It’s just a part of life that no one can avoid.
In my own writing journey, I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks that have helped me. Writing is a craft; it can take years to perfect and master. But that’s the sign of a great writer: growth.
So, I’m here to share with you my personal favorite tips for writing. You can be writing anything: blog posts, novels, short stories, poetry. It doesn’t matter because it all counts in the end.
“I get a lot of letters from people. They say, ‘I want to be a writer. What should I do?’ I tell them to stop writing to me and get on with it.” —Ruth Rendell
Eliminate distractions. This can be easier said than done sometimes. We have jobs, family, pets, health, and day to day inconveniences or changes. I’ve seen some authors say that having a dedicated writing space is helpful – it conditions your brain into recognizing a specific room as the place of inspiration.
If you’re like me, you may not have that option, so another one would be a dedicated writing time. For me it’s usually early in the morning or at night after my toddler has gone to sleep. I use the daytime to do my day job, household chores, and whatever obligations I have.
It’s all about balance and deciding what belongs in your life and what doesn’t. At the end of the day, there will always be a reason why you can’t write. Be kind to yourself while still holding yourself accountable.
Write as often as you can. This goes hand in hand with number one in that you may not have the ability to write freely. However, I do think inspiration can strike at any moment. For this reason, I carry a notebook with me in my purse and in my car so that if I’m not home, I can jot down whatever I’m thinking.
You can also use your phone’s notepad as well, and I do a lot of writing on the fly on my phone. However, there is something different about writing something down on paper. Psychologically speaking, writing things down with pen and paper helps you follow through as well as retain information better.
If there is a day that you absolutely can’t write for one reason or another, take a chill pill and let it go. No matter how best we organize and strategize, there will always be things that happen outside of our control. Take a breath and remember that tomorrow is another day.
Write what you want to read. Is there a story you’ve always imagined that would be super cool? Then write it! Take a step away from the bookstagrammers and marketers for a moment and write that story that you’ve always wanted to read.
Chances are that someone else out there wants the same thing and they are waiting on you to write it! The more you write, the stronger your skills will become. Take your plot and run with it!