People in today’s world who enjoy writing. They want to become great authors or at the least want to practice their craft of writing.
I’m one of these people. There’s nothing I enjoy more than writing in the morning when I wake up and sharing my writing with the world. It’s a feeling with added perks like helping you wake up in the morning. I’m actually writing this article after I woke up this morning because it helps me wake up. I’m someone who hates mornings and cannot wake up to save my life. With that said, I feel as though writing in the morning to wake up is now a crucial part of my day. Where does writing fit in yours?
Advice that can help you become a better writer in general. Let’s get more specific though. Let’s get into ways aspiring writers can improve their writing and find their voice in their own words.
1. Write About What You’re Passionate About
Now when most people think passion a lot of them think money or getting paid. You have to get away from that mindset. You think about passion think about what you love doing regardless of profit. We assume you love writing which is a great start but what can you mix with it to have a fiery passion to write constantly? I love to write but when you add something else to writing I gain extra passion and an extra drive to write and produce articles. I don’t expect everyone to love writing like I don’t expect everyone to enjoy football, gaming, storytelling, or anything else I enjoy that a lot of others don’t.
When it comes down to brass tacks I like writing and I enjoy teaching people about. A great example of this would be me starting a blog or a YouTube channel to teach people how to become better writers. These play off two passions I have being writing and educating people.
What are you passionate about?
If I were to look for a writing job I’d have boxes to check. With the assumption that writing is a love we have the next step is finding a sub topic or the topic you’re writing about in which to fuel your passion. Writing is enough for some people; yet, for a lot of people it matters what they’re writing about. It wouldn’t be the best move to apply for a makeup and skin care blogger position if you don’t know anything about the topic or you don’t care about the topic at all. I’m a male and I don’t find makeup interesting. Some guys do, but for me that’s a bad move. I would become bored with the topic and my content would suffer due to the lack of interest. Don’t let yourself fall prey to boredom or lack of passion.
2. Write Every Day
The best practice to become a better writer is simple. Start writing every day. You don’t have to share every piece you write every single day but it’s a good habit to foster. You practice your writing and you will gain skill in the art. Find where writing fits into your schedule. It doesn’t matter when. You can write about whatever you want. With no limitations, of course. It’s all about practice. However you practice is acceptable. The tip is writing. It doesn’t matter if you write stories, work on a book, articles, journal entries, or whatever else you want. What matters more than anything is putting pen to paper to be creative with your writing and allowing yourself to improve on the art of writing.
As I mentioned in the beginning of this article, I write in the morning. I’m not saying you have to, of course; however, it does help people wake up. What I’d suggest to anyone and everyone who reads this is to make space in your schedule. Find a block of time you can devote entirely to your writing. I’d suggest writing at least one hour a day. In that hour I try to meet a goal of between 800–1,600 words. If you cannot write for an hour then I’d say write as much as you have time for. If you are a slow writer change your goal. Try to meet that goal of one hour per day as it will allow you to become a much better writer as well as get you in the habit or writing during a certain block of the day.
If you write more than one hour a day then I’d suggest finding word goals that fit your speed and style. Depending on the content I’m writing about determines the amount of words I can output in an hour. If I’m writing about something I have to research or think about a lot then I’m unable to meet that 1,600 words per hour mark. Yet, if I’m writing about something I know well or thing I have already thought about the points and what I want to say then I can hit 1,600 words or more every hour.
3. Share your writing
Writing helps you get better, of course, but there’s nothing that helps more than sharing writings with others to get feedback and seeing the impact of your words. After spending an hour writing an article instead of sitting on that article and trying to see if a publication will pick it up share it with people. Share it with your parents, teacher, professors, friends, other family members, bosses, coworkers, or anyone who you can. You should get as much feedback as possible on your writing because views will lead to growth as an author.
If you’re open to posting your writing on a blog site or an article site like Medium I would highly suggest that. Medium can be a great way to share your writing and possibly even make a small amount of money on the platform and build an audience. You can also make yourself a personal blog site using WordPress if you want. There are tons of options to get your writing out into the world to share your writing and gain a following.
There’s always something to be about your own personal review of your writing. It’s valuable; but, getting feedback from others is a game changer because people see what you miss. Different people have different minds with different opinions and preferences in their readings. Some read fiction so when you share a DIY article with them they may dislike it and have a lot of criticism for you. In that case take it with a pinch of salt and move on with your life. You can always learn something from every single person who gives you feedback no matter how minute.
4. Learn From Others
When you’re learning how to play soccer you watch professional soccer or whatever league of soccer is above your level. For example, if you’re a middle school soccer player you’ll go watch high schoolers. If you play high school you go watch college and pro.
Likewise, if you want to play in the Overwatch League you’d want to watch Twitch streamers and pro OWL players.
As a writer you should actively learn from others. I’m a fan of fiction and non-fiction. I also write for both sides of the coin. I learn habits and techniques from R.A. Salvatore, Steven King, and others. Similarly, I learn from non-fiction writers like Hal Elrod, Gary Vaynerchuck, and Sean Cannel. You can learn from anyone and everyone. Chances are if someone has their book on a best-selling list then you can learn a lot from their style. It’s up to you who you want to learn from. You can learn vocabulary, sentence structure, storytelling, and anything else you can imagine. Learning seemingly miscellaneous techniques to learn can include notation, the foreword, chapter length, and structure.
You shouldn’t copy someone’s writing but there’s nothing wrong with drawing on aspects of their writing style to draw from to build your own writing style. Most people unknowingly take writing styles from their favorite authors. There’s nothing wrong with that and I suggest knowingly drawing inspiration from others. Draw style tips from others. There’s nothing wrong with any of it so long as you’re not directly copying their work.
The fifth is of course outlining your writing. Everyone loves a good outline…not! Most people hate outlines and will do anything to avoid their use. Not when writing but when planning topics to teach, videos to record for a YouTube channel, or even topics to cover for a podcast. Everyone wants to get away from outlines or scripting information but you can’t.
It’s not possible to get away from outlines if you’re writing more than 30 pages you’ll want one. If you want to write a book you’ll need one. It’s a need. Accept it. Learn how to make a good outline for yourself. It doesn’t matter if your outline is ‘traditional’ or anything like that. What matters is if the outline works for you.
You’ll want to organize your thoughts and points into a small piece of paper. You don’t need more than a page. If you want to write a book then you’ll have around 10 pages or more of an outline that covers the basics of each point you’d like to cover. When making an outline you don’t have to make it in depth. When I do outlines I typically use bullet points with one or two words, so I can come back and flesh out that part or point into something much more robust that gets the message I want to get across well.
Wrapping It Up
When someone tells me they want to be a writer the first things I tell them are these five tips. These tips are broad and they’re designed to be so. I wanted to start off this series of sharing writing tips at a broad area and then dive into the more narrow avenues of the art in future publications and articles.
Hopefully these tips helped you become a better writer and think about something you’ve not thought about before. Thank you for reading and supporting this article.