Becoming a Better Writer
- A 10 Step Guide
The urge to write fiction
seems God given for some, a learned skill for
One thing is certain
it requires practice and a particular
mindset. But, if youre a beginner, where do
The following 10 tips
will help kick-start your writing habit, whether
youre a complete novice, or perhaps a pro
who has lost their way!
1. Step Away From the
Slightly detach yourself
from your surroundings. Stop participating and
begin observing. In social situations, watch
people, see how they act and more
importantly - interact.
Dont pass judgment.
Take it all in and draw on it later when
2. Look Harder, Homer
Stop and look around you.
Consciously notice the buildings, whats
underfoot, overhead, and whats right in
front of you.
At home, look at
something you take for granted. An iron, for
instance. Find yours and study it.
3. Write Thinking Will Be
A simple technique. Your
mother is making tea and you are chatting to her.
Take a mental step back and describe the scene.
youre outside, describe your environment as
though you were writing it down.
4. What Reasons Do You
Dont wait for
inspiration just write!
Force yourself to write
anything at all. A shopping list. An overheard
conversation. Describe your bedroom.
It doesnt matter
how personal it is, or how trivial, just get it
5. Wakey Wakey!
Set your alarm clock for
an hour earlier than normal.
When the alarm goes off,
get up. Dont dress, bathe or eat.
Dont even make coffee. Just stagger to your
writing space and write the first thing that
comes into your head for five minutes.
6. Oh God Not
Think of the most awful
and embarrassing thing youve ever done -
the more cringe-worthy the better. Now write
about it. All of it, in all its gory, horrible
Then hide it away for a
year or so before you read it again!
7. Like Your Style, Baby.
yourself. Write poems, songs, dialogue, fact,
fiction, even practice writing advertising copy
Your expertise improves
in all areas an improvement in one area
can reap benefits in another.
8. The Sincerest Flattery
Take out a classic book
from your bookcase. Copy out a paragraph. Think
about the words as you write them. Dont get
9. Wanna See My
When youre not
writing, string together stories in your mind.
Think of plots, characters, settings,
Ask yourself what you
should do next to improve your writing.
Develop this technique
into a habit.
10. Its A Goal!
When you start writing
regularly, set yourself small goals. Anything
from 200 words a day, or just a commitment to
writing in your diary.
Later extend to finishing
a short story, or an article or a poem. Perhaps
one in a week.
The trick is to set goals
you can achieve easily.
That way youll get
the writing habit - and you wont forget to
Best regards and keep
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