Writing

100 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, And Bloggers

I used to do these tips in segments. Each segment had 25 tips but since time flew by and laziness overcame me, I figured I would resurrect my writing tips, one hundred at a time.

All of these tips are posted on my Facebook page and Twitter account as well.

Enjoy!

  1. A story will tell itself when it’s ready to be told.
  2. Deadlines instill urgency. Urgency usually generates productivity.
  3. It’s never too early or too late to start writing.
  4. Never over explain but never understate. Seek a balance.
  5. Write whatever you want. Draw whatever you will. Perform whatever you can.
  6. You may disagree but do so respectively.
  7. Let your writing speak for itself.
  8. You need to write badly in order to learn how not to write badly.
  9. When criticizing the work, never criticize the writer.
  10. Any amount of preparation is useless if you don’t follow through.
  11. Write like every day was your last.
  12. Stories make the world go around.
  13. Do not aim for perfection. You’ll only be disappointed.
  14. Follow the writing advice you give others.
  15. Writing a first draft is the only time you can ever settle for anything less than your best.
  16. Write like every day was your last.
  17. Write something, anything.
  18. Never confuse typing with writing. They are not one and the same.
  19. Choose every word you use carefully.
  20. Say what you need to—nothing more, nothing less.
  21. You are allowed to break the rules if you know the rules.
  22. A first draft is not perfect. Your job is to perfect it.
  23. There is no right way to write. Likewise, there is no wrong way to write.
  24. Always propel the story forward.
  25. Go back and rediscover why you started writing in the first place.
  26. The first step to success: self-trust.
  27. Test every chapter, every scene, every page, every word.
  28. Concentrate on the process first and foremost. The product comes after.
  29. Change your scenery both literally and figuratively.
  30. Your job as a writer is to bring the dull and mundane details to life.
  31. Search for the unseen in real life and in your novels.
  32. You know you’re finished writing when you’ve said just enough. Nothing more, nothing less.
  33. Read. Write. Repeat.
  34. You can let mistakes drag you down or help build you up.
  35. Some of the best stories come from the worst decisions.
  36. What you write today is not what you will write in a year’s time.
  37. Don’t settle for mediocre. Don’t even settle for good.
  38. Listen to what your stories tell you.
  39. What is unsaid is just as powerful as what is said.
  40. Great writing transcends one individual self.
  41. Turn pain into wisdom.
  42. Throw every idea onto the page. Surely one will stick.
  43. Allow people to read what you write. Let yourself be vulnerable.
  44. Pace yourself.
  45. The tiniest moment will make for a grand story someday.
  46. Numbers don’t matter. Words do.
  47. Know when enough is enough.
  48. When life gives you lemons, turn them into a story.
  49. Start something you know you will be able to finish.
  50. In life, you avoid conflict. In fiction, you embrace it.
  51. Every excess word becomes a vice, a burden.
  52. Hard work knows no limits, no boundaries.
  53. The writing life is what you make it.
  54. Don’t believe everything you hear. Do your research, employ common sense, and ask questions.
  55. Write about the people who fascinate you.
  56. Don’t ever let anyone talk you out of writing.
  57. You will win if you refuse to lose. You will succeed if you refuse to fail.
  58. You cannot write for others. You must write for yourself.
  59. There is a fine line between being fancy and being formal.
  60. When in doubt, leave it out.
  61. You will never use all of your ideas. Your job is to choose which ones you do use.
  62. Fiction is a necessity. That’s why writers exist.
  63. Never start something you won’t finish.
  64. One day your tears, your pain, your hard work will pay off.
  65. Never lose focus, both in your life and in your story.
  66. There will never be ideal conditions to write.
  67. Quality over quantity. Always.
  68. Never agonize over a first draft.
  69. The best have failed and have fallen but have risen.
  70. The first step in becoming a writer is believing you are a writer.
  71. Today you may do something you couldn’t do yesterday.
  72. The only way you will ever finish any novel is to start it.
  73. When you feel like quitting, remember why you started.
  74. Never take criticisms personally.
  75. Everything is difficult in the beginning.
  76. Learn to love writing. Or learn to love something else.
  77. Never let your failures affect your future.
  78. The only way to turn your ideas into reality is to put them on paper.
  79. Ideas can come from anywhere.
  80. First drafts are not perfect. Your job is to perfect them.
  81. Not everyone will like what you write.
  82. Don’t get cocky, conceited, or condescending.
  83. You must choose to never give up.
  84. You cannot blame anyone or anything for your failures.
  85. Being blind to your own mistakes impends your success.
  86. Assume that every word you write could be your last.
  87. A mind in motion tends to stay in motion.
  88. Luck manifests from hard work.
  89. All writers learn from trial and error.
  90. You cannot rush creativity.
  91. Small acts amount to great success.
  92. Edit as though the entire world will read what you have written.
  93. Every ambitious amateur can turn into an amazing artist.
  94. Every artist is a little crazy.
  95. Always leave a part of yourself on the page.
  96. Genius takes work, time, and effort.
  97. You tread on thin ice when you start to repeat yourself, over and over and over again.
  98. In order to write anything worth reading, you have to take risks.
  99. Short and sweet over long and bitter.
  100. If you must express yourself to feel alive, you must keep on writing.

I do realize that writing tips number 22 and number 80 are almost exactly the same so here is an additional tip to make up for my mistake:

  • When you make a mistake, own up to it. 

Fitting, isn’t it? You may be wondering if I did that on purpose. Well, I didn’t. It was a complete accident. Sorry about my previous error in judgement.

Links to similar posts:

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors (Part 2)

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors (Part 3)

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors (Part 4)

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors (Part 5)

Until next time everyone! (Next time being about 100 or so days from now.)

Writing

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors (Part 6)

A long overdue post on tips and tricks about writing (well, mostly).

Once again, I post these on my Facebook and Twitter as well.

Enjoy and have an awesome day.

  1. All wonderful things take time to cultivate. Novels are no exceptions.
  2. Be proud of what you write.
  3. Shock your readers. Scare them. Make them cry. Anything. Make them feel something.
  4. Writers must learn to forgive themselves.
  5. Open your heart. Open your mind. Let everything into your life.
  6. Give the readers a reason to read on.
  7. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Don’t let a negative opinion bring you down.
  8. Every writer started somewhere. Find your start, know your finish, and work hard from beginning to end.
  9. Leave your readers wanting more, not less.
  10. Filter everything. Filer information, voices, and opinions. Keep what’s useful and discard what isn’t.
  11. If you continue to work, you will eventually succeed.
  12. No piece of writing should contain unnecessary words or sentences.
  13. You can fix your first draft later.
  14. In the writing world, you need compliments as much as you need criticism.
  15. You are a writer, not a miracle worker.
  16. As confusing as grammar is, it’s even more confusing when you don’t employ proper grammar in your work.
  17. Something is better than nothing.
  18. Never fear making mistakes. Your fear will only hinder your creativity.
  19. Write to please yourself but to satisfy your readers.
  20. Make every paragraph meaningful. Make every sentence matter. Make every word magnificent.
  21. When you write, you spew. When you edit, you craft.
  22. Persist and you shall succeed.
  23. Failure is preparation for success.
  24. Anyone can write but not everyone can do it well.
  25. Never underestimate the intelligence of your audience.

Links to previous posts:

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors (Part 2)

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors (Part 3)

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors (Part 4)

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors (Part 5)

Feel free to comment down below and tell me which one resonated with you the most.

Writing

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors (Part 5)

Sorry for the delay.

Part five of my 25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, And Authors experienced some technical issues but now everything is fine and fixed.

As always, these tips are posted on my Facebook and Twitter.

  1. When you focus too much on yourself, you miss out on valuable opportunities around you.
  2. You don’t read anything? You can’t write anything. You read everything? You can write everything.
  3. Know where you are going before you get there.
  4. Get the words on the page first. That’s your top priority.
  5. The most painless way to become a better writer: read.
  6. Emulate the best but don’t ever copy.
  7. You learn the most through finishing things. Finish your stories, your poems, your novels.
  8. Write with an audience of one in mind.
  9. Unused ideas and notes don’t have to go to waste. They may serve a purpose later on.
  10. Words don’t magically appear on the page—you have to put them there.
  11. Never write to please.
  12. Write like no one is watching.
  13. Don’t be scared to ask for help, especially when first starting out.
  14. I write because it is the only thing I know how to do.
  15. Writing is a passion filled with agony.
  16. You will learn a great deal through the act of finishing more so than only starting.
  17. Don’t try to please everyone. The minute you do is the minute you’ll fail.
  18. Find editors you trust. You can’t always trust what you write on the page makes sense.
  19. If you don’t have a specific reason why it is there, leave it out.
  20. Common sense and the writing mind are not friends. Imagination is.
  21. I think more when I am writing than when I am reading yet I learn the most when I read.
  22. I can’t stress the importance of titles and headlines enough. Always invest time into them.
  23. The backstory should be in the back, not front and center.
  24. Embrace all forms of criticism. Learn to grow from your mistakes.
  25. Remember: you are a writer. Your muse lurks in your subconscious.

Links to previous posts:

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors (Part 2)

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors (Part 3)

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors (Part 4)

The most recent post:

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors (Part 6)

Writing

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors (Part 4)

25 writing tips complied together from my  Facebook and Twitter.

  1. Make up rules as you go. But don’t make them too rigid that you can’t break them if need be.
  2. The perfect novel should reflect who you are and who you want to become.
  3. Don’t suppress your most painful memories. Relive them.
  4. Write about everything that has ever affected you in a way that will affect somebody else.
  5. When it comes to writing, ignorance is not bliss. The more you know, the better you can become.
  6. Exaggerate everything. Only then will your story be interesting.
  7. Chase your dreams. You’ll never know where they’ll lead you if you don’t.
  8. If you write consistently, you’re a writer. It’s as simple as that.
  9. Never use too many words. It’s just as bad as not using enough words to get your point across.
  10. Forget bliss. Writing is one part pain and two parts frustration.
  11. Grammar isn’t a set of rules made to inflict torture. Grammar was made to simplify the English language.
  12. If you are not easily distracted, you already have an advantage over most writers.
  13. Writers and readers are sadists. Writers inflict pain on characters. Readers enjoy the agony.
  14. Write as much as you can, whenever you are able to. But try to write when you are most productive.
  15. Relying on spell check leads to doom.
  16. Having a strong ending is as important as having a strong beginning.
  17. Writers: you aren’t not paid by the word. So stop using unnecessary words.
  18. Omit until every word serves a purpose.
  19. Choose a style you like, and stick to it.
  20. If you care about your credibility, avoid distracting your readers.
  21. Give yourself permission to suck. Accept it.
  22. Creativity must be demonstrated not stated.
  23. Develop an attitude of deep skepticism about every word you write or say.
  24. Write through feelings of fear and doubt.
  25. People telling you that you aren’t good enough will keep you hungry.

Click on any of the links below for more writing tips:

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors (Part 2)

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors (Part 3)

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors (Part 5)

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors (Part 6)

Writing

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors (Part 3)

I’m so excited to do this post for the third time. I love posting these tips so I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy creating them.

Check out the previous posts if you haven’t already:

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors (Part 2)

Below are the more recent writing tips:

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors (Part 4)

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors (Part 5)

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors (Part 6)

You can find all these tips on my Facebook page and my Twitter feed as well. Thanks to everyone who has supported me thus far via Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, a combination of two, or all three.

  1. Stay in the chair. Stay in the room. Stay until you have written something.
  2. Let your work and ideas simmer.
  3. You can’t make writing optional.
  4. Tell the story first and foremost.
  5. You don’t need to know how it ends. You only need to know how to begin.
  6. To become great at anything you need to do a lot of it. In this case, you need to read and write a lot.
  7. Think of the blank page or blinking cursor as your friend, not your foe.
  8. Write first. Friends, music, games, and everything else comes after.
  9. Writing is a pleasure and a privilege.
  10. Don’t waste the reader’s time.
  11. Words don’t bleed. Cut, slice, and chop them if they don’t belong.
  12. You have the right to write.
  13. Write in spite of your internal thoughts or emotions.
  14. Writing: the only time when it is okay to be a brutal sadist.
  15. Know your characters as well as you know yourself.
  16. Whatever you do make sure you make your readers care.
  17. Creating and editing are two different processes. Don’t combine them into one.
  18. Your work doesn’t have to be perfect the first time around.
  19. The words you don’t use are just as important as the words you do use.
  20. There are no definite rules to writing. There never will be.
  21. You either write or you don’t. There is no in between.
  22. Know the difference between writing to impress and writing to express.
  23. To be a great writer you must reject mediocrity.
  24. If you have something to say, say it with conviction or don’t say it at all.
  25. The best novels evolve over time, just like people do.

Hope you enjoy them. Have a lovely, long weekend!

Writing

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors (Part 2)

As I promised, 25 days has passed since the first 25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors so I am back with another post including 25 more writing tips. Once again, you can find one of these a day on my Facebook and Twitter but I’ve complied them all at one place for convenience or out of sheer laziness.

If you haven’t clicked the link above: below are my first 25 writing tips followed by 25 more.

  1. Fall in love with reading first. Then fall in love with writing next.
  2. Learn the rules of good writing before you break them.
  3. Perfect the art of imperfection.
  4. What is obvious to you may not necessarily be obvious to your audience.
  5. Writing starts with one person: you.
  6. Do: be specific. Do not: be vague.
  7. Every line in your story must be there for a reason. If there isn’t, get rid of it.
  8. To avoid confusion, avoid jargon.
  9. Avoid starting a sentence with a numeral.
  10. Before you become a full-fledged writer, you must first stop making excuses.
  11. Your writing can constantly be improved upon. You just have to look hard enough and actually want to improve your writing.
  12. Know your characters inside and out.
  13. Care about your characters. If you do not care, how do you expect anyone else to?
  14. Write when you are the most alert.
  15. Writing is about consistency. The more consistent, the better.
  16. Simplify, shorten, and streamline.
  17. Write what you know but write what you don’t know too.
  18. Write and read but above all, stay human.
  19. If it works, keep it. If it doesn’t, kill it.
  20. Always seek feedback.
  21. Don’t write like anyone else but yourself.
  22. The beautiful thing about writing is you don’t need to get it right the first time.
  23. Make your writing great despite how long it takes.
  24. Some decisions may be based more on style instead of grammatical correctness.
  25. Do not worry about quality on the first draft.
  1. Bad writing demands good proofreading.
  2. Dull characters get duller on paper.
  3. If you make a point, stand behind it completely.
  4. Never get too emotionally attached to anything because you might end up deleting it.
  5. Time allotted and money permitted, take a writing class.
  6. Write because you have to write or don’t write at all.
  7. You can always go back and edit a badly written page, but you can’t edit a blank page.
  8. Always try to read your work with a fresh pair of eyes.
  9. When it doubt, always cut it out.
  10. Don’t preach to your readers. Your story should not sound like a lecture.
  11. Be proud of your work but not too proud.
  12. If someone misunderstands your message, fix it.
  13. Writing is easier when you love the work not the awards or rewards.
  14. Writing is a long term investment. The longer you invest, the more you are rewarded.
  15. Editing someone else’s work is always much easier than editing your own.
  16. Any idea, however great it may be, is useless if not written down.
  17. You have to love writing and remind yourself often that you do.
  18. Write the book you yourself would want to read.
  19. Writing is one part exhausting but two parts exciting.
  20. If you truly love writing, you will make time for it no matter how busy your schedule is.
  21. Everything you write makes you a better writer.
  22. No work should ever go to waste.
  23. Write every day even if you don’t write much.
  24. Published writers did not do one thing: quit.
  25. Becoming a writer is easy. Being a writer is hard.

The original post:

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors

Subsequent posts:

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors (Part 3)

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors (Part 4)

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors (Part 5)

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors (Part 6)

Writing

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors

So I’ve posted these already on my Facebook and Twitter pages but I wanted to compile a list of all 25 tips together. Also, if you would like you can find these on my Facebook page and my Twitter feed where I post one writing tip a day.

Enjoy!

  1. Fall in love with reading first. Then fall in love with writing next.
  2. Learn the rules of good writing before you break them.
  3. Perfect the art of imperfection.
  4. What is obvious to you may not necessarily be obvious to your audience.
  5. Writing starts with one person: you.
  6. Do: be specific. Do not: be vague.
  7. Every line in your story must be there for a reason. If there isn’t, get rid of it.
  8. To avoid confusion, avoid jargon.
  9. Avoid starting a sentence with a numeral.
  10. Before you become a full-fledged writer, you must first stop making excuses.
  11. Your writing can constantly be improved upon. You just have to look hard enough and actually want to improve your writing.
  12. Know your characters inside and out.
  13. Care about your characters. If you do not care, how do you expect anyone else to?
  14. Write when you are the most alert.
  15. Writing is about consistency. The more consistent, the better.
  16. Simplify, shorten, and streamline.
  17. Write what you know but write what you don’t know too.
  18. Write and read but above all, stay human.
  19. If it works, keep it. If it doesn’t, kill it.
  20. Always seek feedback.
  21. Don’t write like anyone else but yourself.
  22. The beautiful thing about writing is you don’t need to get it right the first time.
  23. Make your writing great despite how long it takes.
  24. Some decisions may be based more on style instead of grammatical correctness.
  25. Do not worry about quality on the first draft.

More writing tips:

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors (Part 2)

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors (Part 3)

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors (Part 4)

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors (Part 5)

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors (Part 6)