- You only have one life.
- Work hard but play harder.
- You can’t do everything.
- It’s okay to say no.
- Better to fail than never try.
- Less is more.
- There’s always room for improvement.
- Write for yourself, not someone else.
- Find your voice.
- Read what you want.
- Hone your art, your craft.
- Your health matters.
- Finish the projects you start.
- Your body and mind need exercise.
- You learn more from failure than from success.
- Research before you jump to conclusions.
- You’re allowed to have fun.
- Never feel guilty for pursuing your passions.
- You don’t need permission.
- Everyone has 24 hours in a day.
- You’re closer to the end than you realize.
- You are worth it.
You’re human. You will always be human. You’ll make your share of mistakes. You’ll fail and fall repeatedly. That’s if you try. If you take chances and risks. But if you want something badly enough, you’ll go for it. And every failure and fall will be worth it.
You’ll do well to remember that you’re a writer, not a machine. And you’re a character, not a computer.
You’re an individual with a voice, with a story to tell. You have every right to speak up and use your voice. You have every right in the world to tell that story. Your story.
Love your art, your craft. Love what you do and do what you love. But ultimately love yourself while you’re doing. While you’re living.
Never let anyone make you feel ashamed for who you are. Don’t feel bad for liking who you like and loving what you love.
No. You’ll hear that word a lot more than you’ll hear yes. Rejection is not personal, so be professional. Don’t take anything personally.
Take writing seriously but don’t take yourself too seriously.
- Respect your readers.
- Express yourself clearly.
- Never waste words.
- Strive for consistency.
- Perceive the world.
- Punctuate with purpose.
- Overcome all obstacles.
- Find your voice.
- Enjoy the journey.
- Love the craft.
Why aren’t all writers making a fortune? If they can master a language, a few numbers to manage is nothing.
Why aren’t writers controlling every inch of the Earth? After all, they are capable of writing stories about other worlds.
Writers can craft imaginary experiences and create fictional characters. Surely they can do everything.
Don’t you love my thinking on a Saturday night?
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.
- A story will tell itself when it’s ready to be told.
- Deadlines instill urgency. Urgency usually generates productivity.
- It’s never too early or too late to start writing.
- Never over explain but never understate. Seek a balance.
- Write whatever you want. Draw whatever you will. Perform whatever you can.
- You may disagree but do so respectively.
- Let your writing speak for itself.
- You need to write badly in order to learn how not to write badly.
- When criticizing the work, never criticize the writer.
- Any amount of preparation is useless if you don’t follow through.
- Write like every day was your last.
- Stories make the world go around.
- Do not aim for perfection. You’ll only be disappointed.
- Follow the writing advice you give others.
- Writing a first draft is the only time you can ever settle for anything less than your best.
- Write like every day was your last.
- Write something, anything.
- Never confuse typing with writing. They are not one and the same.
- Choose every word you use carefully.
- Say what you need to—nothing more, nothing less.
- You are allowed to break the rules if you know the rules.
- A first draft is not perfect. Your job is to perfect it.
- There is no right way to write. Likewise, there is no wrong way to write.
- Always propel the story forward.
- Go back and rediscover why you started writing in the first place.
- The first step to success: self-trust.
- Test every chapter, every scene, every page, every word.
- Concentrate on the process first and foremost. The product comes after.
- Change your scenery both literally and figuratively.
- Your job as a writer is to bring the dull and mundane details to life.
- Search for the unseen in real life and in your novels.
- You know you’re finished writing when you’ve said just enough. Nothing more, nothing less.
- Read. Write. Repeat.
- You can let mistakes drag you down or help build you up.
- Some of the best stories come from the worst decisions.
- What you write today is not what you will write in a year’s time.
- Don’t settle for mediocre. Don’t even settle for good.
- Listen to what your stories tell you.
- What is unsaid is just as powerful as what is said.
- Great writing transcends one individual self.
- Turn pain into wisdom.
- Throw every idea onto the page. Surely one will stick.
- Allow people to read what you write. Let yourself be vulnerable.
- Pace yourself.
- The tiniest moment will make for a grand story someday.
- Numbers don’t matter. Words do.
- Know when enough is enough.
- When life gives you lemons, turn them into a story.
- Start something you know you will be able to finish.
- In life, you avoid conflict. In fiction, you embrace it.
- Every excess word becomes a vice, a burden.
- Hard work knows no limits, no boundaries.
- The writing life is what you make it.
- Don’t believe everything you hear. Do your research, employ common sense, and ask questions.
- Write about the people who fascinate you.
- Don’t ever let anyone talk you out of writing.
- You will win if you refuse to lose. You will succeed if you refuse to fail.
- You cannot write for others. You must write for yourself.
- There is a fine line between being fancy and being formal.
- When in doubt, leave it out.
- You will never use all of your ideas. Your job is to choose which ones you do use.
- Fiction is a necessity. That’s why writers exist.
- Never start something you won’t finish.
- One day your tears, your pain, your hard work will pay off.
- Never lose focus, both in your life and in your story.
- There will never be ideal conditions to write.
- Quality over quantity. Always.
- Never agonize over a first draft.
- The best have failed and have fallen but have risen.
- The first step in becoming a writer is believing you are a writer.
- Today you may do something you couldn’t do yesterday.
- The only way you will ever finish any novel is to start it.
- When you feel like quitting, remember why you started.
- Never take criticisms personally.
- Everything is difficult in the beginning.
- Learn to love writing. Or learn to love something else.
- Never let your failures affect your future.
- The only way to turn your ideas into reality is to put them on paper.
- Ideas can come from anywhere.
- First drafts are not perfect. Your job is to perfect them.
- Not everyone will like what you write.
- Don’t get cocky, conceited, or condescending.
- You must choose to never give up.
- You cannot blame anyone or anything for your failures.
- Being blind to your own mistakes impends your success.
- Assume that every word you write could be your last.
- A mind in motion tends to stay in motion.
- Luck manifests from hard work.
- All writers learn from trial and error.
- You cannot rush creativity.
- Small acts amount to great success.
- Edit as though the entire world will read what you have written.
- Every ambitious amateur can turn into an amazing artist.
- Every artist is a little crazy.
- Always leave a part of yourself on the page.
- Genius takes work, time, and effort.
- You tread on thin ice when you start to repeat yourself, over and over and over again.
- In order to write anything worth reading, you have to take risks.
- Short and sweet over long and bitter.
- 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.
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Until next time everyone! (Next time being about 100 or so days from now.)
A long overdue post on tips and tricks about writing (well, mostly).
Enjoy and have an awesome day.
- All wonderful things take time to cultivate. Novels are no exceptions.
- Be proud of what you write.
- Shock your readers. Scare them. Make them cry. Anything. Make them feel something.
- Writers must learn to forgive themselves.
- Open your heart. Open your mind. Let everything into your life.
- Give the readers a reason to read on.
- Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Don’t let a negative opinion bring you down.
- Every writer started somewhere. Find your start, know your finish, and work hard from beginning to end.
- Leave your readers wanting more, not less.
- Filter everything. Filer information, voices, and opinions. Keep what’s useful and discard what isn’t.
- If you continue to work, you will eventually succeed.
- No piece of writing should contain unnecessary words or sentences.
- You can fix your first draft later.
- In the writing world, you need compliments as much as you need criticism.
- You are a writer, not a miracle worker.
- As confusing as grammar is, it’s even more confusing when you don’t employ proper grammar in your work.
- Something is better than nothing.
- Never fear making mistakes. Your fear will only hinder your creativity.
- Write to please yourself but to satisfy your readers.
- Make every paragraph meaningful. Make every sentence matter. Make every word magnificent.
- When you write, you spew. When you edit, you craft.
- Persist and you shall succeed.
- Failure is preparation for success.
- Anyone can write but not everyone can do it well.
- Never underestimate the intelligence of your audience.
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Feel free to comment down below and tell me which one resonated with you the most.
Since NaNoWriMo is starting soon, I wanted to give everyone a taste of what to expect.
Reward: Pride (sense of accomplishment)
Imagine how you’ll feel after you type up the last word following 49,999 words of incoherent nonsense. Imagine proclaiming to the world you wrote a “novel” (I’m using the term loosely) in a month. That’s something to brag about to all your friends (and enemies). Who knows maybe your future children or grandchildren too. And nothing in this world rivals the feeling of setting a goal as well as accomplishing it.
Sacrifice: Time (lack of it)
Learning to prioritize is crucial when you commit to writing every day. Wait, you aren’t thinking of writing 10,000 words in 5 days are you? On top of what you do every day, whether you’re a student going to school or a mother of two, you’ll need to squeeze in a chunk of your day for NaNoWriMo. Time is not on your side. I’ll let you in on a secret: time is never on your side. Yet somehow the best novelists manage to sacrifice a quarter of their life slaving away at projects that may or may not be a hit. Regardless, words won’t magically appear on the page—you have to put them there. That’s Writing Tip#110 if you’re keeping track. Don’t give me that look. I’m a writer, not a magician. I can’t be original all the time. Sometimes, you just have to reuse your own content, which ties in beautifully with Writing Tip#109.
Reward: The Experience (of a lifetime)
The experience of NaNoWriMo is like none other. As fun and frustrating as writing can be, National Novel Writing Month intensifies these and other emotions three-fold. The time crunch motivates you (aha, another award) while punishing your brain to churn out more pages (…a sacrifice?) Really this is one of those you-gotta-be-there-moments to understand what I’m babbling about. If nothing else, the experience will improve your writing or as I like to call it “your ability to string together unintelligible gibberish…” Got it?
What? Were you expecting a second sacrifice? Unfortunately, I don’t have another one. That’s a testament to how amazing NaNoWriMo is. If you haven’t attempted it, try it. If you have, kudos to you.
Ready or not, National Novel Writing Month is 19 days away.
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Writing is too much work.
Why is it that everyone shies away from doing anything which requires work? The best and most enjoyable accomplishments are the ones where we had to work hard for them.
It takes up too much time.
Then again, if you had too much time with nothing to do…you’d probably go looking for something to do to cure your boredom. Why not spend some of your spare time writing? Don’t assume you need to commit your entire life to the craft.
I have better things to do.
I hope writing is important enough to you that you strive to include it in your life to some extent. Sure, some responsibilities will take precedence over writing but writing really isn’t as bad as getting a root canal.
I can’t find any time.
Are you trying hard enough to make time for writing? Or is it just a convenient excuse?
Writing is not fun.
It can be fun if you want it to be. Give it a shot. Stop making excuses. And you may be surprised at how satisfying the life of a writer is.