As many of you may know, I am an author (Kalopsia), blogger, and freelance editor. I love doing all three of these things, and my hopes are to one day make each one apart of my living. But, as you may have noticed, those things involve A LOT of writing.
For those of us who are writers, we know that writing is much more work than people think, especially when you’re trying to make it your career. Writing is more than creativity. It takes a lot of discipline, consistency, and patience, to be a great writer. There are a lot of writers in the world. Rather it is 140 characters on Twitter or daily posts on Facebook; we all write. But what separates good writers from people who write, is how serious you take your craft. That’s why it is important we do all we can to become better writers!
So, I am going to share some tips/advice that I have learned that will hopefully help on your journey:
- Write in the mornings.
There have been numerous studies that show that our creativity is most active when we first wake up. I, personally, have noticed that I write much better in the morning versus after a long day of work, school, and other responsibilities. I have the most “willpower” in the mornings, and that pushes my ability to produce creative content. So try tackling your writing in the morning, before starting our day!
- Find Your Voice
One thing I’ve noticed about writers is that we tend to sound a little generic, which can be easy to do because there are numerous examples of great writers. But the worst thing you could do is to try to sound like your favorite writer, journalist, or blogger. Finding your voice, and incorporating your personality into your writing is what will separate you from the crowd and establish in your tribe. Plus, writing content is much easier when you’re being yourself.
It is important to figure out what you’re going to write before you write it. Developing a clear purpose will help you provide quality content for readers. I get second-hand embarrassment any time I read something and the author is all over the place. Don’t be a lazy writer! Plan out what you’re going to say. Even if you would prefer to write out your content first, and then come back to plan, that’s better than not planning at all.
- Write Daily.
I used to wait until Saturday mornings to write because I felt too busy to write during the week. Eventually, I realized that I wasn’t getting any better at my craft because I was not practicing it daily. You can not improve at anything if you’re not practicing at it. It is important for us to treat writing as more than a hobby. IF it is something that we want to do for the rest of our lives, we have to treat it as a job. As a job we love. Write every day, even if it’s not something you’re going to use, even if it’s not any good. Practice makes perfect!
If you don’t care about any other tips on this post, please care about this.
Reviewing is important, and is something that we overlook a little too often. When I began blogging, there would be so many errors in my content. And because I didn’t take the adequate amount of time to review, I wouldn’t even notice the mistakes until my friends read my blogs and would say “It was good, but you misspelled a couple of things” or “It was good, but there were a couple of grammatical errors”. I can’t stress enough how important it is to take our work seriously. I reread my book multiple times before publishing it. Imagine purchasing a book filled with silly typos and mistakes. That would be a complete turn-off, right? Please stop treating rough drafts like final copies. Read your work more than twice. Reviewing may take a little more effort, but it is worth it.
(And of course, sometimes things will still miss our eye, but until you’re at a point where you can hire and editor, do your best! Also, I use Grammarly.com to help edit my blogs.)
On our journeys to becoming best-selling authors, full-time bloggers, or whatever else it is that we are pursuing; I hope we all realize that we are not in competition, but instead we are each other support. That’s why I think it is important that we share any tips that we’ve learned during our process. We don’t have to be out to get one another. There could never be enough writers in the world.
I hope you found some of these helpful!
And if you guys have any extra tips, please comment below.
Peace and blessings,