This is a guest post by Joseph Sartori, a freelance writer.
1. Note down every idea that comes to your head.
Every time you start writing, read through these notes and choose the idea you can use.
2. Make the list of the literary devices you’d like to use in your work.
Keep it at hand and use it.
3. If you make some similar mistakes, write down a reminder about them.
4. Prepare for many edits.
Writing is a hard work. It takes a lot of effort to create a decent story. Be ready to rewrite, proofread, and improve your piece of writing many times.
5. The more you write, the better.
6. Start with the end.
It doesn’t matter what you are writing: a novel, story, or pamphlet; if you don’t know where to begin, begin with the ending.
7. Be persistent.
If you want to create at least one book in your life, you’ll have to devote many hours to sitting at the computer, and I’m not talking about social networking.
8. Learn every day.
Read news, listen to podcasts or watch films about psychology, technologies, etc.
9. Watch people constantly.
If you want your character to be lifelike, the easiest thing you can do is to describe (at least partially) a real person. In this case, you do not have to think what that person would do in a certain situation; you must know exactly how he or she acts.
10. Remember that the main words must be placed at the end of the phrase.
11. Pay attention to the chapter endings.
The reader must be curious about the next chapter.
12. The plot and ending are the most important parts of your writing.
The reader evaluates a book by its first few pages. If they don’t grab his attention, he won’t continue reading.
A failed ending, on the contrary, leads to irritation. The reader will associate the author with this feeling and won’t have any desire to buy his book ever again.
13. Positive statement is always stronger than the negative one.
Use this psychological feature in your writing.
14. Create your virtual reality, which will be interesting to a reader.
Don’t pay too much attention to trustworthiness. If you’re not writing a research paper, then there is no need to be precise about all the details. Create interesting and thrilling worlds, the worlds where you’d like to live.
15. Entertain and teach.
These two processes must go side by side, otherwise, your reader will be bored or your writing will become useless.
16. Make your characters special.
Readers want to be like their favorite characters. That is why you should give your character either the qualities that most of the readers possess or the qualities they would like to possess.
This method is often used in the fiction genre where the main hero gets one or several superpowers and goes from nobody to the savior of the world.
17. Take care of the details.
If you write about a certain profession, then gather as much information as you can to properly describe it.
18. Use different literary devices.
Each writer eventually gains his or her favorite ones and stops using the rest. Go out of your comfort zone. Use new literary devices in every piece of writing.
19. Learn to write about simple things.
If you can describe a simple walk of two characters in an interesting manner, you’ll be able to write about an alien invasion as well.
Such writing is the true craft.
20. Don’t introduce too many characters.
It will be too difficult for you to expose them. Five or six characters are already too many. The reader won’t be able to keep in mind all of them. The most suitable number of characters is three, maximum four.
21. New is always better.
The most important thing you can do as a writer is to discover new themes, ideas, or images.
22. If you don’t feel like writing, proofread.
There can be days when ideas just don’t come to your mind. These days are perfect for improving the text. Of course, sometimes it is difficult to find mistakes in your own writing. Then, you can ask for help at a professional essay writing service.
23. Don’t rely on your friends.
Despite all the promises, they won’t tell you the truth. They will prefer to maintain a good relationship. If you are ready to hear an honest opinion, ask for an anonymous evaluation.
24. Get ready for failures.
Even if you’ve created a masterpiece, be prepared for the fact that the publishers can have a different opinion.
25. Don’t give up.
If one publisher says “No,” it doesn’t mean that your writing is not worth being in print.
You can take the next step and try to promote yourself as a writer.
26. Focus only on your readers!
You have to win them, only them. You don’t need any literary awards or positive reviews from critics. In the end, only readers can make your book a bestseller.
What other practical tips can you add on how to be a better writer?