How To Become A Better Writer: 26 Practical Tips 73

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.

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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.

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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?

See also:

The Morning Habits of Great Writers [podcast episode]
What Helps Me Write a Lot Every Day
22 Lessons from Steven King on How to Be a Great Writer
Writing Tools to Help You Get More Done

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Hunt Down Your Goals and Become Fearless Like a Lion 12

Hunt Down Your Goals and Become Fearless Like a Lion

To be fearless is to dare yourself to think new thoughts, take risks, fail and find the courage to start again.

In order to change, you must face the uncomfortable, because fear is not supposed to run you. Instead, it is a call to action.

We all have fear and we must never let it paralyze our dreams. If 2017 was an unsuccessful year, hopefully, this article will inspire you to take action.

I know how it feels when you are tired of listening to those inner voices of doubt. Slowly, the anger builds up inside. Despite those feelings, you can channel fear and anger in the right way and start to hunt for your dreams. Throughout my life, I felt a renewed hunger and drive to succeed when I simply let go of denial, accepted full responsibility and took affirmative action.

“Everybody wants to eat but a few are willing to hunt”

In today’s cold reality humans do not like to see anyone other than themselves succeed. Most will never take the next step to improve their life or the lives of their future generations to come. We are pushing towards survival of the fittest.

Tell me, when a lion hunts does it care what is in its way? No. The lion is in pursuit because it is relentless.

You must become the king of the jungle. All the things that make up our lives are in intricate balance and you must fight to protect your dreams.

1. Be fearless like a lion.

A lion has no fear of any challenge, so how do I become fearless?

My simple answer to overcoming fear is that I wake up with the burning desire in my heart. The burning desire is created by repeating positive affirmations like I CAN and I WILL.

Hidden somewhere deep down within you, there is that courage to dare yourself.

Ask yourself who is really stopping you? Go out there and let loose and you will learn what great lengths you are capable of going to.

Your first job before you start hunting is to find the fighter within you.

2. Know your limits and then defy them.

You’ve reached a certain limit but just can’t seem to go that extra mile. Once you become fearless, you become limitless.

A mind that is fearless has the urge to take more action and that is where you become defiant. Try your best to understand what you are doing wrong as sometimes it is easy to give up hope. So focus your attention on studying the obstacle in detail.

As you achieve one goal, you have the mental capacity, maturity and experience to face a new challenge. Therefore, your hunger and appetite for more success increase. Keep pushing no matter what and you will eventually break through.

I know for sure it is difficult at first, but now you’ve successfully defied the odds.

3. Think of a plan, visualize it and execute it.

A lion stalks its prey from a distance and seldom charges as it grows closer and closer displaying deadly predatory behaviour.

Never rush to execute a plan as it takes careful selection. Be clear what you want just as the lion calculates timing. 

Visualization is a vital tool to programme your subconscious mind in order to create that bridge of what is non-existent into reality, which is capturing your goal.

4. Be willing to accept failure.

Failures are what propel anyone forward their current success. We can certainly learn from our failures, but our intentions should be to succeed in accomplishing our goals! Failure is then a learning process, not a reason to accept defeat. You are the king, show no remorse!!!

Motivation from Will Smith is perhaps one of my favorites. Here’s one speech:

5. Have a winning attitude every day.

To keep the cycle of motivation in constant momentum you must work hard too.

The winning attitude is created by approaching your life with discipline and putting in the hours of practice.

I like to perform a reflective practice and personal development, which enables me to identify areas where I am falling down and thus need to pay more attention to.

6. Don’t allow criticism to defeat you.

We are afraid what others think of us, what we have or what we are going to do. It is you that must make that self-promise to finish what you started.

Every once in a while, a lion must remind everyone what he is capable of.

You are the king of the jungle. Own it!

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This article was written by Usman Mahmood. Besides working in the field of science helping patients through genetic testing, his purpose is to empower and inspire people in life with motivational videos, messages, articles, and stories from around the world. He loves to engage creative and ambitious minds on his Facebook page.