The amazing world of writing welcomes you.
Writing is something that has been considered as one of the best tools for expressing one’s feelings. Many people have opted for writing as a full-time career because it is their dream job. Yet, the newbies who are just entering this magical realm can still get confused about what could be a good starting point and what certain points should they be taking notes of.
One very wonderful thing about writing is that no matter what your level of pen power is, there is always time to excel and improve. Even if you are a long time best-selling author, you can always do experiments with words and you will not get bored with it.
For those writers, who are new to writing, these 8 tips can prove to be pretty helpful.
Tip No. 1
Try Different Writing Styles
Many writing enthusiasts are confused when they pick the pen for the first time. they believe that they lack motivation or a proper canvas that will define them. I would suggest you take this situation as the best opportunity. At this moment, you can choose almost any type of writing and you can be creative with all types of script generation because you are working on a completely blank canvas.
You can always do different experiments. You might be surprised to find out something that you never thought was your cup of tea. Personally speaking, I believed I will be someone who will stick to writing novels. But when I picked up my pen 10 years back as a freelancer, I have never looked back because of the versatility I enjoyed in freelancing.
Tip No. 2
Increase Your Reading Quantity But Be Specific
Here is something that every beginner should know. Regular reading is as important as regular writing. Many people focus on reading in an attempt to learn everything about writing. It makes sense but to them only. If you do not practice what you learn, how can you polish the skill that you learned?
As a beginner, you can find a few authors or blogs that are regularly updated and you will see how you can make progress in your writing skills. I have taken the time to make a list of some of the worthy blogs and books for you guys.
- For non-fiction – copyblogger (Blog)
- How To Write Non-Fiction (book by Joanna Penn)
- Helping Writers Become Authors (Blog by KM Weiland)
These blogs are just for your guidance. You can always explore the internet and find something that matches your eyes. The main point here is that you should read and write together. I have helped you with the reading material. Writing practice is up to you.
Tip No. 3
You should keep in mind that although writing seems to be easier than other daunting challenges like climbing a mountain because it does not require your physical devotion, but you should know that writing makes your brain work out on steroids. So if you are planning to become a published writer in the future, you need to start small. Let your mind work with your pen and when they get in harmony, you can consider going on the long trip of a novel or a book.
You can see if you are a fan of writing fiction then you can always start with short stories. If your pen is more comfortable with formal writing then blogs and short articles can be a good starting point for you.
Tip No. 4
Stay Steady On Your Write-Ups
There are some people out there who think you should be writing on a daily basis. They think that if you stop writing even for a week, you are going to run out of your moment and you will not be able to maintain a good quality of articles.
Personally, I believe that writing is something that comes from within. You should be writing whenever you feel like. But it does not mean that you should pick up your pen only when you want to write something.
Having a routine in writing is very important because it is something that will give you a permanent hold of good vocabulary and a smooth flow of words.
You can set your routine of writing according to your lifestyle but remember to keep a regular session of writing in your routine so that you are good at chemistry with your words and your page when needed.
Tip No. 5
Stick To The Normal Vocabulary
Now I am not saying that having a vast vocabulary is not a good thing. It certainly is. I personally am a fan of a few words which I sometimes use to show off. Words like efficacy or eclecticism. But as a writer, you should understand that the reader wants to get the information as simple as it could get. If you use advanced words or technical vocabulary, you are not getting the hold of things brother.
When needed, and when suitable, you can and you should stick with specific terms but using technical terms to describe something that can be better described by using a simple everyday word is not a good approach for a writer. According to George Orwell’s advice “Never use a long word where a short one will do,” we should stick to an approach that is to use simple words where difficult words can be replaced.
A spelling checker is not going to be enough, you will be needing a good grammar as well.
Tip No. 6
Keep A Check On The Tenses
Let me put it in the simplest words possible. Do not mix your tenses.
There is a common problem with beginners that they mess up the tenses. If they are writing something in the present tense, they don’t even realize and they shift to past tense which messes up everything and the proofreading takes decades then.
Tip No. 7
Avoid Repetition Of Certain Words
You will be amazed to see how much a reader can be distracted if you repeat a word in your content. If you are forced to use a certain word in your content with repetition, I would suggest you find an alternative for it so that the reader can focus on the content and does not get attentive towards the repetition of the word. This messes up your content in so many ways and you will not even feel it.
Tip No. 8
Pick A Character’s Perspective And Stick To It
This last tip is very important for fiction writers as they have to discuss a lot of content from the point of view of another person. If you are writing the content in 3rd person (also known as Deep POV), you should continue doing it so that the tone of the content is maintained. This will build up the beauty of your complete write-up and will bring a prestigious continuity in all of your write-ups.
If you fail to come up with a good piece, you might wonder to yourself that you are not a good writer like the others. Here is some food for your thought. Were the other good writers born with a good pen? No. They were born normal just like you. You should know that writing is a skill that is learned through the course of time and you will have to keep yourself busy with reading and consistent writing.
I can safely say that for writing, you will have to be completely faithful for the proverbs “Practice makes a man perfect.” And “A book is a man’s best friend”. If you stick to these two, you will one day provide so many good friends (books) to the people of the world.
All the very best!!!!