10 Tips For Becoming a Better Writer

 

  1. Daydream. There’s a reason why writers stare into space. Daydreaming is part of the creative process. Go for a walk, soak in the bath, meditate, open your mind and let it fill with ideas.

 

  1. Set goals. Some writers set word goals and won’t stop until they reach that number. I prefer to set aside a certain number of hours each day to spend writing, and whether I write 500 or 2500 words doesn’t matter. For me, it’s less stressful than agonizing over word count on a slow day. Find what works for you, set up a schedule and stick to it.

 

  1. Establish a routine. Once you’ve set your goals, a routine will help you achieve them. Try to write at the same time every day until it becomes a normal part of your daily routine.

 

  1. Write about something you care about. I don’t necessarily believe you should “write what you know”. Sometimes it’s good to step outside your comfort zone and challenge yourself. There are so many great resources you can use to research and learn about the unfamiliar. I do, however, believe that you should be interested in what you write. If you care, your writing will feel more genuine.

 

  1. Take notes. Keep a notepad in your purse or pocket, beside your bed and in your car. Write down every idea that pops into your head about plot, characters, or dialogue exchange. I’ve pulled my car to the side of the road to jot down an idea inspired by a song on the radio. You just never know.

 

  1. Keep a timeline. I’d written the first eight chapters of my first novel, Tranquility, when it occurred to me that I couldn’t remember what day it should be. I had to go back, read through the whole thing, and document events in a timeline to get it straight. It would have saved a whole lot of time if I’d done that right from the start. Now, after every chapter, I stop and jot down every important detail, whether it’s an event or the color of a character’s eyes.

 

  1. Join a writer’s group. Connecting with other writers is a great way to share ideas and knowledge. They are the only people in the world who understand what you’re going through. Find one in your community, online, or start one of your own.

 

  1. Take care of yourself. It’s easy to get lost in your story and lose track of time. Get up every hour and take a short break. Make time every day to go to the gym or for a walk. You’ll write better because of it.

 

 9. Read. Reading makes you a better writer, so read widely in many genres.

 

10. Reward yourself. Be proud of your accomplishments. You should be, writing is damn hard work.

 

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About Laurie Gardiner

Laurie has loved writing as long as she can remember. Her first published work, “'Til Death Do Us Part,” placed first in the 1997 Cambridge Writers’ Collective short story contest. Her latest works include short stories, “Retribution" and "Thief," appearing respectively in Scout Media's 2016 and 2017 anthologies, A Journey of Words and A Haunting of Words. Over the years, her poetry has also been published in various anthologies. Her debut novel, Tranquility, published in 2015, by Escargot Books and Music, was inspired by her work as a personal support worker specializing in dementia care. In 2015, she graduated with honors from Conestoga College’s Creative Writing program. She’s a Canadian, an avid reader, a yogi, and a Gemini. She grew up on a farm in remote northern Ontario, and now lives in Cambridge, Ontario with her husband and cat.
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6 Responses to 10 Tips For Becoming a Better Writer

  1. These are all great tips! I absolutely daydream – A LOT. I always carry a notebook on me for random day ideas, but I do need to start a better schedule for writing :/

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  2. Khan says:

    Very well said. I found my productivity in general shoot up when I made it a priority to write 500 words everyday, and considering I learned of your blog at a Facebook group point seven also makes sense 🙂 . Being a plotter I find making an outline (usually a mind map) before walking around my backyard helps ideas come to me instead of chasing after them.

    Great job, it was a very validating post ha

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