You’re here for a reason.
You want to learn how to write better through specific writing tips. That much is obvious.
What you didn’t know is that you’ll learn a whole lot more than that by reading this post – and you’ll find out exactly what if you stick with us.
Writing is a skill you can never be the “best” at. You will always be able to grow and expand on your writing skills. Once you’ve reached what you believe is your very best, there is still mountains more you can improve upon.
That’s part of the magic of being a writer.
But it can be hard to know where you actually need the improvement. Which areas are your weakest and which do you excel in?
It’s one thing to improve your grammar, it’s another to work on bettering the actual writing.
If you’re like me (and almost all writers out there), you likely struggle with insecurity in your writing. Us writers have a tendency to focus on the bad without knowing how to make it better.
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These are the writing tips we’ll cover that can help you squash those feelings:
- Write what you want to read
- Write with intention
- Use psychology
- Write as often as you can
- Eliminate distractions
- Research storytelling and story structure
- Always get feedback
- Focus on new ways to phrase common visuals
- Practice writing when you’re not writing
- Use strong language
- Just write to write
We’ve also got some very beneficial writing tips from the experts, including:
- “Just do it.”
- “You’ve got to work.”
- “Write for yourself first.”
- “Quantity will make up for quality.”
- “Tell the truth.”
- “You can’t edit a blank page.”
- Let’s get started.
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How Can I Improve My Writing Skills?
In order to improve your writing skills, you have to commit to writing as much as you can, using different writing exercises, and reading often.
But there is good news to this.
Your writing skills are not stagnant. They change and grow as you do.
Think of it as running. The more you run and train, the better you become. It can be really hard to get going at first but as you learn new techniques and methods for making it easier, you become a stronger, better runner.
Writing is exactly the same.
The way you improve your writing skills is by making a commitment to you, your work in progress, and all the people who can benefit from your book.
How do You Become a Good Beginner Writer?
Being a good beginner writer is about learning the craft of writing and learning specific techniques that make writing good in the first place.
In fact, becoming a good beginner writer is all about reading as much as you can and writing as much as you can.
Just like I mentioned above, the more you can write, the better you will get.
But it’s also about consuming content about becoming a better writer, like podcasts, blog posts, and videos around the craft of writing.
These are our favorite resources for beginner writers:
- The Self-Publishing School Youtube Channel
- Our Podcast, where we highlight success stories and learn how authors made it happen
- Jenna Moreci’s Youtube channel featuring the best fiction and self-publishing writing tips
- DailyWritingTips.com, a blog featuring unique and specific tips for writing
- Hannah Lee Kidder’s Youtube channel including tips from a multi-published fiction author
- This Stephen King video featuring his own tips
- Brandon Sanderson’s lectures from a college classroom
- Chandler Bolt’s personal Youtube channel for productivity advice and more
Writing Tips for Beginners
Being a newbie writer is not easy. These are some of the top writing tips we suggest in order to improve your writing skills as a beginner.
#1 – Write what you want to read
If you yourself wouldn’t pick up the book or story you’re writing and read it with joy, then you shouldn’t’ be writing it.
“But what if I think other people will like it even if I don’t?”
This is a very common argument against this writing tip but it’s not sound. And the reason for that is because you’ll lack the passion.
When you create a story that you love yourself, it comes through in the writing. It’ll read as if the words pop off the page instead of lying flat.
It will also be much easier to write and you’ll want to write it more than if you didn’t enjoy the story or topic as much.
So before writing any book, ask yourself if it’s something you’d have interest in yourself.
If not, skip it.
#2 – Write with intention
All writing has a purpose – and it needs a purpose if you want your writing to get better and read as something enjoyable.
When you have a reason for writing what you’re writing, it becomes so much easier and it feels like you’re fulfilling a purpose rather than just writing a book.
Writing Tips Action Step:
Sit down with your book idea and write down a list of every reason you want to write the book. No matter how big or how small, write it down.
Keep this list handy and in a place you’ll see it often so it can serve as a reminder of why you want to write and improve.
This helps increase your confidence, motivation, and will also ensure you write more, which improves your writing.
#3 – Use psychology
Yes, there is research involved no matter what kind of book you’re writing.
“But how can psychology actually help my writing improve?”
In order to craft your book in a way that speaks to readers how you intend it to, you have to understand how the human mind works.
Once you know how people interpret different events, messages, and themes, you can weave them into your book so it has more impact when they’re finished reading.
And for the fiction writers out there, psychology helps you create real and lifelike characters that leave readers itching to turn that page and read more about them and their journey.
Writing Tips Action Step:
In order to accurately research for your book, think about what you want your readers to take away from each chapter, and then the book as a whole.
Then research how real people interpret those specific messages.
If you want readers to feel inspired during a certain part of your book, research “psychology of inspiration” and read how one can build up to feel inspired and even how it affects their outlook in order to better craft the next chapters.
#4 – Write as often as you can
Even if all you’re writing is a paragraph, it’s better than not writing at all.
And if you can’t add on to your book for whatever reason (maybe a lack of an outline?), write something else.
The point is to write as often as you can because the more you write, the better you will get. It will help you pinpoint weaknesses in your writing and you’ll notice improvements as you write.
Writing more often also allows you to flex your imagination, which is indeed much like a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it gets and therefore, you’ll be able to write with more creativity.
#5 – Eliminate distractions
In this age of technology and helpful writing tools, there are endless amounts of distractions.
We almost always have our phones within reach, a computer right at our fingertips (literally, if you’re writing), and a TV nearby with access to Netflix, Hulu, and other attention-sucking programs.
If you want to write better, you have to eliminate distractions that keep you from writing.
As mentioned above, the more you write, the better you get. But you can’t write if you’re constantly checking your phone, email, or watching TV.
Writing Tips Action Step:
Know yourself. Pay attention to the times you pick up your phone or open a new tab to scroll through Twitter or Facebook.
These are great ways to block you out of your phone, certain apps, or even incentivize you to stay off the phone and stick to writing.
#6 – Research storytelling and story structure
This is largely for the fiction writers out there, but all writers can benefit from this writing tip of improving your storytelling.
Storytelling and writing are not the same things.
Writing is the way in which you describe what’s happening within the story. The story itself is a whole other piece of the puzzle – and is arguably the most important piece.
Writing Tips Action Step:
Read books, listen to podcasts, or watch videos about the art of crafting a story.
Another great way to learn the ins and outs of storytelling is to watch great comedians. The reason they can make you laugh is how they craft what they’re saying.
Notice the pauses, when they speed through what they’re saying, and how they deliver that final line.
These are all techniques you can use on a larger scale when writing your book.
#7 – Always get feedback
This will always be the hardest, but most important part of improving your writing. Of all the writing tips to take and execute, this is the best one.
It’s very difficult to gauge your own writing – because you wrote it.
This is much like trying to tickle yourself. It just doesn’t work because you’re the person doing it and is much more effective when someone else does it.
That’s what it’s like for your writing. You need an outside set of eyes on your work.
#8 – Focus on new ways to phrase common visuals
One of the best ways you can strengthen your creativity is by consciously thinking about how you can describe common things in new, interesting ways.
You want to make people see that common item or situation or visual in a brand new light.
The way you can do this is to pause when you’re describing something in your writing and think to yourself, “how else can I explain this to create a stronger emotional impact?”
Here’s an example if you’re still a little confused:
“The sun set behind the trees and the world fell quiet.”
Is this a bad way to describe a sunset and night beginning? No. However, you can easily get more creative about how to illustrate this to readers through words.
“Night yanked the horizon over the sun, silencing the world with its absence.”
This is saying relatively the same thing, but in a way that stops and makes someone appreciate the way in which it was crafted.
#9 – Practice writing without writing
This might sound a bit confusing, so let me elaborate.
When you look at the world, how do you see it? Probably the same way everyone else does.
Here’s an example of how you can practice writing – but only in your own head. This can help you learn how to craft your prose to read in a beautiful, elegant fashion while also being unique and interesting to readers.
Right now, I’m looking out my window into the backyard. It has snow, the trees are bare, and the sky is a muted gray at the horizon, fading to a very faint blue as you look higher up.
This is a very typical visual for winter (especially in Wisconsin).
Now, in order to practice writing without writing, all you have to do is start describing what you see in prose that you would write in your own head.
“Stillness hung in the air thicker than Christmas morning eggnog, the ground covered in a thin sheet of white speckled with brown where the snow failed to make its mark. Bare branches reached toward the absent sun, reluctantly accepting the gray of winter in its place.”
This example is more prose than reality, but this is how you can sharpen those skill by just thinking in this way.Notice the world around you in the way you would write it in a book.
The more you practice this when you’re on the subway, making dinner, or even watching your family and friends interact, the easier it will be to write those situations in your book.
Think like a writer in order to become a better one.
#10 – Use strong language
This writing tip can completely transform your writing for the better.
It’s the single best way to make your writing more captivating without really adding anything new. You just simply have to replace weak language with stronger, more descriptive writing.
Writing Tips Action Step:
First, learn the difference between weak and strong verbs. Then go through your current writing and replace the weak verbs with strong ones, just like I do in the video above.
Make an effort to recognize weak words you write as write them so you can train yourself to automatically find the stronger language first.
This can take some time to get used to but the more you do it, the easier it will get.
We even make it simpler for you with our strong verbs list. It has over 200 strong verbs and includes the common weak verbs you can replace.
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#11 – Just write to write
Forget about your goals. Forget about how anyone else will interpret what you’ve wrote and just write.
Do it for you. Write what you like and what makes you happy.
Don’t think about the future or publishing or where you’re going from here. Just grab that outline, sit down, and write because it’s fun.
Believe it or not, this frees up a lot of mental space and allows you to write without thinking too much, which often helps you write better.
Writing Tips from Famous Authors
What better way to improve your writing than to practice writing tips from those who have mastered the craft?
Here are our top writing tips from professional writers like Stephen King, JK Rowling, and even Margaret Atwood.
#1 – “Just do it.”
Much like we mentioned above, Margaret Atwood is a huge advocate of diving right in and just writing, despite your fears, insecurities, or lack of direction.
Margaret Atwood Writing Tips:
“I think the main thing is: Just do it. Plunge in! Being Canadian, I go swimming in icy cold lakes, and there is always that dithering moment. ‘Am I really going to do this? Won’t it hurt?’ And at some point you just have to flop in there and scream. Once you’re in, keep going. You may have to crumple and toss, but we all do that. Courage! I think that is what’s most required.”
As someone who has made waves with a number of her novels, including the masterpiece that landed her an entire TV series, The Handmaid’s Tale, Atwood is someone you want to take advice from.
#2 – “You’ve got to work for it.”
Much to every writer’s dismay, books don’t actually write themselves. If there was a special machine we could plug into our brain that would spit out a perfect copy of the story inside our minds, we would all opt for that instead of sitting down and plucking away at the keyboard.
But that’s not a reality (at least not yet).
Someone who knows the value of hard work when it comes to writing is J.K. Rowling. Perhaps you’ve heard of her?
J.K. Rowling Writing Tips:
“You’ve got to work. It’s about structure. It’s about discipline. It’s all these deadly things that your school teacher told you you needed… You need it.”
As hard as it can be, Rowling’s advice is as sound as any. Work for your book. Work hard so others can benefit from the worth you’re holding onto.
#3 – “Write for yourself first.”
Stephen King has an entire memoir-ish that doubles as writing tips simply because writing has been nearly his entire life.
One of the best lessons King says he ever learned was from a newspaper editor he worked for while he was in high school (which he discusses in his memoir/writing book On Writing) and he has maintained that voice in his head throughout each work he writes.
Stephen King Writing Tips:
“When you write a story, you’re telling yourself the story. When you rewrite, your main job is taking out all the things that are not the story. Your stuff starts out being just for you, but then it goes out.”
On Writing by Stephen King continues to be a source of inspiration and help for writers everywhere. King has a way of pulling you in and giving you the BS-free advice all writers want – and, in most cases, desperately need.
#4 – “Quantity will make up for quality.”
Ray Bradbury is one of the most quoted authors out there. He shares his methods for writing and how to actually succeed in this industry.
His best advice, in my opinion, comes from his book Zen in the Art of Writing, where he says you have to schedule the time to write – and write daily because quantity will make up for quality.
In fact, quantity is what leads you to quality.
Ray Bradbury Writing Tips:
Michelangelo’s, da Vinci’s, Tintoretto’s billion sketches, the quantitative, prepared them for the qualitative, single sketches further down the line, single portraits, single landscapes of incredible control and beauty.”
#5 – “Tell the truth.”
Maya Angelou is an inspiration to writers everywhere. She’s a personal favorite of mine and her quotes and advice for both writing and life has always spoken to me on a different level than others.
One of the best writing tips I’ve read of her is the fact that you have to write the truth.
Maya Angelou Writing Tips:
“I don’t know about lying for novelists. I look at some of the great novelists, and I think the reason they are great is that they’re telling the truth. The fact is they’re using made-up names, made-up people, made-up places, and made-up times, but they’re telling the truth about the human being—what we are capable of, what makes us lose, laugh, weep, fall down, and gnash our teeth and wring our hands and kill each other and love each other.”
When you have a truth worth sharing, writing becomes easier, more meaningful, and therefore more impactful for those reading it.
#6 – “You can’t edit a blank page.”
Are you sensing a theme within these writing tips yet?
Even Jodi Picoult agrees that you can’t become a better writer if you never write.
Jodi Picoult Writing Tip:
“You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.”
The best of all writing tips is this one. You have to actually write if you want to get better because the great writing doesn’t happen on the first try. It happens on the second, fifth, and even tenth.
You first have to write the words in order to make them better.
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