12 Writing Tips That Will Make Your Words Fly
We all need to brush up on our skill set and source writing tips that really make a difference. Since I’ve been writing, I’ve come across many people’s advice that I will continuously use as part of my writing practice. These writing tips I want to share with you today.
Buckle Up and Get Ready to go on a Writing Adventure
Writing Tip 1. Read
Every writer should read. There’s no two ways about it. A doctor would study other doctors’ cases to further their own knowledge and understanding. A writer is no different. Read material that is within what you write. Take notice of how the narrative talks to you and what you take from it.
Writing Tip 2. Switch Genre
Reading new material will definitely give you a fresh vibe. Sometimes it’s best we step away from what we usually read and reach for something completely different. Giving you the opportunity to see how things are written for love, drama, tension, or ways that an audience can be thrilled. You don’t need to take everything and use it. But there might be something you see which is transferable that gives you a winning edge and confidence in your writing.
Writing Tip 3. Observe Sytnax
Okay, so here’s the thing. Syntax (the way in which sentences are composed) is very important. It can be the difference between building tension… and letting it go. Longer sentences can weave its way into a tense scene, switching from this way to that, or listing the feelings a physical moment could deliver.
- 1. Her heart raced, her body tingled, every hair on her body stood on high alert. (This builds tension)
- 2. The car stopped. (This also builds tension)
Example one is lingering tension. Example two is abrupt. Both have purposes. When reading material within your genre or outside of it, become aware of how the author draws you in, then releases you. It’s all in the syntax.
Writing Tip 4. Is Grammar Important?
Of course grammar is important. This tip for your writing is actually really important. Whilst there are some authors in the world who will cause commotion amongst critics by defying all laws where grammar is concerned, which they do for a purpose also. For the majority of writers it is important we follow the rules of grammar. Paying close attention to how we use a full stop, a comma, or a question mark can make a whole lot of difference to how the reader reads your words. Make sure that you use the correct grammar and they take away from your writing exactly what you intended.
Writing Tip 5. Write Informally
Writing comes in many forms. If you’re an academic writer that needs to keep it formal then this one isn’t for you. Unless, of course, you have an issue with writer’s block, in which case I would definitely give this one a try. Sometimes the best writing comes from when we feel most relaxed and at ease with what we want to say. If we were speaking to a close friend, our dialogue would come naturally. Not forced. When we write in the same way, as if we were writing to a friend, we can let go of the any formal ideas that we hold on how to write.
Writing Tip 6. Listen to Conversations
Make a visit to your local coffee shop and sit for a while. Listen to the conversations that are happening around you. If you can, make some notes about how people are speaking. What tone are they using? Are they gentle? Abrupt? Crying? Arguing? Is anyone whispering? What are they saying? Pay attention to the natural dialogue that occurs between them. And listen out for the pauses. The pauses are as important as the words. Sometimes the best dialogue is the most organic. Reach for what is right in front of you and observe people as they go about their day.
Writing Tip 7. Take Note of New Trends
This writing tip comes in many guises. Trends can be anything from changes in language between younger children, teenagers, parents, and older people. Imagine the word ‘cool’ hitting the dinner table for the first time a few decades ago. Or the word ‘sick’ being made into a positive anecdote by school children. New trends in words and how they are associated have a connection with the changing world around us.
Writing Tip 8. Create a Space to Write
Creating a space just for you to write will make it more enjoyable to return to. My writing tip would be making this space as much of you as you can. If you like calm, fill it with soft colours. Maybe you could add some photos or pictures that put you at ease. Perhaps there are some fragrances that you might like to fill the room? Making a space your own for your writing will bring you back to it much easier than if – you are perching at the side of a crowded dinner table whilst eyeing up the dishes. Use this space to let go of everything and focus on you.
Writing Tip 9. Find Your Voice
Many of you may already have done this. It’s always good to check in once in a while. As we change and evolve as people, so do we as writers. What we want to write about may change. How we think of things might alter. The way we feel about topics may become different to how we once felt. These aspects will change how we want to write, what we want to write and the tone of the topics we’re writing about. Discover your writing voice by jotting down all the things that are important to you. Then add reasons why. Next, write down all the things that aren’t important to you. And the reasons why. Notice any surprises in what you thought and what you wrote? Continue to write about these aspects… your voice will be there between your words.
Writing Tip 10. Have Confidence
When you find your writer’s voice, you need to support it with confidence. Being a writer means that you will write things that divide opinion. Be confident in your beliefs. Stand by them. Write what you believe in. But be open minded to other view points. The best way we can have confidence in what we write is by having an open mind of other perspectives. There are always reasons behind the way people do things. Be respectful. Don’t dictate. Nothing good ever comes from dictatorial writing.
Writing Tip 11. Practice, Practice, Practice
The most common writing tip I hear, and carry out, is practice. I write every day. When I’m not writing, I’m think about writing. If I’m struggling to say something in a certain way, I will try several options. I’ll wait a while. Then I’ll read it again, practice some more and see what fits best.
Writing Tip 12. Edit and Read Aloud
Your editing cap is your best friend. Wear it with pride. Many writers will be their own editors. At least in the early stages of a project. The first rule of thumb is when you have finished a draft. Walk away. Put space in between it and you. When you come back to it, you will see it with fresh eyes. Read it aloud. This is a very important writing tip! Reading aloud allows you to hear what a reader would read. Edit, edit, edit. Each draft will be better than the last. And remember, leave space between edits to get the full benefit.
I hope these writing tips will help you to flourish in ways you never imagined. Each tip can work wonders for your writing if you put in the time. Time is your friend when it comes to improving how you write.
Your sincere guide,