Top 5 Tips for Writers

Updated on January 7, 2020
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Anne is a writer and teacher with a passion for self-expression and publishing.

The Heart of Writing

Writing is a skill, art form, and a way of life that can be both rewarding and challenging.
Writing is a skill, art form, and a way of life that can be both rewarding and challenging.

The Writer's Journey

Writing is a beautiful but challenging art form. All writers have their good days and bad days. Some days we are inspired and have a million different ideas in our heads. Other days, we can't even get out of bed or even attempt to make a cup of coffee. Either way, the experience of writing and being a writer is a rewarding experience, but you have to put in the hard work in order to begin your wonderful journey as a writer.

Tip #1: Don't Rush Things

Oftentimes as writers, when we have an idea, we want to run with it. We want to spend hours working on this one manuscript or project until it is completely finished. The reality of this is, however, that we can't just devote tireless hours to this project without taking care of ourselves. Yes, most of us would love to be able to write that best-selling book in a week's time and become a millionaire overnight, but it is just not realistic. Instead, think about a plan you might have. What are your goals for the future? Where do you want to be ten years from now? Answer these questions and then think about small steps you can take every single day to work towards that goal. Enjoy the pursuit of your writing and take your time!

Tip #2: Communicate With Other Writers

In order to be successful as a writer, you must be able to communicate, work with, and learn from other writers. The best way to gain experience is to find other like-minded individuals and share some of your ideas with them. Let a friend read that story you are working on and give you feedback. Return the favor and look over your friend's story. Not only does this give you experience, but it also gives you a chance to bond with another writer and feel a little bit less alone in the world, because, let's get real, no one wants to feel like an isolated writer living in a hotel and going crazy...you know, like in The Shining. You want to gain experience, have friends, and have fun reading each other's stories. Find out if there are any writer communities, forums, or meetings in your area and go out there and get involved with other writers in your community! This is the best way to make connections and gain readers for your work!

Learn From Others

Learn from and study other authors. They will give you ideas and inspiration.
Learn from and study other authors. They will give you ideas and inspiration.

Tip #3: Learn To Take Constructive Criticism

Going along with sharing your stories and getting feedback from other writers, you also need to learn how to take constructive criticism. Sometimes it can feel devastating when someone critiques your work and you don't agree with their analysis, but you have to think about things from their point of view. They have an outsider perspective on your work that you don't have, and the more you actually listen to what they have to say, the more you will understand your audience and be able to make your writing even stronger.

Tip #4: Don't Expect To Be A Millionaire

Don't go into a writing career thinking you are going to be the next New York Times Best Selling Author. Instead, go into it with the mindset that you are making your dreams happen. You are the one who can finish writing that book you have always wanted to write, and you alone will feel the excitement just from getting your story out there. Sure, money does help, but as writers, our sole purpose is the want and need to share our stories with the world. Don't lose sight of your mission as a writer just because you want to be rich. Be happy and satisfied just with sharing your thoughts with the world around you and gaining an audience of like-minded individuals. When you start thinking about writing as a calling and less as a career, then you will feel like it is a much more rewarding experience; you are making a difference in the lives of every reader just by telling your story!

Tip #5: Always Be Willing To Learn

Just because you love to write and have been writing for a long time, doesn't mean that you don't have more to learn. Attend local book signings and meetups with local authors. Learn the craft and see what you can take away from learning important tips and skills from other authors. The experiences and the lessons you learn from other writers will only further improve your writing and possibly inspire you to take on one of your best writing projects yet!

Writing Is A Passion

Writing is not just a job, it is a passion. As such, seek to use your skills and your passion to help inspire others in everything you do. This is the most rewarding part of being a writer.
Writing is not just a job, it is a passion. As such, seek to use your skills and your passion to help inspire others in everything you do. This is the most rewarding part of being a writer.

Write With All Your Heart

When you take all of these tips into consideration, it should be easy for you to see that writing is not just a job, but a calling that comes from the heart. When you write with your soul, your feelings, and your emotions, you are making lasting connections with your readers. As a writer, you have the ability to influence and inspire those around you, and that is one of the most powerful things that anyone could ever have. Take pride in the fact that you can make a difference in others' lives just by telling your own story.

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    • Anne Carr profile imageAUTHOR

      Anne Marie Carr 

      2 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Thank you!

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      Rosina S Khan 

      2 months ago

      Anne, this article is rich and helpful for writers who have decided to take up writing as their career. Well-written indeed!

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