Writing Tips

Writer's Helper offers these writing tips so your book will be the highest quality possible. 

People respect high quality writing. If you deliver your work in a strong and error-free package, people take you seriously. Your message comes through clearly. 

Your words reach people's hearts and minds. Your writing is more powerful than the sword. It inspires, educates, entertains. 

If the writing is weak, readers say, "So what?" If the writing has errors, readers are confused or distracted. 

Compelling, clear, error-free writing is what people expect when they buy a book. Give them what they expect. Readers will recommend your book to their friends, give it as a gift, and wait expectantly for your next publication.

Reader by reader you will change your world. 

What an awesome responsibility! What a wonderful privilege!

With respect for language I offer these writing tips.The first tip may sound strange coming from an editor....

Writing Tip #1: Put off editing

Each of us works at writing on two levels:a creative, unconscious level and a critical, conscious level.

The unconscious produces creative and powerful words and images. It makes surprising and original connections. It shuts down if the critical "editor" part of your mind goes to work too soon.If your High School English teacher's voice runs through your mind as you write, if you worry about spelling, grammar, or how to sell your book while you write, you are writing with a dull pencil.

There are many books written on how to unlock your unconscious and let the writing flow. Here are just a few ideas

  • Brainstorm words or images about your topic. Don't stop to evaluate their worth. Keep writing down ideas. When you can't think of another word, wait a while. Often the most powerful idea will surface after you have cleared all the less valuable ideas out of the way.
  • Write a page or two with your eyes shut. It doesn't matter if you can't read what you've written. You are giving your mind permission to make "mistakes" and just get on with it.
  • Write with music in the background. Experiment to find the style that you like. I prefer baroque or classical music. One of my writing teachers needed country and western.
  • Give yourself permission to be emotional. If your writing begins to move you, experience the full emotion. Before your writing changes others it will change you.



Edit your work only when you have drawn deeply from the well of your unconscious. 

Spelling counts. So does good grammar. They support vibrant writing. They do not createvibrant writing. There are a great many correctly written lifeless sentences. 

The best writing comes to life, and then is refined just enough to make it crystal clear.

First, give it life.

Writing Tip #2: Write what you know

Given the chance, what do you talk about endlessly? What drives you to seek out information? What are your passions? When you write what you know, you write with authority. People listen to you because you are one who knows. You are interesting because you are interested. Your knowledge is a gift to share.

Writing Tip #3: Research

Deepen the well. No matter what you know about the subject, there is always more to learn. Make sure you have the latest information available on your subject.

If there are differences of opinion in the area you are writing about, acknowledge the other side. Your statements will come across more strongly if the reader knows you have addressed the arguments others would raise.

Once you write something, at least some of your readers are going to believe you. You owe them accuracy.

"Yes, but...

I'm writing my autobiography."

Or, "This is my family history. I know this story like no one else."

That's true, but others have a perspective not like yours. Memories, even yours, can be faulty.

"Yes, but...

I'm writing fiction."


O.K. The details of fiction need to be as accurate as the details of nonfiction. Margaret Atwood won The Booker Prize for her novel The Blind Assassin. Her work is powerful on many levels. She took no chances with the details. At the back of her book is a list of acknowledgements 2 1/2 pages long: libraries, archives, museums...

"Yes, but... 

My story is a fantasy."


Even when you invent a universe, you invent it to be understood by earthlings. If you are going to have impossible things happening, you need to offer some explanation that will make sense.

Writing Tip #4: Use a structure

For some writers, having a structure in place first makes the writing easier. These writers prefer to think things out ahead of time and then build to a plan.

Other writers put down all their ideas in a glorious profusion of words. Papers may be spread all over the house, the car, the office desk, in fishing tackle boxes.... These writers like to see all the material and then build the structure.

Both approaches work well depending on the personality of the writer. Both kinds of writers need to end up with a structure that supports the reader's understanding.

There is no one right structure for a book any more than there is one right structure for a house. Some will be linear, and take the reader step by step directly through to a conclusion like a long hallway opening into an inner courtyard. 

Others will feature a spiraling staircase that takes the reader around and around the topic, always climbing higher to the secret chamber at the top, or to the rooftop view where everything becomes clear.

The fair thing to do is to use a reasonable route to the destination. It's unfair to take your reader up the staircase to the fourth floor and then to push him out a window so he can enjoy the inner courtyard.

Writing Tip #5: Use strong verbs and nouns

The verbs are the action words. They put things in motion. Make yours as strong as possible. 

The verb to be (am, is, are, was, were) puddles on the floor. Eliminate it wherever possible. I spent a year in Ukraine and experienced Russian, where the verb to be exists, but almost never appears. People simply leave it out and I found the effect powerful. In English we can't leave verbs out of our sentences, but we can make those we use work hard for us.

Nouns name the people, places, and things in our world. English has multiple words for almost everything. A male parent can be father, dad, pop, daddy, the old man, pater, progenitor, sire, begetter, conceiver, governor, abba, papa, pa, pap, pappy, pops, daddums, patriarch, paterfamilias, stepfather, foster father, and other family nicknames. Choose the noun that does the best work for you.

Short words are usually best. They have more punch. They hit the gut hard.

The paragraph above has only one word with more than one syllable.

Writing Tip #6: Be wary of adverbs and adjectives

If your verbs and nouns are strong, you can get rid of many adverbs or adjectives. Don't know what they are? They are the "describing words" your elementary school teachers told you to use to make your writing "more interesting." 

The boy ran to the store. 

The tall, tanned boy ran quickly to the store. 

The teacher gives you a check mark. 
The reader goes to sleep. 
Wake up your reader with

The surfer raced to the store.

Be particularly wary of words ending with -ly.

Writing Tip #7: Use correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar

Yes, there is a time to turn on the proofreader. A book is like housework. 

No one notices when it is done well, but they see your mistakes clearly. 

The guest who comes for tea concentrates on conversation and a developing friendship--unless the windows are streaky or a cobweb hangs in the corner. She is polite so she says nothing, but her attention is divided.

Those pesky flaws in your book will make some readers turn away in disgust. Mistakes distract even the most sympathetic reader. The reader does not necessarily even know the rule you've broken, but he feels uneasy.

The best reference book with writing tips about troublesome grammar, punctuation, and word choice is small, simple, and inexpensive. Affectionately called "Strunk and White" by generations of writers, it is still a required text in many writing classes. You can purchase this here through amazon.com or if you are in Canada and prefer to stay north of 49, here through amazon.ca

Writing Tip #8: Work the details

Your ideas come through more clearly when they are supported by details. Sensory detailsbring a scene clearly to mind. Most of us rely on sight, so visual details are most common in writing. But use other senses, too. Psychologists tell us the most evocative sense is smell.

Give specific names for things.

The pine is better than the tree. 

Give evidence for your point of view. Anecdotes, quotes from reputable sources, statistics, all add credibility.(See Writing Tip #12.)

Writing Tip #9: Cut, cut, cut

Writers often fall in love with their own words and phrases. Cutting them can feel like killing a person. 

It only feels like that. 

Cutting words from writing is like pruning in the garden. When we get rid of the dead, diseased, and ugly, we are left with a stronger, more beautiful, fruitful plant.

Be ruthless with your writing. Chop out every unnecessary word. 

How do you know what can go? 

Read what you've written leaving out parts you question. If the piece still makes sense, leave out the excess. Compressed writing packs a punch.

Writing Tip #10: Use active voice

Technically, active voice puts the active agent first, followed by the verb (the action), followed by the object of the action. 

Passive voice reverses the order.

Active - The boy hit the ball.

Passive - The ball was hit by the boy.

If you take care of the verb to be (See Writing Tip #5) you will be using active voice more often. (Notice was in the example.)

Active voice is stronger and moves the action along. Passive voice sounds like someone is trying to hide something or to avoid responsibility. We find passive voice in many government documents. 

Hm-m-m. Do you aspire to write like the government?

Writing Tip #11: Use parallel structure

Doing the same thing in the same way creates a pattern that helps a reader follow along. 

On this page I've used a parallel structure for the tips. Each one is written as a command. I used the imperative mood (the command) because these tips are vital parts of writing. I used it ineach case because that creates a pattern your brain picked up by the time you reached Writing Tip #3. 

If I had changed Writing Tip #8 to "Details are important," your brain would have registered the shift in structure and for a moment would have flickered away from what I want you to do: 

keep reading, 
accept these tips, 
use them, 
become a stronger writer, 
sell lots of books, 
advance the general quality of written English in the world.

Human brains love pattern. Give your reader's brain a pattern and your ideas will come through like sunshine through a window. Your reader will 

keep reading, 
take you seriously, 
recommend your book, 
change the world...

Writing Tip #12: Show, don't tell

If it's a sermon your reader wants, there are churches to oblige. 

What does it look like, sound like, feel like, taste like, smell like? When you describe a person or event, your reader is there with you. When you tell, the reader relaxes to the point of mental slumber. 

Not sure of the difference?

Telling: John was sad after Susan broke up with him.

Reader: Yawn! 

Showing: John shut his cell phone and leaned against the wall. He heaved a sigh and dropped his head into his hands.

Hear the reader's mind working: 

"What's with John? Oh, I get it, he feels Susan let him down."

In nonfiction, details show, generalities or opinions tell.

Telling: Children are out of shape these days.

Reader: "I don't think that's true. My neighbor's kid plays Little League."

Showing: Forty percent of 5 to 8-year olds are obese.

The reader's mind kicks in:

"Wow! Children are out of shape these days!"

Writing Tip #13: Use humor when you can

Not everyone cracks jokes all day long. But a light touch from time to time lowers a reader's guard and opens her to your ideas. Be careful that your humor is kind and tasteful, unless of course you are writing for seven-year-olds, when bodily function humor is high on the list.

Writing Tip #14: Build to the end

In English we expect the most important item to be at the end. When you write a list, put the most important, unusual, or powerful item last. 

The final sentence in a paragraph ties up your ideas in a neat package or hints at what is to come.

Your most powerful paragraph comes at the end of the chapter. 

Poets labour over their final word. Let yours linger in the mind.

Writing Tip #15: Choose a beckoning title

A good title is catchy and says, "Read me." Depending on your topic, you may want to steer clear of a "cute" or "witty" title in favor of one that makes a clear promise of what is inside. 

Writers often discover a title as they write. Sometimes a phrase or reference in the book comes to stand for the whole work. 

Take your time to find a good title. You want one that calls to a reader, insisting on a purchase.


Writing Tip #16: Print out a hard copy

Many people compose directly onto a computer. That's what I'm doing as I write this. Even if your printing company wants an electronic file, and most do, print yourself a hard copy. It is easier to read and to find your mistakes on paper. 

Worried about the trees? So am I. I print my work on the backs of pages as often as possible. I use flyers, form letters, fax cover sheets, any piece of paper with a blank side. I've discovered even loose leaf paper will go through my printer.

Writing Tip #17: Read your work aloud

Really. 

No cheating. 

Read all the words out loud in the order in which you've written them. 

This is the single best self-editing technique.

You will find awkward places or unclear references as soon as the words are out of your mouth. Some writers stop immediately to fix the problem. Others mark their paper and keep reading, going back later to fix things.

Either way, read every word out loud.

After you've fixed the problems, read it aloud again. 

Keep doing this until you can't find any more problems.


Writing Tip #18: Find an editor

Professional writers edit their own work, share it with trusted friends, and then submit it to a publishing house. There another editor is selected to read the work closely, looking for areas that need improvement or a special polish. In fact, more than one editor will check every book. Professional editors know these 18 writing tips and many more. Furthermore, they recognize strengths and weaknesses in writing.

As a self publishing author you are in the precarious position of making the final decision about when to go to print. If you go too soon, your book will not be all it could be. No one wants to have an inferior product attached to his or her name. Once a book is printed it's there forever. 

You are a writer and you are close to your own work; that closeness can blind you to its flaws. Trusted friends can encourage you and those with good English skills can find mistakes. If the friendship is robust and the friend fearless, you can get good feedback from a friend.

If you can find a writing group where people critique each other's work, I strongly recommend attending.

  • You will learn from other writers as you watch their work evolve.
  • You will have help with your own writing.



Most groups are free or have a nominal charge for renting space. Ask at the library or bookstore or put an ad in the paper. If you can't find a group, start your own.

You may choose to hire someone for some or all of the editing your book needs. You can hire an editor at any stage of your writing. There are as many ways for an editor and writer to work together as there are editors and writers.

Choose your editor carefully. 
Knowledge, 
skill, 
and personality enter into the relationship.

What you look for in an editor depends on your personality and your personal development as a writer.

I am a writer as well as an editor.

I want an editor to be

  • kind towards me
  • ruthless towards my words.



I am confident in my abilities so I care much more about the ruthlessness than the kindness. I get cuddles from my cat. 

Not everyone feels the same way. Contact an editor to get a feel for how you might work together. This is a personal relationship that works best when based on trust.

Your writing will be strongest if at some point you separate yourself from your writing. The editor wants to make it better. If that is your goal, too, you will be a great team.

I would be honored if you considered me a potential editor for your book. I offer an edit of a brief sample, a guaranteed quote on the job we agree you want, a passion for sparkling prose,and experience editing and being edited. I'd love to do this over tea, but since this is cyber space, meet me here.


Although every serious writer will work with an editor in the end stages of a published project, you can improve your chances of reaching that end stage and save money when you hire a freelancer editor if you do a good job of editing your own work. Finally, you can follow a plan for editing your own work.

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OUTLINE! OUTLINE OUTLINE!! outlining helps a ton! I have found it helps write quicker, and you know where you're headed.

start with a sentence 
Think of a few good sentences to include in whatever it is you are writing. What phrases repeat themselves in your mind? What word(s) have you always wanted …

Don't Listen 
Ever have someone tell you that you will never be a writer? I have, time and time again, and I'm only 13! Don't listen to the critics. Follow your heart, …

First things first 
When I type my story on my laptop, I always wait until I finish with the chapter before I go and revise it. I think you should get the bulk of it (writing …

fakeout. 
use a thesaurus, for words, so they seem bigger and make your reader be under the influence than you are smarter.

Ask About The Title 
When you come up with a title that you like, go up to someone and ask them if they have ever heard of it. While you're at it, as them if it sounds good …

Personify! 
Instead of saying: The wind blew through the trees rapidly. Say. . . The wind, sneaky and stealth, creeped up on the unsuspecting leaves and ruffled …

Showing Your Story 
Be careful who you show your story to. Your parents and close relatives may say they like it just to make you feel good. Show it to someone who won't …

For a little bit of romance.... 
Although I personally believe that romance is one of the easiest elements to write, it is important not to overdo it. Sometimes, minimalising stuff makes …

Giving John a Smacker on the Lips 
Always think about what you are going to write.

Bor-ing!!!!!! 
Don't bore the readers to where they don't want to read the book anymore. Have a catchy book name or start. Like "Did you see that?" I stuttered. …

Write what you see 
When you're out & about take a pen and paper with you. Write about the people you see, pick up on some of their characteristics, what they look like. …

imagine 
Let your imagination go with the flow Comments by Audrey: Many writers are blessed with active imaginations. Others are not. All writers benefit …

Don't be afraid of death! 
We all have that one character we love, right? When it comes to our precious babies, don't be afraid to...well, kill them off. It's a hard decision and …

Finish what you write 
if you started a story make sure you finish it Audrey writes: There are times when this is good advice. Then there are the other times. Here are …

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Have smashing, cliff-hanger chapter and book endings. 
If you do, readers will want to keep reading. I found that stopping in the middle of the story and focusing on another character for a little while works …

A writer's constant companion 
If you cannot keep a writing pad with you all the time, use the 'notes' on your mobile to type out ideas that spring to you at the oddest of times. Like …

Don't overdo it 
For example , if you are using humor do not add too much of it,if your writing is dramatic don't make it too dramatic,it's just always the same principal. …

Be Inspired to Inscribe 
Do not write because you have to write something; write because you have something to write. Write out of inspiration, on topics you are most compelled …

Avoid Clichés 
No matter how many times I tell myself this I always managed to use clichés anyways. It normally takes someone else looking at my work and them telling …

Writing What You Know 
Writing What You Know By Marcella Simmons For many years, we writers were taught to stick with the old adage of 'write what you know.' That may …

Write Where You Are Right Now 
Write Where You Are Right Now By Marcella Simmons Whatever it takes for you to write, by all means do it. Let the words flow. If it's not …

Writing Time 
Discover what your writing time is i.e. when do you do your best writing or when do you have your best ideas. It's different for everyone, but once you …

Finding ideas to write about 
Below are several tips for finding ideas to write about. 1) Old ideas rewritten become new ideas – search through your files and find something you’ve …

My first published work 
My first published work Writing has played an important role in my life, and for the most part, I took my career pretty serious. Humorous writing wasn’t …

How I became a writer 
How I became a writer When I was a little girl, I loved to write poems and short stories. I had a collection of my poems in a folder and during the …

Nurture the writer within 
Nurture the writer within For several months, I worked for a small town newspaper as staff reporter. I wrote front-page news, feature stories, editorials, …

Writing with Grandma Savvy 
Writing with Grandma Savvy Back in the days when my children were in diapers (and believe me, there were several in diapers at one time - there were …

Finding fresh ideas to write about 
As Orson Scott Card states, “Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people …

The Importance of observation 
The Importance of observation A writer needs to be observant of different types of people, places and things like it were a sixth sense. While everyone …

Inside scoop on writing for magazines 
Inside scoop on writing for magazines I once read that "Professional writers sell before they write: amateur writers write before they sell". These …

Travel Writing: Take that Extra Step and  
Travel Writing: Take that Extra Step and Go Beyond Simply Documenting Your Many Adventures Welcome to the wonderful world of travel writing! …

Tips on getting published 
Here are several tips that helped me become a published writer and they will will help you get started. Read. Read the type of material that you enjoy …

I get it! It's pretty! 
Don't go overboard with descriptions. I've read books were out of 30 paragraphs in a chapter, I've skipped over half of them because of the big word and …

The one.The only. 
Unlock your mind and throw away the key,there are no rules, no limits.Let your thoughts run free like a fugitive.

Clear your head 
Fill your brain full of oxygen. Go for a walk, you may wish to take a voice recorder. You will find that idea's flood into your mind just by taking mild …

How to add dry facts to a story 
I'found that if I need to put in some backstory or information that does not fit in anywhere else, that I can do it in a usually boring task that a character …

Clear your mind clutter before you begin 
Set a silent timer for just five minutes and write the words, "I am aware..." Then write fast, without stopping till the timer goes off. Go back and …

Listen to the Voice 
Always listen to the little voice that offers new ideas and images. It comes in handy.

Watch out for multiple similarities 
I love to write and read but a good thing to keep in mind is to stay original. I once needed to strip down and rewrite 10,000 words because it had several …

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Try several styles of writing 
I have always loved to write stories, to be more specific science fiction but at age 11 for a class project I wrote a poem and liked it so I decided to …

Details To Boredom! :) 
People say you should always, always, ALWAYS put lots of details in your writing! But don't over-do them! If you do them your readers can get bored if …

Put the "Care" in Character 
Care about your characters. Love them or hate them--but be passionate about them! Are you disdainful or jealous? Does he (or she) have a flaw that endears …

I am working on the formula 
Dear Fellow Writers It is sadly true that at present a formula for writing doesn't exist. I don't accept this. Ergo I am working on a formula for how …

COLLECT WORDS & PHRASES!  
Buy several note books - you'll need more than one! And start word collecting. Everytime you read something - an article, a book, even a sign start writing …

"I'm sorry what'd you say..." 
Engulf yourself in the story as you're writing it and surround yourself with the nessesary components such as imagery, realistic dialouge, and beautifully …

Writing with the Third Eye 
When your brain thinks of some scenario it thinks of it in pictures not words, so when your writing about that scenario make sure you convey the picture …

Take Regular Breaks! 
When you write for long periods of time in one go, you wind up with tired eyes and a tired mind, and slowly you start to write twoddle, even if your mind …

A Writer Writes 
Getting published does not make you a writer. Writing makes you a writer. As Issac Asimov once said: The only way to fail at writing, is to stop writing. …

Write Your Heart Through 
write when your mad when your sad when your happy when you dont have anything to do when your lonely. Write down how you feel express yourself on that …

Nothing Is Original 
Read, Read, Read and read a lot more. Read anything and take ideas you like. Write them down in a small notebook and maybe use what you like in your writing. …

Title beyond recognition 
Trust your ideas, let them flow, if the idea or words don't sound right no matter how much you edit them, put the idea/writing away for a later time, then …

Eavesdrop on others' conversations! 
The most realistic, convincing dialogue derives from real conversations, real people, and real situations. In order to make your characters' speech more …

READ READ READ READ READ!!!!!!!  
Seriously. This may sound like a stupid/obvious/useless tip, but if you think about it for a second, it really isn't. Writers have to learn from someone. …

Write the way YOU want to write. 
Just because other authors do their scenes like this or like that doesn't mean you have to make your scenes like that. Just because other authors start …

Keep a Good Pace 
The reader needs a steady dose of interesting as the story moves on. Often times, I find that somewhere in the middle of a story, things are dragging on …

I Want My Fifteen Minutes of Fame! 
Every character that interacts with your main character should have goal. No exceptions, it gives a bit more life to the story if they did.

Overcoming Writer's Block 
Don't think about the fact that almost every area of the human era has been covered by some author somewhere at some time What can be more important …

A guilt-free murder 
When I am attached to a piece of writing and reluctant to let go even though I know I must, I find it illuminating to copy the entire piece onto a clean …

Don't forget anything 
Write down everything that catches your attention. Write it DOWN. If you choose to discard later that's fine. If you want to recall the proportion of things …

Therapeutic water fall 
have some warm tea in the bedroom with the sounds of waterfall preferably (a fish tank.) this will relax your mind, or sit near the water in a creek close …

Put A Bit Of Yourself Into Your Writing 
Have you ever found it hard to make a realistic character? You could never have a blank character: no one wants to read that. You need to make your character …

Finding Inspiration 
Find yourself a good insperation. Like a garden. Roof top. Or, up a tree. Whatever inspires you.

Love it! 
Love what you write. If you dont believe in yourself,then no one else will.

Be on the title 
#1 Always stay on the topic do not go out of track.The theme should always revolve around the topic of your story. #2 Use clean, ornamental writing …

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Details 4 U 
remember to always give detail. Too much detail takes the reader away from the story but too little makes them confused, but just enough is perfect! (: …

Too much noise? Don't give up! 
Hey! You start writing a book and are soooo happy about it...but 2 weeks later: Author:"This is getting boring.I don't want to write this book anymore.Let …

Dont rush progress... 
Don't rush your story! If it moves along to quickly, it may become hard to follow. Make sure it all flows nicely. if you feel like you're jumping from …

Knowing you, knowing me! 
Get to know your characters! Don't just say there name/age, where they live etc. Remember,if you don't know your own characters, neither will your readers! …

Movie Writing 
I find that picking a good movie and writing it as a story helps me with detail! Usually when I write a movie, I am very detailed. So, when I make my own …

The art of writing a piece of crap 
Allow yourself to write, wither good or bad. Just write. Get realistic in not presuming you are going to right a best seller as your first piece of work! …

Don't be afraid to go back 
Once many of us have gotten far in a story, we tend to not want to go back and change anything of what we consider already finished work. Don't be afraid …

Microsoft Tips 
NEVER share a computer with family members. For your works could be deleted (puroposely or accidently)

Intrigue Me!!! 
Sizzling starts - Start the story with as much detail as possible, that way the reader won't want to put the book down. I have removed your question …

Don't Bore Me!!! 
Make sure the writing is interesting and keeps the reader intrigued. It is an absolute MUST that you use lots of quirky and odd adjectives so the reader …

create a theme 
Create a theme. For eg: It was dark by now. Only a lamp or two were flickering on the roadside. Steve strolled around by the pavement, along the deserted …

Understanding structure 
Analyse the work of the professionals. I find the best way to understand the structure of a good book is to deconstruct it in detail, create character …

Never Tell Your Paper Could Be Wrong 
After you had done all you could to improve your paper, don`t tell your teacher something like: "I did all I could, but probably I made some mistakes in …

Jazz up your writing with these quick tips 
Get Wild! Let your imagination flow. Writing the same old boring stuff will make reader go to sleep. Let new ideas enter. Twists in the plot can …

Cardboard Characters 
I know that I hate nothing more than a character with no past, present or future. Even when I invent my own characters, I can't stand it if they're dead …

Inspiration 
You need to know how to write your story before you write it, no matter what the genre. Get an idea of some different styles by reading different authors' …

Flowing 
Flowing your writing together is a good tip because, as a reader I expect to either to be put in the situaton of the protagonist or blown away by the discriptiveness …

And then... 
This phrase always tickles my imagination. I always come up with something ludicrous afterwards, and then your off!

Take your time! 
Take yor time in writing, don't force yourself. If you're strugglig take a break. It will come to you. Writing should be fun not frustrating.

5 minute writing 
Yes, the title says it all. Set a timer to 5 minutes and wrote non stop for that amount of time. Even if you cannot think of anything. Write "I don't know …

Rule number 1 
Once began, do not stop.

OUR STORIES ARE US 
It is true that our books, novels and short stories are a projection of ourselves on paper. What one writes, whether he/she realizes it or not, is inspired …

Be inspired 
Don't just make a boring story up, be inspired by other authors who you like and who you know are very good writers. If you have a favourite book read …

Give your character a name the reader will admire. 
A name for a character can be difficult to conjure up. But if you put effort into it you can come up with something the reader will idolize, and that …

when drowning in the flood of ideas 
I have had the problem of holding on to one idea and work it start to finish, I allways have multiple storylines in motion and it can get distracting sometimes. …

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Cliches 
avoid cliches like the plague. (Get it?...It's still great advice!)

Forget It!!! 
Give your manuscript a break before editing it. Allow yourself to "forget" the story so that when you re-read it you see every word as the reader will. …

Step Into Their Shoes 
When you're alone, or outside, talk to yourself. Start an imaginary conversation. Yes, with yourself. When I'm sitting outside with no creativity at …

Plow! 
Never stop writing. Start and do NOT stop until you have to stand up and do something. When you go back feel free to read over what's you've written. But …

Give Your Soul to Your Writing 
Making a piece come alive means putting your whole soul in it. By this I mean, if you're writing a sad part, summon up the saddest feeling you ever had …

being in the momment 
you have to let the reader fell like he or she is in the story use creative words that describe how the characters feel in every moment of the story, and …

Skip the boring bits! 
When I'm writing, I always find it best to write the bits I enjoy first, and slave over the middle bits later. The hardest part, in my opinion, is trying …

Short, sweet and to the point! 
DOn't always go for long, dreary sentences! All you're doing is loosing attention and interest! The odd short sentence here or there can make all the difference, …

Be in the story 
One thing I have always found useful is to BE IN the writing yourself. For other people to feel what you feel, see what you see in YOUR mind you must …

Read - a lot. 
It seems obvious but you can never read too much when you're writing. Especially if you have writers block. Read within the genre you are writing, and …

no ideas? 
when you don't know what to write, try these easy tips to get your writing going again. 1. Read a book! 2. Imagine the characters are at a different …

Hey,..I'm a Person....Not a Thing! 
Don't forget to use "personal" pronouns when referring to PEOPLE. Say this: "He is the person who invented the shortwave radio". Not this: "He is …

Remember...You're Only Talking to Me! 
Have you ever noticed when some people write a memo, an email, a letter, an article or even a book which they know will be read by many people, they address …

5 Ways to instantly be a better writer 
1: READ MORE The more you read the more you want to write. Appreciating a good turn of phrase or being irritated by a bad turn of phrase will make you …

FOCUS 
As a writer, I have found that for every piece you write, fiction or non-fiction, it is important to FOCUS! At any given point in the piece, you should …

Sarcasm 
Sarcasm is fatal to everything i write. I love to be funny. Sarcasm could easily describe a deathly situation, or it could be the base of your next joke. …

Be Open to Others Ideas! 
My friends and I write together. We get together and take turns on who writes next. One thing I have learned from this is, don't be touchy. If someone …

Keep a journal 
Seriously! It works! Try keeping a journal for, say, a year. Don't write boring stuff. Notice things. The colour of something, the taste of something. …

imagine 
make your story look real when you imagine it so peaple will like it

Let your writing inhabit you 
I may be alone in my thinking but for me writing comes to me. It decides when it is ready, it pounces rather unexpectedly and before I know it, it is upon …

Introduction Paragraphs 
When you are writing an essay or letter remember to always add flavor a pop to the first sentence to make the reader read it. DON'T YOU EVER USE BORING …

Gabbling 
Don't over write something, or otherwise the reader gets bored. You could write, Bill let out a scream of despair. It was not like him to do this. You …

face your fears! 
dont be afraid to write! if you think you sound stupid just keep going and when someone edits it they can fix it(if it needs fixing) how do you think jane …

Sizzle, My Nizzle 
When Sizzling your Nizzle, you must first determine whether you are writing from the Nizzle or Sizzle's point of view.

Take Breaks  
There are times when an author is writing and becomes stuck. This can occur at any time, any place, anywhere. When that happens, there isn't much that …

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Hold Your Beliefs! 
Don't write something that is strong, energetic, and fills you with passion if you are just going to go and blow it by presenting it in a way that lets …

focussing 
not astray from your characters' abilites.

Volcanoes in the heart 
Write from the heart.

Lacking Motivation? 
Often, I find myself feeling lethargic about writing. I want to put it off because I've hit a slow spot and can't seem to get past a part for weeks on …

Take Captive Your Thoughts 
You know that feeling you get after figuring out a topic to write about and all these thoughts and voices are floating around in your head? There's just …

What's in a name? 
A lot, actually. Choose a name that suits your Characters personality or looks. What do you think of when you hear the name? Add a more subtle reason …

Take a breath 
There is no rush to tell the story. Take your time and enjoy what you are writing as you are writing it. I have found that years of essay papers and …

A life with ragged edges - writing our memoirs 
OURSELVES AS CHARACTER It was a revelation to me when I first heard someone say that when writing memoirs you must remember to think of yourself as …

Character Profiles 
many times an inexperienced writer will get someone- a friend, family member, neighbour- to read their work. and it its not uncommon for the reader to …

Include Multiple Subplots 
This may seem an obvious thing, but adding a good strong subplot is easy to let slip. If your story is not complicated enough then the ending will become …

Stay Organized! 
Sometimes a writer's ideas of the plot and characters can get muddled and confused. Keep a binder or journal of your ideas, and make sure to jot down …

Write About Yourself.  
Use your own experiences in your writing, it's easy to do that because you know what has happened. Use it as a basic outline for a chapter or something. …

Be realistic 
If you want your story to be somewhat realistic then you should make sure your characters have doubts, faults, and do not look perfect.

Add Swagger to Your Writing 
Develop your own style of expressing your ideas and thoughts. Is your writing identity formal? Sassy? Emotional? Graphic? Display your personality in …

HEART MATTERS 
Write from your heart, personal experience and your passionate thoughts.

The Authors Best Friend: A Dictionary 
(This tip is for younger writers, like myself)If you do not know what a word means, but you think it sounds impressive, don't just think, "Oh, no one will …

Your heart is what matters 
Write from your heart, if you don't like it stop writing!

Become a master of metaphor 
The best writers work several writing techniques into a metaphor, in a phrase. They don't just use metaphor on its own - because even several compacted …

Persevere! 
The reader actually wants to read your stories. If you are in the middle of your story and the plot is at it's climax, sometimes you can just think, "I …

first ideas 
any ideas you get write them down and keep them somewhere safe as you may need to rely on them later in life good luck that is the best tip i have. …

Righteous Heros and Villians. 
Sure, we all love the all around good guy and the bad guy with a die hard vengeance. However, it is a played out cliche. Try this for both: -Give them …

Piece the Puzzle Together 
Just like a puzzle, writing isn't just sticking random pieces together and smacking them until they look like...well, vintage. Your events should have …

Grammar is the key 
Learning grammar is a great way to improve your writing. Helping to understand how a sentence is formed and punctuated provides one with more variety …

Don't repeat yourself. I repeat, don't repeat yourself. 
I highly agree with the above Tip #17, I used it even before I found this helpful list. Reading your work aloud really helps you determine what sounds …

Note Your Dreams. 
I find some of my best ideas originate from my dreams. As soon as I wake from one, I get out my notebook and I write it down, and sometimes it develops …

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No Distractions Please! 
Don't write when you need the toilet, are extremely hungry/thirsty of if there is a television on in the room you are in. These distract you from your …

Notebooks Are Essential! 
I always have a notebook and a pencil on hand. I get ideas in every single one of my classes. Whether it is in band, chorus, history, study hall, English, …

Try a Few for Size 
I always found it best to not only write all the time, but write as a multitude of characters. Treat writing as a buffet; one day try writing from …

One-Lines are Writing Too 
I try to write songs, but I'm not good with melody, so I've resigned to writing poetry. This works well for me, but sometimes I can't think of a whole …

Bend your words, don't let them bend you. 
I am a professional bladesmith by trade and am writing a novel on the side. In comparing the two disciplines I find similar threads. In bladesmithing I …

Close your eyes and let your other senses be in control 
When your character steps into a strange room or meets a new person, don't just write about what you character SEES, write how the person makes them feel, …

Dont be afraid to jump ahead 
If you write, you probably read. If you read, you probably read in order. But. You can skip ahead. No one will yell at you. You WILL however …

Get to know your characters 
Always think about your characters. If you're in a situation think how your character would handle it and they would react. This helps you get to know …

Fear not 
Don't be afraid to write what you feel, how you feel, and when you feel it. This will allow the emotion to flow from your heart and onto the paper/computer. …

A Rant Is A Work of Art 
Try ranting about something in your writing. To me, there are few things better than capping off a perfectly executed rant.

Enjoy the process! 
Allow yourself to take time! Write some guidelines for the book, find the information you need, think about your challenges... DON'T EVER RUSH!! Sure, …

Know Your Characters as if they were your best friends 
This is very important especially when writing fiction or fantasy, since they are the elements that really hold the story together. The worst thing you …

Get to know your characters! 
Write character bios for each of your main or even secondary characters! Include things like name, eye and hair color, ect... You may not use everything …

Push Procrastination Off The Cliff 
How do you stop your procrastination about writing? Plain and simple...you put it off. I can come up with a handful of things I need to be doing around …

When writing by hand.... 
If you are writing by hand in a notepad one of the best pieces of advice I've been given is to LEAVE A LINE between each line you write. This way there …

Avoid cliches 
Don't write a story that has been done thousands of times before, for example, falling in love with your best friend. People don't want to read a story …

Don't "Bunch together" writing 
I find that adding extra blocks of text, like a story of a character's life during an action helps flesh out a character slowly: The Character …

Character Pizzaz 
Make sure your characters are life like. Character development is one of the most crucial aspects of writing. Your readers need to relate to the characters. …

Keep it private. 
Treat a book like a secret room. Let no-one read it until completion. If you get lots of compliments then you can get sloppy with the rest.

Before you begin writing.. 
Before you write your novel, brainstorm all your ideas first. Maybe draw a Spider-Diagram and list every detail. Write about the characters, their names, …

Express Yourself 
Your writing should be about a subject that you personally enjoy, otherwise it will get boring quickly.

Read your work to someone... 
I write during business trips; in the evening, or on weekends, in my hotel room. When I call home (I use my computer and Sykpe with a headset) I read …

K.I.S Keep It Simple 
You need to keep your readers involved. If a reader is getting bored of the same topic over and over again s/he might stop reading!

The Art's in the Telling: Good Pap Sells 
Don't let the ghosts of authors past get in your way. Some of the most successful popular writing is trite and formulaic, yet fun to read (and sells like …

Writers read and readers write 
Writers read and Readers write. This is entirely true, because as I read a new book, I uncover new ideas for some of my future stories. Another piece …

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Move Your Reader with Moving Writing 
Let every sentence make the reader think. If it doesn't it should be rephrased or discarded. Writing should be entertaining. Every last sentence needs …

Never Give Up 
Never give up on a novel you've started to write, just like not giving up on a novel that you are reading. Because if you do, you'll never know what happens …

When they just won't shut up..... 
Despite what many people say, you don't have to write every single day. Write when something comes to you. When your characters just won't shut up in your …

To Write Well
Think Outside The Box
 
Being a good writer means you allow yourself to get outside of your comfort zone. Switch up your main characters and learn something new. If you're used …

Writer's Block
Legos aren't that strong.
 
Writer's block really doesn't exist. It's just you being stubborn about what you put on paper (or the computer). Just knock down that Lego-of-a-block. …

Perspective, Perspective, Perspective!!! 
When writing chapters of a fiction novel, the author will sometimes be tempted to give a thought, action, or consideration from a different character than …

The giant. red, creepy.....What was it again? Writing descriptions 
If your descriptions are too long in the book, people will begin to lose interest in your book. You can describe something important for a bit, try not …

Your writing is too hot to handle... 
I learned this from my years as a stockbroker. Before the computer age, we had tons of paper notices piled on our desk throughout the day. You could waste …

Similes Are Like Electric Shocks 
A simile is a writing device in which the writer shows a comparison between two things we usually think of as being different from each other. A simile …

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