Welcome to TextGarden.org. As a professor, I know how hard writing can be. It sounds like the easiest thing in the world, but people who say this don’t have a clue. Writing a paper, essay, a short story or a whole novel is time-consuming, exhausting and one of the hardest things in the world. Very few people have the talent to put their thoughts into clear words, and even these people will have their problems writing. Writer’s block is the worst of all, but there are also times where you won’t have any inspiration at all. So, I decided to start a list of tips for better writing that will help professional authors, as well as students or anyone else who likes to write.
My first advice for writing better is reading. One who has no time for reading will have no time for writing. Reading novels that you like or text by an author whose style you like will help make you a better writer as well. You will start to adapt the style and learn the usage of different words as well as new words. Another tip that connects with the previous is to write daily. Making a habit out of writing will help you recognize common mistakes you make, as well as fight writer’s block and encourage inspiration.
Now, let’s go over to the writing process itself. Most people think that the best way to develop a story is from beginning to end, but I find it easier to write whatever I imagine or would like to write right now. It doesn’t matter if it’s the first or the last chapter or something in between because a story isn’t meant to be created from beginning to end. It develops over the course and writing this way helps to look at your story from different angles. Plus, it fights off writer’s block, too. Speaking of the worst enemy any author has, working on two different projects at once can seem overwhelming but it helps avoiding getting stuck on one project since you can always switch between the two. But even with this advice, there will still be days where you will have trouble getting anything to paper. Sometimes it helps me when I switch to editing on those days and try to find all my errors. It is your responsibility to fix your mistakes, and the more polished your work is, the better it will be received when you present it.
Now, let’s come to the most important tip regarding your time management. It hooks up with making writing a daily habit because you should also stick to your writing hours and routine. Your work time shouldn’t be negotiable or flexible, and you should stick to your selected writing days and hours to work the most efficient.
This list is far from being complete, but it should help tackle the most prominent problems and mistakes. Let’s help each other out and post your writing tips under this post. I’m sure somebody can profit from it.