Guest Post: Unusual Tips to Become a Better Writer

June 3, 2013

I would like to welcome Sandra Miller back to the backwoods! She will be sharing with us some “unusual” tips to becoming a better writer. As writers we are always improving our craft–we never become “masters”


English: penulis = writer

English: penulis = writer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many people often wonder, ‘how do I become a better writer?’ Well, writing has its challenges and because of its subjective nature, you risk boring people with your writing. If this feels like you, then a few unconventional writing tips could help you become a better writer.

  1. Whenever you start to write, take out the first and last paragraphs. In most cases, these paragraphs don’t add much value to the conversation of message and hence need to omit them. Nevertheless, assuming you take out the first and last paragraph in this article, don’t you think it would still make sense? Also, make a point of checking your work with a plagiarism checker Plagtracker to ensure that you’re not strutting other people’s work around.
  2. The second thing you should do when writing a story is not to go overboard explaining things. This means that, if you’re tempted to tell many things, it’s better if you keep them short. Simply omit a sentence you think wouldn’t make a difference.
  3. In the first line of your article, appeal to a human instinct or emotion. Ideally, you need to bleed in the first line of your article. This means that when they start to read, they  will be inclined to feel with you all the way, reading more of your stuff.
  4. Whenever you write, don’t ask for permission to say something. Simply say it, as you want. You’re the one with the pen.
  5. Keep writing and write a lot. This is an often forgotten truth, but in reality makes a lot of sense. The best way to get a thick skin from rejection letters is to write, and write a little more and write some more.
  6. Always make an effort of reading good and high quality pieces 30-50 minutes before you begin to write. Some writers state that reading more essays, poetry and other good books makes them better immediately before they start writing. You too can do it this way.
  7. Take more coffee. The secret to writing success is entailed in the brackets of creativity. Research has shown that people who take more coffee have a better chance at writing better.
  8. Honesty in writing is very important if you want to be successful. People want to be told what they do or think but don’t want to admit. You need to be that mouthpiece to enable them see the value or at least relax easy.
  9. Don’t fear what people think. This is another crucial tip if you want to become a better writer. Let’s face it, every writer is afraid of what their peers think, clients, critics, friends, family will thing about their writing. With all these concerns, there is no way your work will be your best. For every person you worry about, that’s more than 1% quality reduction. Write your best and tell readers something they don’t know about you in every post.
  10. Shock with titles. Titles are the key to all written works and the more shocking yours is the better for you. A title like “How I torture men” could be shocking enough to create a controversial response. Don’t shy away from being unconventional.

About the Author: Sandra Miller is a freelance writer from Brooklyn. She always uses professional editing services help to make her writing perfect.

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AK Taylor

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AK Taylor

AK Taylor is an award winning YA author who has been writing novels since age 16. Beekeeper, outdoor sportsman, avid adventurer, and animal lover. Taylor lives in the backwoods of Middle GA where she continues to write stories.

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  • Diane says:

    Thanks for the article. “Bleeding in the first line” (#3) jumped out at me. I just started reading The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce and the first line was: “The letter that would change everything arrived on a Tuesday.” I remember thinking “wow…I need to use starters like this” (or “bleed” like you said). Never thought to do #6 – will have to give that a try. And I agree with #10 (shock with titles), especially for blog posts. With all the posts out there, I know I’m drawn to one’s that have interesting titles. I know I’m not doing that one well enough – thanks for the reminder!

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