Explore more topics
  • 1

    Brainstorm ideas onto Post-it notes then rearrange them into the right order.

    Vasilica
  • 2

    Start anywhere. You're allowed to write the ending first.

    Vasilica
  • 3

    Think of your work as a first draft. Don't expect perfection straight off: get the words down and correct later.

    Vasilica
  • 4

    Read your work out loud, listening for a smooth flow and punctuation pauses.

    Dheepta
  • 5

    Sleep on it and re-read the next day. You'll notice passages that need liberal use of Tippex in the fresh light of day.

    Vasilica
  • 6

    Write with one member of your target audience in mind. Your writing will sound more personal and conversational.

    A.Orourke
  • 7

    Use shorter paragraphs if you want your work read faster. This is especially true for reading online.

    lafter27
  • 8

    Never leave a "this" by itself in a sentence. Tell us what thing/noun "this" refers to. Be clear.

    santo80
  • Have a good writing tip to add?
    Sign in easily using Facebook or Google.
  • 9

    When you write, try to focus on topics you know well, and write as though you are having a conversation with one other person.

    harpman
  • 10

    To write faster, go with the flow and edit later. Put down all your thoughts and then go back to revise.

    A.Orourke
  • 11

    Write as if youre writing to a friend or even best friend. Keep things conversational.

    lafter27
  • 12

    Tease the reader with a catchy title or headline so that your work will more likely be read.

    lafter27
  • 13

    A bold opening paragraph or statement catches the reader further.

    lafter27
  • 14

    Respect readers time. Keep things short and to the point when you can.

    lafter27
  • 15

    For blog posts I like to research 1st, outline main ideas and flow, type the whole post up real quick and then go back and revise / check for sanity.

    mmurph211
  • 16

    With strong nouns and verbs you can safely remove extra adverbs and adjectives while maintaining semantics.

    lafter27
  • Finding any of these writing tips useful?
    Click on the icon to vote tips up.
  • 17

    The only way to improve your writing is by writing.

    nessbake
  • 18

    It's not a good sign when I'm only on p18 but have already figured it ALL out. Predictability is a story's worst enemy.

    nessbake
  • 19

    If you're stuck with your story, need more emotional connection to characters, try handwriting. Helps root you in world of senses.

    nessbake
  • 20

    Don't try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. ~ Barbara Kingsolver

    nessbake
  • 21

    Use an active voice rather than a passive one.

    nessbake
  • 22

    Forget about grammar and typos -- just get the words down and edit later.

    santo80
  • 23

    What to do if you have writer's block: Write the topic down and a list of sub-topics to help get you started.

    harpman
  • 24

    Before publishing, T.H.I.N.K. - Is it True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary and Kind?

    geoff
  • Writing Tips

    Writing Tips

    Promoted Resource
    The Guardian: How to Write
  • 25

    Imagine that you will read all of your writing aloud to your best friend. This will prevent you from using hyperbole or inaccessible vocabulary.

    Holliday
  • 26

    If you find yourself repeatedly rewriting the same paragraph on the computer screen because it never sounds right, try writing it out by hand.

    hillcoen122
  • 27

    Express things by writing since writing reveals what you have inside for years.

    onempowerlives
  • 28

    Don't read any fiction while working on a project, it will likely make your writing look bad in comparison and you will lose interest.

    casian.im
  • 29

    if you feel stuck, take a 24 hr break. you'll have a fresher perspective when you go back to your draft.

    kalysta7