Writing Tips | 77 Best Tips for Writing and Publishing

Writing Tips

Many of us have dreamed of the day that we publish that first article, how-to-book, or novel, destined to be a best seller. While most authors will never know what it is like to gain international notoriety, many will get a taste of the writing life. As a new author or wannabee, we tend to scour all the books and magazines for the magic formula (assuming it exists).

Unfortunately, it is as elusive as the Fountain of Youth. There are however, good bits and pieces of advice that we can gain from many people along the way that will help us in our writing career. Here are 77 bits of advice i have gleaned along the way. Some of you may have others you care to share. If so, please feel free to add them in the comments.

Happy Writing!

  1. Network with others in the industry
  2. Get feedback
  3. Read book reviews
  4. Study the Market
  5. Read widely
  6. Attend writing Events
  7. Write Daily
  8. Get good advice
  9. Write an elevator pitch – explain your novel in Twitter style
  10. Look at what is selling
  11. Less is more
  12. Be persistent
  13. Have something to say
  14. Write clearly, as if you were writing a step-by-step process
  15. Review many books
  16. Gain insight into others mistakes
  17. Know that there is no huge barrier into writing- except you
  18. Meet other writers – do not stay isolated
  19. Tell people your idea
  20. Join support groups
  21. Meet readers- readers like to meet writers
  22. Define your inspiration- know what inspires you
  23. Make ideas understandable to the general public
  24. Don’t be boring
  25. Be accurate in your facts
  26. Look to history
  27. Be prepared for rejection
  28. It’s not about you, it’s about the work
  29. Ask yourself- why isn’t it working?
  30. Be prepared to re-write (more than once)
  31. Writing is work
  32. Understand the publishing industry
  33. Look to new self-publishing opportunities
  34. Be involved in writers groups
  35. Collect interesting stuff for ideas
  36. Make an idea journal
  37. Look to niche markets for possible success
  38. Know the different ways to publish
  39. Three P’s to publishing: production, printing, promoting
  40. It takes money to advertise your book- often it is your money
  41. Read publishing sites- know what publishers talk about
  42. Selection does not assure publication
  43. Large Publishing houses are in the business of making money
  44. Critiquing another’s work can help you become a better writer
  45. “Show” don’t “tell”
  46. Organize your thoughts
  47. Write the way you speak (on your best day)
  48. Check the competency of your writing- do you tell your story well?
  49. Does your story have an interesting plot?
  50. Is it believable?
  51. Do the characters interact or act in a way that is consistent and believable?
  52. Are your characters interesting?
  53. Pay attention to the details
  54. Is there a weak or strong hook?
  55. Learn to write with precision
  56. Querying can be a long process
  57. Know the audience you are writing for
  58. Get used to “tough love”
  59. Learn to promote your own work
  60. Create tension
  61. Use a pen name
  62. E-Book sales are gaining in popularity
  63. Independent bookstores may be a foot in the door
  64. Identify what is unique about your work when writing a query letter
  65. Be polite but don’t be apologetic when approaching a publisher or agent
  66. If you are a new author, it is OK to state that as a fact
  67. Don’t use a spam query letter company
  68. Don’t be afraid to stand your ground with an agent or a publisher
  69. Exclusive queries to agents are not in the writer’s best interest
  70. “Full” means your full manuscript
  71. Read authors from cultures and times other than yours
  72. Explore all genres before deciding where you think you fit
  73. Writing is storytelling in print
  74. Be a keen observer of the world around you
  75. Be emotionally connected to your characters
  76. Ask questions about your book that an interviewer may ask
  77. Do not get sucked into daily time wasters that keep you from writing- write, write, write!

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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA

Great Advice, Great Hub!


GusTheRedneck 6 years ago

BAGT - Maybe you forgot one more thing to get you up to 78 -"OLAA" (One letter after another). :-)))


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jiberish 6 years ago from florida

This was good, and you're right, writing is work!


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bayareagreatthing 6 years ago from Bay Area California Author

Thanks Hmrjmr1, Gus, and Jiberish for your comments! Gus- That is sooo true- there are those days where you have to break it down to the small bites!


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Allan McGregor 6 years ago from South Lanarkshire

Just what's needed. Good advice.

Thanks.


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Flightkeeper 6 years ago from The East Coast

That last tip about timewasters...I have so not followed that particular tip :( Thanks bay area.


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bayareagreatthing 6 years ago from Bay Area California Author

Thanks Allan!

Flightkeeper- ooohhh me too...i have to keep that in mind as i love to dilly dally!


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Valerie P Brown 6 years ago from Jacksonville, FL

Good information Thanks for sharing.

*Go with God* my friend

Valerie


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bayareagreatthing 6 years ago from Bay Area California Author

Thanks Valerie PB! I appreciate you stopping by!


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psychicdog.net 6 years ago

So comprehensive, thanks bayareagreatthing! When I did lit at Uni, I remember Cicero (latin author) once said that you should put a work aside for 8 years after writing it. Perhaps in this day and age 8 years might be a bit long to get perspective on something we've written!


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bayareagreatthing 6 years ago from Bay Area California Author

Thanks psychicdog! i do think 8 years is too long in this fast paced world, but I do think setting aside a work for awhile allows us a better perspective on it. That can help us see what others may see (good or flawed). I appreciate the comment!


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drpastorcarlotta 6 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

GREAT ADVICE, GREAT HUB! Thank you my love!!!


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

So many writers these days :(


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

So many writers these days :(


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bayareagreatthing 6 years ago from Bay Area California Author

Thanks DR.PC- i appreciate that!

EthelS- Yes but don't be sad! There are so many more writing opportunities than there used to be. The door is open for so many to join...they still have to have skills though! I am not talking about the $2 articles from the "i ken right just axed me" writers.


BookFlame 6 years ago

You are right on, girl. You tell it like it is...


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bayareagreatthing 6 years ago from Bay Area California Author

Thanks Bookflame! I appreciate you stopping by!


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

Excellent tips! have put this hubpage article link on my one page articles blogger blog which I have been posting links to writing articles from hubpages frequently...so cheers!


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bayareagreatthing 6 years ago from Bay Area California Author

Thanks Waynet-I appreciate that! I hope it helps others.


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Wonderful Information Precious Geart. GBY


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bayareagreatthing 5 years ago from Bay Area California Author

Thank you Stars- I hope your day is blessed.


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Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain

Really interesting tips, many of which I know nothing.

Thank you so much for this.


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bayareagreatthing 4 years ago from Bay Area California Author

Thanks for reading Dim. I keep learning every day. I would love to her your tips too. You are a prolific writer my friend!


Zahid Ahmed 4 years ago

Very useful points,one must remember all the time.


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bayareagreatthing 4 years ago from Bay Area California Author

Thanks Zahid. I am glad they help :D


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Ranzi 4 years ago from All Over

Great tips. Thanks for sharing


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bayareagreatthing 4 years ago from Bay Area California Author

Thanks Razi! I'm glad you stopped by!

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