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Top tips to bring out the writer in you

Updated on March 31, 2011

Writing and being able to produce quality content is an essential part of our lives. It is an important part of communication both on a personal and professional level.  There are enough and more tips that you see around you so I am going to try and incorporate what I have read and try to give some of the best tips I have come across from creative biggies like Stephen King, Dan Brown and few others. Writing is not essentially enjoyable or a natural gift that everyone has. Sometimes people simply hate to sit down and write, even if it is a short business email. There are others who love this and find it to be utterly effortless. Whichever category you are in, perhaps you will find this an interesting read.

1.       Writing has to have a target: When you are writing you need to look at who you are writing for. There are so many genres of writing and some inevitably and enjoyed by people of all ages and people from all backgrounds. When you know whom you are writing for then you can reach out to them and capture their attention far more effectively.

2.       Inspiration and images: It is not possible to always write flawlessly, it is okay to sometimes feel like there is nothing coming out of your pen or your fingertips (if you use the keyboard.) When ideas dry up, take the time to go out for a short outing or read a piece that is well written. You never know where you get inspired from! Do bear in mind that while ideas and themes may be borrowed, lifting a sentence out of someone’s article is not inspiration in any sense of the word. Write in order to let people see the words you write, how well you create the images will decide how good a piece of writing is.

3.       Revise and research: For some people, once they have written in that moment when inspiration takes hold they do not like to read afterwards. It is important to understand without reading through the content that has been done; you will be able to make your work better and also can add to the ideas.

4.       Get a second point of view: Everybody knows somebody who has that eye for detail and can figure out what is right and what is not right with a piece of writing. Getting an opinion from a trusted friend who can spot the errors and loopholes is always a good idea, particularly if it is a draft for a book.

5.       Think less, write more: The biggest reason why you dry up is that you end up thinking and analyzing and assuming so many things about the characters as they unfold that it gets too knotty. Keep it simple, let the thoughts flow and let it translate onto the pages of your notebook or your computer screen. You can think of modifications and additions later when you revise.

6.       Keep a thesaurus handy: Having a thesaurus or a dictionary is vital to any author. We all have certain words we often use or just keep adding fillers. Along with a second opinion, a thesaurus will guide you in rephrasing thoughts in a beautiful manner.


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    • soniafernandez profile image

      soniafernandez 6 years ago from Bangalore

      Thank you Gypsy writer!

    • Gyspy Writer profile image

      Gyspy Writer 6 years ago from Midwest

      These are wonderful suggestions. And writers remember...just get it down on paper (or in the computer). You can go back and edit later.