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Twenty Writing Tips To Improve Your Writing

Updated on February 27, 2013

WE ALL NEED HELP FROM TIME TO TIME

I have said often that writing is a lonely business. As writers we spend countless hours sequestered in our writing studios pounding out words, separated from the world, roaming about in our own heads. It is easy to get so wrapped up in our writing that we forget some very basic principles about our craft.

With that in mind, I thought I would compile some simple tips that might help you during those long writing hours. As always, use what you need and leave the rest for the next person who comes along. I am sure that you already do many of these things. Some may not apply to you and that is fine. I just toss these out, like noodles, and if any of them stick to the wall then my work is done.

The Writing Process
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WRITE WITH PASSION

I can’t imagine writing if there is no passion. Writing is an Art, an expression of thoughts and a mirror of life itself. With our words we have the ability to either alter reality or clarify it, but either way we should be excited about it. Otherwise it is just so much scribbling.

WRITE ABOUT WHAT YOU KNOW

Why do research when you are a fountain of knowledge? We all have expertise in something, whether it be parenting or knitting, motion pictures or teaching. This falls under the category of not reinventing the wheel. Tap into that encyclopedia that rests inside your brain and use your life’s experiences to fuel your next piece of writing.

ELIMINATE UNNECESSARY WORDS

Good writers are minimalists. They use just the right combination of words to get their point across and then they stop. If you have chosen your words properly then there is no reason to beat your audience over the head with words that are merely window-dressing.

SIMPLE IS SOMETIMES BETTER

I have seen writers who are so enamored with the English language that their main point gets lost in that language. When I think of James Patterson I think of a writer who has shaved his writing style down to the foundation. He writes what needs to be written in a very simple, straightforward manner, and it is quite effective. Sometimes dazzle is better left for the 4th of July and Vegas floorshows.

PAINT A PICTURE

A writer is a painter who uses words instead of paint. Through your words a scene must be constructed. The reader should be able to gain a vision of that scene by reading what you have written. If that scene is blurred you have not done your job as a writer.

LEARN FROM CRITICISM

Nobody likes criticism but most people can learn from it if willing. I keep a file of every rejection slip I have received, and I refer to it often. I re-read negative comments several times and try to learn from them. It is not something I enjoy but it does pay benefits. A writer must have a thick skin but they must also be eager to learn.

BE UNIQUE

There was only one Hemingway so quit trying to write like him. There was only one Steinbeck and there is only one James Lee Burke. Keeping that in mind, there is also only one you, and that is an asset you must capitalize on. Be yourself and develop your own style.

FIND YOUR OWN NICHE

Everyone wants to follow the crowd. We are, by nature, a herd species. As writers, we are constantly trying to follow the latest trends. Instead, try to establish a new trend. Try to find a niche that has not been beaten to death by a million other writers. To borrow from StarTrek, boldly go where no man has gone before.

DON’T EDIT THE FIRST DRAFT

Let your writing flow on the first draft. Allow your subconscious to take you on a test drive. Check out the handling, see how she responds to the tight curves and push the pedal to the metal on the open road. Once you have the first draft done then you can go back and edit and spell-check. In other words, don’t disrupt the creative flow by worrying about proper grammar on that first draft.

BELIEVE IN YOURSELF

Who is going to believe in you other than your spouse and children? You are the one who has to sit there hour after hour, day after day, week after week, pounding out words with no positive feedback. You are the one who will have to face rejection and hammer back the self-doubts. If you don’t believe in yourself then it might be time to take up a safe hobby like crochet.

Have a camera with you all the time
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READ YOUR WORK OUT LOUD

You will be amazed at the mistakes you catch by simply reading your work out loud. I’m not sure why this works but it does. Read it like you have an audience. You will be surprised what you discover.

WRITE DAILY

Writing is a craft and as such it needs to be done on a daily basis. One does not perfect a craft simply by willing perfection. The craft guilds of old had different levels to designate the proficiency in that craft, from novice to apprentice to journeyman to expert. The only way to move up to the next level is by writing daily.

CARRY A NOTEBOOK AND A CAMERA

This is something I learned years ago. I always have a notebook in which I jot down ideas, and I always have a camera to capture unique scenes that I might want to recreate in my writing. I don’t know about you, but I don’t trust my memory. I am more than willing to use these tools to help me along my journey.

DON’T FALL IN LOVE WITH ADJECTIVES

I might add that you should not fall in love with adverbs either; some famous writer once said that adverbs were the crutch of an inexperienced writer, and the same can be said for adjectives. The majestic tree brightly shimmered in the sunlight…..what the hell does that mean?

LEARN FROM THE MASTERS

Speaking of famous writers, they are famous for a reason and that reason is because they are damn good. You can learn a great deal by reading the masters. Every single time I read Steinbeck or Harper Lee, I marvel at their sentence structure and the way they force me to feel.

The rules of grammar cannot be overlooked or ignored.
The rules of grammar cannot be overlooked or ignored. | Source

TO BE A GOOD WRITER, FIRST BE A GOOD READER

Back in my teaching days I would always tell parents during conferences that the greatest gift they can give their children, other than love, is a love of reading. People become good writers because they were or are good readers. We learn the language from reading, so it follows that the more we read the more we will learn.

GRAMMAR IS KING (AND QUEEN) OF GOOD WRITING

I consider myself a reading snob. If I come across poor grammar I will quit reading. It is as simple as that. I refuse to waste my time reading drivel. Your job as a writer is to entertain and educate. Your job is not to make your readers sick to their stomachs. Learn proper grammar or again, take up crochet.

GET RID OF EXCUSES

I don’t have enough time. I don’t get enough comments. I don’t have enough followers. I was dropped on my head as a child. Nobody loves me. WHATEVER! Toss the excuses in the garbage and start writing. That is what writers do, so quit finding reasons why you can’t and grab hold of the one reason why you can…..you are a writer!

TURN OFF NEGATIVE THOUGHTS

I happen to believe that most writers are insecure. I think most writers are fragile and I think most writers have an ego that is easily shattered. The voice of self-doubt echoes in our brains as we struggle from day to day in relative anonymity.

Positive in/positive out…..PIPO! That should be the credo of every writer in the world. I am positive that I will succeed. I am positive that I will be read by millions and I am positive that my message will be embraced. Armed with that mindset and a willingness to move forward, how can you fail?

DEVELOP DISCIPLINE

When are you going to write today? How about tomorrow? I can tell you without hesitation that I will be at my computer writing from seven a.m. to four p.m. every day this week. I have to do that because there are too many distractions that can derail me if I don’t do it. Life has a way of obstructing my writing unless I develop discipline.

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NOW GO FORTH AND WRITE

I hope some of these helped you. I will give you one more tip as an added bonus, and it is one that carries a lifetime guarantee. If I can be of any help to you then feel free to ask. I believe we can all help each other if we are willing to spread the wealth of knowledge and talent that we possess. I am willing to help you; all you have to do is reach out and ask for that assistance.

Best of luck to you this week and always. The world needs writers. The world needs painters and poets, sculptors and musicians. We are the ones who provide some beauty in a world that all too often seems bleak to many. Remember that the next time you sit down to write.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carla, it was meant to be a very gentle kick in the butt. :) Thanks for the visit and I hope these help you.

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      CarlaCano 4 years ago

      Thank you! There were a lot of great tips but there was a bit of a kick in the butt too. I needed that today.

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      James E. 4 years ago

      Your welcome!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lady, I love that you have goals for the week and the future. Stay on task and best wishes to you.

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      Deonne Anderson 4 years ago from Florence, SC

      billybuc,

      Your tips are right on target. I'm working at just letting my subconscious mind take over so that I can write more and not concern myself with editing until I;m finished . I am in the process of writing a book and cannot post in HP every day. I'm shooting for (2)new hubs within a (5) day period. Love reading your hubs!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      James, thank you very much, for the kind words and the following. Welcome to my site my new friend.

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      James E. 4 years ago

      One of the best summarized, informational, and inspiring articles on writing. Thank you for your time in putting this masterful How to - together. I wish they included a Inspirational button near Useful above!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, as you well know, once a teacher always a teacher. Thank you for your kind words my friend.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I feel like I have just had a wonderful seminar presented from a Master of Writing. Thanks for all the advice you are providing readers. One would be wise and profit from listening to your wisdom.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rajan, you certainly understand the process, and you write daily and seem confident. You are well on your way my friend. Thank you!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Useful tips, Bill. I think you have covered them all. I like writing process chart above plus especially the tips like, it is imperative for a writer to write daily, be confident about one's ability and be in love with writing.

      Voted up.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Glimmer! If any of this helps then great, although it sounds like you are doing most of it already.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Well I don't write everyday, but I carry my notebook everywhere I go for ideas. Love the idea of letting it flow and then coming back. I usually do that and come back the next day to finish up a hub or something. Really useful hub.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      ketage, I hope these help you in some way. Good luck with your writing career. If I can be of any help feel free to ask questions.

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      ketage 4 years ago from Croatia

      Great tips, I just started writing and do not really have a style yet.

      Loved the camera and notebook tip. I am going to be doing that myself from now on.

      I am an avid reader, And am hoping to be a good writer, finding my niche seems to be my problem. Voted up interesting and useful.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      twistedc, it is my pleasure. I hope some of these help. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Clint Mann 4 years ago from Florida

      Loved this hub to the point and a great help thank you

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, I am excited for you. Fantastic news, and good luck with that idea. Thank you for the visit.

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      DJ 4 years ago from Concord, NC

      Thank you for some great insight! I have been considerring a concept for some time, and it's taking shape. You have given me the push I needed to actually put something on paper! It's exciting! Thank you for the great tips! Voted UP! DJ

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sharilee, it is so nice to see you. Thank you and I'm glad that this helped in some way.

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      Sharilee Swaity 4 years ago from Canada

      Bill, you did it again. Excellent advice. The first one, about writing with passion, is one I have been thinking a lot about lately, and am trying to follow. And creating a new niche ... that also fits in with some other things I had read lately. Shared and voted up and more. Thanks for this, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vinaya, thank you for the visit my friend. I hope you are having a good weekend.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Billy,

      I learnt the art of writing in my creative writing program. Thanks for this reminder.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Monis, anyone practicing the Arts had better believe in themselves because it can be a very lonely journey.

      Thank you for the visit. You are always welcome.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, that happens on HP every once in awhile. I leave a comment and it disappears. Gremlins I think! :) As for writer's block, sheez, I think it might be nice to have for one day. LOL I can't shut my brain off.

      Thank you my dear friend and have a wonderful day.

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      Aga 4 years ago

      Very interesting, and very useful. I think believing in yourself is a very important part of any creative process. And not an easy one...

      Thank you for these great tips!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Ok - what the? I know I left a comment here! Good thing I came back to read these outstanding tips for writing. Excellent advice, by the way.

      You leave the read with some very good thoughts to ponder. "Toss the excuses in the garbage and start writing. That is what writers do, so quit finding reasons why you can’t and grab hold of the one reason why you can…..you are a writer!" Yes! Thank you my awesome friend:)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shin, I'm glad these helped you. Thank you for the visit.

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      shin_rocka04 4 years ago from Maryland

      Very good hub right here. It helps to make your writing much more crisp.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      atein, thank you! Take what you like and leave the rest.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ray, it is my pleasure. Good luck getting your head out. LOL

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      atein 4 years ago

      Excellent hub .

      Except "Carry a notebook and camera" and "learn from the masters" I agree with all other points.

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      R A Lovelace 4 years ago from Portland, OR

      Hi Bill,

      Thanks for the push!!! I really needed to get out of my head and back to the paper.

      Ray

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks PS! I'm glad someone else realizes the wisdom in reading out loud. Naturally it was another teacher. :)

      Keep those angels coming. The more the merrier.

      hugs and blessings today and always,

      bill

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi Bill

      These are all tips that all of us should adhere to for sure. One of them that helps me so much is to read out loud. I can proof and proof and proof and still miss things. When I read out loud, the would be error stands out so easily.

      Voted up up and away +++++

      Sending many Angels and blessings to you this evening. :) ps

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbara Kay, I catch myself doing it quite often. :) As for crocheting, I actually used to crochet when I was a kid....shhhh, don't tell anyone. :)

      Thank you for your visit my friend.

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      Barbara Badder 4 years ago from USA

      Oh no. I like to crochet. Now I am doomed. I'm just kidding. When I crochet, it is just another creative outlet, because I design my own patterns. At one time, I designed for magazines.

      I'm not a serious writer, but enjoy creating new things. Maybe I need to get more serious about it, since it is one of the more enjoyable things about my life.

      This article is helpful to both improve my writing and get more serious about it. Stephen King also said to never use words that end in ly or use the word very. I catch myself doing it all the time. Thanks.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mel, writers have to be strong. Lord knows we face enough negatives in our life as a writer. I'm glad you found this too, and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, thank you my friend! I hope these help you in some way.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Martin! It's always nice to see you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      alloporus, it is my pleasure. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      dghbrh, thank you so much for sharing. I hope these tips help you and best of luck with your writing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alicia. you are very welcome. Thank you for the visit.

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      I'm so glad I came across your article about this today, Bill! I think I'm going to open a rejection file as well. Great idea! Love this part: "I don’t have enough time. I don’t get enough comments. I don’t have enough followers. I was dropped on my head as a child. Nobody loves me. WHATEVER!" So true!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Incredible information here, with tips like these one can be most encouraged in writing and sharing their work with an open mind. Be positive, and be yourself and write what you know brilliantly pointed out.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Interesting. Thank you for this.

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      alloporus 4 years ago

      Great tips Billy, thanks.

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      I have bookmarked it and its very useful for the ones like me who enjoy writing. Being a good reader to be a good writer, and that's what i always thought of from the beginning. Thanks for reassuring my belief here. Your sharing this tips will sure help the wannabe writers like me of course a lot . God bless you always and thanks for sharing this. I am sharing it also. Votes all up way.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for sharing the very useful tips, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you MIchelle...always nice to see you.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Yes, we need to keep language simple, especially with writing articles.Thanks for sharing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pretty, you have the best hub name on this site. LOL thank you for your kind words.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Gypsy. I do appreciate you always stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Poetvix, believing in myself would be one or two on the list....hard to choose between that and writing with passion.

      Good to see you again my friend; you are always welcome here.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I'm glad if this helped. I know reading aloud has worked for me for many years.

      Thank you as always my friend.

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      Mary 4 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

      Great hub, very well written, voted up and shared.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Great tip. As always Bill you motivate and inspire. Passing this on.

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      poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      Thank you for some highly useful tips. I really like the acronym, PIPO and further, I like the idea of dedicated writing time. To me though, the most important is the message of believing in yourself. It's really hard sometimes, but you're right. It must be done or nothing gets done. God bless.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      You give the best advice on the web and i will remember to read aloud and most of all, check my spelling.......lol..Thank's Bill..

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deborah-Diane, my oldest follower (not in age)...my first follower. I smile when I see you pop up. I am reminded of a time when I had very little confidence in my writing ability and you gave me encouragement. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruchira, thank you so much! I hope things are well tonight. Blessings today and always,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Praesitio, thank you my friend. If they help you then I am a happy writer.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cris, thank you! I think writers and artists get a bad rap. Toss in musicians too. If not for all of us, where would the beauty come from? Keep on writing my friend, and never lose that passion.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carly, the trial is going to begin in April so we'll see what happens then. A report just came out from the government agent whistleblower who said nothing has happened for the better. I'll be writing about that soon.

      Thank you my friend and I'm sending you a hug and a smile.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Gail! I love to write and I want everyone else to love it too. Once a teacher always a teacher. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dream On, thank you so much! I love to write and I think it shows in my writing. I know others struggle with this art, but right now I'm riding a wave of ideas and inspiration. Don't know when it will end but it's a great ride so far. :)

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      Deborah-Diane 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      Great writing tips ... and we all need a reminder of the basics once in a while. I love the graphic you used, too!

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Good tips, bill.

      Could not disagree on any of them.

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very inspiring hub and I love your tips. I hope many people will read this hub and we can learn together to improve writing. I'll bookmark this one. Thanks for share with us. Voted up and success for you :-)

      Prasetio

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Write with passion-check. Write what you know-check and will keep in mind to apply the rest of the tips. That being said, I'm not only bookmarking this hub but also actually printing it and pinning it on my board.

      "We are the ones who provide some beauty in a world that all too often seems bleak to many." - I will remember this whenever I'm discourage to write.

      Thank you Bill. You are born to teach and indeed a great teacher!

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      I think of you too often. I am so glad you like the image I made for you. Keep me posted about the Spirit Lake, that is some important work you are doing there my friend. I have missed you. ;)

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      Gail Meyers 4 years ago from United States

      I think these are great tips, Billy. I especially like the one about not editing the first draft, but letting your writing flow. I think it is so much easier that way. I have done that clear back to a creative writing class years ago. The only one I do not agree with is equating researching a topic with reinventing the wheel. I love to read hubs and I also enjoy researching and learning new things. Have a great day!

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      DREAM ON 4 years ago

      When I read something you write I am impressed with the ease you express your tips and suggestions.I think this hub is no exception.Then I rate it interesting and entertaining.Filled with awesome information I put to use often.You inspire and teach.When I think you have done it all you prove to me it is only the tip of the iceberg and we have many more icebergs in our way.The best thing I love about all your hubs are your personal videos that see deep into the mind of a writer and a wonderful caring person.Off to practice the craft and when I get lazy kick my butt into gear.Have a great day.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Silent, I am very happy to hear that. Best of luck to you and I hope this time you find the passion and desire.

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      SilentReed 4 years ago from Philippines

      Among your 20 advice, 3 of the hardest to do would be to write with passion, believe in yourself and getting into the habit of writing daily. I tried my hand at writing when I accidentally came across hubpages two years ago. I have gone through the excitement of a first article publish, in trying to build up readership, having a sense of fulfillment when an article is well received and disappointment when a hub turn out to be a dud. Earlier, I wrote for the sheer pleasure of writing without thought if my writings were amateurish. SEO and the numbers game have change that. I hope to rekindle those early feelings and these 3 advice in this article have remind me what writing is all about.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carly, I was just thinking about you today. I submitted the Spirit Lake article to a magazine, and I was thinking about that awesome picture you made for me. It still hangs above my writing desk. Thank you my friend and I'm glad if these tips helped.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aww, Peggy, thank you! I'm just trying to give back to a community that I love. :)

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Bill these ideas are great. Especially for people like me, when writing does not come naturally. I have to work hard at it, but the more I write, the better I am becoming. I like the writing process diagram.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Bill,

      These are all great tips. While I do not write daily, I certainly read daily and generally have some works in progress. You have certainly found your niche! You are an inspiration to the rest of us. Up and useful and will share.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Stephanie, I always have a classic nearby. I don't read them daily but I always want one near in case I need some inspiration and lessons in how to write. :) Thank you for stopping by!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Deb! I appreciate it!

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      Stephanie Launiu 4 years ago from Hawai'i

      Thanks for the helpful tips! You're right when you say that a good writer is a good reader. I've learned more from reading others than I have from any English class. I've started reading the classics again. Voted up, useful, interesting, tweeted and pinned. Aloha, Stephanie

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      All of these suggestions make so much sense. Well done, Billy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you again, Nicole!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nicole, thank you my new friend! We all learn from each other here on HubPages, or at least that is my hope. I'm glad you find this helpful. If I can help you in any way feel free to ask questions.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, reading out loud is a trick I learned a long time ago and taught in school. It's amazing how many mistakes we can catch by doing that. Thank you for your kind words. We all help each other here on HP and I know you have done your share of helping as well.

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      NicoleAnn 4 years ago from Illinois

      i shared and will keep coming back. =)

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      NicoleAnn 4 years ago from Illinois

      awesome hub there billybuc. You had me from the beginning and to the very end. Each section is well outlined along with informative. I could learn a lot from you :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Great tips, as always, Bill. One I personally will take with me is to read my works aloud. I never thought of that. I read, edit, re-read and edit again, but never thought of reading aloud to myself. I don't know why - I talk to myself when I'm in the company of others, so why do I become silent in the privacy of my home office?!

      I just love how you are helping us aspiring writers. You have personally helped me tremendously!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Laurinzo! I greatly appreciate you stopping by my friend.

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Another one worth saving ande keeping for future reference Bill

      ... some very great suggestions here

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael, you had me smiling with that one. I have to remind myself constantly about using too many words and allowing the meaning to drown in them. Simple is oftentimes better.

      Thank you and I hope you are having a great day as well.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      David, we all need a kick in the.....

      Thanks buddy! Enjoy your day as shall I. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I love it! Great quote and thank you as always. Now go forth and write my friend.

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      Michael Tully 4 years ago

      Thanks for the helpful and timely reminders, Bill. The one about eliminating unneccessary words resonated with me, because I struggle with that one a lot.

      Reminds me of something I saw in Ripley's Believe It or Not many years ago. I don't remember the whole piece, but it begins and ends as follows.

      "Promulgating your esoteric cogitations and articulating your superficial sentimentalities, beware of platitudinous ponderosity. Let not your extemporaneous verbal or written expatiations demonstrate a lack of clarified conciseness...In other words, say what you mean, and don't use big words."

      Have a great day, my friend ;-)

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      David Warren 4 years ago from Nevada

      Although my "tools" are always within arms reach ("Elements of Style", Fiction Writer's Workshop", etc. etc.) I enjoy these motivational hubs you have been publishing. They often provide the kick in the ... I need to simply just write.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      The only thing you left out is that writing is in your blood...sometimes it runs hot, sometimes it runs cold, but it always runs!! “Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very;' your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.” ― Mark Twain - see, even he agrees with you!

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      cygnetbrown, your name is hard to type. :) Thank you and I'm glad to hear that you don't edit on the first go....let that creativity flow.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Arun, a writer could not ask for more. If you found this interesting then I have done my job. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Denmark, you make a valid point, but objectivity would be a tough one for sure. Most of my ideas happen before breakfast and especially right after waking up. That seems to be my most creative time, so I always have a notebook by my bed.

      Thank you my friend. It's always nice to have you visit.