Writing tip #1: Write.
Write. Every single day. Forget everything else and just start writing.
Writing tip #2: Just start.
You just have to sit down and start writing. If you have written one sentence, you can write two sentences, or even three. Or a thousand. One at a time. That’s how Stephen King writes.
Writing tip #3: Be like a mini-rock.
Nobody likes endless long sentences. Write short words, short sentences, short paragraphs. Be so short that people can’t help but look.
Writing tip #4: Break open the bars.
Writing exercises are a great way to improve your writing style. Go beyond your limits here and keep trying out new genres, styles and techniques. Break out of your usual prison.
Here is a writing exercise: Get angry, get really excited. This will unleash your language.
Writing tip #5: Be a turtle
Never take 10 pages a day. You’ll never make it. Write one page a day instead. Or half a page. The trick is to write daily. 500 words a day is 182,500 words a year. So you can write more than one novel a year. Amazing, isn’t it?
Writing tip #6: “Hello, my name is Walter and I’m a writer!”
Say it. Tell people you’re a writer. It doesn’t matter if you write professionally or if it’s just a hobby. If you write, you can call yourself a writer.
Why is that important? If you don’t take yourself seriously, then your readers won’t take you seriously either. Stand by what you are.
Writing tip #7: Always read.
Reading should be as important to you as eating. Take every opportunity to read, whether it is a book or a magazine. Because every writer is first and foremost a reader.
Because every writer is first and foremost a reader.
Writing tip #8: Copy the pros.
Read books or articles by successful authors, bloggers or journalists. You can learn a lot from them and apply these tricks yourself. Copy them especially at the beginning of your writing career. Later, you can get away from them and develop your own writing style.
Writing tip #9: Collect the best interest.
The best interest is an investment in yourself. In your knowledge. In your ability. There are many books, courses and seminars on writing that cost money. I stopped counting how much I invested in blogging. But now I’m earning great interest by only working four days a week.
Writing tip #10: Stick with the big boys.
How do you digitally attach yourself to someone? Through a newsletter. It sounds mundane, I know. But let me explain: Some of my greatest insights came from newsletters. Why? Because you get to the “big guys” through the e-mail list. Because all good bloggers respond to their newsletter subscribers. I do it anyway – although I have thousands of readers.
Writing tip #11: Don’t lose a thought.
Do you have a spontaneous idea for an article while taking a dump? Then write it down immediately. A small notebook or your smartphone is best. Whatever you decide on, always keep it handy. When the muse kisses you, you must have her lipstick on paper – otherwise you’ll forget everything again.
Writing tip #12: Have a treasure chest.
Not only should you write down your own ideas, but also those of others. I call it the “treasure chest”. Copywriters call it a Swipe File. In it you collect anecdotes, stories or quotes that are particularly powerful. If you have writer’s block again or you need a story to get you started, then look in your treasure chest.
Writing tip #13: Be an observer.
Everything that happens around you is material for a text. But you have to lift your head and observe. Look people in the eyes. What do they feel? Why are they in a hurry? Where did that ketchup stain come from? All the stuff you need for your next intro.
Writing tip #14: You don’t need tools.
Software is totally overrated. It just distracts you. You don’t need an expensive writing program to write. Later, a professional tool makes sense, but in the beginning it’s often just an excuse. No more excuses. Just open Word and get started. Or use a blank piece of paper and a pen in the classic way. That’s how it has been done for the last centuries and Johann Wolfgang and William wrote immortal texts with it.
Writing tip #15: Use tools.
Always have a dictionary or a dictionary at hand when you write. Or even better: Use a checklist. That way I have a full 11 points that I check off on every blog article. There’s nothing wrong with looking it up. Writing incorrectly
Writing tip #16: Learn the grammar.
This is gonna sound lame. Sorry. But you should at least know the basic rules of grammar. You don’t have to do word acrobatics, just write correctly so people understand you. You want an example? Commas save lives: Let’s eat grandpa. Or: Let’s eat, Grandpa. You decide.
Writing tip #17: Break grammar.
If you know the rules of the language, you can break them on purpose. I emphasize consciously. Too many writers accidentally make grammatical errors.
Learn the grammar. Break grammar. CLICK TO TWEET
Writing tip #18: I am a blogger now.
Start a blog. Don’t make it too complicated. The most important thing is passion. Everything else can be learned. For example, here.
Writing tip #19: Get in the boat.
Become part of a writing community. Your colleagues can support you and kick your ass. It’s best to find someone better than you.
Writing Tip #20: When you write, there is only your text and you.
Do not distract yourself. If you want to work, turn off the TV, mute your phone and even disconnect the Internet connection if you have to. I always turn off the Internet while I am writing. Focus separates successful authors from unsuccessful ones.
Focus separates successful authors from the unsuccessful ones.
Writing tip #21: Write at the right time.
Don’t let me keep you in the morning when you’re at your most productive. Get started right away. Preferably before breakfast.
Writing tip #22: One thing at a time.
Break up large projects into small steps. If you take another step every day, you will not only feel a sense of achievement, you will also get closer and closer to your goal. Stephen King was once asked how he writes. His answer: “One sentence at a time.”
It doesn’t matter how slow you go. It doesn’t matter how slowly you walk.
Writing tip #23: Separate the processes.
Separate your research clearly from the writing process. Don’t jump back and forth or you will waste a lot of mental energy. When you write, write. If you are researching, then research. And very important: When writing, forget the “delete” button. It’s only used when you’re editing.
Writing tip #24: Writing is work.
Even if you’re not (yet) making money blogging, take writing seriously. Be reliable, write daily, stop fiddling around. Your muse is your boss and if you work badly, she will fire you. Seriously, if you neglect writing, your inspiration goes down the drain.
Writing tip #25: Get a move on.
Don’t revise your text while you’re writing. Once you start writing, finish writing. Write until you run out of breath. You can always improve your text afterwards. If you constantly delete and revise your text, you will never get past the first page. You are like a karate fighter who kicks himself in the balls all the time.
Writing tip #26: The first draft always sucks.
Don’t let little things get in the way of writing your first draft. You can correct or look up dates, names or quotes later. You can make up for mistakes and inconsistencies. But finish this draft. Accept that the first draft is only a draft. A bunch of shit is still better than a bunch of nothing.
A pile of shit is still better than a pile of nothing.
Writing tip #27: Sleep on it.
Read all your work three times before you publish it. It’s best to let a few hours or even a day pass between writing and proofreading to get a different perspective on your own work.
Writing Tip #28: Correct handwriting.
Print your texts as often as possible and correct them by hand. This gives you the reader’s eye and enough distance from your text. Also, you always see things on paper that you never see on screen.
Writing tip #29: Kill the good-for-nothings.
Always ask yourself if the sentence you just wrote will help your story or article. There is a simple rule for short and crisp texts: Anything that can go should go.
Writing tip #30: Edit your text.
Unfortunately this is not a matter of course. Too many bloggers simply cut out their first draft. Yes, it saves time, but it’s an imposition for the reader. If you respect the reader – and you should – always edit according to the following criteria:
Is the sentence clear?
Is the sentence pictorial?
Is the sentence short?
Writing tip #31: Do not have time to tweet.
Don’t waste your time on Facebook or Twitter. Be so busy writing that you have no time for social media. If you trot
Writing tip #32: Overcoming writer’s block.
You have writer’s block? It’s nothing serious. Just go out the door and clear your head. Talk to one person about the subject you’re stuck on. A new perspective can open your eyes.
Reading tip: 26 easy ways to overcome writer’s block
Writing tip #33: Don’t lose flow.
If you get stuck, keep writing different text. An article. A manifesto. It doesn’t matter what you write. The important thing is, don’t get out of flow.
Writing tip #34: You need to work steady hours.
Set regular, undisturbed work hours every day. Writing takes longer, more focused periods of time. Without these fixed schedules, writing will always be just a flirt – and never a fixed relationship.
Writing tip #35: Write your 500 words a day.
Decide how many words you want to write per day. It can be 500, 1000 or 2000 words. You decide. It is important that you commit yourself and only stop writing when you reach this number. No exceptions!
Writing tip #36: Look back and pat yourself on the shoulder.
Look at what you have accomplished in the last days and weeks or even months. If it is more than nothing, then you have already achieved something. Tap yourself on the shoulder for that. You have to celebrate small successes. Because that way you get more self-confidence and that in turn gives you strength to continue writing.
Writing tip #37: The permanent workplace.
Create a workplace for yourself. For example, set up a desk that you only use when you work. When you sit at this desk, automatically switch to “work mode”. No coffee, no food, no Internet. This is a place of work only. So I’m not a fan of writing nomads – it just lacks focus.
Writing tip #38: The unusual workplace.
Planes and trains without WLAN are wonderful for writing. And even better for revising your texts. Because you have nowhere to go and nothing else to do. Use this time.
Writing tip #39: What happens how.
Focus more on what you have to say instead of how you want to say it. When you have something to say, you will touch people. If you have nothing to say, even the most beautiful words will not help you.
If you have nothing to say, even the most beautiful words won’t help you.
Writing tip #40: Write for the reader.
Never write for yourself, always write for your audience. If you have even one person in mind for whom you want to write, then you will really write. Stephen King aptly put it: “Without the reader, you’re just a croaking voice in the void.”
Writing tip #41: Write what is in your heart.
Never write about a subject that you can’t stand to die. You will end up with a pile of dirt on your paper. But if you put your heart into something, only something great can come out of it. Without passion for your subject, the best writing tips will be of no use.
Without passion for your subject, the best writing tips won’t help you.
Writing tip #42: Stop when it’s at its best.
Stop when the reader doesn’t expect it. Be like a good joke: Always a little too short. So many readers have complained about my new book that it is much too short. Better that way than the other way around.
Writing tip #43: Mistakes are good.
Allow yourself to make mistakes. You won’t make everything perfect and not every article or book will be a bestseller. We humans are like that: We learn best from our mistakes.
Writing tip #44: Go the extra mile.
A good entrepreneur always delivers more than expected – a good blogger and author too.