Simple Writing Tips that Work

17 Oct, 2015 Book Writing,Books and Literature

book of writing tipsWriting isn’t an exact science; it’s a form of art that requires a combination of creativity, hard work, and practice. If you are struggling to write your first book, or even your second, you’re not alone — many of us struggle and run into road blocks.

We have some writing tips to get you started on the right track.

Carry a Journal

How can a journal improve your writing abilities? By carrying around (and using) a journal, you can make notes of ideas they pop into your head. Authors often experience those sudden moments of genius at the most unusual times. Rather than allowing the ideas to float into space, you can put them down on paper for future reference when you begin to write your book. Trust me, a journal will prove invaluable in your writing efforts, so try to get into the habit of carrying one on your person’s wherever you go.

Limit Your Use of Adjectives

Adjectives are a great way to enhance a reader’s experience by telling him or her details about particular elements. However, using too many adjectives will have a negative impact by watering down your content. While there’s really no rule stating that you must limit yourself to X amount of adjectives, it’s best to stop and review to make sure whatever adjectives you’re using enhance the story, not distract. Following this otherwise simple mantra will go a long way in creating thoughtful and engaging content people actually want to read.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

One of the most common mistakes new writers make is trying to create “perfect” paragraphs and chapters. Remember, you are your own worst enemy, and as such, you’ll often second guess your work. Don’t worry if your work isn’t perfect the first time around, because you can always go back to edit and modify it later. Instead, go ahead and produce a rough draft, at which point you can worry about polishing it up later.

Digital Delivery

If you really want to make a name for yourself as an author, you should consider publishing on some of the digital delivery platforms like Kindle Direct Publishing. Doing so eliminates the need for publishing physical copies, as your book is delivered in a digital file format that’s compatible on the Kindle, iPad, Nook, etc.

Topic Selection

Before you even think of picking up the pen or pencil and writing a book, you should first perform some research to determine what topic you wish to write about. Assuming you are writing a non-fiction book, it’s best to choose a topic that’s popular with low competition. If there’s not enough popularity surrounding the topic, you won’t generate many sales. Furthermore, if there’s too much competition, you will struggle to make your book visible to its target audience. Stick with topics that are popular and have low competition to increase your chances of success.

Have any other writing tips that you would like to share with our readers? Let us know in the comments section below!

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3 responses to “Simple Writing Tips that Work”

  1. Maureen says:

    I love your need to clarify that you must USE the journal that you carry around:) I’m guilty of carrying one in my bag, but not making time to pull it out and use it. Thank you for these tips – cheers!

  2. Timmy B. says:

    My recommendation is to find your “zone time” and take advantage. Most people seem to have a specific time of day when their thoughts flow freely. Figure out what time is best for you and block that time out of your day to dedicate to writing.

  3. Brian Chung says:

    Definitely pick a topic that is of interest to you. It’s hard to spend a lot of time if you aren’t passionate about your topic.

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