Here is a small collection of useful writing tips. Some are mainly intended for fiction writers, but most points can apply to any kind of writing.

 

Write everyday.

Try to reserve a time for writing every day and set a daily or weekly word count goal. This will turn writing into a habit, allowing you to write even when you don’t feel inspired. The word count goal doesn’t need to be high, especially if you’re just starting.

Take breaks.

Though it’s very important to get into the habit of writing regularly, occasionally it can also be beneficial to take a break. Doing so can help you avoid feeling burnout and might help you gain new perspectives on your story. Also, after you’ve finished writing your first draft, wait a few weeks before starting the editing process. This way you’ll be able to look at your writing more objectively.

Avoid distractions.

Don’t check social media or email during the time you have reserved for writing. If you are writing on your computer and you are having issues achieving a distraction-free writing environment, there are some online tools that can help you with that.

Don’t edit while writing your first draft.

You will be re-reading and editing what you wrote many times after you’ve completed your first draft, so, for now, just write with a flow and get your story down.

Make a complete outline of the story and of each chapter before you start writing.

This can help you better define your ideas for the story, avoid dead-end plot lines and give a more solid strucure to your first draft.

Make a list of your character and write a profile for each main character.

It’s important to create characters that feel real and alive. What are their experiences, their interests, their goals? A profile can also help you keep track of the characters’ evolution during the course of the novel.

Read a lot.

This will help you improve your writing, expand your vocabulary and develop new ideas for your own stories.