5 Tips on how to Become a Better Writer

In this post, I want to talk about 5 tips I use to become a better author. My desire to become a published author is the most important thing to me. At the moment I am more interested in self-publishing than traditional publishing, but trad is on the list, as well. You cannot call yourself a writer if you do not write. It does not matter if you have been published yet or if you have do not one billion reads on Wattpad like that shit book After.

I will not rip Anna Todd a new asshole in this post, because there are so many things wrong with that book. But that is a post for another time.

So, let’s get to it! Here are the 5 tips for becoming a better writer (they really work for me, maybe they will work for you, too)

Put finger to keyboard
  1. Write, write, write!
    The key to being a writer is to write, write, and then write some more. There is no way around this. Unless you have given yourself some time off from writing, always take some time during the day/the week to sit down and write. You can make a schedule and stick to that. Me, I do not write every day, more like a four times a week thing. If I am not writing, I read a lot and watch tv-series.
  2. Do not edit while writing
    This might work for some people, but it does not work for me. If I edit while writing, I tend to focus on a lot of things instead of continuing the writing process. For example, I will rephrase sentences, and so forth. Leave the editing process for when you have finished.
  3. Read a lot
    Some people say it is not necessary to read a lot when writing, others say you should. It all depends on what you yourself feel comfortable with doing. I like to read, I read a lot of self-published books online. Some of them are good, others are absolutely horrible. But I like to read them to know who my competitors are and what sells.

    Do this if you want to make money because you will need to know which tropes are DOA and which sell like hotcakes. For example, now the toxic relationships where men treat women like shit are hot. Just look at how well 365 Days, Fifty Shades, and now After are doing.
  4. NO distractions & time yourself
    I turn off my phone and make sure there are no other distractions. I have a playlist I like to listen to while writing, but I usually listen to binaural beats while doing writing sprints.
  5. Always keep researching the industry
    Things change all the time, so be sure to research as much as you can. There are so many great authors sharing their knowledge online, but there are also many great books (for the readers out there).
Binaural beats help me to concentrate.

Never heard of writing sprints? Let me enlighten you.

The point of a writing sprint is to set a timer for 15 minutes and write as much as you can in a short period of time, with a focus on maximizing word count. You shouldn’t be editing or thinking about what happens next – you just need to keep writing as fast as you can.

Courtesy of Creative Indie

I do writing sprints every Saturday for four hours. I take a five-minute-break, then I continue writing. It is a great way to think about story outlines, do some actual writing, or to edit first/second draft(s) of your stories.

If you are an author, good luck!!!! <3

xoxo

Tiara Ray

I am grateful & blessed to have the life I live. (Soon to be) Traditionally published & self-published author in her mid-thirties. I unsuccessfully tried changing this picture numerous times, so I just left it. I wish you lots of love & may you get what you need. <3

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