Writing is a bit like a rollercoaster ride—full of ups and downs. One second, you could be pumping out a thousand words, and the next, you’d be struggling to write a measly sentence. Everyone in the entire family of writers deals with the problem that is the lack of motivation.
That is only one of the many problems that might hinder an aspiring writer. If you want your work to get published, it’s going to take a lot of hard work and perseverance. Whether your piece is prose, poetry, non-fiction, or any other form of written media, these tips and tricks will help you keep those words flowing.
Read, Read, Read
We have heard this many times, but only because it’s true: A good writer reads. It’s essential to read a lot because this helps writers acquire a good grasp of their chosen language. Words are what you use to entice people, so it would be wise to learn how other people do it.
And writers don’t just read within their chosen genre. They go above and beyond it so that they find the trends and patterns within their style as well as others. Ultimately, reading anything and everything helps one become a more well-rounded writer.
Know How To Get Past Your Writer’s Block
Like we said at the beginning of the article, the lack of motivation is a problem for every writer. You could have everything planned out and still struggle to put out even a single sentence. A good writer must know how to regain their motivation—and quickly!
Perhaps a break from writing will help clear your mind. On the flip side, maybe staying focused on the blank page is what’ll get the ball rolling. Of course, this will differ from case to case and writer to writer. The trick is knowing what you need when you need it.
Write As Much As You Can
Most people would tell you to write every day, but this isn’t a necessity. Writing everyday simple isn’t doable for everyone, especially those with busy schedules. What’s important is that you write when you can and make that a habit.
Set aside some time every week for your writing and stick to that schedule. Doing this ensures that you get an ample amount of practice. It also gets you accustomed to writing on set times of specific days. Getting into this routine might make it easier to pump out words.
Abide By The Rules Of Grammar
Grammar is important in any genre of writing. Misunderstandings and incomprehension are the consequence of pieces with incorrect grammar.
To minimize grammar mistakes in your work, make sure to proofread your work. Edit it ruthlessly. Read it twice—thrice if you have to—and leave no sentence unread. If you think your editing skills aren’t enough, you can make use of online grammar tools. Alternatively, you can have someone you trust do the proofreading for you.
Make Use Of Dictionaries And Thesauruses
In writing, certain sentences require specific words. Writers choose their words carefully so that they “fit” the rhythm of their piece and make the most impact on their readers. In this regard, dictionaries and thesauruses are your friends. Learn how to discern when a word “fits” a sentence or not. If it doesn’t seem to belong in the sentence, consult these books and find the word that does.
Develop Your Style
Find your voice. Every writer writes differently. Each has their own set of quirks—both good and bad. These quirks set them apart from the rest. It’s what gets the readers to remember them. Many have said that a good writer reads, but a good writer also doesn’t duplicate other writers. Develop your style and make your voice unique.
Remember Why You’re Writing
If there comes a time that you become tired, frustrated, or exasperated from writing, remember why you do it. You started writing for a reason. Perhaps you started a news blog to voice out your opinions on current events. Maybe you’re writing a story that no one has told before. Or it could be that you’re seeking to finish a scholarly article on a new topic regarding mental health.
Yes, it can be exhausting. When you feel the exhaustion, remember why you started in the first place. More often than not, reminding yourself of this is enough to keep you motivated enough to want to finish.
Writing can be difficult. Finishing a piece can even be more so. But these tips and tricks are sure to help you. But you can do it. You have to keep at it. These suggestions will not only help you finish your piece but also increase your chances of being recognized and remembered through your works.
But apart from these words of advice, always remember that to become a successful writer, you must persevere. Even when it seems unlikely that anyone will ever read your work, keep at it. With hard work and a lot of skill and perseverance, you can make it.
Good luck, aspiring writer!