Writing Tips and Suggestions

For any writer looking for writing tips, the most important suggestion I would make is to write! Write and to keep writing. Practice! Put words on the page! Try to express your ideas in writing! Don’t worry about getting it right, just write for the practice. No other tips or suggestions can replace the need for and value of a regular practice of writing.

Write as a practice to improve your skill as a writer. If you practice writing when you don’t have looming deadlines, you’ll find it much easier to write when you do have looming deadlines. When you write as a practice, you can explore. You can make mistakes without worrying. If you don’t have a looming deadline, you can write something and if you don’t like it, you can erase it and put some new and different words on the page. Sometimes you might like what you write. And the more you write, the better you will become as a writer.

A writing practice takes effort–what practice doesn’t?–but that effort is not necessarily painful.  Yes, there are frustrations that even the best writers face, but many writers find the practice of writing to be personally rewarding, too. Writing is an activity that requires skill and effort, and it presents challenges and frustrations. As such, it is the kind of activity that Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi would call a “flow activity,” the kind of activity people often find to be among the best experiences of their lives.

But that basic tip–that a writer should write–is almost trite and provides little guidance. More detailed tips and suggestions to help in developing a successful writing practice are provided in this area of my website.