A writer, in general, is expected to churn out great content every time. The only problem is that it is quite a difficult task to be at the peak of creativity each time you write a word. Thankfully, there are a few pointers that one can follow to help with the writing. Being a creative field, each writer identifies and sticks to his or her own rituals. But for those who haven’t yet identified their preferred habits, here’s a list that good writers swear by.
1. Read well-written content
It is worth the time, money and effort. To become the best, you must be familiar with what the best is. Read genres and topics that is not particularly to your liking. A well-read person often knows more than what they are expected to know. Once you read, you should literally be able to say awesome!
2. Humor is important
Writing funny content is not everyone’s cup of coffee. As easy as it may be to read, it is that much more difficult to write. Read something funny to understand the portrayal of humor and try using subtle forms of it in writing. It really makes an impression.
3. Read your own work
Do not dismiss your previous works too easily. For writers, this is an opportunity to introspect with your thoughts actually on paper. There is a lot of learning involved in reviewing and analyzing your own work.
4. Write everyday
You don’t have to start writing a novel but try to write something; an account of your daily activities, an article or an essay for school. Just as a sportsperson practices every day to excel on the field, a writer must write every day to excel at writing. It’s the same principle.
5. Talk to people
There’s no better way of gathering information, understanding perspectives and, probably, increasing vocabulary than talking to others. It is the easiest and most inexpensive way of sourcing ideas.
6. Take a walk
This doesn’t mean you should think about what you are writing while walking. This means you must relax and let your brain be devoid of thoughts for at least 10 minutes. Sometimes, overthinking leads you to nothing. Instead, if you give it a break, you will be creating space for new ideas to pop. So remember to create that space in your head regularly.
7. Write quickly
Your brain produces thoughts much faster than your hands can type them. If you feel that you have too many ideas in your head then pen them down as fast as you can. Never mind the typos and grammar; you can get back to them later. The faster you type, the more of your thoughts you can get on paper before much of it is lost while transcribing. Write fast and edit slow.
8. Be a grammar Nazi
If you have read some really good work, you will know that there are hardly any grammatical errors in them. This is because good writers never allow it. Check your grammar more intensely than your content because readers are often unforgiving when they spot grammatical errors. Double check even if you have the slightest doubt and follow the rules.
Written by – Radhika Pillai