7 rules of writing
Get curious and start learning. There are a couple of writing courses that exist that can help you improve your skills. You can also build conversations with people who write books or essays and articles. They will help give you a bit of assistance and encouragement as you start or continue in your journey. They can also help provide you with some constructive criticism which you should embrace and work harder towards achieving your writer goals.
Block out some time in your day to just write. It could be for 10 minutes, 3 sentences. Make the time to put in the necessary effort and be consistent.
Read widely and be a critical reader. Before immersing yourself in the world of writing, learn how to read correctly. To write, you require excellent reading skills. This involves dissecting a piece of written work, understanding the morphology, recognising the syntax and grammar as well as the form.
Reading also helps to improve your vocabulary and thesaurus, thus your writing becomes effective and comprehensive. You can also find environments that have a suitable ambiance to read in; a quiet balcony, early morning sunrise view, at night with some coffee, an office et cetera.
Speaking of coffee. Consider visiting cafes or the outdoors. Cafes, in a way, help to boost one’s creative process. You can carry your notebook, a laptop. You can further arm yourself with an inspirational book or audiobook or short video to get some energy and motivation.
Creating a nice playlist for the writing can also help, in case your café doesn’t already provide good music that creates a good creative vibe.
Beware of people who might try to put you down. Some may ask you whether it actually pays and so on, however, if you love writing, keep on writing. The antagonists will always be there, but you need to have tough skin and an open mind as you continue to work on what you love. If you feel that it is your calling, or you simply just love writing, do not be quieted down by naysayers.
And if you feel that you need help to improve your skills, remember you can always try out a course or have another good writer read through your work or even give it to someone for their open opinions about it.
Write subjectively and edit objectively. As much as your first draft will be written freestyle, you can always come back to it and add in improvements or delete some bits. Once you finish writing your piece, put it away. You cannot edit your work objectively at this point so it needs some breathing room. When you come back to it at a later date, you will have formed an editor’s mindset and scheme through it to see what you need to do.
During these revisions, you can then dig deeper and bring out the essence of different pieces while winnowing out the redundancies.
Understand your target audience. If you are writing for the purpose of getting your work published, know your target audience. Who do you expect to read your book, blog, or article? Do they understand your message and does it relate to them? Good writing is targeted.
Break writing rules with intention. As Pablo Picasso so wisely said, “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break the rules like an artist.” There are times to stick to the rules, and there’s those times to think beyond them … in any kind of writing. (Wenstrom, n.d.)