56 Rewarding Tips for Budding Writers

I love writing and have always wanted to be a mainstream writer. I have written several stories, reviews, inspirational articles, recipes, blogs and more. It has been my dream to write continuously but it was slow in the beginning years of practice. Recently I have initiated my second innings in writing – Thanks to Tejgyan Foundation. Currently I am working on 3 projects and 6 more are lined up. Here is a list that I thought, might help the upcoming writers. This list is dedicated to my dear, darling and beautiful wife Devi who did not give up on inspiring me. She is even encouraging me now! Thank you.

  1. Watch an inspirational video. Log on to YouTube.
  2. Keep yourself inspired at all times.
  3. Read continually – Newspapers, Books, Poetry, Magazines, Blogs, Memoirs, Diaries, Stories, Novels, Children’s books and everything else that appeals.
  4. Look closely for stories wherever you go. Millions of them are hidden all around you. Be at your Heart and Observe.
  5. Write Everyday (those who plan to earn their living by writing). Set yourself a Daily Goal, say 1000 words a day. As you progress you can re-visit the goal.
  6. Connect with People. Be socially active and Available Online.
  7. Respect and Value your readers.
  8. Make your writing worthwhile and value for money.
  9. Write about things less-talked. This gives you uniqueness.
  10. Look for your topics on Google and research thoroughly.
  11. Read and Follow Good Writers. Notice their ideas, styles, uniqueness in their niche, homework, perseverance, contacts and everything else that you could.
  12. Get yourself equipped with a few other forms of Art (unless you are alreadyJ) e.g. Painting, Illustrations, Graphics, Design, Cartoons, Drawing, Animation, Photography and so on. There are tons of possibilities here.
  13. Keep Mastering in your Craft. Always keep improving.
  14. Practice variety. Write about anything and everything. Here are a few options: Dialogues, Monologues, Short/Long Stories, Fantasies, Technical Writing, Interviews, Reviews, Jokes, Transcripts, and Translations.
  15. Keep building on your Vocab.
  16. Power up your Verbs and Adjectives.
  17. Learn to write on the web. Writersdigest gives you daily prompts. You can write story around it. You may find many flavors of stories on a single topic.
  18. Practice Continuously.
  19. Write the same thing in different styles, at different times using different ideas.
  20. Learn to Summarize. Be Concise, Simple, Clear and Crisp. Cut out words which are redundant and break long sentences into short ones.
  21. Respect everybody’s work. Don’t compare yourself with anybody else. Learn from others and compete with yourself.
  22. Keep a dictionary handy. Load your phones with useful apps.
  23. Watch a lot of Movies.
  24. Learn to Contemplate. Think deeply on your topics.
  25. Make yourself comfortable with Manual Writing. Keep a diary and pen handy.
  26. Always fulfill your Commitments. Gain Trust and build Credibility.
  27. Expand your Imagination power.
  28. Every Book, Project, Article or Idea is different. Treat everything as New.
  29. Always be Open and ready to Learn.
  30. Travel Often. This gives you new dimensions to think about.
  31. Ideas are floating everywhere all the time. Be Receptive.
  32. Meet new people and Make new friends. Anybody can be a potential Character. Identify unique traits of People.
  33. Sharpen your sense of Observation.
  34. Learn a couple of Languages. E.g.: Portuguese, Mandarin, Sanskrit and Hebrew. Your variety in words may attract different readers.
  35. Learn to read better, faster and in different ways. There are at least 7 different ways of reading I know about.
  36. Explore new subjects that you do not have a clue about.
  37. Learn different ways to make your living by Writing. There are websites which pay you for writing.
  38. Writing conveys a ‘message’. Words serve as a medium to convey it. Do not lose your focus from the core message.
  39. Learn to Meditate. Relax and be at your Heart before you write. You can even say a short prayer before starting to write.
  40. Create a space for yourself.
  41. Make a time-table. Without discipline, nothing is ever achieved.
  42. Trust yourself completely.
  43. Plan your next day’s work tonight.
  44. Drink lots of Water. Be hydrated, energized and exercise.
  45. Eat Healthy and Sleep Peacefully.
  46. Think deeply about the projects you want to work on just before you sleep. This gives a chance to your sub-conscious mind to bring new ideas to you.
  47. Build a Blog if you don’t have one.
  48. Subscribe for the blogs you are interested in.
  49. Keep an eye on the new words.
  50. Make a library for yourself.
  51. Build a glossary for yourself.
  52. Make a list of your favorite books. Read them more than once and understand the real purpose behind their creation.
  53. Write about solutions on current issues for audience. E.g.: relationships, pregnancy blues, stress busters, parenting challenges etc.
  54. Go Visual and Viral. Visual goes into subconscious and Viral reaches the world.
  55. Rhyme it up!
  56. Lastly- Never ever give up. Walls will show themselves up at times, but with perseverance, everything can be achieved.

Just for you to know, I follow almost all of them for myself.

By Mohit Valecha (Writings From the Heart)

About mohitvalecha

Mohit is an optimistic day-dreamer and romancer who gave up his 11 year old software profession experience to build his dream in Creative Writing. He writes blogs, articles, reviews, children stories, fiction and non-fiction spirituality books to promote reading and provide a meaning to people’s lives. If he is not reading or writing, you would find him making mock, cock and all other kinds of tails or playing with his charming son Krishna. His life is a love triangle with three corners being Devi, Krishna and his Guru, Sirshree. Mohit’s passion is Meditation, Heal and Help people and play “Bhi ta!” (Another form of Hide-&-Seek) with Krishna.
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