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Top 10 Tips for Better Writing


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1. Remember Why You're Writing
In the end, we're all writing for a reason, whether it's because we want to make a living out of it or challenge ourselves to do something new during NaNoWriMo. Remind yourself why you write to keep yourself motivated. Write your goals on your mirror with dry erase markers, or try one of our many other motivation tips out there. After all, it's not about what you do, but why.

2. Beat Writer's Block
Even with the best laid plans, we all get stuck at one point or another. While most of these tips should keep you from experiencing it often, those few times you're cursed with a bad case of writer's block, try curing it with some writing toys, or draft it as an email to get the juices flowing.

3. Know Your Most Common Mistakes and Avoid Them
When we fall into bad habits, it can be hard to get out of them. We all have our own grammar mistakes, typos, cliches, and misheard expressions that constantly haunt even our best writing.

4. Learn From Other Good Writers
No man or woman is an island, and it's unlikely that any writer would be anywhere without observing others. Never stop reading, and always keep an eye on what famous writers like Kurt Vonnegut, Stephen King, Conan O'Brien, Jerry Seinfeld, and many others are saying about the strategies they use to write well—you never know when you may discover something new.

5. Go Longhand for a Change
Even if you prefer to do your writing digitally (though many of you are still big pen and paper fans), doing some good old-fashioned handwriting is always a good change of pace.

6. Use Distraction-Free Writing Tools
Computers have given us a lot of great tools in the name of writing, but they also provide a myriad of distractions that can throw us off. Here at Lifehacker, we've always been fans of distraction-free writing tools—programs that block out all the other stuff on your screen and give you a large writing space where you can just go at it.

7. Keep a Journal
While many of us have our pet writing projects, one of the best ways to improve your writing (and support your personal development) is to keep a separate journal. Use a tool like 750 Words or One Page Per Day to force yourself into a regular journal where you just write whatever comes to mind.

8. Keep Up with Good Grammar
Proofreading is an important part of writing, and despite some folks having a knack for good grammar, none of us is perfect.

9. Set a Regular Schedule
Even if you're not the procrastination type, setting a rigid schedule for your writing and sticking to it is one of the best ways to perfect your writing.

10. Organize Your Thoughts Before Writing
While there's something to be said for spontaneous writing, it really helps if you sit down and organize your thoughts beforehand.


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