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36 Writing Tips to Help You Write Like the Pros

Bonus material: rough-cut of the post (to help you see these tips in action), PDF summary, actionable PDF checklist

As a blogger, writing is no doubt an integral part of your life. Be it fiction, or non-fiction, the quality of your writing should never dip below brilliant. You would no doubt have noticed that you seem to glide through the works of your favourite writers, never once having to stop to try to make sense of what they’re saying. They seem to have an almost surreal grasp over the language, probably making you think it’s unfair for you to have to compete with them.

(What you don’t know is that a lot of big name bloggers actually churn out horribly below average content, choosing to hire an experienced editor to sharpen up their posts)

Most bloggers have learned to edit their posts like a pro over time, carefully and deliberately honing their craft. You won’t have to spend all that time though, because you are going to have this beefy list of 36 writing tips to help you level with the pros. That being said, you’re not going to start magically liking editing. I don’t think I know a single writer who likes editing. However, in training you to look for certain flaws, it will make your life easier.


Can’t Commit to a Novel?

It’s not what you’re doing — it’s how you’re doing it

Writing a book, publishing it, and making millions off the royalty fee – that’s the dream, isn’t it? We all want to reach that stage one day, where we wake up to a topped up bank account, full of money coming in from our latest book release. The laurels, the fame – it’s all amazingly tantalising.

But God knows writing a book isn’t that easy – otherwise, everyone would write a book. It requires careful planning and outlining, completing the first draft, editing and polishing it to produce a second draft, possibly even a third. Finishing a book alone is a lot of work, but the job doesn’t end there. Next comes publishing. Whether you choose to go traditional or pick self-publishing as your preferred route, publishing is definitely more taxing than actually writing. You also have to build an audience who are just jumping at the chance to buy your book, regardless of which route you pick. That can take a while too. After that, there are book signings and events to take care of, in addition to the endless marketing you’re going to have to undertake.

And so you turn to the experts from around the web for help. After all, if you just do the exact same thing as them, you’ll strike rich too. You try everything possible. Follow all the steps outlined by every single one of the experts. You scour the net for countless resources, wasting immeasurable hours. Maybe even try enrolling in one of those classes that promise you a finished book by the end of the course (we all know how well that works out). You’ve given it your all, but your book just refuses to be written.

Don’t tell me that you’ve never had that feeling — we all have, at some point or another. I, myself, have started and successfully failed to complete (I’ll tell you why this was a success in a bit) seven books. Yep, seven. It’s not something I’m proud of, but it’s not something I have to be embarrassed by either. Ditching seven books taught me one thing — novels just aren’t for me. I could partly formulate an idea, but couldn’t carry it on for very long (my highest word count has been 8,000 words).

After a while, I stumbled upon an article that suggested accountability as the key to the success of numerous published authors, so I gave it a go. I began offering free previews of the two books I was working on to email subscribers, in hope of gaining some accountability. Alas, it was for naught (although I did get some valuable feedback from it, and learned that previews are not a very good lead magnet).


Why Using Services like Wattpad and Amazon Singles is a Terrible Idea

There exist websites that allow anyone to set up an account and start publishing fiction right away – just like WordPress, Medium, and all the other blogging platforms, but for fiction exclusively. I haven’t used Amazon Singles, but did actively write on Wattpad, so I can comment on it with certainty.