7 Writing Tips to Become a Better Writer

If you’re looking for ways to improve your craft, apply these easy-to-follow writing tips to your daily routine. Writing is a form of expression – both in a personal and professional setting – making it a valuable skill to sharpen.

This article aims to help writers who are facing the ever-so annoying mental block and need encouragement with their blog or social media post, or even a university or work document.

Writing tips to enhance your writing skills

1. Set a Writing Space

It’s easier to commit to a daily writing routine when you have an area which is strictly dedicated to performing your passion. Privacy, comfort and accessibility are the most important qualities to consider when choosing your surrounding. While possessing an expensive desk or breathtaking view can be desired, having the determination to write is more important. In your writing space, keep your inspiration, books and research within reach and view.

2. Set Writing Goals

Feel accomplished every single day by creating and fulfilling a daily writing goal. This could be writing for a certain length of time (i.e. 30 minutes) or writing until you hit a certain amount of words (i.e. 500 words). Pick a target that you can comfortably achieve, but still pushes you to be consistent with your forte. Remember to be gentle with yourself with what you produce – it does not have to be perfect. If it eventually starts to become unchallenging, then perhaps you can consider expanding your goal.

3. Read

Reading makes you a better writer for a number of reasons, such as expanding your vocabulary, empathy, creativity, and bringing inspiration for new ideas. Furthermore, it can be used as research to incorporate new writing styles as well as give you a fresh perspective on different topics, and poses health benefits like reducing stress and alleviating depression symptoms. Read anything that piques your interest i.e. a chapter from a book, blog post, or article a day.

4. Write in the Morning

Are you someone who feels more focused and motivated after a good night’s sleep? If so, now is the time to put pen to paper. There is a lower possibility of distractions too, for example, talking to other people and phone notifications which usually demand your attention. Journalling is a great writing self care activity to do in the morning as it enables you to clear your mind and process and analyse emotion.

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5. Keep it Simple

Most people find long and complicated content off-putting to read, which is why you should adapt to using simple language. Some visitors do not read the entire text word-for-word but scan it until they find something relevant to grab their attention. Limit redundant words and phrases like “very” or “at the present time” as it does not add any depth to your writing.

6. Proofread…and Use Online Grammar Tools!

Never take your first draft as the final version, even if you have been making changes during the writing process. Instead, leave the text to “sit” for a day or two and visit it again with a fresh pair of eyes to proofread. Read your work aloud as it helps to distinguish obvious blunders which your target audience may pick up. Give your writing the full attention it deserves by separating the writing and editing process.

Make use of online writing tools to catch mistakes such as grammatical errors, faulty sentence structure and more, this includes:

  • Grammarly
  • Hemingway Editor
  • YoastSEO

7. Keep a List of Common Mistakes

Everyone has their writing struggles, but practice makes perfect. To overcome it, make a list of your frequent mistakes which you can identify and work towards correcting them. You can keep this list in a notebook in your writing space or even on your phone, wherever you can glance at it while writing or editing to remind you.

Thank you for the reading! I hope you find this article helpful to perfecting your craft πŸ’— What daily writing tip or routine do you follow to better your writing? Please feel free to share in the comment section below! ✨

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61 thoughts on “7 Writing Tips to Become a Better Writer

  1. I’ve been meaning to look into researching how to improve my writing, just haven’t set apart time to do that, until now. Thank you for the helpful post for aspiring and current writers :-). I find that I could aways read more for the benefits you mentioned as well as take the time to proof-read-and take time off and look at it again with fresh eyes and fix mistakes, even multiple times. Most, if not all of the time I get too eager to publish a post as soon as I’m finished typing and that I’m content and happy that I even wrote something. lol There’s always room to improve and change things up with more consideration to the audience.

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    • Hi GershonO πŸ’— Thank you for your lovely comment and taking the time to read this post! I can most definitely relate to you in feeling excited to publish a post as soon as you are finished typing πŸ˜‚ I have done it before, then usually have go back later because I spot a mistake or it isn’t as well-written as I remember. I hope you are well and having a lovely 2022 so far πŸ€— Keep on writing and spreading joy!!! 🀩

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    • Hi LaDonna! πŸ’• Thank you for reading this post and for your comment, I am grateful to hear your thoughts! I hope that everything is well with you and that these tips prove to be useful to you βœ¨πŸ™ Sending you lots of love!

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  2. These are great tips lovely! I think I need more mental space and a de-clutter of the physical space, too. Brain fog and the block to writing is pretty bad lately, so I can’t do anything much in the way of creative, more thoughtful posts. Reading is definitely a good one – I’d love to write an actual book one day but I’ve said that since I was little so I’ll probably never do it, but it’s reading that inspired me to want to write and it’s reading that engages your brain and teaches you what you need to know to be a good writer (in my opinion).

    Love the “related reading” and “further reading” parts, that’s exactly what I’ve done for a little while now. I couldn’t fiddle around with doing buttons for them so I just write it in. Much quicker!

    Caz xx

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    • Hi Caz!

      Thank you for reading this post and for your comment, lovely! πŸ’—

      I am on the same boat as you and need a somewhat de-cluttered space to feel comfortable and motivated to write. I’m sorry to hear that you have been facing writer’s block and hope that you are well and have overcome it πŸ€— Your posts are always thoughtful, well-written, and educational. Thank you for sharing your expertise and advice!

      If you ever choose to write a book one day, I’d be one of the first in line to read it. I hope you can accomplish this goal one day as your writing is spectacular β™‘πŸ€© Will keep faith and belief in you…

      Thank you for your feedback on the “related reading” and “further reading” links! I think it is a nice addition and if readers find any benefit from my other posts, I’m really happy πŸ™ I struggle with buttons too – maybe can learn better one day aha!

      Hope you are well, dear friend ✨

      Genevieve xx

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    • Heya Torrie! πŸ€—πŸ’— I hope you are having a lovely start to the month! Thank you so much for reading this post and sharing your thoughts. I do sincerely apologise for my delayed reply – it has been crazy recently and I appreciate the support and seeing a friendly face on here πŸ™ Keep up the amazing work! I pray that 2022 brings you nothing but happiness and love πŸ’•βœ¨

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  3. This was an interesting article, thank you for sharing your ideas. I particularly liked 1, 2, 4, and 5. Keep it simple is my favorite, as you demonstrate with your own writing- concise and perfect in length. I at times get carried away with a tangent, but it would do me some good to concentrate what I want to convey in as few words as possible, as you note. It shows respect to the reader! I heard of another writer who wrote a book in a year by simply writing one page a day (your Set a Writing Goal Idea), and then editing one single previous page as well- one new page and one edited page a day. That leads to momentum as well, which as you likely know- compounds. Thanks for the interest in my DPF blog too- very kind of you.

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    • Hi Perry! πŸ€—

      Thank you for reading this post – it means a lot! I am grateful for your kind words and to hear your thoughts on which tips you like the sound of. I find your blog posts to be of a good length β™‘ Yes, it is most important to show respect to the reader!

      Wow! That sounds amazing breakdown of writing a book! Amazing for the other writer and to be so disciplined. It is certainly a great exercise for enhancing writing and editing skills 🀩

      Thank you again for visiting my blog – it is certainly a pleasure reading yours! ✨ Hope you are well and having a lovely weekend!

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  4. Hi and thank you so much for visiting my blog! I love your style and will be so happy to follow along with your blog. I’m hoping to expand my site a lot in the next year and I see your layout as a #lifegoal! So organized and professional, but also approachable with lots to say about writing itself. ❀ I've also thought of sharing non-sponsored product recommendations that fit my type of lifestyle, and you are inspiring me to actually give it a try. Looking forward to interacting with you more! xo Ginny

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    • Hi Ginny! πŸ’—

      It’s really lovely to meet you too πŸ€— The pleasure was all mine to read your writing – I like reading your thoughts and creativity!

      Thank you for reading this post and for your kind comment about my blog, it means a lot πŸ’— I like the design of your blog, especially your “About Me” page – it is so unique and well-written. I am intrigued to see how you choose to expand your website in the future, no doubt that it will be ah-mazing! ✨ Also, it’s nice to hear that you are considering of highlighting non-sponsored product recommendations too, can’t wait to see what you share.

      I look forward to interacting and learning more about you. Enjoy the rest of your week!

      Genevieve xx

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  5. Great tips here. I have recently implemented a daily writing routine myself. I write for 1 hour in the evening after work and down self-care. I’d o need to include a set time for editing as well so I have some changes to make. Reading material is a great way to gain inspiration indeed. I also have a dedicated writing space, my desk to help me focus. I use Grammarly all the time now. I recently got YoastSEO. I never heard of Hemingway though. I shall have to look that up.
    Thanks for sharing.

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    • Hi AmethystAP πŸ’• Thank you for your comment – It is so lovely to hear from you! That’s great to hear about your daily writing and self care routine – it sounds so productive and good for your mind πŸ™πŸŒΌ Thank you for reading these writing tips, I’m really happy that you like them! πŸ€— Hope everything is well with you and I look forward to reading more of your writing ✨

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    • Thank you for reading, Spwilcen β™‘ It feels me with joy to hear that you like these writing tips and I hope they prove helpful if you choose to apply them to your writing routine 🀩 It was fun creating this post. Have a great day, dear friend! πŸ€—πŸ’—

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    • Hi Antionette! πŸ’— Thank you for reading this post and for your comment, it means a lot πŸ€— I hope this writing tips are helpful to you if you choose to use them. I visited your blog and I like your content 🀩 keep up the great work!

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      • Thank you. My blog is titled, Mildredprincewelch to honor my mother, a son the loves his mother 100%,but my name is Van Prince, but your referring to me as Mildred is a very honest and understanding mistake!

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      • Oh! My apologies for the error! That is a beautiful way to honour your Mum, she must be an amazing woman. πŸ’— Thank you for your comments and support here, Van Price! 😊

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      • Aww, thank you for the compliment! That’s ever so sweet for you to say 😊 Hope everything is well with you and that you are having a great weekend, Van Price πŸ’•

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  6. This read was good. I like the tip that said wait a day and go back and proofread. My grammar is pretty strong and I do proofread more than once many times, however, I don’t intentionally let what I wrote sit and come back the next day putting fresh eyes on it. That tip is something I want to aim to incorporate into my blogging process. I’m a mom of two girls under 7yo with my youngest being 3yo. I also work outside of my home so pursuing blogging is already going to be a challenge worth facing. Adding your tip in is going to force me to really implement a blogging routine. I caught a grammatical error just the other day on something I posted. If I had did what you advised, I believe I would’ve caught it.

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    • Hi Melanie! πŸ€—πŸ’•

      Thank you for visiting my blog and for reading this post – it means a lot! It is so lovely to learn more about you here as well as on your blog. Truth be told, I had to get into the habit of letting my work sit after writing to proofread it with “fresh eyes” which wasn’t easy at first, especially if you’re in “the zone”. But, the results are proving worthwhile (not 100% perfect, but satisfactory). Reading aloud to yourself when reading your work back is also helpful πŸ˜„

      Wow, I have a lot of admiration for your blogging as well as creating a routine which fits around your busy life! Your website is nicely presented and I have enjoyed reading your first few posts – you’re doing well. Don’t be so hard on yourself and keep up the great work! πŸ’ͺ Have a wonderful week and thank you for your comment 🌷✨

      All the best,
      Genevieve

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    • Hi J. H. Gates! πŸ˜„ Thank you for reading this blog post and sharing your feedback – I am really grateful πŸ’— I wanted to share a number of writing tips that can be implemented onto our writing routine with (hopefully) not too much hardship – I know from experience, it is easier said than done at first πŸ˜… Great to hear that you have own writing space! ✨ Hope you had an amazing book signing at EntertainMart this past Saturday (12th Feb) – many congratulations!!! 🌷

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    • Hi Tanya! 😊 Thank you so much for commenting on my post! πŸ’• It is fun setting up your own writing space and making it your own where you can enjoy your craft 🀩 I hope you feel content and motivated. Best of luck – sending you lots of love and well wishes ✨🌸

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    • HI Emmanuella! πŸ€—πŸ’• Thank you for visiting my blog and reading this post – I hope it is helpful to achieving your writing goals this year 🌷 Your blog has really blown me away – the design is beautiful (it is the DREAM layout) and your writing is so engaging 😍 I’m looking forward to reading more of your writing ✨

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