1. Become a blogger.
  2. Use self-imposed word limits.
  3. Write the opening sentence or headline last.
  4. Read your own writing out aloud.
  5. Find your unique voice.
  6. Accept all forms of criticism and learn to grow from it.
  7. Read what you’ve written over and over until I can’t find any more problems.
  8. Outline. And then write to that outline.
  9. Edit, and edit again.
  10. Read, think, read, write, ponder, write – and read some more.
  11. Read your stuff aloud to anyone who can stand it – including the cat.
  12. Go back and cut 10% from your word count.
  13. Talk to people.
  14. Listen to how people talk.
  15. Be open, curious, present, and engaged.
  16. Take a break between writing and editing.
  17. Learn a new word a day.
  18. Get the pen and fingers moving
  19. Write in different genres: blog posts, poems, short stories, essays.
  20. Read grammar books.
  21. Write without distractions.
  22. Challenge yourself: write in a crowded cafe, write on the toilet, write for 24 hours straight.
  23. Take a trip. Explore.
  24. Watch movies. Can you write the story better?
  25. Write. And then write more.
  26. Read many books. The good and the shitty ones.
  27. Make notes of your creative ideas.
  28. Start your writing ahead of time – not hours before a deadline.
  29. Listen to podcasts on writing tips.
  30. Use simple, declarative sentences.
  31. Avoid passive voice.
  32. Limit your use of adjectives and adverbs.
  33. When in doubt, cut it out.
  34. Be inspired by other art forms – music, dance, sculpture, painting.
  35. Keep a journal to keep the writing juices flowing.
  36. Use a journal to sort out your thoughts and feelings.
  37. Do a ’stream of consciousness’ piece and see where it leads you.
  38. Keep it simple.
  39. Practice mono-tasking. Set a timer for uninterrupted writing.
  40. Get to know someone different from you and reflect on the experience.
  41. Try new ideas or hobbies – the more variety you have in your life, the more likely you are to keep on generating good ideas on the page.
  42. Read works from different cultures. It helps keep your writing from tasting stale in the mouths of your readers.
  43. Rethink what is ‘normal’.
  44. Work on brilliant headlines.
  45. Read your old stuff and acknowledge how far you’ve come – and how far you have to go.
  46. Write for publication, even if it’s only for the local newsletter or a small blog.
  47. Make writing your priority in the morning.
  48. Recognize your fear and overcome it.
  49. Join a writing group. If you can’t find one, form one.
  50. Write during your most productive hours of the day.
  51. Designate time to research.
  52. Map out a writing schedule for your project and stick to it.
  53. Ask someone else to proofread.
  54. Read Stephen King’s “On Writing” at least once a year.
  55. Break out of your comfort zone.
  56. Go outside. Make notes of the sensuous details, the atmosphere, the people.
  57. Start with metaphors and stories.
  58. Approach writing with gratitude, not just with a ‘must do this’ attitude.
  59. Deconstruct and analyze books and articles you enjoy.
  60. Know about story structure. Many writers don’t.
  61. Socialize with other writers.
  62. Write everything down. Don’t trust your memory when you have a good idea, especially at night.
  63. Set a time limit on each writing session, along with a goal for what you will finish in that time.
  64. Read fiction
  65. Make a note of ideas for further development before you leave a piece for tomorrow.
  66. Use mindmaps for inspiration.
  67. Read Zinnser’s “On Writing Well”
  68. Write for different media.
  69. Don’t be afraid to cut out a line that seemed brilliant when you wrote it but really doesn’t add much.
  70. Read Copyblogger
  71. Trying to convey a certain emotion but not sure how? Listen to music that conveys a certain emotion in you while writing.
  72. Set a timer and force yourself (even if it’s not your best work) to write a story within a designated amount of time.
  73. Devour ‘Stein on Writing’ regularly.
  74. Subscribe to Hurn Publications.
  75. Read great writing.
  76. Write using a pencil instead of a laptop for more creativity.
  77. Write outside.
  78. Engage strangers in conversation. Then write about it from memory, describing the person, setting, and conversation.
  79. Read as much as humanly possible.
  80. Believe that you’re a writer.
  81. Never trust your spell checker.
  82. Love your words when you write them, hold them in suspicion when you edit them.
  83. Write solely from the heart.
  84. Cure for Writer’s Block: Read a great article from a favorite author or publication.
  85. Use a voice recorder (or iPhone) when the right words come to you – but not in the shower.
  86. Write a For and Against article for the same issue. This helps to stretch your thinking.
  87. Ask, “Can it be turned into a list?” Think of at least five things you can list about it.
  88. Never take a mundane experience for granted.
  89. Bookmark this list and come back when you need to get those creative juices flowing.
  90. Always carry a notebook and pen with you.
  91. Always ask the question…”What if…”
  92. Dialogue with your characters.
  93. Visualize the person you are communicating with: What do their eyes reflect as they read this? What will the first thing they might say in response?
  94. Take up story challenges.
  95. Write in 101 words.
  96. Take up NaNoWriMo.
  97. Write about what you want to write, not what you know.
  98. Write 15 minutes a day. Every day.
  99. Write in small paragraphs in order to get to the point immediately
  100. Look closely how successful writers make sentences.
  101. Accept no excuses.
  102. Create your own writing prompts.
  103. Write when you’re uninspired.
  104. Disconnect for a while each day.
  105. Allow your mind to wander.
  106. Rewrite from memory a good story you’ve read and then compare the two. Evaluate and learn from the differences.
  107. Harness the power of your emotions.
  108. Put on your reviewer hat and write a review of your own article or story.
  109. Do what works for you
  110. Record random thoughts, story ideas, quotes on your phone when you’re out and about.
  111. When in doubt, cut it out.
  112. Use a stack of 3×5 cards to start writing your book. Use on item or idea per card. Stack the card in order and type them in to develop the first draft.
  113. Write collaboratively
  114. Keep a copy of ‘Strunk and White’ within arm’s reach.
  115. Keep a journal especially for work, for analyzing your progress and doing writing practice.
  116. Always think of your reader.
  117. Expose yourself to as many new experiences in a short amount of time as possible.
  118. Learn to LOVE writing and reading.
  119. Write like you’re on your first date.
  120. There is a time for writing, and there is a time for editing. Don’t do both at once otherwise you’ll become too critical about what you wrote.
  121. Steal time for writing wherever and whenever you can find it.
  122. Make writing a priority in your life. If you say it’s important to you, then show it in how you spend your time.
  123. Don’t be afraid to bust out the thesaurus to find a word that fits better in a sentence than the one currently there.
  124. Give yourself permission to write a crappy first draft.
  125. If you can’t write a book, write a blog post. If you can’t write a blog post, comment on a post.
  126. Love your tools.
  127. Avoid these three weak words – unless absolutely necessary: Ifs, Buts, and Can’ts
  128. Practice condensing. Write a synopsis and then condense that. Précis the condensed synopsis. It helps to get to the bare bones of a story and reveal what it’s really about.
  129. Mean what you write, write what you mean.
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