11 Strange Ways to Be a Better Writer
People, including myself, are always looking for better ways to improve their writing. No, you don’t have to go out and buy a book or some fancy web-seminar. If you want to improve your writing the old fashioned way, just read on. So, onto how to be a better writer.
11 Strange ways to be a better writer
Here they are. Of course you want to be a better writer. Who doesn’t want to be better at everything they do…except maybe gaining weight.
Stop Whining and Just Write
I put this first because, well, I tend to whine about my writing and that maybe no one will like it. Well, guess what – if you don’t write, you won’t give people a chance to like it, or hate it. If they like your writing, then great. If they hate it? Well, it’s not the end of the world.
Get mad, then get mad on paper. Let it out. No one will hear you screaming into the pages of your computer or as you rip the pages of your notebook form all the pressure you’re applying to the page. Be fierce, if there’s one place you can do it, it’s on the comfort of your own computer – or your notebook. Do it.
Drink a lot more coffee
If you can’t drink coffee, drink a lot of caffeine. Why? It makes you hyper. You know that jittery feeling you get? Put that onto paper. Whatever you write, it will be interesting. In earnest, these posts are written after one giant cup of coffee. My fingers are flying and I am just happy to be putting coherent words on a paper.
Who cares out the punctuation?
I am the worst offender of this I never put the ‘ in Im – mainly because in this dumb word processor I use, it doesn’t do it for me. Yes, I know about auto-correct, but I hate when it corrects things that I don’t want it to. It reminds me of Siri, the pretentious woman who runs my life, and my iPhone when she routinely mucks up my messages. Of course, you need punctuation for the real stuff, like at the end of a sentence, but really I don’t think any meaning will be lost if I don’t add my apostrophe to Im. Is the world really going to end?
Honestly, unless you are writing for Better Home and Gardens, no one wants to hear about the flowery things in life. We read because we want to feel your pain, to be transported to another place. I don’t want to hear how wonderful your life is – mine sucks. I don’t want to be reminded of that. I want to read what you have to say and go, “Wow, today wasn’t so bad after all”. If you can feel yourself bleeding – from the heart or anywhere else for that matter, so can your readers. Make them feel your pain.
Don’t Say You Have to Find Your Voice, You Already Have One
I hate nothing more than people telling me, “I haven’t written anything because I haven’t found my voice”. What the hell does that mean? You’re talking to me aren’t you? Don’t try to imitate anyone else. If the reader wanted to hear Chuck Palahnuik, they would pick up his books and not yours. We all have the voice in our head laughing at people, and telling us to shut up – let the readers know what else that little voice is saying.
Make Your Sentences Carry Weight
I don’t mean make them fatter just for the sake of adding words. Make your sentences mean something, make people think with each sentence, each word. Use Twitter. That’s a great way to get to the point quickly. The best Tweets are those that deliver exactly what you need to know so clearly and succinctly their simplicity makes them better. Want to see how its done? Follow What the F Facts, WTFacts, Funny Tweets.
Don’t be vague, or say things that kind of apply, or are in a way something that people can relate to. Just don’t do it. Its annoying.
Don’t Write to Hurt People
No one will like you for it. Get mad, sure, but don’t be mean and stupid. No one likes a bully, except maybe other bullies.
Establish Your Authority
Be an expert in whatever you are talking about. Tell people what you want them to know. Why? Because you know what the hell you are talking about. If you don’t know what you’re talking about, find out. Make yourself an expect. No one listens to the guy who may know how to make money. We want the guy that sounds like he knows what he’s talking about, even if he’s a little unsure. Donald Trump has filed for bankruptcy three times, but if he told me what real estate to buy and how I was going to make money off of it, I would. If he gave me hair advice however,I don’t think I would listen.
Develop a Thick Skin
If you are going to write about something you love, its guaranteed that there are going to be some people that are going to love writing about how much they hate you. Look at Rachael Ray, she’s just a chick trying to tell you how to quick meals quickly and there are literally 3 million Google results when you search for “I hate Rachael websites”. People pay to host these websites dedicated to just hating her. But guess what, let them hate. She still has a TV show, a line of cookware, books, a magazine, and money. What do the haters have – a forum to get her name out there for her and increase her hits on Google. Think about that.
No news is bad for your Google rankings.
Remember, if all else fails, you can just set the building on fire. Seriously though, don’t do that. I won’t be held responsible for telling you to do that.