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"You cannot bring the past into the present because it just messes up the present and the future."
                        - Scotty McCoy

Writing Tips

Anyone who begins to write is classified as a writer. However, just because you write and are classified as a writer doesn't mean that you are a very good one. So, here are some simple tips, starting with the basics, on how to start writing and become great at it.

First things first is to give you seven key lessons regarding writing:

1. Writing is simple, but not easy.
2. Before you get a larger audience, you have to get better at writing.
3. Practice makes you better; it's the repetitions that make it effortless.
4. Until you put your work out there, you're only screwing around. Write for real and become published.
5. You can't practice without discipline. Keep showing up and persevering.
6. There will always be resistance; type through it, anyway.
7. Get over your excuses and do the work.

Before Getting Started

Before you begin writing, you should ask yourself these important questions. These questions will determine if you are a good writer or a bad one, as well as how to improve your skills if you aren't a good writer. It'll also help you determine a topic and/or genre you would like to write about.

1. Why do I want to write?
2. Who am I writing for?
3. What's my message?
4. Have I found my voice yet?
5. What am I willing to sacrifice for my craft?
6. What won’t I give up?
7. Once you count the cost and make the decision to begin, it’s time to start writing.

Tips For When You Begin

I have conducted writing workshops, edited published author's books, and have written several of my own, including one that has become a best seller. I've built a powerful, personal brand that I have used to publish my work and become widely known across the world. I have even experimented and seen myself fail, as much as I have succeeded, however, I never let that weigh me down and I kept trying until I have succeeded. This Website is a good example of what I overcame. I have failed and struggled with certain dynamic programming techniques this site has to offer, but in the end, I kept trying and succeeded and here it is, live and on the Web. Through everything I went through, I'd like to help other people learn so they don't make the same mistakes that I have and if they do, how to overcome them.

So without further ado, here are the list of the top 10 most essential tips that I have for you writers that are reading this that regard the artform known as writing:

1. Write every day.
2. Make sure your writing is effective.
3. Don’t be lazy; do your best to avoid sounding stupid.
4. Stay focused! Distraction is the enemy of all great art.
5. Stop worrying about being a good writer; just write.
6. Forget about fame; write what’s worth writing.
7. Get over your perfectionist tendencies.
8. Don’t write to get published.
9. Write with conviction.
10. Read.

Building Your Platform

Although writers need to write first for the art, it's not a bad thing to want to get things published and make some money while doing it, right? But that's a byproduct, not a goal.

This isn't just something that happens accidentally. You have to work at it, and it is a lot of work where you struggle with writer's block, endure antagonizing frustrations, spend countless hours, writing and typing countless drafts, and then finding the perfect editor for your story. So, how do you create work that earns you the attention of publishers? You build a platform!

These days, a lot of writers use blogs and the power of the Internet to finally get their writing discovered. There's no reason you cannot do the same thing, especially with the expansion of social media and how valuable it is as a free marketing tool. Here are ten basic tips on blogging and building an audience that will help you finally go from writer to published author:

1. In order to get noticed, you’ve got to be intentional.
2. Narrow your focus to broaden your audience.
3. Learn from copywriters, and write for scanners.
4. Engage with readers and getting more comments, interacting with those commenting.
5. Be intentional about growing your blog traffic.
6. Build an email list.
7. Use guest posting to tap into new audiences.
8. Write great content, but don’t stop there; build relationships, too.
9. Expect haters.
10. Help people.