Writing Tips To Improve Your Work – Part 1

Every writer experiences it. Distractions. Anxiety. Doubt. It can come from anywhere. And it always come at the worst time.

Honestly, writing success boils down to hard work, imagination and passion—and more hard work.

Give yourself every chance possible to be successful. Use these tips as guide—or better yet, print a copy to put on your desk, or wherever you can see them so you can be constantly reminded.

To become a better writer, you must read. Pick up a book and see what’s been done. Does the book flow? Is it interesting? Does it keep your attention? Learn from what you are reading. Use this as a guide to more effective writing.

Schedule writing time
Writing time should be uninterrupted and free from distraction. Make sure you give yourself time to write every day. Make a schedule and stick to it. Don’t take phone calls, watch TV, or play on the computer. Write. When your time is done, then go about the rest of your day.

Introduce your main characters and themes in the first third of your novel.
If you are writing a plot-driven genre novel make sure all your major themes/plot elements are introduced in the first third, which you can call the introduction. Develop your themes and characters in your second third, the development. Resolve your themes, mysteries and so on in the final third, the resolution.

Make an outline. Create your character sketches. If you are creating a new world, craft your towns. Create a good description. Do your homework. Research.

Be Prepared to Take Notes
You never know when inspiration will hit you. Have the means to write down notes. Carry a notebook, use your phone. Don’t think you will remember it later. You don’t want to lose a good idea because you had no way of recording it.


Remember, you are not alone. Every author at some point struggles with focus. Don’t put off your writing

Even famous authors sometimes have a tough time with writing; they also go through periods of self-doubt. Despite this, they always manage to come up with the goods. So take a lesson from them and stop putting off your writing plans and get started on your publishing journey today.

Have a tip you would like to share? We would love for you to share. Leave your tips for us in the comments below.


About Michele Jones

My passions are writing, cooking, and family, and you’ll find a little bit of all of that—and maybe even more—on my pages.


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  3. All great ideas, Michele. Thanks for sharing them.

  4. Spot on tips, Michele. I think it’s exceptionally helpful to have a dedicated writing time. Creativity is certainly a huge part of writing but discipline with a regular routine plays a vital part too.

    Thanks for the post!

    • Thanks, Mae. I know that I am much more successful when I have dedicated writing time. And eliminating distractions is key as well.

  5. Thanks for the tips!

    My tip is to continue a writing session even if you feel that you are writing absolute drek. There will probably be something that can be salvaged. And sometimes we were just being too critical of ourselves, and what we wrote is actually very good.

    • Thanks, Joe. Glad you stopped by. I believe every writer needs to have discipline and a routine for the best chance at success.

    • Joe, you are so right. It’s equally important to get your thoughts written down even if you don’t think they are good. We certainly can be our own worst enemies.

  6. Great tips, Michele. I need to be more diligent in scheduling writing time.

    • Thanks for stopping by, Joan. I sense a theme here–designated writing time is what most writers are gravitating too.

  7. I have found self-doubt the worse thing to overcome. I then go back to my positive reviews and the feedback I have had and just that belief that you can do it. All my life I have been concerned about how people see me and my self-esteem was determined by that. Such a terrible way to live your life. I agree as well about having to read. Great post and thank you.

    • Julie, thanks for sharing that great tip. Self doubt can be a detriment to any writer. The constant questioning and wondering what people think can definitely distract you and cause you to lose focus. Your idea to read your positive reviews is brilliant. Those reviews will certainly pick you up and let you know that you are a good writer and you made someone else happy with your work. Please continue to focus on the positive, you deserve it.

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