What should writers know?

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I type the word above to get going.

Thoughts raced through my head about how I need to answer this question, “what should writers know.”

There are many things.

How do I sift through all of them and deliver only the important ones?

Well let’s see, we have ideas like:

  • Speak to only one thought at a time. More than one though crammed into a sentence or paragraph is too much for the reader.
  • Don’t use filler words.
  • Don’t confuse the reader, use simple writing.
  • Start with one main point and then create supporting points under it.
  • Write with the reader in mind.
  • Write with the main point in mind (for example I keep looking up at the title)
  • Don’t use big words or technical jargon.
  • Be consistent, write daily.
  • Practice good grammar.
  • Write conversationally.
  • Do a brain dump of messy writing before going back multiple times to clean it up.
  • Create an outline first.

These are all great tips, but not all of them necessarily apply to you.

It depends on what kind of writing you want to do.

More importantly, why are you writing?

Some people write to be a writer because they like the way that makes them feel.

Some people have a goal to write a best-selling book.

Some people have or want to start a blog and make a living from it.

Some people like to organize their thoughts through writing and then share them with the world, or anyone willing to read.

So, the first real piece of advice, understand why you are writing.

After that, every writer should know how to be consistent.

Many people believe that consistency comes from getting inspiration and motivation daily.

Inspiration > motivation > action

But really, it works in the reverse order.

Action > motivation > inspiration

This idea was explained beautifully by Steven Pressfield in the book “The War of Art,” which every writer should read.

Maybe you’re wondering why I chose that picture for this article.

I have no reason other than I liked it and it made me feel something.

I believe too many people (including myself) go to a website like Unsplash, search a word related to the article they just wrote, and choose one that fits it.

Shouldn’t the goal be to choose one that gets their attention?

If it’s boring, people won’t read it.

If it continues to be boring, those who started will leave.

It’s my job to keep you interested enough to keep reading.

This is the only way I will be able to make my point.

So what is the point?

In summary, you must know why you are writing and then write from there.

If you want people to read it, keep them interested.

That’s a good question, “how do you keep readers interested?” Maybe I’ll write about that later.

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