Being a modern writer is more than just punching those damn keys from time to time.
Writing, in this brave new world, is more social than ever, which means that you need to take into consideration the reader.
Who are you writing for? Why? What are you trying to teach them? What are they going to change about their own lives by reading your content? What are you getting out of it?
Well, in order to help you become a modern writer, I’ve compiled a list of 30 tips and tricks. Something short, that will only take you a couple minutes to go through, but which will provide immeasurable help on your blogging journey.
- Think of the reader as someone you’d want to be friends with.
- There’s nothing new under the sun. It’s not what you write, but how you write it. It’s all in the personal perspective.
- The numbers game is one you cannot win, so don’t even try. Focus on one person at a time.
- Quantity beats quality because quality is subjective.
- Do not work on goals, but rather on habits. The aim is to write for x amount of time every day, rather than produce xxx amount of words per day.
- It’s always difficult to get started.
- Write for money, and you’ll end up hating writing.
- Patience is a virtue. It takes time to become so good they can’t ignore you.
- Avoid obsessing about stats. It’ll make you anxious and destroy your self-worth.
- You can’t predict whether or not a post will go viral.
- People read your work because of the way you present facts, not because of the facts themselves.
- Self-doubt is the enemy of good writing. Don’t think, just write.
- When you don’t feel like writing, that’s when you absolutely must write.
- The harder you try to write well, the more difficult it will be to produce something of quality.
- It’s more important to get stuff done than to always be starting something new.
- Great content tends to divide people. Don’t expect everyone to love you.
- Execution > Ideas.
- Share your story. Believe in the power of who you are to transform one-time visitors into avid fans.
- Don’t try to be important, try to be valuable.
- Don’t multitask to the point of madness. Focus. Do one thing well.
- Respond to comments and engage with other bloggers.
- See the other bloggers in your niche as friends, not as your competition. We rise by lifting others.
- Take a break once in a while.
- When in doubt, focus on punching those damn keys.
- No one writes a brilliant first draft. Writing is mostly rewriting.
- A million likes never made anyone truly happy.
- No feedback is the worst kind of feedback. Think of that whenever you feel like giving up because of haters.
- Consistency is key. Less is more. Always aspire towards the kind of discipline that 99% of people loathe.
- Your writing should do one of the following: entertain, inform, or educate.
- Be brave. Without it, you won’t be able to express who you are, and your audience won’t trust that you are an actual person.
What would you say is an essential tip for the modern writer? What matters most in this digital age when it comes to the written word?