30 Tips for The Modern Writer3 min read

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.

  1. Think of the reader as someone you’d want to be friends with.
  2. 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.
  3. The numbers game is one you cannot win, so don’t even try. Focus on one person at a time.
  4. Quantity beats quality because quality is subjective.
  5. 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.
  6. It’s always difficult to get started.
  7. Write for money, and you’ll end up hating writing.
  8. Patience is a virtue. It takes time to become so good they can’t ignore you.
  9. Avoid obsessing about stats. It’ll make you anxious and destroy your self-worth.
  10. You can’t predict whether or not a post will go viral.
  11. People read your work because of the way you present facts, not because of the facts themselves.
  12. Self-doubt is the enemy of good writing. Don’t think, just write.
  13. When you don’t feel like writing, that’s when you absolutely must write.
  14. The harder you try to write well, the more difficult it will be to produce something of quality.
  15. It’s more important to get stuff done than to always be starting something new.
  16. Great content tends to divide people. Don’t expect everyone to love you.
  17. Execution > Ideas.
  18. Share your story. Believe in the power of who you are to transform one-time visitors into avid fans.
  19. Don’t try to be important, try to be valuable.
  20. Don’t multitask to the point of madness. Focus. Do one thing well.
  21. Respond to comments and engage with other bloggers.
  22. See the other bloggers in your niche as friends, not as your competition. We rise by lifting others.
  23. Take a break once in a while.
  24. When in doubt, focus on punching those damn keys.
  25. No one writes a brilliant first draft. Writing is mostly rewriting.
  26. A million likes never made anyone truly happy.
  27. No feedback is the worst kind of feedback. Think of that whenever you feel like giving up because of haters.
  28. Consistency is key. Less is more. Always aspire towards the kind of discipline that 99% of people loathe.
  29. Your writing should do one of the following: entertain, inform, or educate.
  30. 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?

Cristian Mihai

Became Internet famous by the age of 23. Never recovered. I write short author bios all over the web. I’m an acquired taste. Don’t like me? Acquire some taste.

45 thoughts on “30 Tips for The Modern Writer3 min read

  1. About number 4: I am confused. A lot of writers take time and only put out one quality, long post a week and end up with a massive following, as opposed to me, 200 followers and I’m posting 5 days a week. Care to elaborate?

    1. Well, you never know how much time they spend actually writing, discarding bad drafts, only to release a single post every week. We tend to compare our behind the scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.

  2. I so needed this today as I find myself wondering what the heck I am doing. It is easy to feel lost in the sea of voices that social media has created. Everyone has something to say and I often wonder why it is that their voice or opinion is heard and not mine. But when I think of just giving up I feel a hole in my spirit because I truly love writing in a variety of platforms, and thus I keep coming back to the desk and tapping at the keys. I may never make a dime at writing, but I can make a difference, even if it is to one person.

    Your tips are always motivational and inspiring and I thank you for that.

  3. Thanks. It’s easy to lose focus and look at the numbers. Timely reminder to focus to relax and just let what’s inside come out.

  4. Authenticity is important. I think it is important to speak as yourself and not try to just be something you think an audience wants but to write with consideration of your readers or potential readers and a sense of authenticity. I love this list, great advice and inspirational as ever.

  5. I found your blog post to be helpful. I’ve been writing on Facebook for a while, but finally felt that I needed a different venue. I like wordpress, because it gives me a connection with other bloggers. Thanks for the tips.

  6. #27. No feedback is the worst kind of feedback. Think of that whenever you feel like giving up because of haters.

    The last webpage I have received feedback was the “About” one on my blog. Clearly, the MGTOW member was a hater because he did not believe that Ukrainian women are genuine, honest, caring, etc.

    Even though most people say nothing on my blog posts, at least they read them and perhaps like them.

    I am grateful to get readers everyday despite that they give me no feedback.

  7. This is one of the entries one should save on favorites when we are about to give up. There is so much pressure nowadays on numbers (followers, likes, reblogs, etc) that we tend to think the quality of our content and its value is based on that, often forgetting that all successful writers took their time to get where they are now.
    Thanks for your post

    1. Lorena, if one does not enjoy the journey, the destination won’t make much of a difference. Numbers don’t matter unless you are aware that those numbers represent actual human beings, and that there’s a bit of magic in being able to reach people who live half a world away.

  8. 17. Execution > Ideas

    This is the one I struggle with the most. It is definitely more fun for me to come up with an idea for a story than actually sit down and write it. I have been focusing more on finishing things recently and I am finally gathering some momentum.

    Great post. Thanks!

  9. I adapted your list into several “action” points to improve my writing effectiveness.

    For a new writer, there are some special gems to harvest in order to be replanted in one’s own writing plan. Yes, a writer needs a plan.

  10. I truly appreciated this post. I just wrote my very first post on my very first blog. The title came to me last night and I said to myself…”self-just bloody well write it.” And I did. Now I just need to learn more and try to connect to bloggers. Feel free to give it a quick read and post any comments. Thanks again for your words of wisdom. Happy writing!

  11. 22 is so important. The writing community can be great if one just opens up. Bloggers, writers for publication, writers for themselves… we all share a passion in common, so seeing each other as fellow writers trying their best eases the burden and makes it easier to find that support. Great tips!

  12. # 4 or the opposite of it has been drummed into our heads so often that reading your version was refreshing. Quality is subjective. Though we all take the time as artist to put forward our best work, I think our best is at the stage the writer is at at that moment. The reader may be at a different stage as well and may think the creator is not up to snuff. I’ve read lots of debut novels that look nothing like book 5. So why were they published? I think because they were will to improve and or the publisher knew some skills are inherited with time and practice.

    Thanks for the post!

    1. Indeed. The goal is to do your best, but your best can be someone else’s worst. One of my favorite sayings goes like this, “One man’s ceiling is another man’s floor.”

      As long as we give it our all, there’s nothing to fear.

  13. Write for money, and you’ll end up hating writing. – not necessarily as writing for money can help you align your goals and forge your habits, and force you to find creative ways to stay engaged.

  14. Quantity beats quality because quality is subjective. – eh. Quality is subjective, sure, but you’re writing to an audience, and the audience determines quality. So if you want to appeal, then you write at the quality the audience wants.

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