Do’s and Dont’s For Writing

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“You might not write well every day, but you can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page” — Jodi Picoult

Writing advice is everywhere these days, from blogs to YouTube to Twitter to Facebook everywhere. Many of these focus on motivation for writing, writing advice, tips to become a good writer, type of topics to write, etc. But the most important factor to consider for a good writing is its do’s and dont’s.

Below are some do’s and dont’s to consider for an effective writing:

DO’S

  • READ:
“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time to write” — Stephen King

Reading is the foremost thing to consider for successful writing. Read as much as you can. Read short stories, articles, paragraphs, audiobooks anything. Reading helps in getting the best material and inputs, without which no output can be created. Make a daily routine of reading at least for 30minutes in a day.

  • WRITING:
“The secret of becoming a writer is to write, write and keep on writing”— Ken Macleod

Everything revolves around this particular thing.Write at least 200 words a day. This may not sound enough but it allows making progress each day, no matter how small. Write something which resonates with you. Write for 15 minutes, half an hour, or 1 hour whatever schedule suits you. Write about something that makes you happy or something which makes you cries.

  • GET FEEDBACK FROM WRITERS:
“We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve” — Bill Gates

Do get feedback from other writers. Writers feedback is always beneficial for improvisation. You can post articles on the Slack channel for suggestions.

  • CONSIDER RESPONSES OF READERS:

It’s very important to learn what your audience likes, dislikes, and where they find the most value. Remember that when you publish on Medium, you’re asking thousands of people to give you several minutes of their lives. Don’t take their responses for granted.

  • HIT THE PUBLISH BUTTON ONCE YOU ARE DONE:

No one will ever come knocking on your closet door and encourage you to reveal to the world that self-help guide, those blog articles you’ve been writing for days. You have to take the plunge and put your work out there. Share your talent and wit and quirky sense of humor with the rest of us. Be brave and hit Publish. Then watch what happens.

DONT’S

  • DON’T GET AFRAID OF WORD COUNT OR MINUTES READ:

Many of us get scared of the word count, especially when we write for the first time. You may start with writing 100 words at least or 1000; practice is what matters for writing.

  • DON’T TRY TO GET IT PERFECT FOR THE FIRST TIME:
“If I waited for perfection, I would never write” — Margaret Atwood

Don’t try to get absolutely perfect for the first time. If it’s not perfect for the first time, rewrite it for the second time or third, but don’t spend all your time rewriting the same thing again and again. If it’s not perfect for the first part, it may get for the second part or third.

  • DON’T COMPARE YOURSELF TO WHAT OTHERS ARE WRITING:
“Don’t compare yourself to others. Compare yourself to the person you were yesterday”

Don’t pay attention to how much other people are writing. Don’t compare your first article to someone else’s 10th or 15th article. Just stay focused on writing rather than comparing with others. After all, it’s all about quality of your article and not about quantity.

  • DON’T TRY TO MAKE EVERYONE HAPPY:

Remember, you can’t make everyone happy with your writing. Some people will love your writing, but some will dislike it. Everyone will have a different opinion on what you write. Take the suggestions that help in the improvisation of your story, leaving the criticism behind.

  • DON’T WRITE FOR YOURSELF:

Before writing anything it’s important that you decide for whom you are writing your article. Is it for your audience, the readers or is it for yourself? Write in a way as if you are conversing with your readers. Rather than using I, Me, Myself try to use You, Your, You’re. Try to address your audience directly in such a way that they get motivated, inspired by your work.


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