13 Writing Tips

fitzA while back, I made a list of writing tips that work for me.  They may work for you, too.  I don’t always follow these guidelines, but still.  I try.  Enjoy.


  • Be clear
  • Be obsessed
  • Be ruthless
  • Be yourself
  • Cut the fat
  • Don’t bore
  • Don’t get cute
  • Have fun
  • Recruit good beta-readers to read your work.  Give them clear and precise instructions on how you’d like them to approach it
  • See how other writers write
  • Serve the story
  • Stand with the pack of writers that form the community to which you belong, but stand apart. Monastic devotion to one’s craft is key
  • Write one word at a time




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