Top 10 Writing Tips

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Top 10 Writing TipsIt seems every writer has created a top 10 writing tips list. I have viewed dozens of these lists and compiled the best of the best for Christian writers. Collectively they contain valuable insight about the writing process.

1.  Write only when you have something to say. (Playwright David Hare).

2.  The reader is a friend, not an adversary, not a spectator. (Jonathan Franzen)

3.  Fill pages as quickly as possible. Regard every new page as a small triumph until you get to Page 50. Then calm down, and start worrying about the quality. (Roddy Doyle)

4.  A story needs rhythm. Read it aloud to yourself. If it doesn’t spin a bit of magic, it’s missing something. (Esther Freud)

5.  A problem with a piece of writing often clarifies itself if you go for a long walk. (Helen Dunmore)

6.  Keep a diary. The biggest regret of my writing life is that I have never kept a journal or a diary. (Geoff Dyer)

7.  Increase your word power. Words are the raw material of our craft. The greater your vocabulary the more ­effective your writing. We who write in English are fortunate to have the richest and most versatile language in the world. Respect it. (PD James)

8.  Do change your mind. Good ideas are often murdered by better ones. I was working on a novel about a band called the Partitions. Then I decided to call them the Commitments. (Roddy Doyle)

9.  Editing is everything. Cut until you can cut no more. What is left often springs into life. (Esther Freud)

10.  Finish what you’re writing. Whatever you have to do to finish it, finish it. (Neil Gaiman)

You are not a writer if you just think about writing. To be fully qualified you must write things that people are willing to pay to read. These tips will help you become the professional writer God wants you to be.

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1 Response

  1. Carole Liston says:

    What a wonderful group of thoughts on writing! I especially love the injunction to “write only when you have something to say.”(Playwright David Hare). In today’s busy world, how inconsiderate it is to do otherwise!

    Also, “Increase your word power”. The English language is peculiarly suited for writing, because to me it is like the “big box” of 120 crayons instead of the basic 16 or 24. The “Big Box” not only had a “red” crayon, but also “crimson”, “scarlet” “maroon” & “watermelon”, and more. English is like that.

    Finally, “Editing is everything. Cut until you can cut no more. What is left often springs into life.” (Esther Freud)
    Who can say it better?

    Thank you for these lovely thoughts.

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