We see them all the time, plastered across Google searches and in our magazine subscriptions. Heck, there are probably more of these than there are actual writers out there. Yup, I’m talking about writing related tutorials, tips and tricks articles. The simple truth about searching for tips and tricks is that in reality, you can look for ideas, but what gets you to sit still and write and what works for the girl next to you are likely going to be different things. Deciding that you’re going to make things work for you in your own way is probably the best, most honest advice you can give yourself. When you know that you’re going to make your own decisions, you stop looking for direction from others and just look to incorporate the things that strike you and leave behind what doesn’t.
That being said, every once in awhile I do organize some of the techniques I’ve been using lately into an article. Full disclosure, too: these change. I change up my routine to address writer’s block so much easier than I hit the delete button, though that too is a lesson. Writers have to protect their time and ability when writing. If something isn’t working, don’t spend too much time trying to force it together.
So here are some of my current writing tips and tricks. If you’ve got something that’s been working really well for you lately, I’d love to hear about it in the comments. 😀