No matter who you are or what you do, you’re going to have to write something at some point, whether it’s a novel, blog post, or a school paper. Therefore, here are three tips that I’ve chosen to share that will hopefully benefit all writers, no matter their chosen material.
Own Your Topic
This might be a given but let me explain what exactly I mean by that. You don’t need to know everything about your chosen topic. In fact, it might be easier if you don’t. However, do know what you’re going to write about. You can’t find the right information if you are still bouncing between topics. Choose a topic or concept that interests you, or find a way to spin a boring topic so it’s interesting or entertaining and stick with it. Limitation can be the mother of creativity.
Be Open to Ideas
While limitations can be helpful, remember to think outside of the box. Perhaps while you’re brainstorming, a common idea pops into your head. Look at the idea and dig deeper. Common ideas are often broad ideas. Look at it from multiple angles and ask yourself probing questions. For example, here’s how I eventually landed on the idea for this post.
- What is my audience searching for when it comes to writing tips?
- —> What things have I googled in the past?
- —> Writing the first Draft
- —> 5 Drafting Tips for the Serious Writer (I know, not a good title)
- —> 3 Drafting Tips for the Everyday Writer
Those aren’t exactly probing questions but I’m sure after I ask myself some more questions about drafting, I’ll find more to write about on the subject.
Identify Your Strengths
This might be the most important one of all. You can definitely write without this one but you’ll be amazed at what happens when you begin a task after assessing your strengths. I’m just learning the real benefits of this now. Looking at a task through the lens of your strengths is one of the most helpful techniques I’ve learned so far. I know that I look at things differently than I did before and I find answers much faster.