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									                     5 Tips Every Writer Should Know
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1. Plan it Out

Start off by writing a list of main ideas you want to get
across, and take your time. Once this is complete, group
them together, and also delete any points you no longer
find useful. You’ll soon see your list shrink a bit and
clarity expand. Next comes the hardest part of planning.
You must now put your list in order. This is difficult to do
because it is in essence how your entire piece of writing
will go. We have all heard someone fail at telling a
perfectly funny joke simply because they didn’t tell it in
the correct order. The order is the reason your audience
cries, laughs, or feels anything toward your piece. Even if
the audience is your professor.

2. Get it Out

You really don’t need to begin your work of writing at the beginning. That’s the beauty of
having a plan in order; you can write however you’d like to. You don’t even have to start at the
middle or the end! Just start writing. It may sound ridiculous, but keep yourself going. Write out
what you want to say, and then look back and see what sounds good and what does not. If you
have no body, you have no dissections. November is National Novel Writing Month, and there is
an annual contest to write a 50,000 novel at the end of the month. The point is not to write out
the next great American novel, but to give yourself a backbone. They reward the winner of the
contest of course, but all the losers that submitted at least have themselves a 50,000 word novel!
They are then free to look it over at their will and slice away, with no time restraints until the
next November if they so wish, but in that case they must begin again. Write away!

3. Keep a Journal

As writers we’ve always heard this piece of advice, but it is truly noteworthy. Each day we run
through life as we think we should, having thoughts and dreams and feelings. We see people and
witness events, even if they are just ordinary. If you have a journal on you all day, the
possibilities to flow from your pen are endless. If you didn’t write these thoughts down, they’d
be gone with the wind. So if you’re ever experiencing maddening writer’s block, all you have to
do is pull out your handy-dandy notebook and voila! Steve always did know best.

4. Read, Read, Read

Again, no writer shall pass without being commanded to read more. Read a novel, read a poem,
read a tablet, read the newspaper, read the dictionary. It should come to you as common sense,
because if you don’t know the game how are you going to play it? Maybe that’s not the perfect
way to put it, but it’s meaning rings true. If writing is what you are doing, you should be reading
other’s writing. There are various mediums to browse through, and the literary world is at your
fingertips; you’d be a fool not to use it.

5. Put it Out There

There are so many outlets for writers these days, all you really have to do is type in a search bar
and contests and workshops line up before your eyes. There are plenty of opportunities even for
no compensation, but just to get some work under your belt. It helps to learn deadlines and
perform specific tasks that you are asked of, often transforming your personal work for the

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