5 Tips Every Writer Should Know From: www.guestwriter.net 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 better. Are you a writer? Do you want to write for a highly visible blog? Go to www.guestwriter.net to apply for a position today.