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Top 10 Tips for Better Writing
Writing is a great way to express yourself, work through your own thoughts, and all-around exercise your brain. In honor of NaNoWriMo and writing week here at Lifehacker, here are some of our favorite ways to improve your writing. While there's something to be said for spontaneous writing, it really helps if you sit down and organize your thoughts beforehand.

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Organize Your Thoughts Before Writing

Organize Your Thoughts Before Writing

While there's something to be said for spontaneous writing, it really helps if you sit down and organize your thoughts beforehand. 

No matter your favorite method of organizing yo...

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Set a Regular Schedule

Setting up and sticking to it is one of the best ways to perfect your writing. 

Do it in the morning for best results, and break it up into small increments to avoid anxiety. Don'...

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Keep Up with Good Grammar

Proofreading is an important part of writing, and despite some folks having a knack for good grammar, none of us is perfect. 

Be sure to take advantage of some of the great word t...

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Keep a Journal

One of the best ways to improve your writing is to keep a separate journal. 

If you find it too difficult to just sit down and start writing, you can plan out a goal for your jour...

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Use Distraction-Free Writing Tools

Computers have given us a lot of great tools in the name of writing, but they also provide a myriad of distractions that can Be sure to use distraction-free writing tools—programs that block out...

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Go Longhand for a Change

Handwriting improves your cognitive abilities and stays out of the way of your thought process, so it's a good way to look at things from a new angle and keep you on your toes. 

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Learn From Other Good Writers

Never stop reading, and always keep an eye on what famous writers like Kurt Vonnegut, Stephen King, Conan O'Brien, Jerry Seinfeld, and many others are saying about the strategies they use to write ...

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Know Your Most Common Mistakes

Know Your Most Common Mistakes

... in order to avoid them. 

Know your typos, cliches, and misheard expressions that constantly haunt even your best writing. Know which mistakes are your most common, and focus o...

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Beat Writer's Block

Try curing it with some writing toys, or draft it as an email to get the juices flowing. Just showing up to your scheduled time works pretty well, too.

If you find it becomes a recurring prob...

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Remember Why You're Writing

Remind yourself why you write to keep yourself motivated

Write your goals on your mirror with dry erase markers, or try one of our many other motivation tips out there. 

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Integrating journaling in your daily life

Integrating journaling in your daily life

The biggest mistake is to journal only in reaction to something that is going on, instead of letting it be part of a system.

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Benefits of a journal

  • When you keep a journal, you can look back on important life events to read about how you felt at the time. You may also be able to learn from these past experiences.
  • Writing about traumatic events results in physical and psychological health benefits. Journaling focuses on understanding traumatic events and makes people see these events with an extra level of clarity.

Schedule journaling time

Start your daily journal off on the right foot by scheduling your writing for a set time every day.

  • If you find your mind is most active in the morning, wake up 15 to 20 minutes earlier and jot down your thoughts then.
  • If you prefer to record everything after the day is over, then make it an evening activity before you go to bed.

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Expressive writing

Is writing for the purpose of putting your own thoughts and feelings into words and it can be a powerful way to enhance overall wellbeing. 

It focuses on expressing and describing...

Expressive writing activities

  • Try Journaling: Putting words to our emotions often helps us understand them in a new way, and process them more effectively.
  • Schedule writing into your routine: e.g. Morning pages.
  • Find inspiration in music: Put on a random playlist and transcribe the images, memories and emotions that the music evokes for you.
  • Practice letter writing: Unspoken thoughts or feelings can feel like a heavy burden to carry. Consider putting these sentiments into a letter.
  • Expressing gratitude: Writing about people or experiences that we feel grateful for can help us maintain focus on the aspects of life that are hopeful and meaningful.

Starting To Write

Writing can be a lonely, thankless job, filled with rejection. But it can also be very rewarding when your text resonates with people.

Ask yourself why you want to write and what do you wa...

Choosing a Time And Place To Write

  • Results come when you work at your craft consistently every day.
  • It’s good to write first thing in the morning, as you are more creative upon waking.
  • If you have a job, your writing should take place outside your work time. 
  • Choose a “writing spot” and keep it consistent.

Set Small Goals

Don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to follow advanced techniques early on. There is endless advice on writing, but in the beginning, all that matters is getting words onto the page every day.

Set small, easy to accomplish goals and build upon it. Focus not on the end result, but on the process. 

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