60 Simple tips on writing | A crash course by Fola Daniel Adelesi, ASM, ACL, WCC

1.) The first step to being a successful writer, I think, is being a consistent reader.
2.) When you read you will find areas where you disagree and can write what you think.
3.) You don’t just disagree; you state what you disagree with and what you think.
4.) When you disagree with people, attack points and not personality.
5.) You may find areas the author you are reading from did not cover and decide to write on them!
6.) You must be a great listener to become a great writer. Listening provokes inspiration!
7.) You can be an industry writer – a professional writing about his field based on experience.
8.) To be a writer you should always keep a subject in focus
9.) Carefully and creatively choose a topic and let it reflect your dominant thoughts.
10.) Topics should be kept simple and sometimes catchy!
11.) You discourage your readers when topics and contents have no relevance!
12.) You must keep your writing objectives clear anytime you want to write.
13.) Do not write when your mind is blank or cannot hold thoughts together.
14.) You can set the ball rolling with questions and make it look like you are answering.
15.) You must express some passion about the subject while writing.
16.) Don’t let passion becloud facts or specific knowledge that you are supposed to pass across.
17.) Drive your point home with facts and figures but use them sparingly.
18.) You may employ the KISS – Keep it simple and short – strategy in your writing.
19.) Create your own writing atmosphere and get in there when you need to write.
20.) You are writing to communicate so avoid big words that are only used to impress.
21.) Make sure you relate to people’s environment in your writing to make your point sink.
22.) Let your writing reflect your experiences or other experiences you know about.
23.) Research about the subject and have references to give credibility to your work.
24.) Quote authorities and respected figures when writing but don’t quote too much.
25.) Meet people who are involved in the subject – professionals or lecturers of the subject
26.) Keep a notepad, write down any topic that crosses your mind until you have clear thoughts.
27.) You will need to improve your note taking skills before improving your writing skills.
28.) Look at all the topics and streamline, crossing out all the ones that look like repetition.
29.) Come up with questions you want your write up to answer.
30.) Think of a style you want to engage in your writing – Narrative or descriptive
31.) You may also want to choose a conversational approach to engage your readers!
32.) Telling stories will always be useful but tell relevant stories and bring out its lessons.
33.) In writing, purpose determines strategy. Writing for radio is different from writing for TV or print
34.) If getting your words are difficult you can use outlines – simple but self-explanatory lines.
35.) Don’t always try to put all points in a write up. You can have it in a series.
36.) I suggest you try a point in a paragraph so you will have 5 points if you have 5 paragraphs.
37.) Always ensure you properly link one paragraph to another in your thought line.
38.) If you are writing a book, you may open the thought line with quotations for each chapter.
39.) Graphics have, over the years, helped authors to communicate so you can use it.
40.) An engaging author knows how to leave readers with a thought or picture in their minds
41.) Make sure you have room for feed back to help improve your writing.
42.) Feedback also gives inspiration on what to write and it can make writing more creative.
43.) Responding to popular subject matters like national issues can generate good feedbacks!
44.) Get involved in online publishing before you do some physical printing yourself.
45.) Online publishing like blogging and regular notes on facebook help spread your works
46.) Send some of your works to publishers of newspapers, magazines or journals.
47.) Dutifully keeping a diary detailing events and dates can help your writing skills.
48.) When you are sure of a consistent writing habit, you may request a column.
49.) Remember that those who have read from you consistently are those who will patronize you.
50.) Successful writing requires a lot of discipline so you have to plan your writing.
51.) If you don’t write consistently you may lose the beautiful sequence you have started.
52.) Have simple writing targets. If you write on daily basis you will have 365 articles in a year!
53.) Have your works edited by other good writers or editors.
54.) For printing or blogging, legible fonts, good spacing and paragraphing make reading easier.
55.) If you have heard, ‘don’t judge a book by its cover,’ then you must give yours a good cover because people will still judge it by the cover among several other books.’
56.) Always back up what you have written to avoid losing it (emails, blogging, filing)
57.) Always review what you have written because when you know better or grow older, you will change some opinions that you have expressed in the past.
58.) Books don’t have to be in volumes but if you want one, make it interesting to read or consult!
59.) Don’t make your works look like the only authoritative materials on subjects.
60.) Never write to compete except it’s an essay. Write to express your mind!

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