Become a Writer – 4 Quick Tips to Help You

Do you classify yourself as a writer?

After-all, what is a writer?

This is one of my occasional articles about writing, if you have a blog believe it or not you are a writer.  You might not be Stephen King or William Shakespeare, but you are a writer and be proud of it!

I myself am no great writer, although a Brit I struggle to write good English.

So read on and here goes…

Have Your Own Voice as a Writer

You may have to make changes in various ways you write depending on your article but none of this should inhibit the inherent “you-ness” of what you write. Never try to adopt someone else voice or style even if it appears to be better than your own.  Nobody is better at being you than you!

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

Oscar Wilde

Write for your Audience

You need to be able to write for yTypewriter as a writerour audience not yourself. If you write something that means nothing to your audience, does it have any merit?

You could argue it does if you are doing it for yourself, but if you want to attract a following it must appeal to who you want your audience to be.

You can wear what you like linguistically or sartorially when you’re at home or with friends, but most people accept the need to smarten up under some circumstances.

Stephen Fry

Determine your “So What?”

So what?

That is the reason you have this urge to write something, there must be some purpose to what you write. Make sure you understand your “So what” so when you write your readers will understand your “So what”.

If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.

Toni Morrison

Be Deliberate About your Format when a Writer

This is easy, determine your format, are you writing “War and Peace” or “Thomas the Tank Engine”. There are poems and short stories. Tweets and feature-length films. Articles and cartoons. One-acts and puppet shows.

Choose a format that works for you and stick to it, you can build from there.

Prose is architecture, not interior decoration.

– Ernest Hemingway

Over to You

I hope you enjoy this article and perhaps it gave you some inspiration!

Please leave a comment with your thoughts and share with your community on social media.

If you want to read a great book on writing you might want to check out Stephen King’s On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft

14 Replies to “Become a Writer – 4 Quick Tips to Help You”

  1. I love the Ernest Hemingway quote. I think you have to work out what posts your readers like best by the comments and how many shares and views etc. If this is the audience that you want then write more like this. If not then you need to adapt.

  2. Hi Andy, Great tips. You’ve certainly given me something to consider. I agree we all have to have our own voice and that we should know what to write about. I considered as much about the format. I guess I better consider it. Thanks so much for these tips. They are quite useful.

  3. Hi Andy,

    Great tips for me because there is always improvement for writing skills. I’m not a writer per se, but a blogger and that takes many skills.

    I do have to pay more attention to my format…sometimes I go all over the place lol. I would like to incorporate more story telling in my posts..something I’m working on.


  4. Hi Andy,

    Any topic on writing, I have to rush to see what it’s about. I agree and in fact I wrote a post quite a while back about when someone told me, “I blog but I’m not a writer.” I agree with you 100%, if you blog you most definitely are a writer.

    Thanks for sharing such a good article.

  5. It’s so true we need to write in our own voice. Too often we think we have to do what everyone else is doing, but then it doesn’t stand out — we don’t brand ourselves, because our voice is like all the others.

    By the way, I just read Stephen King’s book, On Writing — and I love it! I’ve only read one of his fiction books, because I’m not into his genre of writing. But his book about writing is GREAT!

  6. Hi Andy,

    First time on your site and I really enjoyed this post. I especially love the Oscar Wilde quote. I’m a firm believer in “being yourself”.

    Thanks for the inspiration.


  7. Hi Andy,
    Like the posts you’ve been sharing about writing … I hated writing in college and I have learned to be a better writer on the internet! LOL … great tips and information. I believe there is an audience for everyone – they just have to find you …

  8. Liked the post about writing as I can relate ,being a person who writes for several blogs.
    As I writer I write for my audience who mostly are marketers and bloggers.
    Love the Oscar Wilde quote – Be the best you – everyone else is taken, I think it was.
    I loved my English classes the best, as I really liked writing. I was able to express
    myself better in text than in person I guess. So me.
    Thanks for the great post.

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