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With so much writing advice freely available, how do you know what advice to take? You could try lots of different tips and tricks and see what works for you, or you could simply look at this list of the very best, which is heavily researched and absolutely definitive.
Top 10 Pieces of Writing Advice
10. Keep a journal. Whether it’s a diary or morning pages, journaling is like calisthenics for your brain. It’s a low-stakes method to flex your creative muscles, as well as a wonderful excuse to buy fancy notebooks and pens.
9. Read your work out loud. You’ll be amazed how many mistakes you catch this way. Reading your work aloud engages a different part of your brain, the part that cringes at the sound of your own voice.
8. Get comfortable with rejection. If you submit your work, it’s going to get rejected. Remember that this is not a commentary on you personally; it merely illustrates the reality that readers of that editor’s publication will not pay to read derivative crap from authors like yourself. Framing it like this numbs the sting, doesn’t it?
7. The BIC Method. I’m a big fan of the Butt In Chair method of writing—just sit your butt down and write!—because sitting down rules, and it makes the daily torture of writing more tolerable. If you’re in the same spot every day, the muse will know where to find you, at which point you can give her a piece of your mind about the lousy ideas she’s been pitching lately.
6. Wake up early. Nothing beats waking up at 5 a.m. for some quiet, solitary writing time! Whether you bang out 3,000 words, or fall asleep at your keyboard after barely a paragraph, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing your work is done. Now the rest of the day belongs to you (and also your boss, spouse, and kids, but whatever).