Are you a newbie writer?
Welcome to the magical world of writing!
There’s ONE great thing about writing is: Whatever stage you’re at, you can keep improving your skills and honing your craft.
When it comes to writing – new writers and bloggers are always looking for the “Secret Advice.”
The good news?
I reached out to 58 of the expert writers, writing coaches, bloggers, and authors and asked them one question:
What’s your best writing advice for beginner writers?
And I added one of my own writing tips to make it 59. 😀
In your early days (or even months) as a writer, these writing tips should help you on your journey.
59 Expert Writing Tips
1. Tiffany Sun (Say Hi to her on Twitter)
That said, if you’re a new writer, don’t be afraid to show yourself. The world lacks real voices, so if you could stand out from everybody else who follows school rules, you get recognized faster.
2. Darius Foroux (Say Hi to him on Twitter)
My advice is to focus on quantity over quality. Too often, writers spend a lot of time on one piece of writing. That’s not necessary. The more you write, the better you become.
3. Nathan Ellering (Say Hi to him on Twitter)
For new writers, I’d recommend taking it one step at a time. Think of your favorite musician. Mine is Kirk Hammett from Metallica. I guarantee that guy didn’t pick up a guitar on day 1 and play the way he plays now. He played, he practiced, he worked to become as skilled as he is today.
With writing, you need to approach it the same way. Type something out. Publish it. Move on to the next piece. It’s the only way to build skills.
4. Meera Kothand (Say Hi to her on Twitter)
My advice for new writers: Think about your point of difference. As a writer, what can you bring to the table? Strive to awe your audience or give them a light bulb moment with your content. Your writing should make an impact.
Can you bring in humor effortlessly? Can you inspire a different point of view? Are you good at making technical pieces sound easy? Finding out what this is will not be easy. Writing every single day will bring you closer to discovering your strengths.
5. Anuradha Tiwari (Connect with her on LinkedIn)
It’s tempting to hit publish as soon as you finish writing. Make sure to always PROOFREAD – again and again, before submitting your article. This is something that will separate you from hobbyist writers.
6. Sam Hurley (Say Hi to him on Twitter)
Read as much as you can. And PRACTICE! My writing has come on leaps and bounds in the last few years because I do it all the time. With every single piece, I learn and improve. People learn in different ways, so you must discover what works best for you. Reading a lot of other blogs definitely helps, too. There are so many different styles you can grasp!
7. Zdravko Cvijetic (Say Hi to him on Twitter)
Write your articles in a way that it feels as if you are talking to a friend. Move from writing I, to You, and you will see a major increase in interaction with your readers, and results with your article. Aim to do at least of out these three things: entertain, give practical content, and inspire action. There are enough fluff pieces out there.
8. Alex Limberg (Say Hi to him on Twitter)
Just sit down and write as much as possible. It’s good to study some advice on the internet, but info can also get in your way quickly. That’s when learning theory serves as an excuse to procrastinate. After all, as long as you spend all of your time reading about writing instead of actually doing it, you can’t do anything wrong, right (ego at stake)?
So don’t fall for that trap. As long as you continue to write, you will continue to improve. So just sit down on your butt and do it!
9. Ryan Robinson (Say Hi to him on Twitter)
My advice to writers who are struggling to get focused blocks of writing done, is to schedule that time on your calendar. Physically make the time for it and then honor that commitment—power down your phone, avoid social media, just write.
If you’re too tired to write after a long day of work, wake up an hour earlier in the morning and use that time for writing. That’ll tell you how much you’re really committed to writing!
10. Robbie Richards (Say Hi to him on Twitter)
Start with a goal. Deliver value to your audience. And, most importantly, use writing as a vehicle to build your skills and connect with people who will continue to push you forward.
11. Yann Girard (Say Hi to him on Twitter)
It’s easy to hit that publish button for a great piece of work. And so much harder to hit that publish button for a not so great piece of work. It’s easy to fall for the trap of always having to deliver great work. It’s a trap because no one can constantly create great work.
As a matter of fact most of your work will be not so great. And that’s what will break most of us. The desire of only publishing great work.
12. Namrata Kashyap (Connect with her on LinkedIn)
This is the most important part of your blog as people will read it only once they open it.
So, always try to make the headline of your blog attractive and compelling enough for your audience. You can catch the interest of a more targeted audience if you go for specific topics.
Here are two things that you must keep in your mind while creating the headline: It should be catchy enough and must seem dedicated to providing value to the target audience.
13. Priyanka Desai (Connect with her on LinkedIn)
I often come across messages from writers that the client asked for a sample and they vanished after receiving the article.
For a writer, a lot of time and effort goes into writing an article. And if the writing style does not match with what the prospective customer is looking for, the piece goes in drain.
Write 2-3 articles about various topics and post them either on LinkedIn or Medium. This way, the clients can see the content samples and decided if they would want to work with the writer. It saves a lot of time for everyone involved.
14. Charu Mitra Dubey (Connect with her on LinkedIn)
Your first piece is always going to be the crappiest one. So don’t worry about it just keep writing. There will be many to point out your mistakes but never let them demotivate you. A writer isn’t a Grammar nazi but someone who knows how to deliver the right message to the right audience. And the more you write the more you understand how to touch the right chords.
15. Vagisha Arora (Connect with her on LinkedIn)
During the initial stages in writing, one should try experimenting with versatile styles of writing and build one’s expertise in one particular niche. Enhancing one’s visibility and marketing content across various social media channels is the next step to rise in the ladder.
16. Himani Kankaria (Connect with her on LinkedIn)
Being a new writer, you always want someone (a potential client) to notice your writing. Whether you’re a creative writer, marketing writer, or news writer, clients would automatically notice your work if you try to give them something more than what is expected.
If the blog was intended to inform an audience, inform them with examples. Whether you use storytelling or references as your examples, it’s up to you. It’s all about adding more value to your writing.
17. Michelle Laurey (Say Hi to her on Twitter)
Never start with a blank page. First, research and find inspiration to create a clear structure for your article. Then, for each section of your post, take out a focus keyword, and do your research again to pull out key points you want to cover. That way, your article will make sense and have a perfect flow.
18. Joe Peters (Say Hi to him on Twitter)
The best advice I received as a beginner freelance writer was – just ask! There are many blogs and websites that don’t openly state that they accept freelance writers’ contributions but are happy to publish well-written pieces if they fit their target audience. It’s a great way to build your writing portfolio and get your name in front of new audiences.
19. Hardik Lashkari (Connect with him on LinkedIn)
You’ll win the half battle the moment you develop processes and templates for managing writing. If you want to create high-quality content consistently without hampering other tasks like client handling, personal branding, editing, and personal stuff, focus on creating a process for each and everything.
20. Shreya Pattar (Connect with her on LinkedIn)
My best writing advice to all beginner writers: stop looking for advice.
As a beginner, you may be contacting established content writers to seek advice about starting out as a writer. This is not as helpful as you’d want it to be. At this point, you haven’t identified what aspects of writing you want to strengthen, so your questions tend to be vague (and unhelpful.)
So, instead of seeking advice, do your part — start writing. Write every day, keep practicing, commit to it. Then, after identifying EXACTLY what you need help with, approach other writers for advice. Just remember to take the first step on your own.
21. Ashi Singhal (Connect with her on LinkedIn)
When you’re beginning, don’t write to excel. Write to make your thoughts befriend words. That friendship will lead you to excellence.
Learn to write what you “think” without missing the trail of words. Learn to create initial drafts WITHOUT focusing much on grammar and vocabulary. Learn to write so as to really express yourself. While doing so, please don’t judge yourself.
In the later stages, bring the focus on parameters like target audience, USP, narrative, and other technicalities.
Take it easy, don’t get overwhelmed by comparisons, be consistent and gradually, the world of words will become your kingdom! 🙂
22. Sristhi Agarwal (connect with her on LinkedIn)
Readers have a pattern. Once they are past headline they would mostly read the introduction of the blog and immediately scroll to the conclusion.
Understanding this user behavior is crucial because this can be the very deciding factor for whether the user will visit again or not. Make use of this opportunity and craft the best introductions and summarize the conclusions. Introductions can be storytelling format, a question for the user, some groundbreaking stats, or personal experience.
Conclusions should justify the title. It must have the solution summarized because that’s what a user came for.
23. Vanshika Mehta (Connect with her On LinkedIn)
My advice to novice writers would be to write with a purpose. Writing is a very broad field and it is extremely hard to compete if you are a generalist.
When practicing, pick a domain and then work on that domain. Be the best in that domain. Be the best website copywriter. Be the best personal branding content writer. Be the best blog writer.
24. Chima mmeje (Connect with her on LinkedIn)
An engaged audience is more likely to take your call to action. But you can’t engage your audience if you write like a professor.
In the early days, I tried to impress with big grammar, but it only confused the few readers I had. My engagement levels increased as I simplified sentences, broke grammar rules, and wrote in a more conversational tone.
I’ll advise new writers not to overthink writing and to adopt a conversational tone in their copy.
25. Sayantan Sen (Connect with him on LinkedIn)
Choose a piece of writing you adore. Take your notebook and pen and copy the exact piece of writing word by word. If you keep doing this for at least 30 days straight, you’ll see a drastic improvement in your writing.
26. Jayashree T Rao (Connect with her on LinkedIn)
Initially, choose a niche that you are familiar with and motivates you to write. Later, you can write other kinds of articles. Remember to give valuable takeaway to your readers.
27. Krati Agarwal (Connect with her on LinkedIn)
Two things very important if you are just starting out in writing. Research and write, read more about the niche or topic you are targeting to write and the second thing is that write and publish on social media, collect feedbacks. Just imagining in your head is not a good idea. Go and execute. Use Grammarly if you have very poor grammar and lowering your confidence to publish.
28. Nidhi Chauhan (Connect with her on LinkedIn)
Don’t spend time on making your copy perfect. Imperfection has a beauty of its own. 🙂
29. Barnali Roy (Connect with her on LinkedIn)
My tips for newbie writers would be to read and read some more. And to practice writing daily, either through their own blog, or through LinkedIn posts, or through guest posting on the website.
30. Amrita Angappa (Connect with her on LinkedIn)
Any beginner should look into content writing as a way of office, rather than a job. They should try to understand the concept before they start writing. Then they should come up with creative ways to put forth their thoughts.
31. Aarushi Singh (Connect with her on LinkedIn)
Do whatever you have to do in the beginning to survive in the freelancing world. Take 3 months, or maybe even 6. But once you’ve built your portfolio and honed your skills, don’t look back!
32. Indrani Pudaruth (Connect with her on LinkedIn)
Bookish language, long sentences, and information only writing does not engage readers. It has to have some personal experience in a storytelling manner, with small sentences and easily read and understandable language.
Reading classics or informative books won’t help. Must read popular classics and go through comments to understand the common people’s language. We must remember we have children as an audience and they must also understand.
33. Raina Trivedi (Connect with her on LinkedIn)
Write as you talk. When we start out, we often write as we do for term papers. People don’t enjoy reading that. Be more conversational. Use the words commonly used by your target audience. Your writing should feel personable, not stiff. Use short simple sentences.
34. Abeer Ray (Connect with her on LinkedIn)
Write for your reader, not for the machine. Read twice the content that you have written. If you do not enjoy your written material, do not expect your reader to be interested in it either.
35. Chayanika Sen (Connect with her on LinkedIn)
Learn to be humble if you want to grow as a writer. Be ready to learn from everyone. Be open to feedback and criticism that matters. Finally remember, there is no shortcut to becoming a better writer other than being humble.
36. Mukti Masih (Connect with her on LinkedIn)
Don’t become a writer unless you have a command over the targetted language and you have a long-term plan in content writing. Most people today are driven by the coolness quotient of ‘writer life’ or ‘freelancer life’. I get writing samples from writers wanting work, whose samples are not grammatically correct – they all sound very ‘Wikipedia’ like. I feel they didn’t think it through.
37. Preetika Dwivedi (Connect with her on LinkedIn)
Keep things simple
You are not writing eloquent literary pieces. Your content is meant to be read and understood by a general audience. Use simple language which is easy to understand.
Make a Conversation
Write as though you’re having a conversation with the reader. This gives a personal touch to your write up and raises interest.
Read as much as you can. It will help you learn a lot and polish your skills. You won’t even realize but your writing will surely enhance.
38. Geethapriya Iyer (Connect with her on LinkedIn)
Follow the thumb rule of SEX
Now, that I have your attention let’s talk about Sex in content writing.
S – Simple: keep the content simple and easy to understand
E- Engaging: Make sure your content is engaging, not boring, and bland.
X – Xpressive: Make the content expressive by adding ingredients such as emotions, experiences, etc.
39. Abhijeet Kumar (Connect with him on LinkedIn)
I wished someone told me earlier that you should be good at spotting your mistakes. So, to those who are beginning as a writer, I would say write your content and then, listen to it. Either read it aloud or ask someone to do it for you. And if it doesn’t sound good, edit it mercilessly… And repeat.
40. Deepti Dani (Connect with her on LinkedIn)
The best piece of advice for beginner writers is… Begin writing. Just pick up your pen or open your laptop and start jotting down your thoughts. Thoughts are fickle and it doesn’t take much effort for them to escape your mind. It takes a lot more effort to retain them in your mind or lure them back to your mind.
Don’t bother about organizing your writing – FIRST, write down, and then work on the polishing. The added advantage is that it also results in a clearer copy for your audience.
41. Ankita Tripathi (Connect with her on LinkedIn)
Stay updated with writing techniques, focus on your language and grammar and what you are bringing to the table, and if nothing else, be a part of a community where you get to preach and learn what/why/how other writers are doing or have done. Because in a sea of whales you don’t want to be just another fish.
42. Shweta (Connect with her on LinkedIn)
Whether you have a client or not, practice writing every single day. Get into a writing routine early on. Even if it is writing just 15 minutes or 200-300 days a day. It helps your writing muscles get into the habit. So that when you have a client, you are not “unable” to write. You can write a social media post, a blog, or simply an entry in your journal.
43. Dhwani Sangani (Connect with her on LinkedIn)
To give that one tip to writers sounds a bit eerie to me because you know there are so many other things related to it. But, yes my one tip would be, be unapologetically you while writing. If you don’t resonate with it, don’t write. At the end of the day, sleeping well is more important than earning well.
Start writing the moment a thought strikes up and just go on. Some of my best pieces of writing were created with only one thought followed by lots of words. Try this hack and I bet you’ll be surprised.
44. Manu Mathur (Connect with him on LinkedIn)
Read more to improve your vocabulary and grammar usage. “Word Power Made Easy” by Normal Lewis is one book that I would recommend you here. So, do give it a read. Whatever you learn, make it a practice to implement it. Make mistakes only to learn and improve. However, ensure you aren’t committing the same mistakes again and again.
45. Sona Sherawat (Connect with her on LinkedIn)
To write something better, you must read something better. Good writing is a combination of constant reading and practice of your writing skills. Writing is not a mere right grammar. Listen to your heart and try to recognize what it is saying. Connect the pen to the string of your heart and create something novel. This is the mantra of connecting to the soul of your readers.
46. Akshaya Chandramouli (Connect with her on LinkedIn)
Experiment and experiment with a LOT of niches before you settle on one. As writers, I think it is very important to understand what you enjoy writing and what you don’t.
47. Divya Agrawal (Connect with her on LinkedIn)
No one dictates your work schedule, when you take calls, your deadlines, and your worth. Period. You became a freelance writer to work on your own terms and there is no reason why you should give that control to someone else.
You are your own boss and responsible as well as free to choose everything right from what projects you want to take on to what the timelines will be and how you will charge for them. Don’t let anyone else decide any of this for you.
48. Akancha Tripathi (Connect with her on LinkedIn)
As a beginner, I had struggled to find projects because I didn’t know how to market my content well, but guest blogging paved the path for me. My advice to beginner writers is- ‘Start guest blogging’.
Guest blogging is writing for online publications with high authority. It helps you show your knowledge and skills to your prospects while you also earn a few publications under your name.
49. Shruti Kaushik (Connect with her on LinkedIn)
Choose a niche. You won’t realize this right now since money will seduce you. But later you will feel scattered in your thought process and even in your work style.
Don’t do that. Pick a card, and play around it. Specialty is always paid generously.
50. Harneet Kaur (Connect with her on LinkedIn)
Writer’s block is a part of every writer’s life. There is no need to panic or stress yourself. Enjoy the period by indulging yourself in things that you normally don’t get time for.
Make Grammar your best friend.
Always write, read, edit. Repeat. You will see the number of silly mistakes you made in your first attempt.
Keeping your target audience in mind is important. However, do not forget to connect yourself with your content. It is a disaster when you fail to answer the questions that were stirred in the minds of the reader by your content only.
51. Anand S. Kolluri (Connect with him on LinkedIn)
When you sit down to write, make sure that you have the best environment that you can put together, you’re comfortable, and you have a plan. Don’t forget that the more than you plan, the more that you will be able to write. Even though there will still be rewriting to do, don’t worry.
The main thing you need to remember is that if you have the passion for the subject, and enjoy what you do, then you can do well.
52. Ruchi Jaju (Connect with her on LinkedIn)
Create a good LinkedIn profile and identify established writers on the platform. Follow them and engage with their content.
Post your content on LinkedIn and put out thoughtful and value-added comments. That is one of the best tools that you can use to gain traction on the platform. It opens up channels for you to learn and network as a beginner.
53. Princy Lalawat (Connect with her on LinkedIn)
Start with something. It doesn’t matter if your idea is small or huge, starting matters. Write your heart out and that’s how you could feel the words flow in your write up.
54. Mitali Rawal (Connect with her on LinkedIn)
Write first for yourself. The writing journey starts within and then you can scale it for the outside world.
When writing for clients, think for the audience for whom it’s meant for, write to help them, not to show off, or for search engines. The results will follow automatically.
55. Aaina Chopra (Connect with her on LinkedIn)
For all those who have just embarked on the writing journey- More often than not, whenever you will come up with your first draft, it might make you cringe.
Frequently enough, a strong pang of “I am not good enough” might suddenly engulf you and you may find yourself getting drowned in the feelings of self-doubt and inadequacy. All this might leave you second-guessing yourself on your skills as a writer. In instances like these, here is what you got to do- You need to stop paying heed to this negative inner monologue and not let it hold any sway over you.
You need to tell yourself, “There is no such thing as good first drafts. All first drafts are meant to be shoddy which can be fixed later. Nobody gets it right the first time. Every brilliant piece of writing that you see was edited umpteen times before it was deemed “brilliant.”
So stop fretting and keep writing your way to the masterpiece you were born to write.
56. Simran Doshi (Connect with her on LinkedIn)
Understand your reader before writing. You may write your best piece with high fancy-schmancy terminology, but if the reader can’t understand it, the writing loses its purpose. Write for the readers.
57. Protima Tiwary (Connect with her on LinkedIn)
Stop worrying about what people will think- you need to write for yourself and then move on to writing for others. Learning to love your skill will help you get better at it. Read more if you wish to be a better writer. Stop worrying about rejection- and in case your work is not approved, ask for feedback that helps you understand where you need to improve.
58. Meenakshi Aggarwal (Connect with her on LinkedIn)
Write. Write whatever comes to your mind. Write whatever you feel like. Write uncensored. Love what you write and everything else will fall in place. Just remember you don’t have to write the birds and the bees saga but a Netflix original.
59. Pawan Kumar (Connect with him on LinkedIn)
Create an Outline. I REALLY find this strategy effective. Creating an outline can make your writing easy and effective. Short sentences and paragraphs make the content digestible and readable. Avoid the BIG paragraphs. Go for the 2-3 sentences long paragraphs.
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