Best Writer Habits | Writing Tips

Best Writer Habits | Writing Tips

Being a better writer is hard, but there are things everyone can do to make it easier. Here’s 5 ways to start…
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which you can look to my name's cam and I'm here today with another writing said video today I'm going to be talking to you about some habits that you might want to get yourself into that can actually make you a better writer today I'm talking about some habits that you as a writer might want to try and get yourself into that may actually improve your writing and how your writing is perceived down the line it's all pretty simple stuff and none of it's written in stone so you can take this video with a grain of salt if you really want to but I do think each of these five things is worth at least entertaining give them a try and see if they work if they don't they don't if they do then the first one I want to touch on is a bit of a tricky one to say because this goes in two extremes and it's something that I'm sure you'll see in almost every writing tip video or every writer on YouTube is probably spoken about at some point and it usually goes to two extremes there's either a they'll tell you you should be writing every day or B they'll say just write whenever you feel like it and while there's merit behind both of these ideas I really don't think you should be applying yourself to either of those things 100% in fact I would say the best thing to do would be to bring them together and try and find a healthy balance C on the one hand you've got people saying you should be writing every day which does have a bit of weight behind it because you should be applying yourself to do as much writing as possible even when you don't feel like you should be but writing every day in itself is a bit of an extreme because if you do that then you're just setting yourself up for disappointment if on a certain day you aren't physically not able to do it and that disappointment can actually impact your writing in a negative way but then on the other hand you've got people let's say only right when you feel like it and see I have a big problem with people who tell other writers to do this because that just sets up the president for being able to make excuses it's a bit of a cop-out so when I say bringing these things together what I mean is if I was to put it in in a phrase I would say don't make excuses not to write you should be big enough and clever enough to know if you are able to do some writing that day and what you should be really trying to apply yourself with is that you shouldn't be making excuses not to do it you see I find lots of writers who say you know I just don't at the time while I'm just not feeling like it today and they're making excuses and they give themselves the idea that you should only write it when you 100% feel like writing because that's when the best writing is going to be done and while sometimes that might be true as a whole it's just not some of the best writing that I've done has been done when I forced myself to do it and here's the thing if you are a writer whether you do it as a hobby or whether you are aiming for a career in writing don't feel like if there's a day where you don't want to write that doesn't make you a good writer everyone who has a passion about something has had a point where they don't want to do that something it's just a fact of life it's human nature but if you don't force yourself to first through that through that wall and do some writing when you don't feel like writing it's going to take you forever to finish a book you're ruling out the possibility of doing really great writing that you could have done if you forced yourself to do some writing that's the thing so ya find a healthy balance you don't have to write every day but don't make excuses not to write number two is read often and this is another one you've probably been told to death and it's probably something that I'm assuming you already do but it is worth mentioning and these five students end of the day it's just a good habit hat if you read a lot and to take this further I would say if you're writing a story in a certain genre do a lot of reading inside that genre heck even watch movies or shows within that genre because what this does is you're going to they're going to notice things that you can identify as tropes that you can actually avoid putting into your writing and you're going to identify things that make good points in that genre that you can include in your writing so other than reading a lot just being a good way of increasing your vocabulary and strengthening your use of grammar it is actually a good way to develop your skills in that genre as well now number three number three is probably the trickiest one but it is also one of the most important things and this is seek criticism and the reason I put it like this is because as a writer you will have to show your work to someone before you actually you know publish it or release it to the wider public and those people inherently as human nature are going to feel conflicted about giving you negative criticism so when you give your writing to a beta reader or even if you're just giving a small portion of your writing for someone to give you an opinion on make sure you let them know that you are seeking criticism the person reading your work needs to know that they're doing you a favor by telling you things that could be changed or bettered in your writing now that's not to say that you have to apply their criticism to change your work if you feel that it's not exactly necessary but you should approach it with an open mind that's kind of a topic for another video but seek criticism you're going now to develop a thick skin of the writer it's just a fact of life there's going to be people that hate the stuff you write but it does make you feel better when you realize that's just a fact of life in that it's going to happen with absolutely everything we do even you as a person there are people that are just going to dislike you for things that most people love you for it's just it's just a thing the sooner you accept that the sooner you'll realize it's just it makes you better number four should be easy for you because you're doing it already watch other writers obviously the easiest way to do this is on YouTube and this is something that helped me a lot when I was doing my writing I would go and watch other writers do writing tip videos or talk about that books or unboxing books they've gotten from a publisher or from a publisher even if I felt like I didn't need those writing tips that they were giving me it does really motivate you to watch other writers if you're watching this I bet you've watched videos of other people unboxing their books their books from my create space or something and they filled that twinge of jealousy and that's a great thing you should user it's motivation but more importantly watching other writers can help you to again like my second point you can identify things to avoid doing or identify things that you should be doing and number five lastly is commit to being a writer now as I said before there's some people that do writing is just a hobby and they don't want a career in this so this probably won't apply so much to them but for the people that know in their heart they want to be a writer for the rest of their life and they want it as a career option this is really important for you I'm going to sound very tired Deepak Chopra very good self-help for a moment but you have to tell yourself I'm going to be a writer and I don't just mean looking yourself in the mirror and doing the mantra I mean really really sit down and save yourself I'm going to be a writer it's not that you need to believe that it's that you need to know it you need to absolutely 100% commit yourself to this idea I am going to be a writer that's what I did and it's it's honestly helps me and everything I do I feel like every decision I make in terms of my writing is working towards that goal with me being arrested because I'm going to be a writer I'm going to be commit yourself to that idea and you'll find this proper while you will begin to believe it and then after that you'll know it you will know deep down inside you you'll know on this surface you are going to be a writer anyway yeah that's it that that's five really good habits to get into for being a writer I know that wasn't a lot of jokes and gags in it but I had some points I really wanted to get across to you and I feel like I've done that good luck to everyone watching this video everyone who is working on something or has already done something and working on something else or is looking forward to working on something in the future happy writing and best of luck all my social media links are below you can check out some of my other videos and if you aren't already join the Wolfpack and subscribe if you like this video or found it helpful in any way show me some love give me a thumbs up if you're already in the wolf pack I'll see you in the next video catch us you

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  1. Don't write every day… but write as often as you can. 🙂 Which is what I have done since February. Half a year, wow. XD I've been writing almost every day since then. And I've gotten past 400 pages now. That's gonna be a lot more in pocket book size… :O For me, that's crazy. But I'm having so much fun! I try to write often, preferably every day, but not forcing myself. I try to write at least half a page. Sometimes I write 10 pages, sometimes, just a few lines. And I feel that that's ok, because I still wrote something. 🙂

  2. I write everyday but only after I have done everything I need to do so the time varies that I can write. A way I try to ensure I can write at least something is that when the stop writing go to sleep time comes around I just jot down any of the ideas I had planned for the next little bit like sentence starters and whatnot and go back to it the next day so it kinda flows more.

  3. The reason young writers are told to write every day, is to build up the writing "muscle" to make writing easier. Even writing crap is writing, and very often is just a primer to get the juices flowing so you can really write.

    Wouldn't a better mantra than, "I'm going to be a writer" be, "I am a writer?"

    Jon, a writer.

  4. I write every day but I am not working at the moment thus it probably makes it more easy. On average I clock in 35 hours a week of writing. 5 to 8 hours a day. I never thought this would happen but I just have to write.

  5. I write everyday, not because I think I necessarily have too, but because I love it. Sometimes I don't get much done (for example, I may write only one poem, short script for a skit, two pages on a novelette, or just notes for future projects), but other times I write ten pages. I think every writer needs to find a balance that works for them, and stick with it.

  6. Thanks man! For a moment I thought I was spending too much time watching videos like these. The forcing yourself to write tip is one I fully agree with! A lot of other people said the same and like you said, it has helped me improve my writing a LOT!

  7. I have idea for the next videos:
    -The "Show Don't Tell" rule
    -Ridding Purple Prose
    -Architecte and Gardener (Plotter and Pantser)
    -Research is important and there is no excuse for not doing it!
    -Litterature Vs Commercial: The difference
    -Is Poetry beneficial in writing

    I tend to self-criticism and can be a perfectionism. I writing to improve my French (my native language) and also putting idea into paper. It's pretty much an hobby AND studying the writing works (even if I am not in school anymore). Books are like teacher to me.

  8. I love love love that you mentioned finding a balance between writing everyday and only writing when you feel like it. It's taken me years to learn my balance and my "hybrid" take on these too.

    Also the last tip is how I got started on the first one. – love your videos !

    Sending writing vibes your way ✨

  9. The last tip is so true. With any creative industries there is almost no "start point". You have to put in all the work without recognition, praise or pay and you need that knowledge that you are working towards that goal and that you will get there. 🙂

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