We all learn the alphabet, but everybody has struggled with writing before. My first tip for writing is to make it as effortless as possible.
Write about something you know. Write about something you’re passionate about. Write about something that you want to say more about than the word limit permits.
When you write about something that’s effortless for you, the reader also can read what you wrote effortlessly.
Make sure you are in a good place when you are writing. Some of us are empaths! Some people say we are all empaths in a way.
We can feel how you were feeling when you were writing. So make sure you had your breakfast and you are wearing your warmest sweatshirt in the cool fall air at your laptop.
Writing can seem like a chore in some contexts, but if you feel good about the writing process, we can feel that as well.
Does it help you to make an outline first? Pull quotes? Sometimes even a simple list of things you want to include can make writing feel more like a cathartic exercise of emoting than pulling teeth.
While you are writing, make sure you know the end goal. Who are you writing for? What will make the reader happy? What will make you happy?
If you are writing for school, know your teacher or professor. Yes, it’s fun to write literally whatever you want, right? No. You want a good grade. Save it for your diary.
If you want to write professionally, sometimes it’s harder to know what the editor wants because it’s not like you are taking their class.
Try being familiar with the publication. What have they published before? Try a similar topic, aim to have a similar writing style, and try to make your word count and paragraphs the same length that they usually publish.
What if I’m a revolutionary type? What if I want to write things that have never been written before? This is a tricky topic.
To some extent, everything everybody writes is something that has never been published before. No two pieces of writing have the same words in the same order.
I would say be prepared for lots of rejection, but even the most lame cookie cutter writers face a lot of rejection as well.
Personally, I think something that could help an innovative voice take hold today is a dedicated brand mentality.
Let’s say you invented your own kind of poetry, like the lines in the stanzas rhyming at the beginning instead of at the end. Don’t just submit them to poetry publications!
Put your unique poetry on Facebook and write shorter ones for Twitter. Read them out loud on Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok.
Come up with a stage name for yourself. Come up with a name for your unique poetry genre, like prime rhyming.
A sign of a good professional is somebody who can teach in addition to doing it themselves. Reveal your creative process and encourage other people to try your poetry style out as well!