5 Tips to Become a Better Writer

As writers, everyone of us spend countless hours online looking for information about writing, about a new author, a new book that’s just been released and sometimes there are those writers who are in our own circles online and we may not realize the extent of their writing career.

Sometimes we are so busy trying to carve out our own presence online that we may overlook the teachings of those who have already experienced the hard road and have finally made a name for themselves and happy to share with us. 

I am proud to put this guest post up on my blog.  He’s been through a lot in his career, written many, many books and living the life he wants to live while “Blogging From Paradise.”

Please welcome, Ryan Biddulph and I thank you Ryan for your guest post. 


5 Tips to Become a Better Writer

The boldest move of my writing career happened the day I decided to write my first eBook.
 
Who cares that it sold 4 copies in 4 months?
 
I titled it “The Blogging Manifesto.”
 
Seemed like a big time dud but deciding to self-publish my first eBook led the way to me writing and self-publishing 126 eBooks under the Blogging From Paradise name.
 
I have sold more than 4 eBooks from these 126 reads. I promise.
 
I have sold over 1000 audio books alone through iTunes, Amazon and Audible all because I decided to be a writer, not just a blogger.
 
Blogging rocks. But if you want to become a writer you need to branch out from just writing and promoting blog posts toward a comprehensive approach to develop your writing skills.
 
Follow these 5 tips to rock out your writing game.
 
1: Write 1000 Words Daily for Practice
 
I write 1000 to 5000 words daily between my guest posts and blog comments.
 
I suggest you write 1000 words daily in a Word document to become a better writer.
 
Practice in private. Succeed on the big stage.
 
This is the only tip you *really* need to follow to improve your writing skills.
 
2: Read Fiction
 
I read fiction for 30 minutes prior to beddy bye to stoke my already vivid imagination.
 
My authors of choice: James Patterson, Lee Child, George R.R. Martin.
 
Brilliant fiction authors teach you the art of storytelling. Reading accomplished authors exposes you to the world’s greatest authors, helping you become a more skilled writer through osmosis.
 
3: Self-Publish
 
Stop sitting on the self-publishing fence.
 
Self-publish your first eBook today.
 
Write and self-publish your first eBook on Amazon Kindle. Go live. Ship.
 
Nothing accelerates your writing success like receiving 5 star reviews and nothing gives you greater clarity in your writing abilities than receiving a 1 star review.
 
Praise can help to lift you up.
 
Criticism can help draw out your negative, constricting, limiting beliefs you never knew existed.
 
Before I saw criticism as a projection (tip 4) I would feel angry, embarrassed, annoyed or ashamed after receiving criticism. Turns out these critics drew out the negative feelings I needed to face, embrace and release to become a more accomplished blogger.

4: See Criticism as Projection Not Needed for Perfection
 
I recall receiving one of my first genuine, dyed in the wool, biting, sarcastic reviews.
 
I laughed. Out loud.
 
Seriously; I howled after reading the review. I don’t take myself too seriously. I viewed the terrible review as being pretty funny.
 
I also know that criticism is a projection. Meaning that criticism says everything about the critic and nothing about you.
 
How they see the world and themselves has nothing to do with your writing ability.
 
Some authors need feedback like they need air. Like if they received enough helpful criticism that they could become perfectly successful authors.
 
Not me.
 
I see feedback or criticism as the projection of an individual. Their projection may help me but I would never allow their terrible view of self to infect my writing clarity and confidence.
 
5: Write How *You* Write
 
I make writing purists cringe but readers can spot my guest posts from a mile away.
 
Because I write how I write.
 
My eBook on how to find your writing voice is the highest rated eBook in its category on Amazon. All 48 reviews are 5 star reviews.
 
Why?
 
I give writers permission to be great even if their delivery is less than polished.
 
Steven King may be a finished, refined, writing genius. But “simple as pie” author James Patterson has also sold hundreds of millions of books with his own writing style.
 
Be at peace with how you write. Look to authors for inspiration but mimic no one.
 
Your Turn
 

What tips can you add to this list? How are you becoming a better writer?

(c) Copyright 2017 – Ryan Biddulph

Be sure to take a look at some of Ryan’s books and audio books and see which one or more would be perfect to help you in your blogging struggles.

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10 comments on “5 Tips to Become a Better Writer

  1. Monna thanks so much!
    Ryan Biddulph recently posted…14 Successful Bloggers To FollowMy Profile

  2. Hi Monna and Ryan. Great post, Ryan. This is actually something I’ve been working on this week after reading another ebook… This post just reinforces to me the importance of finding your own voice.

    I agree that we have to write a lot to do that. It’s great practice and it helps us to start focus on what is important for us to write about, and for the people we are looking to share it with. Thanks for your tips.
    BG Jenkins recently posted…Lost Forever In The W.W.W.My Profile

  3. I 100% agree with you, Ryan.

    Monna, I am happy you are “moving up” in the blogosphere! 🙂

    Writing is a form of art for many people. The cool thing is that nowadays ANYONE can become a self-published author.

    That is why I started offering my 4th service on Wording Well!

    So far, I have helped a lawyer publish a book, a blogger publish an e-book, and a blind blogger publish 2 books (and am working on his 3rd)!

  4. Hi Ryan and Monna,

    I love this. I wasn’t guessing when I said that Ryan appeared in over 80% of all the blogs I visited. But what’s amazing is that he always have something special to share.

    Yeah, conditioning your mind to sit and write is a discipline we must learn to cultivate it.

    Thanks

    Emenike
    Emenike Emmanuel recently posted…How Do I Get Blog Post Ideas That Are Search Engine Friendly?My Profile

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