6 Writers’ Tips To Level Up Your Game And Start Writing Like A Pro

Back in college, I used to have a poster that quoted my favorite, Dr. Seuss. It said in loud bold and varying letters: Why FIT in when you were born to STAND OUT!

Fast forward ten years and I am visualizing that same poster and it hit me – how do I stand out now with my writing skills? Last month, WordPress stats showed almost 74 million blogs published! That’s about 2.4 million blogs per day! 71% of that is in English, meaning about 1.7 million English blogs got published per day in December 2016! For the same month, I published a grand total of 20 blogs – drowned out in almost 20 million! And the ocean is getting wider and bigger. So Dr. Seuss, help me stand out the way I was born to stand out!

Luckily, I’ve gotten better and learned a few writers’ tips and tricks here and there. One thing I learned: you need to create stunning, no, sensational blog posts! Let’s start!

  1. Have a big, no, great plan!

Like all great buildings, they started with a great plan – floor plan, structural plan, etc. Same with your post. Ask these questions:

  • Know the reasons why you get visitors to your site.
  • What can you do to attract more readers?
  • How can you make them stay longer and keep coming back to see your new posts?
  • How can you increase blog traffic with proper distribution?

These are just some of the questions you need answered in addition to the usual extensive research to ensure the accuracy of your details.

While architects use tracing paper, writers can use some useful planning apps to keep all those valuable info handy and readily available to you. Apps like Evernote and Google Docs are two of my favorites.

  1. Think of a killer, no, fierce title!

Some writers think of a title (or a current song) first and then go write around it. But the good ones think of the title last and after the final draft has been made. Why? Because it’s difficult to think about a killer or fierce title that will get your audience’s attention.

There is such a thing as the 30 second rule where in you have about 30 seconds to hook your readers and keep them reading until the bottom of the page or next page. Don’t waste those 30 seconds with a boring title wherein they ignore your article after reading your non-killer title.

Use the 70 character limitation set by Google. If it’s too long, they will dismiss it. If it’s too short, it may not have that hooking effect.

See these two titles:

  • Useful Ways To Increase Blog Traffic
  • How My Google+ Traffic Shot Up 850%

Which of the two is more likely to get clicked? Of course, the one that can relate to you. Something that will attract the reader solely because he might just be able to increase his own blog traffic even by half of that.

  1. Write really quality, no, excellent content!

They say Content is King. I say Content is Ace! In poker the highest ranked card is not the King but the Ace. And content should be Ace.

We all love a good story and it’s not in the number of words, it’s always the story and how you tell it. Some people are good at telling a story verbally and you can laugh at his joke because he can deliver it perfectly with perfect timing of the punchline. But not all writers can do that and have the same hilarious effect. All because of poor delivery of great content.

Divide your article into different parts to make use of the H1, H2, etc. headings. This will give the readers a chance to breathe between topics and not see a wall of letters, words and sentences. It’s very straining to the eyes, too.

Now your excellent content might still not go viral. Well, you can add a few call-to-action questions or orders. An example is BuzzFeed’s headline that got 2.2 million views – “Why Are You Single?” It’s a subtle call to action to make single people find out why they are still single.

Tell me if you now know how to start that impeccable blog from the first to third advice.

  1. Be specific, no, precise!

It’s simple enough. Just go straight to the point. I’m talking about having vague and boring words and turning them into specific yet interesting ones. For example:

She arrived home and ate her dinner.

Boring. Now make it more specific:

She tumbled into her apartment, plopped the TV dinner into the microwave, then cuddled into her sofa and watched Seinfeld.

Now apply it onto your website content. Instead of giving out vague activities, write about your clients’ successes and relate it to your audience.

Like saying, “The ‘Corner Bakery’ doubled their revenue after signing up with my program.”

Target what your reader’s needs. So tell them that you will “create a 2-phase business plan that you can use within a month.”

See the specificity?

#5 Use attractive, no, captivating imagery!

If words fail you, use imagery! The human eye is naturally attracted to pictures and moving images as compared to just mere words. Use many easy-to-use image apps available like SlideShare, Flickr and YouTube. For sure the bounce rates will be lower and readers will stay on the page longer.

We can all be proud writers, but alas, sometimes images are mightier than the pen.

#6 End with a bang, no, a roar!

It’s all about the ending, isn’t it? The difference between a good book and a great one sometimes depends on how the story ends. You could build up momentum with the body of your content but if the ending doesn’t go out with a bang, it ends with a whimper. Tsk tsk.

Your summary or conclusion should tell what the whole article is all about. And it should create a loud roaring noise. After that, make sure you give your readers 1.) A call to action and 2.) A chance to voice out their opinions and reactions to your blog post. So provide a comment or feedback form. Who knows, you might be able to improve on your writing or get ideas for your next post. Whatever the reason, it’s a great way for you to interact with your readers, just make sure you reply to each one.

It’s your turn now

These 6 suggestions are writers’ tips that are quite simple but the effects are massive! Remember why you started your blog or your website in the first place – because you have an idea to sell and a solution to offer your readers.

Do you have other suggestions for upping that already A-game of a skill you call writing? Send us your feedback! Let’s discuss it over coffee!

Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid When Writing Your 2017 Content

It’s 2017, a new year to do what we all love to do – writing! It can either be the same non-compelling stuff like in the past years or it can move many levels up this year just by simply avoiding these top ten writing mistakes when you do your 2017 content.

So let’s count them down:

#10

Stop repeating the same things

Who likes listening to a broken record? No one! So make sure your article doesn’t dwell on a particular topic repeatedly all throughout. It’s like beating around the bush without actually hitting the target! Once you’ve already expounded in one part of your entire article, there’s no need to say the same things again.

The opposite, is covering too many topics in one article or page. You now drown your audience with too much information. They say too many cooks spoil the broth? Well, some people just might not be able to handle too many topics. So don’t dwell and drown!

#9

Never plagiarize

Copying text because of laziness is a big no-no in our industry. And Google knows this very well. Create your own content; it’s what you do best anyway. You can always put quotes with the proper links if you need to. Just don’t duplicate content from other websites. The consequences are fatal!

#8

Avoid half-baked research

We all know that research is very important when creating and developing our content. Remember, good research produces great content. Half-baked ones produce, well, undercooked content that no one wants to touch.

#7

Avoid having too many errors

There are so many grammarians out there that will get ticked off by the mere sight of a wrong verb or a misplaced modifier. But even the non-stickler for correct grammar will be irritated if there are just too many sentence errors, syntax errors, punctuation errors and typos.

Sometimes, we feel like giving emphasis on a certain word or phrase that we want to use a bold or italic font. It will get annoying if there are just too many bolded words in plain sight. Bold only the truly important ones.

#6

Avoid making lame headlines

This year, put a little more effort in creating a better attention-grabbing, second look-attracting headline. I always try to make my headlines funny or witty or current. Puns are very useful and might just get readers into reading on to the body of your article.

#5

Don’t ignore the numbers

If you hate math, then you’re in luck because that’s not the kind of numbers we are talking about. When writing, we need to know the effects of our efforts in writing, using SEO, promoting, etc. These can all be seen by the use of metrics and analytics. This is a fun type of math because numbers like traffic and bounce rates give us very useful data in knowing what our audience wants and how our audience is reacting to our page. In effect, you can do the appropriate changes to increase traffic and create better content.

#4

Don’t avoid SEO altogether

True writers write for the love of the craft, not for ranking or anything else. But let’s face it, SEO does help so we can’t entirely ignore the role it plays to get our 2017 content found, read and shared. In content marketing, SEO ranks first so keep the search engines buzzing with correct keywords that are not over-stuffed in your story. Good keyword research pays off, you’ll see.

#3

Not doing enough promoting on social platforms

If you rely only on the hands of Lady Luck to lure readers to your website, then you won’t get that many hits. Remember, writing is only half the job. The other half is getting it seen by promoting it on many popular social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc. If it’s a video, use YouTube. If it’s a PowerPoint presentation, try Slideshare. Promote your post on article directories like Hub Pages.

But be wise as to where to promote your blog. Once you know your target audience, you will be more discriminating as to which platform can best help you with your promotion.

#2

Not finding ways to become a better writer

A good writer won’t settle for what he’s already accomplished. Most likely, he will find ways to be a better writer than he was yesterday. He will always read on how to improve his writing style, make his own flair become distinct from the rest in the same niche. If you don’t strive to be unique, your writing will blend in among the millions of writers having the same type of voice as yours. It doesn’t hurt if you add a memorable experience, an embarrassing occasion, a hard lesson learned or a winning moment in your life. This doesn’t make you sound arrogant and aloof to your audience. It just makes you sound more human and relatable.

There are many sources of help out there so bucket-list some writing seminars and workshops this year.

#1

Don’t forget your audience

Knowing who your intended audience will be is very useful when you start typing your first sentence. If you write to an audience who won’t benefit from your article or website, then you’ve already wasted good content. If you write in a style that’s too much for your lowly non-PhD audience, then try to tone down the lofty words a bit. The same message can be conveyed in a way that’s easy to digest. And don’t dumb it down, unless you’re writing a children’s book.

In closing

We’re still in the first 10 days of the new year. There’s plenty of time to level up our game as writers when we do 2017 content. I’ve learned that becoming a good writer is a never-ending journey. It will never be satisfied as long as we have an appetite for good quality and honest-to-goodness content.

All I Want For New Year Is – Better Writing Skills

If you’ve been writing for as long as I have, chances are you’ve heard so many tips and different advice on how to improve your writing, or how to become a compelling and Nobel and Pulitzer Prize worthy writer. You’ve been there, done that a million times. But if you’re like me, who’s never satisfied at her own capabilities and is always hungry for more honing skills and thirsty for more expert advice, then chances are, your Christmas wish and New Year’s resolution involves around becoming a better writer. What then can be considered some writers’ tips 2017? Cheer up, the year has just begun and there’s so much room for improvement.

Time-tested battle-weary tips for years to come

Alas, luck has nothing to do with being a great writer. The famous ones underwent a ton of training, read a millions texts, wrote hundreds of rejected drafts and had several sleepless nights before coming up with a piece worthy of reading. In other words, it was never easy and there are no short cuts, no easy fixes.

Let’s see what we can use as writers’ tips 2017 and maybe words will flow right out of your typing hands sooner than you think.

  1. Read, read then read some more

Reading a whole lot can help our brain pick up pieces of writing styles, vocabulary, bits of new information and other handy data from here and there. You get to read something that was thought-provoking or something you feel attached to or emotional about, some method of phrasing ideas that you find interesting. Read books about writing too. It all adds up to one giant database from which you can create your own style or emulate a favorite author’s way of presenting a story from start to finish. Read the great ones, the great once and the not-so-great ones. They all have lessons you can learn from.

  1. Write, write and then write some more

Like a good basketball player who makes free throws, he can only get better with more basketballs he throws. Same with writing. Just keep writing about anything and everything you can think of. Use different styles. Experiment with different approaches in your introductions, your body and your endings. Eventually, you will have your own distinct way of putting words together. Just never stop writing. Am I sounding like a broken record? Then, follow Dory and just keep writing.

  1. Join clubs and attend workshops

Don’t ever believe that you’re done with seminars. All of us will never be done with some form of workshop or seminar that can keep us updated with trends, information and industry buzz. These writing clubs and workshops are a juicy source of writing experts with far more knowledge that you already have and that you could always use in the future or start following as your own. Always be on the lookout for those that offer new ways of creating better web content or copywriting advice.

  1. Feed your audience’s hunger

If you’re concentrating on a certain niche, create content that’s doing its job – feeding the right audience. Get to know what they want before you churn out content that’s serving the wrong type of readers. We don’t want all those pieces of the content puzzle filled with words going through the wrong sets of eyes. Once you’ve come up with the plan on what to write about to your audience, the rest will be quite easy and you, in effect become an instant mini-expert.

  1. Finally, seek advice from the experts

Get expert help. Even the best writers have their go-to persons to ask for help or simply get a few insights from. And it won’t hurt their egos one tiny bit by asking. We need a constructive criticizer, a content basher, a trusty grammar maniac or a human walking dictionary to catch whatever you might have overlooked.

Conclusion

The New Year has arrived. Let’s all focus our resolutions to one main goal: becoming better writers. The content world needs better writers – in whatever way you perceive the word “better.” This year, take heed of these five useful writers’ tips 2017. And if you’re still having doubts about your writing skills, take the advice of Rainer Maria Rilke who said “Don’t ask me about being a writer. If when you wake up in the morning, you can think of nothing but writing, then you’re a writer.”

So be a good one and cheers to 2017!

What Writers Can Learn From Three Authors Who Left Us In 2016

German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer once said: “Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things.”

We lost so many good authors in 2016 and people of the literary world mourned their deaths. This year, we were forced to bid farewell to some of the brightest ones we’ve ever had. Let’s have a look-see at these authors who’ve contributed a great deal of knowledge and inspiration to writers in the content world.

 

Umberto Eco

(January 5, 1932 – February 19, 2016)

 

Umberto Eco was an Italian author, critic and literary theorist, most notoriously known for his classic mystery novel “The Name of the Rose.” Now how can 1.) a mystery novel, 2.) set in medieval times, and 3.) with monks as detectives become a classic and sell millions? You’d be surprised at how Eco was able to weave in these three factors and add to it a religious theme and a winding journey of symbology. No wonder, books like The Da Vinci Code and documentaries about the Knights Templars seem to draw audiences to this mysterious enigma to what the truth holds and answer the dreaded questions about the church. Eco himself would describe his millions of reading fans as masochists, meaning they tortured themselves into wanting more of his brand of confusion. And Eco was a master torturer. But people around his literary circle would admit that Eco was not only a great author, he was also a very lively person. He had a certain humor around him.

One of the most memorable lessons that writers can learn from Eco’s style of writing is that we should never rush our work. We may not all be novelists but we all have an article, essay or eBook that we’ve done and can be proud of. What Eco is trying to say is that we need to take time with these “literary masterpieces” in his case, his books. Why? Because for him, writers who publish on a regular basis like clockwork lose the pleasure in telling a wonderful story. His best advice and something all writers can relate to and should follow: “Go step by step, don’t pretend immediately to receive the Nobel Prize, because that kills a literary career.”

 

Elie Wiesel

(September 30, 1928 – July 2, 2016)

 

1c125f8107fa8d743065234384042b09Elie Wiesel was no stranger in the literary world. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986 and is most famous for his autobiographical novel “Night.” This is a distressing description of Wiesel’s days during the Holocaust and in that ever-famously grim Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. He tells of how the men and women were separated and so he and his father were thrown in one ghetto while his mother and three sisters were placed in another. At the tender age of 10, he witnessed how World War II began and was in his mid-teens when the Nazis invaded his town. The mere thought that your young life cannot unravel because of war will send chills down your spine. His descriptions of what went on during those times will make you imagine how sickening life was with the Nazi’s treatment of Jews. Readers could have had more of the gory stuff had the novel not been trimmed down to a fourth of the original manuscript.

Yet, Night was written with a simplicity that can be devoured easily even by the non-reader. It does not hide its intention to scare you of the horrors of war or the concentration camps. But you become like the boy Eliezer and you realize that nothing stays permanent and that things can turn dramatically south with just a blink of the eye. What Wiesel has done was to make his journey your own personal journey, too. This is something writers can take note of. Our stories can and should inspire even the most stoic members of society. His journey was horrible to say the least, but he had an optimism while horror was staring right at his face. He says forgetting is not healing and we should not forget the ills of history. In fact we should inspire people because there is a story to tell.

 

Harper Lee

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, Mary Badham and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Harper Lee, on the set of the film, 1962
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, Mary Badham and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Harper Lee, on the set of the film, 1962

(April 28, 1926 – February 19, 2016)

 

Harper Lee was the author of only one famous book – the classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird – which was written over several years with multiple revisions. After it was published in 1960, TKAM became an instant best-seller with great accolades from literary critics and awarded Lee a Pulitzer Prize. In just after two years, the novel was adapted into a full-length movie. This proves time and time again that, you can’t hurry a masterpiece.

Why was it such a hit with the readers? It was a clear case of “whodunit?” Something that will always sell as it entices the readers to get to know characters, cases and evidences. Case in point: The television series Law and Order ran for twenty seasons. We do love our courtroom drama!

Lee’s topics were quite controversial: racism in the 1960s and rape. Two taboos during that time but that’s where the draw was! We like what is taboo; we love to try what may be sinful. Which brings us to a few lessons in writing as taught to us by Lee: be daring sometimes! Not all taboo topics should be ignored. Lee believed that “real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.” If you think a topic may not be a hit, but you believe in it, then go for it. If you are doing a biography, you have to get involved in the character. Atticus was trying to explain to his daughter, that you need to “climb into his skin and walk around in it” to get his point of view.

Fans of To Kill a Mockingbird were thrilled to see the publication of the prequel Go Set a Watchman after 55 long years and before Harper Lee died. And a third novel? We’ll just have to wait.

 

Go read their works

These are only three of the biggest names in the literary world and they all left us in 2016. While their written works will never leave us, their lessons too will never be forgotten. If you haven’t read any of these authors’ books, grab one now and start getting inspired and by their works. Together we can celebrate their individual uniqueness that changed the lives of so many readers around the world.

 

Bob Dylan – A Poet Genius That Stood the Tests of Time

More than half a century ago, Bob Dylan started his musical career. Little did we know, he wasn’t just a songwriter, he was also a poet. He is this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature recipient. That in itself is an incredible feat for a musician. Songwriters could use some writers’ tips from Mr. Dylan’s passion and creativity. As you will see, his accomplishments are quite expansive as a writer.

Some recent recipients of this award of late are – Alice Munro, Patrick Modiano, Svetlana Alexivich and Mo Yan, none of them sang their written works. And so the literary world went into a mini-uproar when it heard the news. Which begs us to ask: Did Bob Dylan deserve his prize?

The Academy says yes

If you ask the Swedish Academy (prize giver for the Nobel Prize in literature), they will say it was not a difficult decision to give it to Dylan. And it’s a step towards progress because this category has sort of widened its frontiers by making an original choice. And there were plenty of accolades from the literary academe calling his work humane, funny, and most times angry – really one of the greats. This decision set off an argument of whether song lyrics are at league with poetry or novels in the artistic sense.

If you put Dylan’s lyrics on paper, you can read it like a hanging poem, something that is hard to make sense of. But add a melody and the words sink in and suddenly have meaning. His writing has a certain rhyming rhythm that sets him as a sort of word guru – a kind of genius in the song lyrics department. He uses rhetoric in a very organized manner and sometimes, scattered among the other lines of his song. A rhythmic chaos, so to speak – it’s brilliant!

That voice

Dylan’s voice is not among those memorable (think Sinatra) or iconic (think Freddie Mercury) ones people are accustomed to hearing. In fact, you could say his voice sounded as if his throat was dragged through gravel as he belts out his lyrics. What sets him apart and why he’s stood the test of time is that he just lets his words do the singing for him. A poet laureate that even the worst-sounding voice can make audiences stop, ponder and marvel at Dylan’s words.

Maybe he could have just stuck to poetry writing when he started his career. But the genius in him saw that with music, his poetry can reach more people. He knew that not a lot of people appreciate listening to the narrative voice of poetry, even if it was the most haunting and calming of all voices. With music and melody, his statement words reached a bigger audience.

A writer’s tips

Bob Dylan has sung his way as a poet through many different relevant issues. His songs reflected life in a very realistic way. He had protest songs when he wanted to be an advocate (“Oxford Town”), slave songs when he needed to be dark (“Blowin’ In The Wind”), Cold War songs when he wanted to be political (“A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall”) and funny songs when he wanted to be whimsical (“Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream”). With his words, he could make audiences aware of what goes on in the world through songs of sadness, triumph, faith and deeper feelings. Any budding writer could take it all in as some great writing tips.

There is no doubt that Mr. Dylan deserved his award. He is considered a cultural figure in his 50 plus years in the industry. And it’s not because of his singing but because of his writing. This proves that poetry when given melody is in a literary league with Shakespeare’s poems, the Grimm brothers’ stories or Hemmingway’s plays.

A Writer’s Retrospective: What 2016 Has Taught Us All About Content Quality

Google’s best advice in 2016 and beyond is clear and simple: produce only quality content – nothing more, nothing less. Although patience is necessary, it nevertheless is rewarded handsomely.

Experts in content will give you some writers’ advice but it can get tiresome to both writers and readers if you churn out the same style of content. Sometimes variety pays off, too. But as long as constant and consistent quality are the main characteristics of your content, it could help your branding. Remember, patience is a virtue.

This crazy year that is 2016

2016 saw a crazy rollercoaster ride in social sharing. But one thing was clear, this year topped in the number of shares on almost all popular platforms. Someone raised the sharing portcullis and the social shares just came flooding in.

An important lesson is that it’s not only having a great, eloquent, inspirational and thought-provoking writer. But one should also be intuitive, relevant, creative and with foresight. What could go viral, what topics can attract my audience, what is the next big thing and where can I get inspiration? Invest on this because good content is what will give you an audience.

Some of the most viral content on social media made the year all the more crazier. Let’s have a quick look at some that went amok in 2016 and what we learned from them:

  • Fake News

The proliferation of fake news taught us a very important lesson in content quality. Too good quality will make people believe and defend the “truth” in them. This was so evident in the elections. Viral fake posts prevailed before, during and after the elections.

Even posts about honest opinions on why they supported their candidates also went viral – proving that genuine, straight-from-the-heart articles caught readers’ attention and shared away. So stay true to what you believe in – your brand. This teaches us to create genuine heartfelt articles that can touch many nerves.

But then again, maybe these posts just seemed genuine and honest but were also all fake. Be aware of what goes on, be current and always check with news authorities.

  • Research results are in

Posts about a cure for memory loss for patients with Alzheimer’s, benefits of protein snacks, first-born children being smarter and cancer cures from common Dandelion roots all came from some form of medical research and people jumped right in to read and share it. Feel good articles like these just may be what people wanted to read and share.

 

  • How about a quick quiz?

For engagement, give readers an easy quiz – something that they will surely ace to make them feel good and make them read the results with great interest. Can you pass an elementary test? Do you want to know what your Spirit Emoji? Playbuzz offers some great writing tips through their viral quizzes: create a quiz that can generate mindful sharing. The quiz gives a very personal prize (the result) yet people are still willing to share it. They loved their prizes!

  • Funny posts

Chewbacca Mom went viral because we sort of wished we were as happy as she was. That’s another writers’ advice: incite happiness because it is the most powerful emotion that your brand can conjure. While other emotions have the same effect, like laughter, fear, jealousy, pride, anger and lust, they don’t top the sentiment that happiness does.

  • Calling readers to action

Call-To-Action posts asked readers to “pick one,” One post had two famous football players pitted against each other. The call to action here was “Like for Player A” and “Comment for Player B” and football fans gave out their choices then scrolled to find out who got more votes.

One of the great writing tips here is to give direct instructions to your readers. You have lured them to your site; keep them glued by making them follow instructions! With your wonderful content come these action words “Download,” “Subscribe,” “Join,” “Discover,” “Learn” and “Tell Us.” Add the magic word: FREE!

These posts made a wide appearance around the net all through well-written posts and a good amount of sharing. These are only a few of the millions of viral content. What else would you add? Any writers’ advice?  Now it’s our call to action: Tell Us What You Think in the comment box below.

 

2016 Best-Selling Authors’ Great Writing Tips for Every Writer

Every writer can never be content with what he or she already knows. They will strive every single day to hone their skill and be more effective like a sponge that absorbs every piece of writers’ advice and would love to devour all the great writing tips out there, if only they could… These are three best-selling books on Amazon for the year 2016 that any writer would love to have written just by learning a few writer tips.

 

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J. K. Rowling

Who doesn’t know J. K. Rowling? Every writer would love to achieve her literary and financial successes. This prequel to the Harry Potter stories reached the top spot in 2016 because of one very good advice by the author.

Rowling advises writers to put heavy emphasis on planning. Resist the temptation of going right down to the writing without careful planning. If you want to create an entire world of a boy wizard, all those magical characters, creatures and events and make them all connect beyond your audience’s wildest imagination, then create a great plan. It took Rowling five years to plot everything in each of those seven books. You want to write a great book? Plan it out well.

 

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss

Who would have thought that a children’s book would make the best-seller list in Amazon? But this last novel of the beloved children’s books author had such style of writing, it overcame the big novel names – thanks also to the buying moms of newborns and toddlers.

Dr. Seuss advised: Make sure that books are fun to read while at the same time, making it a source of learning. “Cat in the Hat” it was supposed to help children read but came out to do beyond that.

Cut down the writing to only what is essential. Length does not equal quality and Dr. Seuss would leave only about 5% of what he first wrote leaving 95% on the author’s floor. So write only what’s necessary.

 

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanathi

This book by neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi, posthumously published after the author died of cancer, seeks answers to life’s ultimate question: What makes life worth living?

A writer should catch Kalanithi’s contagious characteristic – driven to succeed to the top in many ways we, mere mortals are not. We may not be the genius that he was but we should be as driven.

And as a writer, one should be driven to a single goal – wanting to write about finding the answer, even while dying. Not to be too morbid but yes, write as if today is your last day and tomorrow’s ideas have to be written in print or else they will be gone. Kalanithi didn’t make any excuses to write with passion and drive, not even his impending death.

So there you have it! No wonder these books reached the top of the list in 2016. These are great writing tips for writers new and old. We may not always get to the success we imagined but keep at it and for sure you will get there. Just always remember these simple writer tips: Plan ahead, make it fun for your audience and most importantly, be driven in your writing passion. Who knows, we will see your name in many best-seller lists next year.