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On Writing | 6 Reasons Why Reading Is Essential For Writers


I’m sure you all have heard that in order to progress as a writer you must read. You might think that it isn’t as nessecary as everyone makes it out to be, but I can assure you that it one of the best things you can do to improve your craft. 

Why reading is such an important part of being a writer goes much further than you might think. Here are some key point to keep in mind of why it is so important. 

  • You are exposed to many different genres
  • You are exposed to many different styles of writing
  • Say you wanted to write a book but didn’t know exactly how, you can get ideas from the way other authors have written similar topics
  • Reading can inspire you
  • Reading can widen your vocabulary 
  • You can find popular tropes within your niche

Those are just six examples of why reading is important to us writers, but the list goes on and on. There are so many benefits to it. 

Speaking from experience I feel like reading has genuinely helped me better my writing skills. If you follow me on here quite regularly then you know I read a lot of different books. I think that’s another key factor. If you read “easy” books, or those within your comfort zone, it is harder for you to grow. 

I hope that some of you found that this post helped you in some way. If it has let me know! I love connecting with fellow writers. 

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On Writing | 4 Tips To Help Productivity

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Be productive. That means put your butt in that chair, and get writing. Whether it’s pen and paper, on the laptop, or your phone. Just do it.

I know being productive is something we all struggle with sometimes. For me it’s more often then not. So I’m gonna let you in on some of the ways I find I’m most productive. A few tips and tricks if you will.

1. Have Background Noise 

I don’t know about you, but I have to have some kind of something making noise. The quiet eats away at my brain and makes me wanna scream. The sound helps me focus. Plus, if I happen to put on music, depending on the genre, helps me get in the mood.

2. Turn Off That Phone!

I’m most productive when I turn my phone off and don’t even look at it. Cell phones can be huge distractions.

3. Have A Outline

Now this is a must have. Your outline is your road map telling you where you’re going. So this is something you’ll need to maximize productivity. If you’d like to know more about my opinion on outlining, or ways to outline, Click Here

4. Coffee & Snacks

These are a must have too. Seriously. You need to be well caffeinated and not hungry – at least I do. Helps me focus better. Without caffeine I can get severe headaches.
Well there you go, some of my own personal tips and tricks. What are some of yours?

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On Writing | Tip #2 Outline 

When I first started writing Vendetta I wish I had an outline. I’m a true pantser at heart, but damn does an outline help. 

When you outline you basically have the story laid out in front of you. I like to use index cards. I have a shit ton of extra poster board, so I cut it down into sections. Then I glue or tape all the scenes for one chapter in the piece of poster board. I find that works best for me, because I can see it physically and I can touch it. I’ve tried using scrivener, but it just doesn’t feel the same. 

Having that done allows me to be way more productive, depending on the project of course. I still enjoy pantsing, and for some projects I feel that works best for me. You could feel the exact same way too. 

However, I look at it like this, some of the most successful indie authors write at least a book a month. Most of those said authors also use outlining as a technique to become more productive. 

Not only will you become a more productive writer, but you will also produce a story with less mess to clean up later. You would likely end up with a lot less plot holes than you would’ve if you had just pantsed it. That’s the beauty of an outline, that you know where your headed at all times. 

This is something that doesn’t have to be super strict. You can always change things as you go. You also don’t have to write out a super long essay for each chapter or scene, sometimes all you will need are a few sentences. 

When it comes to outlining your book ( or whatever else it is that you are working on) there are various options of how to do so. 

Scrivener is a favorite by many, because you can do your outline and write your book all in the same place. Also it has built in character sketches that you can fill out to keep track of those pesky characters. 

Index cards are another option, and I use this one over scrivener most of the time, but you can’t reuse them. However they are good if you like to be able to physically move scenes or chapters around. 

There is also the Snowflake method. This one I’ve only heard mentioned. I’ve never messed with it, and to be completely honest I don’t really get it. But people use it. 

There you guys go! I hope you enjoyed this post, but I have a question for you guys. How do you outline? Do you use one of the methods I listed, or do you have another way that gets the job done?

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On Writing | Tip #1 Finish What You Start

 
I was sifting through Pinterest and I found this. This quote really hits home with me. I’ve always had a hard time finishing what I start. Whether it be because of fears or just shiny new ideas. 

All in all, finish what you start. It makes you a better and more accountable writer. I believe once you get over the hurdle of your first project it is smooth sailing from there on, or at least that was my experience. 

Finishing what you start is also a good to think about when talking business. I mean if you’re a self published author you can’t exactly write the first book in the series, then start the next but never finish it. As a self pubbed author you have to be prolific in order to make it these days. One hit wonders do happen, but keep in mind that they are a rarity. It’s pretty much the same with traditionally published authors, only with them they’re breaking legal contracts. 

I wish yall some luck in your writing adventures, remember be accountable and finish what you start!