Valuable Writing Tips by Rhonda Jackson Joseph
I’ve been writing for a number of years and am fortunate to currently work as a freelance writer and editor. During my years of continued study in the writing craft, I’ve come into contact with numerous masters of writing and the writing tips I consider most important have been compiled from studying these successful craft masters:
1. Just do it
Though this tip is deceptively simple, it’s harder than many people think. So many times we don’t follow our writing dreams because we stop ourselves with thoughts like, “If only I had (insert your favorite writerly tool here), I could write the next global bestseller”. As great as it would be for all of us to have the tweed jacket and pipe and all day to hang around the coffee shop talking about our writerly exploits, this “dream” isn’t realistic. Even successful writers don’t typically have or do these things.
We have families, friends, jobs, and other things that compete for our attention on a minute to minute basis. If we’re serious about writing, we have to make time in our lives and schedules to just do it: just write.
2. Learn all you can
It’s easy to get to a point where we might have a bit of writing success and then feel we’ve learned all we need to learn about writing. This can be, in my opinion, one of the worst attitudes to adopt regarding our craft. Even the best writer can become better. The ever-changing publishing landscape is proof enough that even old dogs can indeed learn new tricks when it comes to writing. Keep an open mind and make the learning process a lifelong commitment. Giving our readers increasingly better and better writing will keep them in our corner.
3. Read almost as much as you write
The best writers are often voracious readers. The best way to learn the basic foundation of good writing, such as the cadence of words, sentence structure, and character development, is by reading the work of other writers. Yes, I admit there are some books published that aren’t the best stories ever told. However, even from these books, there are lessons to be learned. When you can recognize that a story or book isn’t good, you’re already learning what not to do in your own writing.
4. Spend time with other writers
Writing can be very lonely because we spend so much time inside our heads working through stories and talking to characters. Our friends and families love us, but they don’t always quite understand why and how we do what we do. Other writers get it. They understand us because we’re all the same. We must write. Hanging out with other writers helps keep us grounded, and we can share information that helps all of us.
I’m excited about writing with the Widbook team, and I look forward to writing with you and learning from you all.
By Rhonda Jackson Joseph
Rhonda has been writing about love, life, people — and the darkness within all these things — for a long time. The mother of four lives in Texas. A myriad of jobs – in banks, as a home party consultant, as a freelance writer on various topics and in many formats, and as a freelance editor – has prepared her well to share her expertise on stuff in general. Rhonda is on the steering committee for the National Black Book Festival, an annual event in Houston, Texas, that is in its sixth year and continues to grow larger and better each year. She is ecstatic that her day job is writing.