Mar 24

5 Top Tips to Boost Your Writing Skills

Boost your writing skillsThere are a number of strategies you can use to create and build your writing skills, but I’ve found there are five top strategies.

1. READ!

If you don’t read, you won’t know what good reading is. Along with this, it will help you fine tune your own writing, by broadening your vocabulary.

Another thing that reading does is to help you find the right words to write specific scenes. For example, how does one author write an action scene compared to another. Which do you find works better?

Reading fiction also provides ideas for crafting sentences and paragraphs. You see how other authors start their books, how they craft their settings, how they structure the story arc, and so much more.

Analyze books as you read them. Find out what makes one work compared to one that doesn’t.

And, be sure to read books in different genres. It will give you a sense of other writing styles.

2. Pay attention to how you write.

What’s your process like?

Do you just go for it, being a pantser? You start typing and let the words, sentences, paragraphs, chapters, flow.

Or, do you need more structure, like an outliner? Do you take your time and create an outline of how the story starts right on through how it ends?

Do you take your time with an idea, mull it over for a while?

I’m a pantser, usually. I jump in and see where the story takes me. But, with longer stories, it may not be the wisest choice. Longer stories need more structure.

3. Don’t be in a rush.

Writing is a deliberate action. Even if you’re a pantser, you do need to choose the right words, the right sentence structure, the right sequence of events, and so on. This takes thought and time.

You don’t want to rush through this.

You may thought decide to get the story down and then worry about this in the editing phase, but sooner or later you do need to dig in and sort things out. This will make the difference between sloppy, unprofessional writing and professional writing.

There are also some studies that show that writing too fast can actually do more harm than good to the creative process. Don’t let this happen to you.

4. Practice, practice, practice.

Whether it’s writing, sports, music or anything else, practice is essential.

According to Kameron Hurley, author and writing teacher Carol Emshwiller, said, “Practice doesn’t make perfect. Practice makes permanent.” (1)

Now, everyone knows that practice won’t make perfect, as there is no perfection, but making your writing permanent is just as good.

Practicing allows the brain to learn how to write. It become a habit.

If you are practicing ‘good’ writing, it will become hard-wired into your brain. This means you’ll automatically start writing good stories.

According to, after a neurological experiment of the affects of practicing, “By the end of the learning process, the amount of effort they expended to carry out the task had declined about 20 percent from when they started.” (2)

So, along with the knowledge and process becoming embedded in your brain, you spend less energy on the same task after practicing it.


5. You’ve got to be determined and focused.

According to the article Focus, Determination, and Perseverance = Writing Success, “Focus, determination, and perseverance are essential to just about every aspect of your life. Each characteristic is unique and together create a powerful synergy.” (3)

Focus is one’s ability to concentrate exclusively on a particular thing through effort or attention. And determination is an unchanging intention to achieve a goal or desired end.

This is what you need to create and improve your writing skills.

Use these five writing tips and watch your writing skills improve.




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Mar 03

How Much Are You Worth?

“If you put a small value on yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise your price.”

I wish I knew who wrote this – I’d love to give him or her credit.

This quote is so appropriate for all writers. You have to value your writing skills and your expertise, especially when you’re starting out. But, even seasoned writers struggle with this problem.

As a writer, you need to set your prices and stick to them.

If you’re not sure what you should charge, search the internet. Find services similar to yours – this should give you a sense of what to charge. Just be sure to take into account your level of experience and adjust your fees accordingly.

Another thing to consider is how much time it will take you to complete a project, if you’d rather charge per hour rather than by project. And, always anticipate it will take longer or be more work than you originally anticipated.

I almost always charge by project.

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Jun 11

Ghostwriting Children’s Books – 5 Ways to Know if You’re Any Good

Ghosting kids' bookSome writers can at times wonder if they’re ‘good enough’. Are they fulfilling their clients’ expectations? They may occasionally doubt their writing skills and ability. I think it goes with the territory.

They may take on a project they’ve never done before. Yep, doubts surface.

They see peers getting credits from major magazines or getting book after book traditionally published. Doubts will undoubtably surface.

Hey, writers are human.

But what about ghostwriting. You’re not submitting traditionally yourself, so you don’t have the rejection or acceptance feedback.

So how do you know if you’re good at being a children’s ghostwriter or other type of ghostwriter?

Well, there are at least five telltale signs.

1. The proof is in the pudding, right?

This is a perfect analogy for whether you’re good at what you do.

One clear way to tell if you’re effective at what you do is by the reactions of your clients.

Are your clients unhappy? Are they satisfied? Are they pleased? Are they happy? Are they overjoyed? Are they thrilled to tears?

Now, not all clients may cry at the masterpiece you create for them, but you want every one of your clients to be ‘very happy to overjoyed’ at the very least.

You can tell if you’re successful by how your clients react to the finished product.

2. Do any of your clients come back (repeat clients)?

It’s true that because of the expense of having a book ghosted, not all clients can afford to hire-out more than one book. But, have you had any clients request a second project with you?

If you have, you can be assured you’re doing something right.

3. Do you have clients with a series?

This is kind of like #2 above, but it’s an even stronger indication that you’re producing the goods.

Clients who invest in a series with you believe in you and your ability. If they didn’t love what you created with Book One, they would never move forward in a series project. So, if you’re looking for a Ghostwriting Stamp of Approval, this is it.

4. Are you getting testimonials?

I’m adding this here, but it not necessarily a clear indication of your qualifications. The reason is most ghosting clients don’t want to share that they’ve hired a ghostwriter.

If you’re fortunate to get some testimonials, that’s fantastic. The reason is because it’s not only personal validation of your qualifications, it’s public validation.

Testimonials are also a great marketing tool. People are influenced by what others think of your work.

5. Have any of your clients traditionally published? Have they won awards?

This is the icing on the cake.

Have any of your clients submitted to traditional publishers and agents? If so, have they gotten a contract?

As a ghostwriter you usually cannot use this as a promotional tool, but it definitely is another personal stamp of approval.

So, if you’re wondering if you’ve got the stuff to be a children’s ghostwriter, use these five questions to put your mind at ease.

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Oct 23

Writing Skills – Spread Your Wings

Writing opportunitiesWriting has many different genres within the fiction and nonfiction realms. There are children’s, young adult, romance, mystery, fantasy, science fiction, poetry, memoirs, biographies, travel, health, food, magazine articles, business content, and much more.

It seems, most writers start off in one particular genre – with one particular set of skills. Often, they stay there. This may happen for a number of reasons, including:

– The genre is in their comfort zone.
– There’s an unwanted time element involved in learning a new writing style
– Fear stops them from venturing forward
– They just don’t think of the rest of the writing world around them.

Whatever the reason, the end result is that they may be missing out on another form of writing satisfaction and income. With today’s tight market, it only makes sense to take off the blinders and get the peripheral writing vision going.

For writers who are the children’s or article writing arena, contemplating writing a full length novel may feel overwhelming. It may feel impossible.

This is where you need to take a step back and think ‘simple.’

Rather than dismiss a project for fear it’s too big or because it’s out of your realm of expertise, think simple. Write blog posts on the subject, or possibly articles. You can also start with a short story if thinking about writing a novel makes you uneasy . . . maybe draft an outline.

Start small.

Don’t let the enormity of the project stop you—write one page at a time.

This philosophy goes for any new writing area you decide to step into. If the project itself feels too intimidating, think of it as a learning experience with nothing to lose. The new writing skills you learn will offset the time and effort invested.

It’s true that most writers only feel comfortable in one or two particular genres. It’s also true that they may excel in those genres, their areas of expertise. This is a powerful combination that will certainly keep writers from taking off the writing blinders.

But . . .

The writing arena is full of opportunities. Taking the time and effort to develop a new writing style will certainly be an asset in your writing career. If your piece is accepted and published, you will have another writing accomplishment to include in your writer’s resume, as well as another avenue of income.

There’s an expression: nothing ventured, nothing gained. Why not venture forth today and spread your writing wings.


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Jun 19

Be a Better Writer by Writing More

Want to be a better writer?

Do you write everyday?

Do you make sure you get some writing time in each week, if not daily?

If you answered yes to these questions, you should have noticed an improvement in your writing, and possibly an improvement in the speed at which you are able to write. But, that’s not all. You will also find it easier to think of topics to write about. And, you’ll be building your writing skills and confidence.

This is true whether you’re writing books, booklets, blog posts, or articles. And, it’s true whether you’re writing for yourself or if you’re a ghostwriter for individuals or businesses. The more you write, the better you’ll get at it. The more writing of any type you do, the better you’ll get, just like the adage, ‘practice makes perfect.’

But, what does it mean to get better at writing?


One aspect of writing improvement is the ability to create a well structured article or story. It should begin with an interesting or hooking introduction. The beginning lets the reader know what the piece will be about. And, it should move smoothly into the middle. You might think of the beginning as the appetizer to a meal.

The middle is the content substance. You let the reader know what the story will be about in the beginning, the middle follows through and embellishes on the topic. The middle is the meat and potatoes of the story or article, and it should move smoothly into the ending, or conclusion.

The ending wraps things up. It should wrap up any loose ends and tie the piece up into a nice package. It needs to leave the reader satisfied. You can think of the ending as the dessert.

The more you write, the easier it becomes to create content that is well structured and smooth.


Another aspect writers strive for in their writing is clarity. Along with a well structure piece, you need it to be clear, easily understood. It needs to have focus.

Think of your story as having a road map. You need to get from point A to point C (beginning, middle, and end) with as little deviation as possible. Your reader is following you down the road and you don’t want to lose him.

If you give your reader any reason to pause or divert his attention from the main point of your story, you’ll lose him. People have a short attention span today; they want the information as quickly as possible and with as little effort as possible.

If you write non-fiction and your topic is about health, don’t go off on a tangent about today’s political climate, unless it’s in regard to the stress it adds to your everyday life, and thus the harmful effects it has on your health.

The more you write, the easier it becomes to create content that is focused and lean.

The Writing Time Issue

There are a number of writers who give themselves daily writing quotas. Some may choose thirty minutes a day, others 500 to 1000 words per day. There are also those writers who feel too pressured having to fulfill a daily writing quota, so they choose to create weekly quotas, or just set time aside for writing.

One problem just about every writer faces is time. Even if you work from home, by the time you read and respond to your emails, keep up with your blogs, do your social networking, and keep up your family and household duties, the day can just slip away. That’s why it’s so important to have some kind of weekly writing plan or schedule in place and do your best to stick to it.

Bottom line, if you’re a writer it’s important to write regularly, if not every day, as often as you can. As with any craft, the more you practice or work at it, the better you’ll get.


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