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10 brilliant tips for writing (from a journalist)

31. January 2022

As a journalist and creative copywriter I know firsthand how challenging writing can be. I am very familiar with writer’s block, and even after years and years of writing I still get stuck or feel utterly uninspired at times. However, over the years I’ve learned a few tips and tricks that helps me write, even if I’m not feeling particular inspired or motivated.

Today, I’m here to share my tips for writing with you. Because let’s face it, we won’t always feel inspired, creative and motivated, but sometimes we still just have to write. And then when creativity and inspiration do arrive, it feels magical. The writing is just flowing. This is an amazing feeling, but unfortunately it’s not always there. Some days we must just push through and write anyway.

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10 brilliant tips for writing

Don’t look at your phone, check emails etc.

Admittedly, I sometimes do this (I am only human), but if possible try not to check your phone, check emails etc. when you’re writing. Every time you check your phone you lose the flow, and it only hinders the writing process. It just drags it out. If it’s helpful you can set a timer and then tell yourself you’re allowed to check your phone when the timer goes off, until then just write. Distractions are not a friend to your writing!

Don’t judge yourself while writing

Judgment is a killer to your writing. One of my best tips for writing is to not judge yourself. Your writing might not always be the best, but stop judging yourself. When has judgment ever helped you? No really, take a moment and think. Is judgment ever helpful? I encourage you to just write. If it’s bad, keep writing. If it’s really bad, keep writing. If it’s good, keep writing. You can edit later. And sometimes you have to write terribly to get to the good stuff.

Edit

A really good tip for writing is editing. Always edit. Seriously. I have never met anyone who never needed to edit their writing. I cannot stress this enough. Please EDIT!

Proofread and then proofread some more

Hopefully, this goes without saying, but you should always proofread. I usually proofread 2-3 times before publishing anything/sending it to a client. We all make typos and other funny errors when writing, and it just looks unprofessional if you publish an article, newsletter or anything else full of typos, and you can easily avoid it by just proofreading. I know it’s a drag, but seriously, do it.

Tap into your creativity

When it comes to tips for writing, another important one is tapping into your creativity. No, you won’t always feel inspired and creative, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do things that make you tap into creativity and inspiration. It won’t just come to you. You have to work a bit for it!

Read books, articles, blog posts…

A writer must read. I think this is so important. Reading helps improve your writing and reading is lovely, am I right? I’ve certainly never met a writer who didn’t also love reading.

Go for a walk or run in nature

When I experience writer’s block and I can just feel that I am COMPLETELY stuck, one of my favorite things to do is go for a walk in nature. I love long walks and hikes in nature. For me personally, going for a walk in a city doesn’t really spark any inspiration, but nature never fails me. A run or walk in nature is just so lovely. Especially, if you have a dog you can bring along. A good walk or run clears my mind, I love the fresh air, and it always sparks creativity and inspiration (for me at least).

Create a lovely environment

The small apartment I moved into in Aarhus (I’m currently in the process of moving out, and I’m mostly just hanging out at my parent’s place at the moment) completely killed my creativity. It was SO tiny, no light, there was A TON of contruction noise, I didn’t like the area one bit. I could go on and on, but it would bored you with all the details. Suffice to say, it was a toxic environment. The same could be said for the apartment I lived in when I was living in Germany.

I love my parent’s house. It’s in the middle of nature. I LOVED my old apartment in my home town. I love my sister’s and her bf’s apartment too. I love working from coffee shops and cute cafés too. I like working when traveling. I really believe in creating an environment you thrive in. Where you feel at home. Where you feel good. A place that sparks creativity and that just feels good to you.

Just write

Honestly, at the end of the day you have to just write. One of the very best tips for writing is well, writing. If you want to become a better writer, write. There’s no way around it. Sure, read for inspiration, but you have to actually write. Even when you’re not feeling particularily inspired you still just have to write. Just sit down and write.

Done is better than perfect

Sometimes done is better than perfect. Guess what? It will never be perfect anyway. Writing is subjective, and there will always be someone who thinks you should have written it differently. At some point you really just have to finish the article, blog post, book or whatever you’re writing and move on to the next thing. Perfectionism kills creativity so let it go. Elizabeth Gilbert speaks a lot about this in her book Big Magic.

Happy writing!

Love,

Heidi