Edit This Roundup: Blog Posts With Tips For Writers
Updated: Jul 18, 2019
It doesn't matter if you're a veteran writer or an aspiring one, there is always room for improvement. I'm a big believer in this and even had an editor at a newspaper tell me once, "you'll be dead before you fix everything about your writing."
A morbid outlook? Perhaps. But yes, becoming a better writer is a lifelong process.
I certainly don't take my own growth for granted, and I feel it is my responsibility to share with other writers and editors what I've learned – especially since I started Edit This®. I've written 22 blog posts over the years with tips, tricks, and life hacks, and lucky for you, I've placed links to each one of them below.
Here's How Writers Can Organize The Writing Process
There's a myriad of strategies for writers looking to be more organized, and what works best for one may not benefit another. Before you sit down to craft your next blog, article, or book, read this blog post. A video is below, too.
6 Things All Aspiring Writers Should Do This Summer
This is a bit late if you're just now reading this one, but it's great advice for next summer. Some tips include getting your portfolio ready and interviewing as many veteran writers and journalists as you can. Click the link to learn more.
Writers Should Try To Encourage Each Other More
I've had plenty of mentors give me great advice, and I know I'm a better storyteller now than I was even a year ago because of it. Still, you can never hear too much encouragement – especially from colleagues in the writing profession.
10 Time Management Tips For Writers
Oh no, not another blog post about time management. If you're saying that to yourself as you read this, I know how you feel. But in all seriousness, I think it's a good idea to share how time management strategies can change over time.
Why Using A Pen & Paper First Can Be Good For Writers
For me, writing by hand often makes the writing process easier. I can write down entire articles or just collect my thoughts well before I start using my laptop. This blog discusses how sitting down with a pen and paper first can really do you a ton of good.
Improve Your Writing: Avoid Wordiness
With patience and a keen eye, you and your editor can shorten practically any sentence by removing what I call "empty calorie" words and phrases. These also are called "filler" or "weasel" words, and they contribute nothing to your writing.
10 Tips To Improve Your Writing
My thirst to be a better writer knows no limits. Like a kid who already knows how to ride a bike, I want to learn how to pop a wheelie. This blog post is chock full of ideas and tips to improve your writing.
10 Interview Tips And Techniques For Writers
Interviewing is about preparation, listening more than you speak, and striking a balance between doing your job and having trusting conversations that put everyone at ease – even when you're asking sensitive questions.
6 Essentials Writers Need In Their Toolbox
I have tools and resources in the old toolbox to keep me working efficiently, help block distractions, and make sure my writing sounds good. Check out my favorite essentials.
Why It's OK If Readers Point Out Mistakes In Your Writing
Obviously, you want to write clean and keep mistakes to a minimum. But all writers should embrace situations where readers point out errors that slip by. Here's why.
Do You Write Like An Introvert Or Extrovert?
The great folks over at Grammarly put together a quiz that helps writers all over the world determine exactly how introverted or extroverted they are. Read this blog and take their quiz to see where you fall.
25 Easy Ways To Stay Inspired As A Writer
No matter how much we love to write, writers often find themselves searching for the necessary inspiration to jump-start that next big project or stay motivated to finish it.
6 Tips For Writers Who Want To Avoid Losing All Those Great Ideas
A few years ago I began seeking out ways to better prepare myself for random moments of clarity. This is not always an exact science, but I'd like to share with you a few simple tips that have worked for me.
How Do I Know If I'll Still Have My Dream Job In 5 Years?
I've spent a lot of years writing for newspapers, and that industry is definitely a scary one given the lack of job security these days. Here are a few ways to make yourself indispensable as a writer, no matter where you work.
4 Reasons Writer's Block Can Be A Good Thing
I know this title may seem like I've lost my mind, but I'm really just being positive. There are plenty of posts out there that talk about beating writer's block, but very few of them attempt to find the value in it. This blog post does.
How My Son And His Juicy Juice Helped Me Beat Writer's Block
I shared this blog post to show that while writer's block can be a royal pain in the you know what, we all have more control over it than we think we do. Sometimes all it takes is to step away and draw a rainbow fish.
4 Reasons Why Being An Extrovert Can Make You A Better Writer
This blog post goes over the benefits of being an extroverted writer, including the ability to pull inspiration from anywhere, and the willingness to educate other writers.
Self-Editing Is Self-Sabotage: 4 Reasons Writers Need Editors
Rookie writers aren't the only ones who need a good editor. Veteran writers make mistakes, too, becoming so invested in their work that they overlook grammatical errors, holes, or even shortcomings in their writing style during the editing process.
5 Reasons Why Active Listening Makes You A Better Writer
Some of the best journalists, writers, and storytellers are those who spend more time perfecting their active listening skills rather than passively listening or being more concerned with what the next question is on their notepad.
Tips On Writing A Great Lede (Or Lead): Are You Doing It Right?
A great lede sets the stage, it hooks the reader with crucial information, and it makes an otherwise mundane article stand out. I'd go so far as to say in readers' eyes, it separates a good writer from a great one. So how do you know you're doing it right?
5 Ways Writers Can Handle Perfectionism
We are storytellers, and we want to get the story right in every possible way. So God forbid if there is even the tiniest mistake. Mistakes happen, and this blog provides tips on how to handle perfectionism.
Top 5 Tips For Aspiring Journalists
This was one of the first blogs I ever wrote, and it still has some great advice in it. There are plenty of articles with tips on how to be a better journalist, and they all offer great advice. I think it boils down to five basic principles.
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