33 Unusual Tips to Being a Better Writer helpful advice from bestselling author James Altucher
Write whatever you want. Then take out the first paragraph and last paragraph.
Read a lot. You can’t write without first reading.
Take a huge bowel movement every day. If your body doesn’t flow then your brain won’t flow.
Write A LOT. Practice makes…. a little better than you were before.
Write with the same voice you talk in.
Deliver value with every sentence. Even in a tweet. Else, be quiet.
Steal. (Piggyback off popular topics.)
Use “said” instead of any other word. Don’t use “he suggested” or “he bellowed”.
Be funny. First rule of funny: ugly people are funny. Make yourself as ugly as possible.
Use a lot of periods. Forget commas and semicolons.
Be Honest. Tell people the stuff they all think but nobody ever says.
Make people cry. Make them feel the potent moments.
Sleep eight hours a day.
Take what everyone thinks and explore the opposite.
Paint. Or draw. Keep exercising other creative muscles.
Don’t Hurt Anyone. Don’t be a bad guy.
Write every day. Writing is spiritual practice. You are diving inside of yourself and cleaning out the toxins.
Read before you write. Very high-level work to get in the zone and lift your game up.
Let it sleep. Whatever you are working on, sleep on it.
Be opinionated. Nobody cares about all the things you don’t have strong opinions on.
Relate to people.
Coffee. No coffee, no creativity.
Bleed in the first line. Make it human.
Don’t write if you’re upset at someone. Then the person you are upset at becomes your audience.
Have lots of ideas.
Risk. Don’t stop writing until you’re afraid to hit publish.
Time heals all wounds. Write about the hard stuff from the past.
Have a shocking title.
Don’t ask for permission. Never say “in my opinion.” We know it’s your opinion. You’re writing it.
Break the laws of physics. There’s no time in text. Nothing has to go in order.
The last line needs to go BOOM!
Take out every other sentence. Or something like that.
Don’t be afraid of what people think. For each person you worry about, deduct 1% in quality.
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