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Free the Writer Within: 10 Tips to Help You Write More and Better

What kind of writer do you want to be? Famous, respected, wealthy – or all three? These ten tips for successful writers will help you become the writer of your own dreams, and reach your writing goals. from published author and psychologist, Paulette Kouffman Sherman, Ph.D.

“I set myself 600 words a day as a minimum output, regardless of the weather, my state of mind or if I’m sick or well,” said bestselling author Arthur Hailey.

“There must be 600 finished words – not almost right words. Before you ask, I’ll tell you that yes, I do write 600 at the top of my pad every day, and I keep track of the word count to insure I reach my quota daily – without fail.”

Combine Arthur Hailey’s advice with Dr Sherman’s writing tips, and you’ll be a happily published author before you know it!

1. Remember your role models

For the many writer “horror stories” (never getting published, not being able to earn a living as a full-time freelance writer, etc), there are many successes.  Pick several successful writers who inspire you, and remember what they went through to get where they are.  If they did it — you can too!

Read 6 Tips for Building a Successful Writing Career for info from a writer who is actually earning a full-time living.

2. Visualize your own success

It is hard to remain positive when you get those rejection letters, but your state of mind is imperative.  Take some time each day visualize yourself as a successful writer.  See yourself on Oprah sharing the message of your book and changing lives.  Picture your book on the shelf at Barnes and Noble.  

3. Concentrate on your writing

Set aside time where you do not answer the phone, watch television or think about anything else.  Just write!  You may need a big chunk of quiet time to get on a roll and achieve ‘writers mind.’  Create that space and time for yourself, so the magic can happen. This tip for successful writers is oft-repeated because few people do it!

4. Prioritize your time

Sometimes this means giving up most of your television shows or taking half of Saturday just to write.  If you really want to be a writer, you need to walk your talk and put writing at the top of your list of priorities.  For info on writing goals, read 10 Tips for Achieving Your Writing Goals.

5. Persist – don’t give up

You will probably get many rejections from publishers and editors, but don’t let it stop you.  You need to keep believing in yourself as a successful writer, and keep trying.  Make a commitment to sending a certain number of pitches or query letters every week…and do it no matter what the results.

6. Learn about writing

Read writing blogs, take classes, go to writers’ conferences, and conduct informational interviews with agents, publishers and editors to discover what you need to do to be a successful writer.  Empower yourself with expert knowledge.

Read articles such as Effective Magazine Writing Tips From Published Freelancers for inspiration and information.

7. Develop a “dream team”

If you want to be a successful writer, surround yourself with people who believe in you and can help.  Interact with great writing teachers, other writers, editors, agents or publishers. This tip for successful writers is about strength in numbers! 

8. Create a writing platform

Develop an audience and a number of pursuits that support your expertise will strengthen your position. Your writer’s platform can include speaking, teaching, being an expert in the media, developing your credentials and expertise in your niche area, etc.

9. Learn from your writing mistakes

If you get feedback with your rejections, think it over and apply the suggestions.  You just got free feedback from an expert teacher that you can use! Learning from your mistakes is one of the best tips for successful writers.

10. Keep your day job

Financial stability is a wonderful when you are pursuing your writing dreams.  Find a way to pay your bills that is reliable and separate from your writing (at first).  This way when you do write, you will be able to write what you love and direct your own course. 

If you have any thoughts or questions on being a successful writer,  please comment below.

What should you write? If you’re a freelance writer, read 11 Most Popular Types of Articles to Write for Magazines.

Dr. Paulette Kouffman Sherman is the author of Dating from the Inside Out: How to Use the Law of Attraction in Matters of the Heart, an award winner of the National ‘Best Books Award 2008’, in the category of Self-Help: Relationships.  She is a psychologist and director of My Dating School in Manhattan.


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2 thoughts on “Free the Writer Within: 10 Tips to Help You Write More and Better”

    1. Arthur Hailey was a prolific author known for his gripping and meticulously researched novels, often set in the world of business, industry, or aviation.

      Here is a list of his major works along with their publication dates:

      “Flight into Danger” (1958) – Co-written with John Castle
      “The Final Diagnosis” (1959)
      “In High Places” (1962)
      “Hotel” (1965) (my favourite!)
      “Airport” (1968)
      “Wheels” (1971)
      “The Moneychangers” (1975)
      “Overload” (1979)
      “Strong Medicine” (1984)
      “The Evening News” (1990)

      Here are three tips for being a successful writer:

      1. Make writing a regular habit by setting aside dedicated time each day or week to work on your craft. Consistency is key to improving your skills, staying productive, and making progress on your projects. Even if you can only spare a small amount of time each day, the cumulative effort will add up over time.

      2. Expand your knowledge and inspiration by reading a diverse range of genres, styles, and authors. Pay attention to the techniques, storytelling methods, and narrative structures used in different works. Analyze what works well and why, and consider how you can apply similar techniques to your own writing. Reading critically can help you learn from the successes (and failures) of others and refine your own writing style.

      3. Don’t be afraid to share your work with trusted peers, mentors, or writing groups for feedback and critique. Constructive feedback can help you identify blind spots, strengthen weak areas, and refine your writing to better resonate with your audience. Embrace the revision process as an opportunity to polish and improve your work, recognizing that writing is often rewriting. Be open to constructive criticism and willing to revise and iterate until you’re satisfied with the final product.

      Being consistent in your writing routine will increase your chances of success as a writer and continue to grow and evolve in your craft.

      Remember that success in writing often comes from a combination of dedication, persistence, and a willingness to learn and adapt. Keep honing your skills, telling stories that resonate with you, and pursuing your passion for writing.

      All good things,