2. Write every day. As an English teacher with five classes and 150 students, this is a tip I rarely follow myself, but during the rare stretches when I do, the writing comes more easily and the end results are better. Writing is like a muscle, so the more you work it out the stronger it becomes. Plus, it’s a wonderful way to spend a piece of each day.
3. For potent writing, cut out adjectives and adverbs, and instead use strong nouns and verbs. Again, I break this rule all the time, but I still think it’s a valuable one.
4. Edit, edit, edit. Most of writing for me is editing. Usually I first come up with an okay string of sentences, and with each successive edit, I hone in more precisely on what it is I’m aiming to say and how I can best say it.
5. Write your own way. There are a few writing books I love (Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird and Stephen King’s On Writing), but I think it’s easy to fall down a black hole of advice about the best ways to write. The reality is, everyone does it their own way, and at a certain point you have to strike out on your own and figure out what works for you. Write a lot and you’ll eventually develop your own style and approach and voice – these are things I’m still working on, but it’s fun to keep figuring out.
Lindsey's new novel, Pretty in Ink, is out now.