Writing Hacks that Actually Work!

Updated: Jul 8, 2021

Welcome back, HoneyScribblers! I hope you've all had a fantastic week! Summer break is just around the corner, and I couldn't be any more thrilled about it! Make sure to stay tuned for some new posts in the upcoming weeks! Now, onto the writing hacks ☞

Let's be honest—you've probably only clicked on this post because of the title. Well, I'm here to tell you that it isn't misleading in any way. I have used all of these hacks, and I can say without a shadow of doubt that they actually work. Don't believe me? Try it out for yourself. But first...read on, and enjoy.

  1. Take advantage of a thesaurus. This may seem SO obvious, but if you take a look at some of your past writing pieces, I'm sure you'll find a few words being used a dozen times. Expand your horizon and simply type the word into a thesaurus (there are a bunch of websites—like relatedwords.org or thesaurus.com—that find synonyms beyond your imagination, trust me! A quick search is all it takes).

  2. Use an active voice. If you didn't already know, there are two ways a writer can write—through a passive voice, or an active voice. A passive voice is something you should definitely avoid in your writing, as it slows the rhythm and speed of your writing and makes it sound weaker than you intended it to be. Instead of saying, "The kitchen had been cleaned by Julie," you should say, "Julie cleaned the kitchen." Using fewer words is one of the best tricks for using an active voice. When you avoid verb modifiers like has and had and have been, your writing will definitely lack a crazy amount of passive voice. ☞ Just remember—passive voice can be used wherever it is appropriate, but majority of your work should be in active voice for it to be impactful to readers.

  3. Read. This sounds plain obvious compared to the others, but it isn't any less truer. I've heard many people say that reading is not mandatory for writers, that it is only to be expected of them, and I agree that it is more of a preference than an obligation; however there's much more to it than that. By reading other people's work, you are unknowingly learning new vocabulary, practicing your grammar, and expanding the scope of your imagination. Books can give you insight to topics you weren't familiar with before. It can teach you lessons that will help you become the best version of yourself, thus allowing you to become the best writer you can be. Ideas will come more easily, and it's safe to say that your motives for writing will increase more with every word you read (I know it does for me). I'm not saying to read every single day, or even every week. Just read whenever you can make the time for it, whenever your heart and mind are in unison and ready to explore new depths of vision and beliefs beyond compare. Read when you want to, never because you have to.

  4. Have a suitable writing space. They say the most inspiration comes in places with perfect silence, but I believe that everyone has different preferences when it comes to where they express themselves the most. It doesn't have to be somewhere deathly quiet, or even indoors. Some people I know write in coffee shops, where they can survey the environment and formulate realistic ideas from watching people's habits and behaviours (seems genius in my opinion, but not really my cup of tea). I personally write in my bedroom at my school desk, either in silence or with a peaceful ambience in the background. ☞ My point is that you should find a place to write where you not only feel comfortable, but safe enough to write to your heart's extent. It's incredibly important to be somewhere secure while you get lost in the words you write, and I can imagine you've already met a scenario where you find somewhere to write and don't end up getting a single word on the page. I totally get that, and it's understandable, but you cannot stare at a blank page forever. And sometimes all it takes for the words to start flowing is a nice place that entrances you to the point of not knowing where you are until the moment your fingers stop moving.

  5. Embrace writer's block. You probably think I'm crazy for saying this, but it's true. A sad fact is that if you've been writing for a while, you'll eventually reach a point in your journey when writer's block comes knocking at your doorstep. When it approaches, you have two options: you can either allow yourself to drown in fear and the infamous imposter syndrome, or you can bide your time until inspiration smacks you in the face (I like the latter much better, if I'm being honest). It will be hard, I won't lie, but you can embrace the little break it has given you and use it to your advantage. ☞ My advice? Take this time to clear your head of crowded thoughts that only weigh burdens on your shoulders. If you are planning an upcoming story, do research for it and use this opportunity to outline (I'm looking at you, pantsers. There's no running from it now. EMBRACE IT). Whenever I hit writer's block, I read and read and read because it brings me the same feeling I get when I write. I read because it helps shove my fears to the back of my head and allows me to revel in other people's TALENT. I feel so honoured to be part of the inclusive writing community, and I look up to the author community and my writer friends every single day. I embrace what will pass, so I can move forward and continue on before life passes me by. Don't allow yourself to succumb to your doubts; you are a writer, with or without a title, and writer's block is completely normal. It is up to you to accept the fact and welcome the conniving little thing with open arms. You got this. I believe in you.

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