20 Writing Exercises and Tips for Expert Authors

Keep Your Inspiration Flowing and Pen Moving

Whether you have writer’s block or simply don’t have a lot of time on your hands, you know creating buzz will help you succeed, but how do you do it?

First, it’s important that you don’t let your platform lay fallow or become stagnant. From publishing articles to social media, stay fresh on the scene by continually providing content that offers a great user experience. And not just any old content – make sure it’s quality content that’s relevant, informative, and original.

Next, make writing a priority. Even if it’s simply 15-30 minutes a day, create a dedicated writing routine. If and when you feel the clammy hands of writer’s block or just need a jump start, try any of these 20 writing exercises and tips!

  1. Research trends. Don’t become obsolete – stay in the conversation! Change can happen daily; be the first to pick up on new trends. See what others are discussing on various blogs and news sites. Discover, consider, and then predict.
     
  2. Become a storyteller. Stories of real-life events often show the reader what you mean better than just telling them. These stories can lead to relevant calls-to-action that offer advice as to how to accomplish or avoid the moral of your story.
  3. Listen to imagine. Listen to one of your favorite pieces of music – something that ‘moves’ you. Let that music feed your imagination and write.
     
  4. Train the rookie. “When I first started …” Imagine you’re giving advice to your replacement, i.e., someone who has little or no experience. Explain the obstacles you overcame, what you learned (the hard way), etc.
     
  5. Read your draft out loud. This helps you pick up errors or “trouble spots” more easily than silently reading. When you become tripped up, consider how to write your message more clearly.
     
  6. Going on holiday? Use the new scenery as inspiration for article ideas! Take a travel journal with you and discover how you can work those ideas into your niche.
     
  7. Read comments. Next time you’re reading an article or a blog post online, scroll down to read the comments. Note the questions, reactions, etc. to gain reader insight as well as discover what readers want or what other authors are missing.
     
  8. Ditch the technology. Combine a fresh sheet of paper, your passion for your niche, and a good pen to unleash the power of your ideas during your next brainstorming session.
     
  9. Ask: who, what, where, when, why, and how? Start with any subject and apply all of these questions. Dig deeper, beyond the obvious, to deliver incredible answers to readers.
     
  10. Get your blood pumping. Workout. Go for a run. Do push ups in your living room. Get moving! A healthy body is a healthy mind and it will channel your energy into great articles.
     
  11. Change your scenery. Go somewhere. The park, zoo, downtown, or just sit under a tree and enjoy the day for a moment. Focus on your surroundings to find inspiration in your environment.
     
  12. Alphabetize. From A to Z, list the letters of the alphabet. Write a word related to your niche for each letter of the alphabet. Go over these words and consider how you can expand on these topics.
     
  13. Respectfully eavesdrop. Sit in a busy public place and listen to others around you. Jot down the topics of their conversations. What are others passionate about? What topics are popular in the world around you? Write a list of 10 article titles based on the conversations you heard.
     
  14. Shake up your approach. Instead of envisioning your article, imagine you’re writing a movie or a book, painting a picture, or giving a speech. You will think of new approaches for your niche; utilize those approaches to create new and compelling articles.
     
  15. Get a stopwatch. Write down a topic. Set a stopwatch for at least two minutes and then immediately begin writing. Allow your mind to tangentially flow without reviewing what you’re writing. Once the time is up, consider what your readers would find most valuable. Use it to write your next article.
     
  16. Save the introduction for later. Don’t get stuck deciding how to introduce your topic. Write the most important information first: the benefit(s) to readers. Once you have the structure and informative benefits, then write the introduction and conclusion.
     
  17. Turn on the television. After watching a movie or TV show, consider the most memorable scenes or character interactions. What emotions did you feel? What did you relate to the most? What parts of your niche or audience’s needs are similar? Try to emulate these scenes or characters to engage and compel readers in a relevant article.
     
  18. Practice descriptive writing. Paint a picture in your readers’ minds by incorporating more descriptive details in your writing. Use similes, metaphors, and even analogies to help form a clear image.
     
  19. Start a conversation. Whether it’s a peer, a friend, or family member – start a discussion. Talk about your ideas, your audience’s needs, or even a new trend in your niche to gain another perspective because two (or more) minds are better than one.
     
  20. Map your ideas. Pick a topic and map it out by narrowing it down to its most basic principles. Reverse this process by expanding the topic – consider elements that are related to or affected by the topic.

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Do you have any exercises or writing tips you would like to add? Join the conversation by sharing them in the comments section below!

19 Comments »


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Should I follow “Train the rookie” point while writing articles (specially for promoting sales) in a corporate website? Will it be good to use?

Comment provided March 28, 2013 at 9:39 AM

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Terry Weber writes:

In my experience the only way to write anything is to sit down, put your feet up, lean back, look out the window and… THINK. You need to think about your reader, his/her needs, his/her interests. Then think about your objective. Think about what you want the reader to do. Think about a story you can tell your reader that will interest him/her. Think about the action you want your reader to take. Think about ways to get your reader to take that action – right now!

Comment provided March 28, 2013 at 9:59 AM

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Honestly, these ideas seem like an awful lot of work. I rather take time simply think about what writing about and how to make it more interesting. It takes a little time and sometimes awful lot of effort but it really is the only way to finish an article (or what ever it is you are writing).

Comment provided March 28, 2013 at 10:57 AM

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Shad writes:

Thank you for writing this resource within your site.

Comment provided March 28, 2013 at 1:36 PM

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Joaseph Dabon writes:

Just what I need. Sometimes the spirit is willing but the body is weak.

Comment provided March 28, 2013 at 8:22 PM

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Randall Magwood writes:

Listening to music often gives me inspiration to write. I personally like to write 1 500+ word article in 15 minutes or less.

Comment provided March 28, 2013 at 11:00 PM

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Lance Winslow writes:

Wow, now that is a GREAT POST. All of those are great ideas, and this is good advice.

Comment provided March 28, 2013 at 11:03 PM

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Larry Icabandi Nabiong writes:

I really appreciate this list of must-do’s towards getting an article– or two– written. For me, it is just a matter of little creativity to coax ideas around or from thin air…I just have to activate my senses by appreciating deafening silence or embracing the subtle noise around….

Comment provided March 29, 2013 at 12:30 AM

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Maulik Shah writes:

Its really help to many author also me. Well, thanks for sharing this incredible information.

Comment provided March 29, 2013 at 3:44 AM

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Ajarn Spencer writes:

Reminds me of the ‘ten ways to find out if your boyfriend loves you’ articles in those cheapo bored housewife glossy magazines.

The causes and influences that ‘inspire’ such articles, do not come from the heart, nor are they truly the results of deep and long term contemplation as to which are the essential elements of successful and original Authorship style

The causes and influencing reasons, factors or underlying Agendas (such as an author’s deadline. or time window to rentabilitize the article), are structured according to cold clinical seo theory, to grab attention with powerful list titles.. but actually, when a journalist or hired hand web author just concentrates on writing well and have enough deep interest and knowledge about one’s chosen topic

Comment provided March 29, 2013 at 5:52 AM

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These points will help me to have a better style of writing. Thanks

Comment provided March 29, 2013 at 10:28 AM

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Gracious Store writes:

Thanks for these great writing strategies!

Comment provided March 29, 2013 at 11:50 PM

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Writing is like learning to steer. you have got to begin with baby steps before you’ll take seasoned strides.
All of those are great ideas, and this is very good advice.

Comment provided March 30, 2013 at 4:59 AM

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Saved as a favorite, I really like your blog!

Comment provided March 30, 2013 at 6:48 AM

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Guildford Man writes:

Writing is an art and you need a clear mind to start to have your thoughts projected in writing so that every reader can be on the same footsteps.

For me when i start writing for my own business, i remember i was making all sort of mistakes. I wanted to express what i have in my mind so that when people read it they can have a good understanding about the topic i am writing about.

The above writing tips are of great help for the beginners and as well as for regular writers. You always learn something new and try to improve as there there is always a room for improvement.

Comment provided March 31, 2013 at 6:28 AM

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Writing is an art , an inspiration and all about creativity.Thanks for these great writing strategies!

Comment provided April 1, 2013 at 5:14 PM

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Great ideas for new articles.
I use to reflect life experiences for my articles.

Comment provided April 2, 2013 at 2:36 AM

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Michael Noll writes:

Solid, general tips for all writers.

Comment provided April 2, 2013 at 2:50 PM

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Karen Lopez writes:

I like to listen to the conversation of other people. I learn many things in the process. I get first-hand information about the latest news and worldwide events. It helps in creating topics for writing blog posts.

Comment provided January 10, 2014 at 6:40 AM

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