My Top Ten List of Writing Tip Lists

I was searching the internet the other day for blog post ideas because well...honestly I felt my blog had become stale. Posting blog articles had become infrequent. Good ideas had run away from home.

Of course, I ran across several posts listing blog post ideas, which was very helpful...sort of. Here's my blog post about my search for blog ideas. One of the suggestions was the popular top ten list blog post. List ten of anything.

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10 roller coaster rides that will knock your brains out
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10 reasons to avoid shopping at that big box chain store

Since I've been a member of the writing community, I've found that writers might be the most paranoid, insecure bunch of creative personalities on the planet. So much second-guessing about already published work. Should I have done this different or that better? What can I do to make readers love me...um...I mean my work? Any little bit of criticism (interpret this as negative reviews) sends most of us into a frenzy to try to correct our perceived writing deficiencies. After all, there must be a REASON we are not at the top of the bestseller list every single day. Right?

Yes, we admit it: Our pride is wrapped up in how our writing is received. Our book baby is a part of who we are. We've put our heart and soul out there for people to evaluate. If you don't like my writing, you just might not like me. Well, that's the fear deep in our writing hearts.

So much has been written about making one's writing better. I did an internet search for writing tips lists and the search results resulted in a long list. I'm gonna share my top ten list of writing tip lists. Well, no that's not quite true. These aren't my top ten. These lists are just the ones I decided to list here.

Breathing Fiction        Joss Whedon’s Top Ten Writing Tips           http://breathingfiction.com/2012/11/30/joss-whedons-top-10-writing-tips/

The Guardian              Ten Rules For Writing Fiction            http://www.theguardian.com/books/2010/feb/20/ten-rules-for-writing-fiction-part-one

Goins, Writer              10 Ridiculously Simple Tip for Writing a Book         http://goinswriter.com/tips-writing-book/

Writers’ Digest           10 Tips for Writing     

I took the time to read the above lists, and I found some really interesting points. A few takeaways that might be helpful.

Apparently there were a few blog writers that didn't get the email about keeping the list to just ten points.

iUniverse                     Twenty Writing Tips from Fiction Writers   http://www.iuniverse.com/expertadvice/20writingtipsfrom12fictionauthors.aspx

Thought Catalog         21 Harsh But Great Writing Tips From Great Authors         http://thoughtcatalog.com/cody-delistraty/2013/09/21-harsh-but-eye-opening-writing-tips-from-great-authors/

Writing Forward         The 22 Best Writing Tips Ever          

99U                             25 Insights on Becoming a Better Writer        

Notice how the lists keep getting longer? I skimmed these and started noticing a lot of the same quotes from the same authors.

By the time I found the next two on the list, I had quit reading.

Daring To Live Fully  57 Tips For Writers, From Writers    

Write to Done             How to Be a Writer: 201 Compelling Tips    

Two hundred and one tips? Who has time to read that many tips. I don't. I need to spend my time...writing. And that is my point. Okay, here's Denise's one and only writing tip:

Just write.

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