Tips on Becoming a Better Writer

Tips on becoming a better writer are as good and inspirational as the daily tips for a happy, healthy and successful life. Since this month I’m busy with NANOWRIMO, I will post tips on becoming a better writer which can also apply to tips for a successful life.

What’s up in November? To me, it is the NANOWRIMO (National Novel Writing Month), a writing challenge to finish a novel in 30 days with a word count of at least 50,000 words. It is not intended to be a final manuscript. It is a working first draft and most likely needs at least five edits or even ten edits until it’s considered ready for publication. It is a great writing exercise and develops discipline and a great habit of sitting on my butt and hitting the keyboards every day.

As I embark on another writing marathon in November at NANOWRIMO I would like to share some tips I learned along the way in my writing journey. Accompanying the tips are my favorite books which I read and recommend. Some are long novel like Hawaii but they are interesting books and you will learn something from them.

  1.  First thing, you should do to be a better writer is to get a good dictionary. I have a Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary that I have been using for years. I have other dictionaries but I like this one the best.

Here is one of my favorite books. It’s quite lengthy but I learned a lot about Hawaii’s history. James Michener is a great writer and I came across plenty of words that I didn’t understand so I used my dictionary to look them up.

Hawaii by Mitchener


About SCLMRose

Having retired from the business world, Rosalinda is now pursuing her great love of books by catching up on her reading which she had no time before. She also writes historical novels and rose gardening articles and is the editor of the award-winning newsletter, The Charleston Rose. All her books (The Wentworth Legacy, The Iron Butterfly, and BAHALA NA (Come What May) are available at On her spare time, she enjoys gardening and volunteering in her neighborhood.
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