Tips on Becoming a Better Writer – Day 2

The first day of NANOWRIMO started very well. I was able to put in 1947 words yesterday on my quest for my next novel. It will be the third book on my trilogy “Journey to Freedom”. I will not reveal the title of the book yet since I am using a tentative title until I find a suitable one as the story unfolds. The first book on the series is called “The Iron Butterfly” published this year, in May 2015. The second on the series, “BAHALA NA (Come What May)” was published in 2013. Yes it was done backwards. When “BAHALA NA (Come What May)” was published, I had no intention of doing a series but my grandchildren wanted a prequel to the book to know the life of Regina, Adelaide’s mother who brought up nine children on her own when her husband died so I decided to do a prequel which was my NANOWRIMO project in November 2013. It took a year and a half to do the edits and rewrites. Both books on the series are available at

Today is the second day of NANOWRIMO and I’m pounding away at my keyboards.

For today’s tip on becoming a better writer which is as good and inspirational as the daily tips for a happy, healthy and successful life, I come up with a simple one related to the first tip. This tip can also be a tip for a successful life.

  1. Second to a good dictionary, you should get a thesaurus. Nothing beats the Roget’s Thesaurus. I have “The New Roget’s Thesaurus in Dictionary Form”. It is easy to use since it is in alphabetical order. You may not think you don’t need these two reference books (dictionary and thesaurus) but in my case I find these two books in my library as valuable tools in my writing career.

Here is another one of books that I enjoyed and recommend.

New York by Rutherfurd

“New York” by Edward Rutherfurd is another favorite book of mine. I lived in New York for 43 ½ years and I enjoyed reading “New York” and learning a lot about my favorite city. Another lengthy book, I may add.

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