1) If you don’t know what to write about, look around you, go out and do something, and observe. Drive past something–a business or an organization, and write about it.
2) Always have an inquiring mind before and during the time you’re writing.
3) Make sure your statements aren’t ambiguous or need clarification. Get your facts right.
4) Make your writing not only clear and effective, but graceful–not long and choppy.
5) Anything that gets between you and your readers, such as misspellings, sloppy punctuation, or bad word choice is a barrier to communication.
6) Don’t insult or offend anyone.
7) Practice, practice, practice. The more you write, the easier it gets.
8) Be committed to revising everything you write.
9) Once you’ve gotten published in a particular publication, don’t wait for the editor to assign you something else. Query the editor and follow up by phone.
10) Be reliable with editors. Meet your deadlines.
Remember that writing liberates you. You are free to be creative in your work. If you need more ideas, read my books that have been Featured Selections of Writer’s Digest Book Club. They are “Beginners’ Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features” and “You Can Be A Columnist.”
Copyright 2012 by Charlotte Digregorio.