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The following is the post I wrote that I referenced yesterday, that I am pretty sure was taken from me, rewritten in list form with no creativity, and then re-posted in someone elses name after I sent it in to be posted, per their request. I hope you enjoy it. It’s mine, and no one elses.

5 Tips Every Writer Should Know
By Sara La Rue

Finding tips for writing is as easy as any Google search; you’ll find links with lists and websites of information, including tools to help motivate you and topics to spark your imagination. However, when I sat down and thought about my own five most important tips for writers, I tried to think about the tips that I find most beneficial.

First, and most important: You do not have to have an English degree to write enjoyable, well written pieces for readers. Most of my favorite blogs and columns are written by people who woke up one day and decided to write something down. Lawyers, teachers, gas station attendants, it doesn’t matter who you are. If you have the desire to write, grab a pen and start writing. Every reader on this planet has a different preference for satisfying reading. Know that you can’t please everyone and jump in anyway. Follow your heart and mind, let your fingers do the typing and discover what you have within you.

Secondly, write what you know. Don’t desperately attempt nonfiction when fiction is where you strive. Don’t start a blog about comic books when you’re more interested in fashion. Don’t write for the public’s interests, write for yourself. The audience that finds interest in your personal genre will find you. However, with that said, don’t forget to challenge yourself once in awhile, dive in and write something completely different, just for your own sake, but remember not to beat yourself up if it doesn’t come naturally.

Third, you will have writers block once in awhile, and when you do, try to relax. Take a break, have a cup of cocoa and get away from it for a little while. Pick up and go somewhere else, sometimes you just need a change of scenery. When that doesn’t work, try a random word generator as a way to exercise your mind. Get a word, write a paragraph about it. Do it again. Worst case scenario, fall in love with your deadline. Plan for it, date it. Mentally prepare for it and ration out the time you have left. Write your article for it, as it if was a letter to your love about whatever the topic is at hand.

Fourth, take everything you have and get it all out. Put your partial thoughts on paper and take your time piecing them together later. This will come in handy when you’re struggling to get an outline and when you know exactly what you want to say. Just scribble it down in an endless list and then go through it later to rewrite each line in genuine care and detail. The most important thing is having it. Keep a voice recorder handy for the car or when you’re in bed. Sometimes your best thoughts come to you in the middle of the night or when you’re unlikely to have a pen around.

Finally, my fifth and final tip to achieve success with writing is to READ. Reading has incredible effects on a writer. It motivates them to create things others can read. It enhances your vocabulary and improves your general language and writing skills. When you read something you enjoy, it reminds you why you write in the first place, you write in hopes for others to feel the same. Be excited that what you write can change the views of those who come across it. It has the ability to create emotion, promote thought and imagination, to encourage and educate. Your writing is an open door; it’s your job to welcome guests inside.