The Writer’s 10 Commandments!

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With writing, one fact only is crystal clear. It is not a simple task.

From a very young age, we recognize in ourselves if we lean towards having what it takes. Many of us can reach the status of an average writer, but only a few escape mediocrity and achieve a superior writing and artistic quality.

Probably I will never perform a lot better than being just an average writer. My vocabulary is insufficient and I will probably need to attend an English literature course to become better.

I can write just fine though about cryptocurrencies that is the niche I am concentrating on.

I didn’t choose to write on cryptocurrencies, it was probably crypto that selected me. I learned a lot within the five years I am active in the “Cryptoverse”, yet I don’t remember exactly why I started writing.

I was testing platforms, looking more into how each blockchain network operates, and always tried to determine the pros and cons of each one. I am result-oriented with deciding about my investments and the last thing I wanted was to fund a stagnant and expensive network.

Without further ado like a modern crypto-Moses that recently descended from Mount Gox (Sinai), I bring you the 10 Writer’s Commandments!

The Commandments!

Not exactly commandments but mostly common knowledge.

i) Be honest with your audience

ii) Write about topics you enjoy

iii) Write with passion

iv) Be fair with other writers

v) Keep doing research

vi) Don’t write just for an income

vii) Be persistent

viii) Learn touch typing

ix) Study writing techniques and the English language

x) Don’t plagiarize

xi) Personalised Rule (s)

In Detail

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i) Be honest with your audience

Our audience is the whole internet. Seven billion people are searching the web daily and this is our target group. It is required to have an honest approach and respect our audience. We can’t write about something we don’t understand. It is better to write about subjects we have personal experience with and avoid any topic that we are not entirely sure about.

Remember the proverb: “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing”.

It is dangerous for our audience as we may direct them to horrible mistakes, but also for us since our incomplete knowledge and mistakes will become obvious.

When it is required to write a section about a topic we haven’t had enough experience or knowledge of, it is better to explain this to our readers.

Mistakes can happen but it is better to limit them to a minimum and conduct more research before we publish.

ii) Enjoy writing

If you don’t enjoy it, but find it to be another routine, then maybe this is not for you.

We write about subjects that we find interesting and enjoy the time we put into it. If you feel you are forcing yourself when you write, then the result will not be as great as you would have wanted to.

Why should you write about anything else than topics that you find interesting? I’ve explained in the previous paragraph that our audience is seven billion people. We don’t need to try and write about topics that we don’t like just because they are “hot” topics. Any topic we select will always have an audience.

iii) Write with passion

You will need that fire burning in your heart. Without passion, you will find your articles being dull and leaving a lot to be desired.

When we are telling a story, we can’t be flat and not express feelings. Passion is the outcome of the above example. If we write about things we enjoy too much, we will probably be passionate about them.

iv) Be fair with other writers

We may have to provide commentary to other writers’ work at times. This requires a delicate approach since we may have an idea of what they are going through. We can’t comment by asking twenty questions just to confuse the audience and the writer and try to create an impression. If we disagree and definitely have to write something useful, this needs to be written politely and contain logical arguments.

The opinion of everyone is respected, and we don’t need to challenge the opinion. We don’t have to counter argue the opinion of someone that spent hours writing an articlle. If we disagree it doesn’t matter, we can move on.

We can challenge the facts that are presented though if these are mistakenly transferred and contain errors.

v) Keep doing research

After some time we will run out of topics. We will probably need to keep researching and follow the news depending on the topics we discuss in our publications. Otherwise, we will be left behind and our articles will be outdated.

Research can take a lot of hours daily but it is important as we will find new and interesting topics to cover in our articles.

vi) Don’t write just for an income

Is this your ultimate goal? Then you are in for a disappointment. Write because you love writing. Money will not make you happier, but it is something that could come later. The focus should always be on the quality of writing, not on the money itself.

vii) Be persistent

There will be events that will bring us down to earth, and sometimes we will think about it again and may decide to quit too early. It all depends, but if we are truly in a quest to reach a respected writer’s status we should better leave every drawback behind and be more persistent. In some situations, writing will also help us.

viii) Learn touch typing.

Start now. I mean it.

Spend 3–4 hours daily to learn how to use a keyboard properly. That’s what I did for a couple of months and then kept practicing. A year later I was able to write with extremely high speed and accuracy.

Your productivity will increase exponentially and you will find it very easy to instantly digitize your thoughts in an article. I remember myself writing fast without touch-typing, but it was 1/3rd of how fast I can write now.

Imagine the time you spare and how exhausting it is to look at the keyboard and back at the screen. You will find a whole new world in front of you after a while.

You will be able to write all your thoughts instantly. It is this fast.

ix) Study writing techniques

There are many techniques like descriptive or narrative writing. We don’t lose anything studying these techniques and we will enhance our writing style. We should try to become better with our English and enrich our vocabulary. English courses of higher level and reading English literature will certainly help us evolve.

x) Don’t plagiarize

We are not lazy or incompetent to plagiarize from fellow writers. It is a terrible act and sadly some still don’t understand the damage plagiarism is causing. Even if you disagree with anything else I’ve written, this one is the golden rule nobody should ever break.

xi) Personalised Rule(s)

Frankly, I don’t like most rules. These are for children or immature adults when learning how to behave in an organized society. When it comes to writing though, I feel that I am still in a juvenile state and comparing myself with top authors I feel desperate and hopeless.

Following these steps seems to be a logical approach that could increase the quality of our writing. Consequently, our followers will increase and we could maybe reach higher recognition for our written works.

Everyone will need rules fitting to their living conditions, lifestyle, personal conditions, etc. Some rules can be bend as everyone has a different approach and writing style.

Every writer has their own set of rules. Some just write for a couple of hours, others have a schedule and some don’t want anything to disrupt their attention when writing and wear headphones. This is all personal matters.

Some writers don’t like political discussions and have the rule to avoid commenting on these topics. It can be anything, and these are rules that we set and will have to live by them.

Final thoughts

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This article is not about cutting edges, not about hacking your way into increased views, and not about tricks to increase followers.

I never looked for any of these options when I started and my only aim was to become a better author. I removed many of the common words I was using and keep improving my vocabulary.

I don’t care about SEO (Search Engine Optimization) either. Until recently I didn’t know such kind of optimization existed.

Most of us don’t have many differences, I am not a better writer than anyone that will be reading this.

I suggest to any other user that is at an average level like me, not to waste time with any tricks. Focus on the writing task, do it with joy, and be passionate about it.

I didn’t create this article to restrain your creativity, it is mostly my rules and how I am approaching this so far. Everyone is free to have their own approach and perform accordingly.

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