A Successful Writer’s 25 Tips for Writing Online

Stop and think why Tim Denning says these things

Dew Langrial
Feb 26 · 4 min read
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Writing advice is great if it is simple.

You can waste a lot of time reading advice that doesn’t remotely help you. Or you can chose to get hammered by short but intense cleverness.

Tim Denning has more than 100M views over the last six years. He says, “ I didn’t study beautiful English essays or date Hemingway’s mother.”

I have read books on writing. But Tim Denning’s raw, emotional, unprofessional, and popular style can teach us a lot about writing — and succeeding — online.

Don’t try to invent your style. Everything is a remix. Hardly 1% of information is unique. Focus on your personal experiences and how you understood that information.

Never complain if people are copying or imitating your articles. Internet is like that. Learn to live with it and be thankful. They could have copied someone else too. You are lucky.

Don’t try to write a viral story. You are free to make mistakes and screw headlines.

Do your best and hit publish. Get rid of perfection. Move on.

Most of your stories will fail to create an impact. That’s okay. Don’t fret over it.

People can like strange things. They may love your worst piece and hate your best story.

People want to know something silly you did and survived. They already know the sane things.

New writers fail to see how helping others is helping yourself.

Taking a break from your writing is a writing tip. Small breaks recharge you for writing.

Every writer faces rejection in writing life. Publications have the right to reject your pieces. Try again. Don’t quit.

Don’t stick with one style. Write fiction, non-fiction, essays, short pieces, long pieces, and poems, if you like.

If all your stories look the same, “format like an out-of-control Kardashian fan who spotted Kim with Kanye,” Tim suggests.

If you find your work embarrassing, you are on the right track.

If your writing from five years ago nauseates you, it’s all right. It should.

People don’t have time. When you are Stephen King, they’ll love to read every word you write. Until then, cut every extra word.

Write more and write regularly — at a particular time. Publish as frequently as possible.

Write because you had something to say. Forget what happens next.

Fame is a nightmare. People like Tim Ferriss or James Altucher can tell you how being famous makes life complicated.

Try to reach a state of flow if you want to succeed as a writer. Start early in the morning. Write the first draft and then take a break. Edit later.

Amateur writers don’t have a writing process. To write regularly, you have to follow a routine that becomes your habit — or your second nature.

If you want to break grammar rules, you are free to do that.

Don’t feel bad about a mistake you made. Let it be there. Your readers want to see your faulty human side.

If you can give words to how many of us feel, you can connect with the reader quickly.

Write. Publish. Repeat. After five years, you’ll be living a different life.

“You could die tomorrow, so why not write today?” Tim asks.

Final Thoughts

You cannot easily imagine yourself writing better than Hemingway or Stephen King.

But writers like Tim Denning tell us that we can do it too.

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Dew Langrial

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Living life in awe of it all. Hoping to make sense. A Thinker, Writer & Storyteller. Working on my tech startup.

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We curate and disseminate outstanding articles from diverse domains and disciplines to create fusion and synergy.

Dew Langrial

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Living life in awe of it all. Hoping to make sense. A Thinker, Writer & Storyteller. Working on my tech startup.

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We curate and disseminate outstanding articles from diverse domains and disciplines to create fusion and synergy.

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