Kaitlyn Luckow


Top Rules For Writing


There are a million guides and rule books to writing out there that I’ve read. Most of them are 200+ pages of rambling B.S. to be quite honest.

Instead of making you listen to me ramble on for centuries, I’ve narrowed down my tips for writing into four digestible rules that are easy to follow and understand.

Because the truth of the matter is, we’ve all got this! We can all write! So let’s get to it.

Word Vomit

I know it’s not the most glamorous two words that have ever been put together, but they’re two words that work.

Word vomiting is all about not being afraid to vomit out everything you’re thinking on the page.

Don’t second guess yourself, don’t think your thought is dumb. That’s not the point. The point is starting and getting ideas down on paper.

The first thing you need to do while writing is just that—write. Vomit out everything you’re thinking and feeling, even if it doesn’t make any sense. At least you’ve written something.

Don't Edit As You Write, Edit After

This goes along with word-vomiting. As you’re writing, DO NOT censor yourself. Do not stop and think about where the commas need to go. You can figure out commas later.

If you pause after every sentence to make sure that it’s perfect, you’re going to lose your creative thought and flow. This is why writer’s block happens.

Nothing has to be perfect when you first write it. Write complete gibberish at first, who cares?

You can edit it later, but it’s key that you actually do it later.

You are your own worst critic

You are your own worst enemy. You are going to constantly read your work and think that it’s nothing special. Which makes sense. You’re reading your thoughts that you have on paper, they’re nothing special to you.

But, NO ONE else is having those thoughts. That’s what makes it special.

Always remember that you will always be your own worst critic. Don’t be hard on yourself. Don’t be afraid to share your work. People will love it.

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You must read.

This seems obvious, but a lot of people skip this step. In order to become a better writer, you have to read.

Every study ever has shown this. Consume the work that you want to create. Constantly. Want to write the next great American novel? Read them. Want to be a great Instagram poet? Hit up those accounts. Want to write a killer resume? Read so many resumes your head hurts!

If you need any book suggestions or don’t know where to start, just ask. I’ve got you covered ;)