author • educator • reader
Sheryl at the cabin
Writing Tips

If you want to be a better writer …

  1. Write something! No more excuses about not having enough free time. Nobody does. Just start and write a little every day.

  2. Revise! Your work will not be perfect the first time you get it down. Let it sit a while and look at it later.  You will see things that need to be changed.

  3. Pay attention. Keep a small idea notebook. Take notice of what is unique around you. Listen to conversations. Go to workshops and join a writer’s group.

  4. Read … a lot! Nobody is a good writer without being a reader first.

  5. Persevere, hang on, keep trying! Good things will happen.
The best advice I got as a writer came from
my first editor while writing my Sugar book. 
She said that becoming a published author is “tough.”

But she also said, “if you stick with it long enough—
you will get breaks and eventually good things will happen!”


Quotes About Writing


“So Matilda’s strong mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who have sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message:  You are not alone.”

— Roald Dahl


“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales.  If you want your children to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”

— Albert Einstein


“Everybody is talented, original, and has something important to say.”

— Brenda Ueland


“The beautiful part of writing is that you don’t have to get it right the first time, unlike a brain surgeon. You can always make it better.”

— Robert Cormier