I've been cleaning up my laptop a bit, trying to delete anything unimportant or unused. And when I found a document with just some bullet points of writing wisdom from my favorite Creative Writing professor, I thought that instead of deleting it (because I hadn't thought to look at it in a year), I would post it here. That way, anyone in need of writing inspiration could benefit as well, and I can get rid of one more unused file on my laptop!
If you feel like your writing’s not good enough, lower your expectations (This one's my favorite, probably because it's so hard for me to do!).
When finishing a story, think about if you want readers looking forward or back.
Have a time limit for writing sessions (30 minutes is good) and don’t stop writing the entire time. This is great for anyone with limited free time (students, full-time employees, basically everyone).
Plan before you start writing, then just write. Don't check facts if they're going to slow you down. Do it later. If you keep interrupting yourself, you can never lose yourself in the writing.
Remember that fiction has a thesis statement too.
Try writing first thing in the morning or late at night, when you’re half asleep. Your mind is looser and you might find yourself writing in a different way.
Always remember that if it were easy, everyone would be doing it.