Thursday, May 19, 2016

Random Tips, Tricks, and Habits of Good Writers

(part 2)

  • Always carry a notebook with you. Inspirations for your story come from everywhere. Be prepared for those sudden moments of light bulbs going off.
  • When you write, it's helpful to be somewhere without internet connection. We all know how hard it is to concentrate on your writing. Especially when there are cat videos waiting for you on youtube.
  • If you ever think that your writing is boring or predictable, just remember: You wrote it. You know what's going to happen. You've poured hours of your time into reading, re-reading, and editing your work. You know the plot by heart. For your audience, it's their first time hearing it. They don't know your story like you do.
  • When you write your book's first draft, don't go back and edit it. You'll never finish. Make it your first priority to simply reach the end before you attempt to correct your mistakes.
  • Listen to advice people give you. You might think that your precious darling is perfect just the way it is, but it's not. Your writing can always be improved and many times the readers are able to pick up errors or faults overlooked by the author.
  • Avoid adverbs when possible. A verb should be to stand by itself.
  • It's unnecessary to write your book in chronological order. Write the chapter you want to write. Eventually you'll start to be able to piece the parts together. This can prevent writer's block or encourage you to actually sit down and write.
  • Don't expect everyone to enjoy your writing. People have differing opinions and certain preferences. I know that there are people who can't stand some of my favorite books. You need to learn to overlook these people and appreciate those who love your writing.
  • Find other writers to review your work. I know that sometimes you can be reluctant to share your writing with others, but you need to get other's advice in order to improve your work. Don't settle for sharing with friends, parents, or someone who happens to be an avid reader. It's important to have other writers see your work. They are not emotionally attached to the story like you are, and they have the expertise to advise you and aim you in the right direction.

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