10 Tips for Becoming a Better Writer
By: Emma Right
1. Write each day. If you wrote just a thousand a word a day, which isn’t much, in three years you would have written a 1, 000,000 word book. They say it take a million words before a person became excellent in writing. So, hey, what are you waiting for, you future Pulitzer winning author, you.
2. Be yourself. Your personality should shine through your words. You are actually more lovable that you think you are. And really believe that an authors’ work is a window to his /her soul. Oops, sorry Stephen King, you wonder of the horror story genre.
3.Read books about improving the craft of story-telling if you are a fiction writer. I subscribed to Writers’ Digest, and also the Christian Writer’s Guild, and they have resources to help anyone wanting to improve. I feel I’d never be so good whereby I should stop learning, and I have dozens of books on how to write better, and I actually enjoy reading this as much as I enjoy reading fiction.
4. Which brings me to my next point: read more fiction books if you are a fiction author. Read classics, read commercial novels, read popular self-published authors. but especially read in the genre you are writing.
5.Watch movies. I think movies help a person’s imagination thrive. It’s like those stick vitamins you push into the ground to feed your plants. Each great movie is a rich source for other stories to grow from.
6. Ask yourself the “what if” questions throughout the day. Like what if gas got to so high (isn’t it already?) that we’d all have to walk everywhere, or ride bicycles? Madness right? But if gas went to $100 a gallon, who could afford to drive? How would our society change? See how your mind would run away with all kinds of possibilities from there?
7. Next time you watch movie study the reactions and tics of the actors and actresses and incorporate their reactions into your stories. For instance, if the actor is scared what’s his facial expression, or gesture like?
8. Dream. Don’t be afraid to dream big dreams and before you go to sleep, (this one I read in one of those WD books) think of the plot you’ve come up with and let your mind dwell on it as you close your eyes. You might just wake up with a best-seller. At least that’s what Stephanie Myers of Twilight said happened to her.
9.Don’t let negative thoughts pull you down. And there are a lot of negative people out there. Have you read some of those negative reviews? Even for some of the best known authors. Hey, you can’t please everyone. I got a one star review from a person who gave Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games book a two star…I didn’t feel so bad after I found that out. But notice how I, too, search out the one stars! Forget the fact that there are so many 4 and 5 stars, I had to go search out those 1 and 2 stars. Then I had to remind myself that I was letting the negative energies of others spoil my day, and maybe even my next book. Most authors are sensitive creatures, (you know who you are,) but don’t let the sour-pusses turn your vintage wine into vinegar. And don’t you just hate it when a reviewers write, “I really hate to give this book a bad review…” I’d like to know who put a gun to their heads to force them to do what they hate–give a bad review,that is. So, don’t let the nay-sayers take you down.
10.Never give up. Some say that if the author kept on keeping on they’d eventually end up with a best seller. I bet that could be you!
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Genre - Young Adult Adventure Fantasy
Rating – G