That alliteration though.
So, the last posts have been “my thoughts” sort of posts, so I thought it was about time for another writing post. 🙂
This post, as the amazing alliterating title has informed you, is about tips and tricks I have and use in my writing, and you could use, too!
A quick disclaimer: I am in no way claiming to be a brilliant writer, nor am I saying that my tips will immediately transform you into one. Ultimately, becoming a good writer takes practice and teaching, which I shall work towards and you can work for it along with me if you want.
Behold, Readers, Writing Tips!
1. Plot everything. I find plotting immeasurably helpful; whether or feel you need to or not, you should always plot your story. Length, genre, number of characters–it doesn’t matter. Plotting the story is a great way of organizing your thoughts, and it makes for smoother writing.
2. ASK FOR HELP. This doesn’t necessarily mean asking for help with the actual sitting down and writing; what I mean by this is ask people you know and love for their ideas, and if they’d be willing to read over something. It could even be something as small as having someone to bounce your ideas off of. I use my family all the time to talk over my ideas with, and they often help me elaborate on those ideas and make them better. In fact, for the book I’m writing, Oldest Brother helped me with my plotting, worldbuilding, and characteristic setting. My point is, GET HELP. It makes it a lot easier.
3. Take a break. Writing is amazing and I love it to death, but if you’re feeling burned out, tired, uninspired, or even just getting a crick in your neck–take a break. Go on a walk, take a lap around the house, grab a quick snack, talk to someone … just take a minute (or longer) away from your writing. It often helps. Be sure you don’t take too long a break, though, or you might forget what was happening in your story or lose your passion for it.
4. Write a little bit every day. This is a tip Dad shared with me, and one his dissertation instructor shared with him. If you write just a little bit every day, it keeps your story fresh in your mind and makes progress so that you can actually get the project done. I am not good at writing every day in my book, especially since school started, but I try, and that’s all you need to do. It is best to write just a bit a day, though.
5. Always keep your story present in your mind. If you keep your story present at all times, you’ll often be inspired by things from your everyday life or just get new ideas. You don’t always need to be actively thinking about it, but keep it tucked away in your mind all the time.
There you have PATWA.
So there are five tips for you, my ducklings! Do with them what you will. I hope you found them at least a little bit interesting or helpful.
Happy writing! 😀