A good writer listens to others; they take each other’s
advice, they lock their pride and they humbly reach out for help. Yes, we have
ego, we hate suggestions and we stress over petty things and we get annoyed
But, sixty percent of the writers are pretty good at taking good advice and implementing them.
Anyway, my point is, if you want to be a good writer, you don’t need to listen to others. In fact, you can do it yourself. Let me give you a few tips that’ll help you become a better writer (if you’re too shy or too narcissistic to take help of others) P.S. I’m talking about the majority of writers including me, so don’t hate me.
- Choose a book title that will not only grab the reader’s attention but will make them feel something. It should make the reader confuse, or sad, or happy!
- 2) This is the most important point of all. Organize your ideas before you begin writing. I regret not using this point the first time I began writing my novel…
- 3) Add your own style and voice to your writing. Sure, you like Agatha Christie or Roald Dahl or John Green, but you can’t be them to make a book of your own. You need to be you so that people can recognize who you are and not just some copycat or wannabe.
- 4) Make sure you stick to the point. Don’t write unnecessary stuff that’ll take a page or two without it making any sense or point.
- 5) Use your words wisely. Keep sentences and paragraphs short but make it meaningful. Like Poetry.
- 6) Read a lot. Read. Read. Read. That’s what everyone says, and they say that because it’s the truth. The more you read, the more your writing will improve.
- 7) Reread and revise your writing. Don’t be lazy. Edit calmly and gingerly.
- 8) Don’t be afraid of what people will think. They will think a million things but it’s up to you how you’ll make change their thinking. Forget the comments, who needs comments? You just want to get your story on the page, right? so do it and don’t stop.
- 9) Always remember the six senses. Describe your characters, your actions and your surroundings well.
- 10) Add a little humor. Yes, even if it’s a murder mystery or a horror book. No one likes a serious novel.
- 11) Last but not the least, dude, enjoy what you write because if YOU don’t enjoy your story, then you can’t expect others to enjoy your story. Write scenes that make YOU happy, that make YOU sad, that make YOU angry.
Use these tips and I promise you, you’ll write a best-seller in no time. It takes time and patience, but you’ll get there. Eventually.
See you in my next post~
I’M THE WRITER NEXT DOOR!