Saturday, November 24, 2012

How to Be A Better Writer

How to Be A Better Writer

How to Be A Better Writer by thelovelytipladies on Polyvore

 So for you fellow writers out there, here is a tip that will definitely help you with your writing skills. I am a writer, always have been, always will be, and so everything im telling you is 100% reliable and do get good feedback and i get awesome grades in reading class, lol, so trust me here!:D


-Going into a story/entry without knowing what you really want to write about is never good.

-Make sure to have something you clearly want to write about. You cant just go " i want to write about vampires, and they will fight with werewolves" me, it wont work. You will either write on and on, and the story will turn into an amateur ramble, or you will get so confused from all the gaps you left out. you wont know what to put in, or you will get writers block.
Thats never good, and you will just want to throw it all away.

-in order to get good at having your idea nice and clear, jot it down on a brainstorming sheet.

Write down a few things you want in the story, but dont become too detailed, it will ruin your creative flow.
Just write down a few story points. for instance:

start off with intro of main character, and maybe a few others

vampire comes into conflict

conflict is with a wolf

they battle it out

something causes them to come together against a common enemy

peace is then made since they had to come together

a little something extra


That is what you want to do. you have what you want to happen, but its a little broad so that its leaving creative room. So one you get to that part in the plot, you can creatively come up with what the conflict will be, why they are fighting, who is the common enemy,etc.


-for all you guys who werent paying attention in english, theme is a english literary term. This is what the author wants to reader to figure out.

-Basically, this mean to have a point. It can be morals, a life lesson, etc.

In the story example above, the them could be that differences can be put aside when a common enemy comes into play, or enemies can have more in common then they think and figure that out through a twist of events. etc

-Without a theme, your story will just be a beginning and an end.


-for the best results, let the ideas and plot come to you. When ideas pop up into your head, elaborate on them for a LITTLE bit and then start writing.

-when you over do brainstorming and plot ideas, it will be hard to follow them, and when you do follow them, the story can seem a bit rushed or boring to the reader. Let it all come to you.


-Do not go all twilight with the story. People are SOOO tired of stuff like that. Make it your own.

Avoid the following:
-common statements and phrases
readers will eyeroll at this all the time

-outplayed plots
i cannot stand it when i can predict whats going to happen,,,and then the story goes just as i thought. i will never read that authors stories ever again

-short lived turn of events
what i mean by this is, is if two characters are fighting or something, the next chapter cannot have them making up so fast or bloe it over like it never happened.
I know sometimes as writers, we are like 'ugh i dont feel like writing about it anymore, idk where to go with this" but you have to avoid that, or maybe turn it up or down a little bit so you can enjoy writing.

-short chapters
usually in each chapter, different things happen with a bit of continuation from previous chapters.
When the chapter is super short, not only do readers not like it, but the plot looks rushed and corny.


-Write with descriptive adjectives. This makes the story look well written, not amateur, and seriously written.

-Think about it, if harry potter or the twilight saga didnt use as much description, would it have been as interesting?? Thats what made these books so good, besides the plots.

-Be descriptive but not overly discriptive.
do not do this:

i slowly walked out of the old creaky ghost town like house that sent chills down my thin spine.

when you do that like two -three timesi n one paragraph, tis like " oh my gosh, get on with it!!! we get it!'

plus, youre adding way too much detail that we dont need to know.


-when you have a plot that involves everyday issues//things, it makes it all the better for you. Youve been through it, so you know what to say and you know how the character will feel.


-Go in depth with every event. Just dont jump for event to event. Elaborating makes it sooo much better.

-If you have a hard time doing this, follow this:
everytime you have a new thought fro your story, as we always do since we are always into it and dont know where to go sometimes because its just so much, add that thought to the story somehow.
You may have to twist it up a little since sometimes it can be out of context and make the story turn a whole different way.

-this will make the readers keep wanting to read on and on and be really into your story. they wont know where the story will go and it attracts them.

-turn things up. when the reader think something will go this way, it goes another.

-this sort of comes into play with having a good plot.

-Shock your own self. come up with something that is so amazing, that you are literally smiling while writing it out:)


-dont ever ever ever ever leave it hanging off.
Adding to be continued doesnt make a difference. -.-

-conclude it with the most shocking or perfect ending ever.
both you and the reader should be contempt and and satisfied:)

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