Any man who keeps working is not a failure. He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he’ll eventually make some kind of career for himself as writer.
– Ray Bradbury
The following list will give you a few hints and tips to write, but I want to stress they are guidelines, not rules. Some are the things I’ve learnt from my work with different editors and publishers; others come from my experiences.
“Read, read, read. Read everything – trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.”
Reading is not the criteria to write well but it’s more of a benefit that always explores ones taste and skills in writing. Not only it makes you aware of different writing styles but also enhances your vocabulary. From newspaper to journals and novels, reading world serves you a wide range of genre, increasing your memory and knowledge about variety of topics. Also reading helps you to explore different genres and helps in building and improving ones imagination.
- WRITE FOR YOURSELF
The best advice that works is “BE YOUR OWN TEACHER” .Write for yourself; the things you observe, experiences you had, thoughts which covered your mind, feels you had. This will not only help you to understand how to portray what you feel and went through but will also bring out the fine line between writing important and unimportant things. Mentioning unnecessary things makes your plot boring and diverts the reader’s attention.
- BE CONSISTENT
Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.
– Jane Yolen
Many budding writers often start great but after a while they lose track, be it in story or be it in maintaining regularity to write. Regularity helps you to stay connected to your writings. Once you are on a topic your plot should revolve around it clearly, not mentioning irrelevant details. This small point generally helps to maintain your level and doesn’t break the suspense of story.
Words are a lens to focus one’s mind.
– Ayn Rand
As a beginner, writing correctly is important, go with short key points, but the basic rule to bide all key points is correct usage of grammar. You can be making a valid point but if your sentences are abrupt, with incorrect spellings, people will just ignore it, leaving a bad impression of you as a writer. For this there are many online tools to help you out with grammar making you learn more from it.
- BE PATIENT
Patience is the key here; there will be times where you will be having endless feels and no words to pen it down or the case of being tired midway while writing a story or any article. Just relax; writing is not a burden to carry on your head. Let it go with flow.
There will be times where you won’t like what you have written. Just remember you are writing for yourself, explore your zones, not to get reviews and likes by people.
Having patience is the key to virtue.
It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous.
– Robert Benchley
- GIVE A VOICE TO YOUR WRITINGS
If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write.
– Somerset Maugham
It’s very important to give your voice to your writing; anyone can write for characters but unless you won’t feel that story going around you or character resembling to some person in your life it would be a dry story or like a body without a life. Your perception, your voice is the magic potion for making your writings different and interesting from others. Be your own critic; make every word of yours realistic to audience.
- DON’T LOSE HOPE
In the end the only thing matters is your perception to it, artists aren’t generally given the due respect and admiration. They will judge you, criticize you. At times you will feel out of words and thoughts comparing your works with others like “who did better?” task. Remember every individual has its own imagination and skills to weave same words differently don’t lose hope, gradually you will stand out. Trust yourself.
ENJOY WHAT YOU DO!
Good luck with your writing, and I wish you every success.