A lot of people struggle with writing. Some can’t find the motivation, others don’t know what to write. A book can’t be finished without something in it. Here are some tips to help improve your writing skills!
- READ! Any and every writer would give you this advice over and over again. It’s important to read as much as possible to get a feeling for what kind of writing style you’d be interested in or learn ways to flavor your book with ideas/concepts other writers used.
- Make Notes. Sometimes other books do it better. Make notes or highlights sentences or paragraphs you like best. Analyze it and see why you like this sentence/paragraph and how it can help your own story.
- If it’s garbage, keep going! Garbage can be fixed. Blank pages, can not. Sometimes you aren’t in the mood to write or don’t have an idea. Just write. Even if it’s garbage and makes no sense. It’s better to have something than nothing. Some good ideas come from writing garbage.
- Emotions, emotions, emotions. Emotions are the core of a good book. When a book has a strong connection with the characters and their emotions, it helps to bring it to life. For some people it can be difficult, listening to music can help capture the feeling you’re searching for. We also recommend reading The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression.
- Open up. It’s hard to let someone in on your writing. If you’re defending every word of your story, you aren’t open to criticism. You won’t get very far with that attitude. Be open to suggestions and let others critique your work. You need to be able to know that any notes on your story aren’t directed at you.
- Stay Dedicated! Problems that some people face is staying focused. Life comes and gets in the way, try to find little bits of time to squeeze in some creativity. Even if it is just jotting some notes down for scenes. Keep your eye on the ball.
Remember that writing is an art and it takes time to master. Don’t let that discourage you from writing. You can always improve your work.