Being well versed in English is not a guarantee that you will write better. Ideas and thoughts need to be penned down in a way that others can understand and relate to. Even a beautiful story loses its impact if it is not well written. Here are a few tips given by your favorite authors that will up your writing game and help you compose better.
1) Best writers are heavy readers. “Read a lot. Reading really helps. Read anything you can get your hands on” by J.K. Rowling. This sentence emphasized on the importance of reading. As it helps in grasping the art of language, enhance your vocabulary and also give you an insight of other people’s opinion.
2) Don’t look for inspirations rather build one “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work” by Stephen King. He highlighted the need to keep oneself busy and occupied and not sit idle stating I am looking for inspiration. Sitting idle will take away your practice and your enthusiasm.
3) Express emotions through your writing “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader” by Robert Frost. Emotions are the key. While reading, readers are unaware about the character and the story. To get them engaged with the story, writers need to strike their emotional chord and give them a sense of the same emotions as that of the protagonist.
4) Write as much as you can “Quantity produces quality. If you only write few things, you’re doomed” by Ray Branbury. “Write as much as you can” - a sentence often heard many times by our English teachers is an essential step towards a better writing. Writing volume will result in more creative ideas and content that can be later edited and modified for future use.
5) Character development is important "There's nothing more important than character. You're living with these people for years. You had better feel for them. Do some exercises: Have your character write a letter to you” by Judy Blume. "When you're writing for kids, we're not an adult telling a story about being a kid. We are that kid." The following advice by him is considered as one of the best of all the time.
6) Avoid adverbs “The adverb is not your friend” by Stephen King Adverbs are words that give information about a verb, adjective and a phrase. They usually end with -ly. With the extensive use of adverbs, the writer leaves an expression that he is uncertain about his or her writing.
7) Develop your own style “The secret to prolific writing is practice” by Jeff Goins Well “what lies in a name” is totally applicable for novels. As people recognize you by your piece of work and your unique style of writing. H.G Wells is known for setting his stories in the real world.
8) Stepping into the shoes of your reader “I try to leave out the parts that people skip “by Elinore Leonard, Taking care of your readers is equal to increase in your likeability and ultimately resulting in an increase in your readership.
Written by:- (Nikita Goyal) BA(JMC) 4M