Writing. Whether you’re an author, blogger, poet, journalist, speaker, etc., anyone who puts quill to parchment knows the exquisite agony of writing and not liking it. We agonize over our mistakes and very rarely think our own work is good enough. Before you through away your ninth draft, however, I challenge you; perhaps the issues we’re having isn’t our writing in its entirety, but one or two things that if corrected, will blow your mind!
Here are a few easy steps that will dramatically improve how you write, as easy as 1-2-3.
How can you solve a problem, if you don’t know what the problem is? First things first, you must know what is wrong before you can fix it. Comb through your previous works or your WIP. Determine the issue. Are you using the correct tenses? Are you consistently redundant? Are your characters flat and static? Does your transitions lack their desired effects?
It is imperative that you do not skip this stage of your process. If its not broken, why fix it?
Now that you’ve identified your issue, now you must research it. What good is knowing the issue, but having no practical ways of fixing it? With the advent of the internet, knowledge is so quickly accessible to our fingertips. Gone are the days of library hunting and encyclopedia exploration. Just crack open your internet browser, type in what your looking for on a search engine and voila! Insto-presto!
There are writing forums dedicated to nearly every range of topics.
- Writer’s Digest
- Reddit Forums
- Tumblr Forums
- Online Workshops
Just to name a few.
Study the greats. Every writer had to start somewhere; study their work, how they transition and pay keen attention to how they use their tenses. Are you a purple prose lover? Study how others used it effectively. In what ways did they make it work? In what ways is it valuable? In what ways can you pare it down for a more effective delivery?
All these things and more can easily be learned with just a little attention to detail and a willingness to learn.
Now that you have done the first two steps, the only thing left for you to do is…you guessed it. Put what you have learned to good use. Go back through your writing and implement your tactics. Make necessary adjustments and polish your writing.
Inspect. Just because you’ve identified and researched your problem, and implemented your changes does not mean that it must stop there. I recommend also inspecting your work. Go over it to make sure that you made the right choices befitting your document. Take time to ensure that your changes did not compromise the integrity of your work and carefully review for other areas of improvement!
Lather, rinse, repeat! LOL Below are some of my favorite books for improvement!
That’s all folks! Did I miss anything? Drop me a line below and lets discuss! Genesys out!