Writing a great story can be a huge challenge – particularly if you haven’t tried your hand at creative writing before.
When it comes to creating the perfect story – there are many different things you need to think about; and we want to share with you some of our top tips on how you can prepare for your story today.
Map out the end
The first thing you need to do is sit down and decide on the ending of your story. This might seem a little bit bizarre – however, when you choose an end goal such as catching the bad guy – you can start to work your way backward and decide where your characters will start the story and what they need to do to reach the end. Once you know your end goal it will be easier for you to write with this in mind and this will carve your creative decisions.
Profile your characters
One helpful way to drive your writing as a creative writer is to create profiles for your characters before you start the story. For example, you can create a character and write down things such as their eye color, hair color, height, weight, shape, likes, dislikes, and any quirky personality traits they have. This will allow you to refer back to your character throughout the story and ensure that your descriptions as well as character traits remain consistent and don’t confuse the reader. This is an important trick and one you should invest some time in before you settle down to write.
Use a dictionary
One of the key things to remember as a writer is a good language. You need to ensure that you don’t consistently share words such as ‘good’ or ‘nice’ and instead think about using a dictionary api to help you find the best words for your purposes.
Be ready to write anywhere
One of the key things to do as a writer has a pen and paper, or a phone app, ready to go anywhere when inspiration strikes. As a creative person, you will likely find that ideas come in the most random places – and having the ability to write down your ideas as they come is essential and it will ensure that you don’t miss any brilliant eureka moments.
Use other ideas as inspiration
One of the things you should remember as a writer is that inspiration will always come from somewhere. All of your favorite authors will have pulled ideas from their favorites, and so on and so forth. One great way to help improve your writing style is to read books by your favorite writers and take these ideas to use in your own writing. We aren’t talking about plagiarism, instead of taking the tone of voice and essence of your favorites to help shape your own unique writing style. This can be a useful way to help you improve your writing and it will soon become your own way of writing and help you to succeed.
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