It gets to a certain stage in your days as a writer; a stage that cannot be concisely explained. You sort of doubt yourself yet believe in yourself all at once. You want to give up but keep pushing at the exact same time. It’s like this overwhelming urge to create wonderful words, yet an erratic roadblock that stops you in your tracks.
This, as complex as it might sound, is the life of a writer.
Much like anything in life, it’s never all good. But the beautiful thing is, it’s never all bad either. There’s always space for improvement and time to learn, practice, and better your craft. And that is what this very article will help you with.
So if you’re ready to gain strength, courage, self-belief, some creative insight, and perhaps some donuts too, then let’s dive right in.
Okay, the donuts were a lie. Sorry…
The Power of Narrative Perspective
After reading that subheading, you’d definitely prefer donuts right now. But stick with it, this is useful information that not even the almighty power of donuts can bring.
It’s funny how many people think they’re limited to one narrative perspective throughout their entire book. Some writers assume that they must stick with their main character and that is that. Well, this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, unless your main character is the most interesting character in existence, it’s suicide if you only write from their perspective.
A lot of freedom lies in realising that there are no limitations on perspective usage. Of course, you don’t want to overdo it. Like with many other things in writing, balance is key. However, you can definitely make use of more than one perspective to tell your story from a broader angle. This doesn’t just make it more entertaining for the reader, it also gives them a deeper understanding of the plot, so it’s a win-win for everyone.
You can really explore between first and third person, and a concoction of different characters, to find out what fits your story best. Mixing up your perspectives can really change the shape of a story arc. Say there’s an important event that would be best shown through one of your secondary characters, there’s nothing stopping you from doing so.
Make use of different narrative perspectives to tell a broader, more well-rounded tale. Your readers will surely thank you for it.
Never Write For an Audience
This is perhaps the worst thing you could ever do as a creative.
There’s an quote from a TV show that goes, “A true artist need only please himself.” And that couldn’t be closer to the truth.
When you start writing to please others, writing goes from something you love to something you feel inclined to do. And yes, there is a difference. If you love writing, you’ll create the book of your dreams simply because you love it enough to do so. Whereas, if you fall out of love with it and write for an audience, you’ll wind up writing the book because in your mind, people will think it’s an achievement.
Sure, it’s nice to be recognised, but you should never let recognition get in the way of doing things you love. If you’re truly passionate about writing, you’d write every single day for the rest of your life and not give a damn if nobody read your work. It doesn’t matter, and it never should.
So don’t write for an audience.
Write for the beat of your heart and the rise and fall of your chest. Write for the person you are; for the person you wish to become. Write for the smile, the joy, the tears, the laughter. Write for you and your soul.
Write because you love to write.
Coffee at the Ready
There you have it. A practical tip to execute on, and a metaphorical tip to fill your soul. What better combination could you possibly find?
Now, get to that keyboard and get your head down. There is writing to do around here. You have no excuses now. If you had time to read this article, you have time to write. And thanks to this article, you now have the motivation to write too.
So, hop to it, fellow pen wielder. Venture forth and create worlds of wonderful fiction.
Instead of giving you tips on writing, I could just do it for you…
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