There are many ways to improve your writing, and we’re almost certain you’ve come across many of these list-based articles before… but just know that this one is different. This isn’t just any old list of passed-down information and general advice. It’s far from it.
With this list, you’ll get three exercises that you can do on a daily basis to improve your ability as a writer. These exercises were devised by us here at Liam J Cross Writing & Editing, and we wish to share them with you – our loyal readers.
Before we kick things off, here are a few honorable mentions: lots of reading, lots of rewriting, lots of scrabble; lots of crosswords – seriously.
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#1: A Short Story A Day
Keeps the word rust away!
Now, this one you’ll have heard before – but our version comes with a twist. All we recommend is churning something out each and every day. Even if it’s just five-hundred words before you leave for work in the morning – just get something on the page.
And to make sure this little activity doesn’t take away from your imagination’s fuel too much, make sure you use a different writing prompt for each short story you write. Writing prompts are a great tool, mainly because they provide substance for you to work with without too much thought, leaving you free to dive right into putting the words on the page.
The aim of this exercise is to explore your abilities in different genres; to cover scenes and scenarios that you wouldn’t usually write about. The best way to grow is to step outside your comfort zone, and in gaining some skill in different genres, you’ll gain a wider understanding of the fundamentals of storytelling.
And all in all, that will really start to show in your writing.
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#2: Spend A Little Time Acting
Think of it as ‘the magic if’: if you don’t believe in your characters, the reader will have no chance. And what better way to believe in your characters than to act as them when you’re alone? Write some monologues for them and perform them in front of the mirror.
You may feel weird at first – especially if you’ve never acted before – but who cares? You’re a writer. Being weird is your thing.
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#3: Write A Selection Of Shorter Works
And in each one, have a different character from your main book series as the protagonist.
This is another great way to focus on your character development. Branching out and giving each character their own story is a great way to understand them fully; a great way to make them wholly believable.
You can do this with each book you write. It would be most useful between drafts – after your first and before you begin your rewrites. This way, the characters you’ve already developed can be built on further, and will become way more believable after your rewrites.
It’s a wonderful thing, to read a book with such believable characters, and you should always strive to create this in your writing.
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Work These Into Your Game
Give some of these methods a try and see what you think of them, and if they work, keep them as part of your routine and see your writing grow and develop for many years to come.
That’s what writing is all about – development. And there’s no better way to develop than with a proper writing routine.
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