Liam J Cross


Writing is, in its own way, very similar to the journey of life as a whole: it’s tough and rough, there are no shortcuts, it leaves you with very little time to truly relax, and most importantly, it should never be something that is faced alone.

I guess the only upside at least, is that with writing, finding that help isn’t so difficult. Writers can hire people to help them in their quest. They have access to boatloads of fantastic freelance editors (including yours truly,) coaches and illustrators, and with all of them combined, it makes the task of writing a little less difficult.

In life, you’re all alone for the most part, and not all of that time can be spent farting loudly and laughing about it – sadly.

Of course, there are potential pitfalls to seeking help with your writing. Like what if you hire a fake or a phony? What if you don’t get along with your editor? What if you cannot afford to pay for these services?

Well, luckily for you, I have a free solution – two fantastic writing tips that I shall lay before you to help your life as a writer prosper like it never has before.


Write for Your Soul

When writing, no matter what it is you might be dabbling into, you should always write for yourself and your soul; not the souls of the readers you hope to reach. You should never write in conformation to a current trend or niche just because it sells. The only thing you’ll get by writing to the taste of others is a badly written book. It’s always a good idea to write a book that you yourself would enjoy reading, and if done right, others will want to read it too.

What I’m essentially saying is that you should never conform to rules. To me there are no such things as rules, not when it comes to creativity. Of course, there are rules with spelling and grammar that cannot be ignored, but if the writing works and the story is compelling – it’s a huge success.

Next time you’re scared to try something new or unheard of, why not give it a go? Think about it, the current ‘rules’ are only there because writers from earlier time periods dared to be different.


Don’t Overuse the Word ‘Very’

It is very annoying for a reader if a writer tries their very hardest to construct sentences that have a very broad usage of the word very. Its very inclusion can be very off-putting, especially if it is making the reader try very hard to read the writing.

You see how annoying that is? Words like this one should be used on a minimal scale, more to avoid having your work sounding like the world’s most generic passage of writing than anything else.

Overusing the word ‘very’ is indicative of a lack of imagination and writing ability; it essentially showcases your simplicity in relation to the English language. Instead of using this word, try to make a different choice that takes your reader and throws them right into the book as a figment of it, rather than just someone who is reading it.

Instead of:

The streets were very dark.

Why not try:

The streets were shrouded in darkness.

Of course, sometimes it pays to keep it simple, but it’s for you as a writer to decide when it works best. I tend to find that simplicity works best in shocking reveals. Set your reader up with a huge build up of tension and changing pace, and then knock them dead by simply telling them that the killer has captured the protagonist. You see how it works?

Judge the wording you make use of based on how you want your reader to feel about a certain part of the book – that is a solid starting point for creating more reader engagement.

And reader engagement is what matters most.


Now Write

You’ve gotten your tips for today, now it’s time to put them into play. You aren’t going to get anywhere as a writer if you keep sitting here on the internet like the world leader of procrastination. Now get going, get off the internet and get to work, you little slacker you!

That is, unless you’re staying on my blog, in which case, feel free to browse and slack as much as your little heart desires.

 

(Featured image credit: http://www.scrippscollege.edu/departments/writing-program)


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