Liam J Cross


Or more like create great worlds, because that’s what writers do.

 

Writers won’t be taking over the world any time soon – we aren’t a group of deranged, evil villains whose sole existence is dedicated towards plotting the downfall of humanity. If anything, writers are superheroes, because they save the world from the evil villains of boredom with beautiful fiction.

Seriously, where would the world be without writers? Where would people venture off to? Where would they hide when the real world becomes too much to deal with? Without writers, there would be no books, no TV, no radio shows, no music – without writers, the world’s leading forms of entertainment would not exist. There would be no alternate worlds to explore to get that release.

So here’s a collective thank you from the world. Give yourself a pat on the back, because you’re pretty damn awesome.

Could you be more awesome though? With these two writing tips, I definitely think you could be. These will help you to up your game to an even higher level, leaving you to keep doing what you do best: saving lives all over the world by creating alternate ones to escape to.


Learn to Love Rejection

In the great words of Arnold Schwarzenegger, “Don’t be afraid to fail!” In fact, don’t just stop fearing failure; you should actually learn to love it. That is the key to success in any of life’s avenues, and the exact same goes in the wonderful world of writing.

 

If you aren’t afraid of failure, you won’t be afraid to try. But, if you love failure, love it with every ounce of your being, you’ll love the process of trying over and over and over again until you get it just right. There’s nothing more precious in life than loving what you do. As a writer, you’re going to come face-to-face with a lot of failure, so you might as well learn to love it.

Failure is all part of the journey. You know how it goes… Query after query, rejection after rejection – the cycle seems endless. But you have to learn to love these rejections, so much so that they light an even brighter fire in the pit of your stomach, because boy there will be a lot of them.

So gather your rejections and wear them with pride. There will be no greater feeling than when the lessons they taught you finally pay off. It doesn’t matter how many times you fall down, what matters is how many times you get back up. You could fail a thousand times, but all it takes is than one win to change your life forever.


Go Short or Go Home

And no, that doesn’t mean cut your legs off…

Go short with the length of your creative pieces. Mix them up and add some variety into your writing diet. Variety is the spice of life, and varying the length of your written pieces is the most flavoursome thing you could ever do in your writing.

Make use of short stories and flash fiction to enhance your storytelling abilities. The benefits of this are super easy to outline and analyse. Think about it, if you can manage to cause tension and tell a story in a shorter format, you’ll have no trouble in a novel-length piece of writing. That’s just basic logic.

Getting used to working through plots over a much shorter word count is a great way to drastically improve your abilities to tell a story. Get used to engaging a reader over a five thousand word span, and when you come to do the same with seventy thousand, it’ll be like taking a keyboard from a baby. Or something like that…


To the Battlefield, You Creative Genius

Are you ready for war? You should be.

Of course, what I mean by war, is sitting at your computer with a mug of coffee doing a lot of hair pulling. Though, in all fairness, that does sound a lot like war. And it’ll definitely look like a war zone when the time comes to tidy up. Damn writing and it’s requirement to consume excess amounts of caffeine.

 

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