1. It requires perseverance and patience, no matter if your in the inkling mood or not.
  2. Planning story lines ahead doesnt always help. I have found when I have finally, seemingly, ‘prepared’ everything to start writing, well, then there is no mystery and fun for the writer themselves and I lose interest- *plop* in the file it goes.
  3. Dont stick to your plan religiously. Characters tend to not like you overruling them and literally ‘putting the words in their mouths’, consequently they become dry and life-less. Setting them free makes them real, and add colour (and perhaps a new story line) to the story.
  4. Other stories and ways of writing might make your story seem more original. I read a story once that was written in verse, it lended imagination and authenticy to the story (set in old medieval times).
  5. Reading and listening provides new ideas, a fresh encouragment to keep on fighting against the spiteful writers block and new innovative ideas to add secondary plots among the characters and little twists in the major plots, as well as thoughts for new characters and how to awaken the older ones.
  6. Forget about writing well. First drafts are for stupid, rough writing that no one would share with anyone but their editors. Editing is where the life comes into the sour scenes. Writing well means that you set up a good structure and then edit it to bits. Guess thats where we will need the perseverance. πŸ™‚
  7. Sometimes starting with no ideas or thoughts equals a wonderful lively story.
  8. Read different non-fiction books on writing itself, all authors have different ways of doing things and different ideas of what is ‘good writing’ and what is not. Compare then make up your own mind, and stick with your style of writing.
  9. Try not to use to many sayings, like, ‘a needle in a haystack’, ‘her jaw fell open in surprise’, you know, things every writer uses and if you have read a lot then a story can easily become just made up of these. You can make your own up or dont use them at all, or use them sparingly.
  10. Get different age groups to critera your story through every stage of it being created. People you can trust to give you honest feedback- even if it hurts. Be teachable, otherwise your writing will turn out terrible, and everyone will read it with a fake smile on their faces, almost visibly wincing as they tell you how great it was. πŸ˜€
  11. (As suggested by Mrs. B.B.) “You might try reading aloud what you’ve written, at different stages of writing. I find this helps me sometimes to pick up missed words, or words where I’ve changed my mind about what I was going to write and not corrected it fully. The forced slowness of reading (it takes so much longer to read aloud than to yourself) often helps you notice more about your writing, and will sometimes show up something that sounds dry or stilted, which sounded fine in your head.”
  12. (Also suggested by Mrs. B.B.) “In all writing, you should watch those sneaky homonyms. (too, to, two, your, you’re, etc – they are very inclined to slip in unnoticed, miserable sneaking curs that they are! )”

If you have any things you have learnt about the basics of writing, feel free to comment below with them so that I can add them in, maybe together we can learn off each other and create something half-decent and worth reading!

~ Meggie

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