Although a common hobby and a way of time spending, writing has not become any easier since the Ancient Greek times. Every person out of two blogs, and every one out of five is ‘working on the book of his life’ that ends up in a fireplace after no publisher accepted it.
Truth be told, way too many people think themselves a true Hemingway reborn. If you are made of a different material and actually want to learn to write well, here are a few recommendations we scraped up for aspiring writers.
Do not start writing unless you are in a resourceful state. Make yourself write random things, if need be, until you feel that your brain is ready for productive work. Excluding large historical novels, every piece of writing is based on everyday life, and this is where you should scoop up your inspiration. Look around, remember and process if you want your writing to be natural.
There are various techniques for working on a literary work. You can just let yourself go and write, then cutting and modifying ruthlessly at the editing stage, or you can work out the plot before you turn on your laptop. The only obligatory thing is to work out your characters before you make them interact with each other.
Do not be afraid to write about unattractive things (Like George Martin does, for instance). Dark and sinister events tend to attract readers.
Five senses should be appealed to with no exceptions. This is what makes you writing ‘alive’.
One of the tricks is using a so-called ‘hypnotic writing’ that will capture your reader until the very end. There are lists of words to use for this purpose, and the word ‘story’ is one of them. More on hypnotic writing is available online.
Make the reader empathize. Make him laugh and cry with you, make him feel sorry for your characters and feel satisfied when justice is done. Your writing cannot be plain. It must have emotional bumps and gashes.
Last but not least, do not under or overestimate intelligence of your reader. In both cases, it will be annoying. Learn your audience before you start writing.
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