Did I tell you that I am a perfectionist by nature? Well I am. It’s not enough for me to just want to write. It is my wish to write well, and to get better and better…
I’m sure many writers feel this, and by the nature of the craft of writing, the better you are at it, then you can only increase your chances of being read and appreciated. No one wants to be thought of as being mediocre.
So what does it take? Practice is the short answer. The more you write, the better you get at it. You do not become a good writer by writing only when you feel inspired or have what you think is a good idea for a novel or a short story. You have to write constantly and try your hand at different types of writing.
If you are accustomed to writing full length novels, why not try writing a novella or a piece of poetry. These first attempts are for your benefit only, but as you master the art of other creative writing forms, your writing is also improving. And you never know you may find you are can write well in these other forms as well! You could even try writing in a completely different genre to what you are used to.
Another tip on how to become a better writer is to read a lot. Read books from writers that you admire but include those who you are not so familiar with. In short, read as widely as you can. When you are reading watch out for how published writers handle scenes, descriptions, characters, plot, all the rudiments of creative writing.
With the advent of the internet there are many ways to read reviews of books before you buy them. Forums like Goodreads and Amazon have great reviews. Or get down to your local library and borrow books from across the genres.
However, although you are may be a creative writer, this should not prevent you from reading non-fiction such as, magazine and newspaper articles, periodicals, blogs anything you can get your hands on, so to speak! It will help your fluency and improve your writing without you having to do much more.
The Basics of Creative Writing
The craft of creative writing is something you can learn. If you like doing things the old fashioned way (like me), there are any number of books explaining the key elements of creative writing. Here’s a reminder:
- Time span
All crucial irrespective of the genre you are writing in. If you want to write better fiction, don’t forget to use the five senses. Here they are:
You see, the world of fiction is about creating a complete environment or world that is believable. You want your readers to care about your characters and believe in them. And you want your readers to think about your book long after they have finished reading it! Which will mean they will be queuing up to buy your next novel.
Until next time,
Happy writing! S