How To Write
I find it obligatory to teach someone to write let alone well. Instead of telling you to "write well," I'm just going to tell you to write. Here are some ways to pick up writing.
- •Write What You KnowAnyone that's survived their childhood has plenty of material to share. Experience is priceless.
- •Write What You LoveChances are what you enjoy reading will become what you enjoy writing. The subject matter and genres speak to you and your voice has more to add to those conversations.
- •Write What You HateThe human vessel holds precious cargo filled with emotions. Let it out of you and make sure it lands on the page, all of it. We can assess the damage after a full report. Fervent feelings!
- •Write For YouNo one knows you better than yourself and you can't please everybody. The people of Earth are insatiable purveyors and surveyors of entertainment and adventure and fantasy and everything inbetween. Write what you like because you are your biggest fan.
- •Write For Those You Care About/Who CareThose that love you and support you are going to make it into your dedication page. Even if it's one person in the crowd, it's still worth doing.
- •The Pen Is Mightier Than The SwordRemember the saying, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me"? Words can affect us. We remember what someone said, where we were, where we are now, and where we are going because of it.
- •Speak Your VoiceThere's many unique styles of the written voice. William Faulkner is notorious for having the most difficult to dissect for lack of pause with punctuations. J.R.R. Tolkien takes time with his descriptions, sometimes worth an entire chapter in itself. Make sure that your story is told by you, not your mentors.
- •Your Stories Are UniqueThe ideas you have are yours. Don't let anyone take that away from you. Only you can tell it best. The rest is for readers to interpret and for writers to aspire to.
- •Be Wary of AdverbsReally, very, happily are fine words, but can come off as lazy. Don't get me wrong, there's a time and place to use them but they should only be used when necessary or appropriate. Expand your vocabulary.
- •Do Not ClutterThis is a side note for vocabulary words. Avoid using them consistently. You can provide context for these words but it's more fun to have your readers wonder what it could mean. That's the fun of writing and reading!
- •Tell the TruthEverything you learned, were taught, and know now and will eventually know has lead you to this moment. Your experience has to come from you. A certain leeway is allowed, usually called embezzling the truth, like a name change or different modus operandi in your specific character. Wouldn't want a lawsuit on your hands from that nosy neighbor or girl that dumped you because she convinced you, "It's not you, it's me." Now, the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth good sirs and madams.
- •Start NowProcrastinating is not a substitute for thinking. Preoccupy your time with hobbies or tasks that don't have you thinking all the time. Winnie the Pooh did more and felt more than he thought. Mixing up your MO can be enlightening to your process as a writer. As long as what you're doing can make you think and feel a little differently from what you had intentions for that wouldn't make it to the surface quite yet. Yet! There's a word. It will happen, but it doesn't happen if you don't start now.