Posted in Writer’s corner

Writing Tips To Reduce Criticism

writing-tipsMost people tend to believe that having an artistic temperament makes it easy to write or draw or paint or even sing. But unfortunately that is not the case; all writers including most of the greatest writers of our times have failed and continued trying to produce work that truly stood out. Authors often receive rejection letters from publishers for work which have later turned out to be a best seller. One of the most famous recent examples of this would be J.K. Rowling’s attempt to get a publisher for the Harry Potter books. Around a dozen, publishers rejected her before Bloomsbury Publishing House in the UK accepted her manuscript. Vladimir Nabokov was also not spared for his book Lolita which later on sold around fifty million copies in addition to being considered an example of classic literature.

writing-manSylvia Plath, Tim Burton, Gertrude Stein, Marcel Proust are all world renown authors who have faced rejections for their books. The common denominator among all of these great authors is their ability to overcome criticism and rejection before reaching the finishing point. Some writing tips from famous authors which may help you with your writing process have been mentioned below:

· The first draft of any book should never be submitted to the publisher.
· Do not use jargon words like attitudinally, demassification, etc. They tend to drive away potential readers.
· Learn to take criticism in your stride. Use it and make your work better rather than mourn over it.
· Read, read and read more books before you attempt to start writing anything.
· Do not wait to be inspired, keep writing and inspiration will arrive when its time.
· Try not to use any semicolons in your drafts. It makes the book seem pretentious to the readers.
· Writing a book has often been described as an arduous and extremely exhaustive struggle, be prepared for ups and downs during the writing process.
Make use of the tips mentioned below to step up your writing!

Posted in Storyteller's corner

Learning The Art Of Storytelling

storytellingStorytelling is an ancient art that evolved over hundreds of centuries. In the olden days, storytelling was used to pass down historical tales of ancestors from one generation to the next. In the present world, it is often seen as a way to pass some time and impress your audience. Unfortunately not many people seem to have inherited a knack to be an impressive storyteller.

Here are some guidelines to help improve your storytelling skills and captivate your audience as you weave a story:

Set the context

Introduce the context of the story to your listeners by including details like who, why, when, where and how.

Avoid unimportant tangents

Do not include unnecessary details so that the listeners’ minds do not start wandering away.

Be aware of your audience

The story should not have any content that could potentially humiliate or embarrass any of your listeners.

Embellish a little, but not too much

A little embellishment during telling a story is generally accepted but if you tend to add too much the story will drift further away from what the actual truth.

storyKeep it short

Try to keep the story less than two minutes, as anything longer that can cause your listeners to lose attention and let their minds wander.

Pay attention

Paying attention to your audience while narrating a story can help you pick up little nuances of whether they are comfortable listening to it or not.

While telling stories is a natural art, being a good listener also goes a long way in learning to captivate an audience with your stories.