You can sit for hours and hours, however, may not get a single sentence written to your satisfaction. Yet again, there come instances when you sit down and just begin to type your heart out. The words flow and you create wonderful lines. This is a feeling any writer can and will experience. So what exactly helps this flow and prevents the earlier mentioned block. There are several factors that influence your writing. One big factor is peace of mind. If you are disturbed, anxious about something, frustrated or even sad, you may find it difficult to focus.
You need a positive state of mind to bring out your creativity. The atmosphere or environment surrounding you also affects your mood. Lots of people think that as you are a writer ,you need not stick on to strict hours or even a fixed desk. They assume that you can sit anywhere at any time and simply get done with your writing. This is not true.
There are times of course when you need to break out of your routine and get a change in the scene. However having fixed working hours and a fixed place to sit peacefully think and write your thoughts is a great blessing. It gets you more organized and you mentally prepare for the task. Another main point which you have to stress to become a good writer is to refrain from simply writing junk. You can frame a sentence in so many ways. Some sentences you read are worthless as there is no meaning in it; the writer just creates a sentence for the sake of getting a word count. Never do this. Every word you write reflects your identity. Your words are your image in the writing world. So make sure you never let yourself down.
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Every story has a beginning, a middle and an end. It is the job of a writer to connect all three and make the story worth telling. According to Aristotle, the beginning of a story need not be just the first event in the story; rather it can also be made into the emotionally engaging even which originates at the beginning of the story. As the story proceeds, the middle should consist of the consequences of the event finally leading onto to the resolution at the end of the story.
There are five essential ingredients in any story. If these ingredients are used in the right ratio, you can create a story which will leave the readers begging for more.
Ingredient #1: Orientation
The setting and the tone of the story at the beginning must set the tone to capture the reader’s attention. The protagonist must evoke empathy from the reader. As the story progresses, the reader will start to care and worry about the protagonist if they are emotionally invested in them.
Ingredient #2: Crisis
A crisis should crop up in the story that turns the main character’s world upside down. This crisis should not have an immediate solution as the protagonist of the story needs to come to terms with it and set the story in motion as they try to overcome this unexpected crisis in their lives.
Ingredient #3: Escalation
The crisis of the story should make the protagonist evolve as a person as they undergo a struggle to take charge of their life in the story. As the story escalates, the main character needs to keep changing while trying to solve the crisis.
Ingredient #4: Discovery
Discovery should be made by the protagonist at the climax of the story through their wit or grit. This particular discovery should help them to overcome the crisis they were facing.
Ingredient #5: Change
The story should have brought forth a change in the protagonist, either good or bad.
At the end of the day, if your story is worth telling, your readers will invest their time to find out what happens next. So make it worthy of their precious time.
Most 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.
Sylvia 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!