devilishly simple shortcuts to
upping your writing quality
1: READ MORE
The more you read the more you want to write. Appreciating a good turn of phrase or being irritated by a bad turn of phrase will make you a better writer over time. Take notes when you read and read these notes when you are sat in your writing chair fumbling for ideas.
2: WRITE MORE
The more you write the better you get, and this is the best tip of all. Most beginning writers seem to put off writing till they feel they have the best idea, but in fact the best writers are unafraid of making a mess and having it all go wrong. Write every day, no excuses.
3: FINISH STUFF
It’s all very well having lots of scraps of paper lying around with ideas on them but nothing gives you that buzz like finishing something. Write something and finish it, even if it’s not quite right. If you finish it then you will see the shape of it and can start rewriting to make it better.
4: LOVE SOMEONE
Being in love is very inspiring. Ok if you can tear yourself away from your lover long enough to set pen to paper. Also losing love is inspiring. Or almost losing it. Loving someone means having something to lose and nothing is more inspiring to a writer than an emotion you find difficult to put into words. Find the words.
5: WANT SOMETHING
Also if you want something, not to be poor, to be respected, to have a nice new car, to fly, to perform for others, to be wanted for yourself… then you can write about that want. You can talk about wanting, not wanting, getting what you want and not wanting it anymore. It’s a useful fund of ideas because every fictional character WANTS something.
Advising people who commented and emailed me recently has prompted me to do something I’ve been meaning to do for years; set up an Internet service for giving writers advice. I call it The Noun Collective and it will be launching in March, and I guarantee you can afford it.
Obviously offering a service like this requires some form of payment, it takes effort and experience to answer questions. After a lot of thought about how not to alienate people by overcharging, I’ve decided to take a modern approach to billing; you can pay what you like! I will of course have premium services for long form script evaluation, but the main service will be this: ask a question, get an answer, pay what you like. Watch out for details here soon. Subscribers to the newsletter will be able to get beta access to the system, so why not sign up now?
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