Sometimes the best feeling in the entire world is just putting your pen to paper—just that simple gesture can create an entirely new world, but what are you supposed to do when you wanna tone your skills a bit? The best thing about writing is that you, as a writer, are constantly evolving. The more you know, and the more experiences you find yourself in, the better you become at putting all of those things into words. So if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed today, don’t stress. Here are some tips that you can take to become a better writer.
Become a better reader
There is a reason you love the books that you love. Use the words of another to inspire you! Reread some of your favorite passages and try and figure out what it is that makes you love reading. Is it the author’s descriptions? The way the characters interact? Try reading something completely different and mimic what you see. Experimentations will push you out of your comfort zone, but force you into becoming a better writer without you even realizing it. Whoa!
This may be the most important tip of all. Writing everyday, no matter what you’re writing, is going to make you a better writing. Try and get into the habit of writing for 30 straight minutes everyday. Having a really busy week and you just can’t seem to fit it into your schedule? Carry your notebook around with you and write whenever you have the chance. There is no right or wrong amount of time, but finding those few extra moments where you can write about whatever comes to mind will do wonders for your writing.
Make a plan
If you’re trying to crank out something as in-depth as a short story or novel, make a plan! It can be totally rough and the finished product can look completely different than what you originally intended, but making a rough sketch can help guide you and save you from getting overwhelmed when you feel like there is no end in sight. Write true to the plan and then once you feel a bit more comfortable, or you find another path for you story to take, go for it!
Learn the rules
As much as you may wanna scream every time you hear your English teacher give you yet another lecture on why you should never start a sentence with “and” or “but”, it’s important to learn the rules of grammar. Master them, try and use them in your own writing, and then, once you learn them you can learn how and when to break them.
It’s so easy to keep your writing hidden away in fear of what others may say about it, but the best way to better yourself at anything is figuring out what you’re doing wrong. Ask your BFF’s to read over your latest chapter or poem and let ‘em know you wanna hear what they think. Teachers are also great mentors as well. Instead of just accepting that “B” in English, try staying after class and asking them what you could have done better. They’ll be more than willing to help!