Hello, writer. Yes, you!
Are you a blogger, marketer, or content writer? If yes, you might be interested in the writing tips from digital marketing pioneer Ann Handley. Simply put, her book Everybody Writes is the recipe for writing better in the digital world. I find it practical and love the tips and tools such as this title maker.
Pathological empathy makes you write well
I can write well for people like me as I know my needs. Yet, I feel difficult when writing for people who are different from me. Because I’m not naturally empathic, I will have to force myself to get to know other’s habits, needs, and goals. Understanding others takes effort to figure out why they behave and feel that way. Spending time with the target audience is essential to write well.
Find a writing buddy
Finding a writing buddy or a good editor is like finding a life partner. It may be difficult. But, it’s rewarding to have one. I’m still looking for a writing buddy. Let’s connect if you’re looking for one too. How do I self-edit? After developmental editing and line editing, I use an editing tool to make my writing more concise. I will check readability and grammar, and make sure it sounds natural. If you’re interested in great writing tips, check out On Writing, Writing Comedy, and The Element of Style.
Writing is stretching. It feels good to stretch a bit more daily.
How to write a story or fiction?
I have read Stephen King’s memoir, which is about the craft of writing. I love it from start to end. It’s like listening to a piece of good music. Melodic, beautiful, and entertaining. I cherry-pick 3 quotes from the book, to sum up On Writing for you to have a quick read.
- Write what you like, then imbue it with life and make it unique by blending in your own personal knowledge of life, friendship, relationships, sex, and work.
- The practice is invaluable (and should feel good, really not like practice at all) and that honesty is indispensable. Skills in the description, dialogue, and character development all boil down to seeing or hearing clearly and then transcribing what you see or hear with equal clarity (and without using a lot of tiresome, unnecessary adverbs).
- If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.
Show the story: narration, description, and dialogue
I have jotted down the points to note, for you to keep in mind while writing a story. These are the writing tips from Stephen King and his ways of writing fictions.
- Ask “what if” to build the narrative
- The good description usually consists of a few well-chosen details that will stand for everything else
- The use of simile and other figurative language is one of the chief delights
- You must tell the truth if your dialogue is to have resonance and realism
- The basic rule of vocabulary is to use the first word that comes to your mind if it is appropriate and colorful
- Use active voice instead of passive voice
- Avoid adverbs
- Leave it for at least 6 weeks before editing
- Check the spellings, unclear pronouns
- Look for what you meant and reinforce that meaning
Add metaphors or similes like a pro
I enjoy reading Stephen’s unique metaphors or similes, which he is good at using so as to enrich his writing. Here’re some examples:
- Writers are carpenters; writing skills are tools
- As your mind and body grow accustomed to a certain amount of sleep each night so can you train your waking mind to sleep creatively and work out the vividly imagined waking dreams which are successful works of fiction
- I believe stories are found things, like fossils
How do you like it if I show you a metaphor source which you can access online and get many good references? Dr. Mardy has created one for us, for free!