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If you have ever written a story or even thought about writing one you would know that it is a tedious job. It requires dedication, hard work and a lot of patience which sometimes can be a lot complex and tricky. But. . . with these 5 successful tricks that I am going to tell you today, your difficulties can vanish in a poof.
I have been into this writing industry for five years now and trust me when I say I have tried a lot of techniques. It took me a while to figure out and a lot of research too but now I have these hacks that save me from the headaches and the heartbreaks.
They have helped me write peacefully some of the most successful books of mine and now I hope they can help you too.
1. KEEP NOTES …SO THAT YOU DON’T LOSE ANY IDEAS
Note down every single idea you get. JUST NOTE IT DOWN. It doesn’t have to be in proper grammatically correct long sentences, just words, phrases or even drawings can do. I can’t emphasize more how critically important this is and how much work and confusion this can save you from.
There are many online tools available too but I would personally suggest you keep a diary offline and put it on your study table or night lamp. That way you can write any small ideas you get easily without having your procrastinating lazy self tell you that your opening your laptop is a tough task.
Now you will say, okay let’s keep a diary but I can’t carry it everywhere. What if I am standing in a queue in the school cafeteria or a bus stand and I suddenly get an amazing billion-dollar idea, what do I do then?
For that, you can use your phone.
I know there are multiple fancy and sophisticated apps out there but trust me, please use the minimalistic ones so that you have fewer distractions, fewer setups to do and just like how you simply had to pick your pen and write it down in your diary, you can open your phone and write down the idea. That’s it. The whole motive of this is to keep things simple and to the point so that when you sit to write your post or the story you can get straight to it.
If you want to know about what apps do I use to keep notes, write down in the comment section.
I have just told you about how important it is to keep notes and how to do it but now you must be wondering whether you should plan your story before beginning and drawing the plot perfectly OR you should just go with the flow… and this brings us to the next hack.
2. KNOWING THE ACTION …PREVENTS THE WRITER’S BLOCK
Some people plan the whole book before starting, some don’t and there is nothing wrong about it. But knowing why the character is doing something, what is her/his motive or what will happen next saves you from the writers’ block.
Writers’ block is a huge issue that affects both experienced and inexperienced writers. It can hit you any day at any time. Yesterday you had so many ideas you were bursting with excitement and you forgot to write them and today, you’re waking up dull having no idea what to do next.
But… if you know why your character let’s say Arjun lied to his school teacher or why did Siya steal the super-secret formula from the research lab you can go ahead. You can either make them regret their choices, make them happy or get them caught. You got a wide range of possibilities and it is completely okay to tweak your storyline a bit from time to time because sometimes you end up getting far better ideas and storyline than you have decided earlier.
Now there is just one problem. How to know when you’re being relevant to your original motive or when you are just writing random things?
3. HIDE THE TIME-LAPSE …AND MASTER THE ART OF FLOW
Just one advice. Don’t break the flow.
Readers can feel it when you are serious about your story or you are just writing for the sake of it and sometimes writers tend to unknowingly break the flow too.
Flow is such an important thing in a story. It can make or break the whole success of the book. It doesn’t matter if your plot is good or the cover is amazing if you don’t have the flow, readers are never going to get hooked. It is like fitting the pieces of the puzzles together. They have to be connected and natural.
For example, let’s say that the characters are having a conversation inside a car and suddenly it starts to rain. After some time, scene changes and the rain stops. You can’t just end the conversation when the rain begins and continue when the rain stops. Instead, you can write it like this,
“… and the silence dominated the atmosphere as she looked outside and noticed the raindrops hitting the glass. Soon the long day caught up to her making her eyes drop down and before she knew it she was teleported to the kingdom of slumber.”
So how to know when your flow and essence of the book is going downhill?
There are many complex ways out there but the easiest way is to reread your story. If it feels perfect to you, then good and if it doesn’t then you might want to rewrite some of the phrases or sometimes the whole event but don’t worry. The next tip will make it easier for you.
4. NEITHER EXCLUDE NOR EXAGGERATE …AND SAVE YOUR READERS
We have talked about keeping notes, planning and the time-lapse. Now you can easily begin a story and hit the keyboard but how to know what is enough? How to know when you are depriving the readers of the perfect world you can imagine and how to know when you are giving out too many details that they don’t even care about.
Readers don’t care what colour sneakers your girl is wearing when she is kicking the bad guys. But what they do care about is what techniques is she using, has she got injured, is she carrying anything worth using as a weapon or is she winning?
The more complicated way to fix this problem is to make note of things that matter and then write the scene but if you follow my advice you won’t need anything besides yourself.
All you have to do is to imagine yourself as the character who is already there and write about the things you will be noticing if you were at her place. I can bet you will be noticing how high her kick is not what brand sneakers she is wearing.
5. WRITE WHAT YOU LOVE … BECAUSE WRITING IS AN ART OF LOVE
The last and the most important tip is to be confident and to love your story. It is your child and you should be proud of it. No tip, advice or hack can beat the importance of a strong self-confidence and self-love.
I know it was a lot to take in but don’t worry I will summarize it up for you so that you can take a deep breath.
1. Keep a diary. Write everything.
2. Know the actions. Keep asking yourself “WHY?”
3. Hide the Time lapse.
4. Neither exclude nor exaggerate.
5. Be confident.
You have read all the 5 successful tricks that can make the tedious work of writing easier for you. You got no excuse now. So what are you waiting for? Grab a diary and get started.
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