Overwhelming, isn’t it?
You love blogging, but the amount of time it takes to do it efficiently is daunting.
Successful blogging does require a great deal of time.
Researching, writing, editing, publishing, promoting, and responding to commenters are all necessary blogging tasks.
However, you pay the price in order to accomplish them efficiently.
Time with your family, time for your job if blogging is a hobby,
What if you could write as easily as you drive a car?
Like being on automatic.
You just get into the car, start the motor, step on the accelerator–and the car starts moving.
You don’t stop the car every time you decide whether to go into second or third gear (at least, I hope you don’t!).
But when we write, the process can be labored and slow.
Writing is simple.
You just put words together with a fancy keyboard (or if you’re super cool a typewriter) and you’re good to go.
That’s the easy part, but being a writer? Now that’s different.
Anyone can put words together, but putting them together in the perfect order, selecting the right terms, organizing it effectively, and all those other responsibilities aren’t as easy.
Today I’m going to help all my fellow writers both aspiring and experienced by giving you the keys you need to succeed.
Do we always have to create memorable characters?
It depends on the genre.
In an all-action thriller focused on pace and plot, everyone but the key players can be wafer-thin. They’re disposable.
The same is often true of detective fiction, even the quality sort. In John Dickson Carr’s famous ‘locked room’ mysteries, the only rounded character is the sleuth, Gideon Fell, and he’s larger than life.
You want to write.
But you’re not sure if that makes you a writer.
And you don’t just want to be any kind of writer; you want to become a good writer.
It’s an exciting goal, but what’s the pathway?
How to you get there?
We’ve collected 50 inspiring quotes from writers for you. These writers share their experience of how to become a good writer.
Have you been sitting in front of your computer for what feels like hours?
You know the feeling.
Typing a few words, deleting them, groaning in frustration, getting a couple of sentences down only to decide they’re not quite right…
You’re about ready to tear your hair out.
You recognize what’s happening, of course. Your inner perfectionist is rearing its obnoxious head, inciting an epic battle between you and the blank page.
So you want to become a better writer?
It’s a noble ambition.
Writing is a demanding craft and if you want to get better, you must practice every part of the craft.
If you’re writing fiction, for example, you’re probably more concerned with telling a great story than the copywriter who lies awake at night worrying about call-to-actions.
But, what if you want to improve your fiction writing skills,
It’s time for a creative writing exercise! Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, you need to boost your creativity.
Take a look at the image above.
What’s the story?
Can you come up with a mini-drama of not more than 350 words?
Here’s how it works:
Now for the ground rules:
Can a story work without a structure?
Of course not.
But a structure itself is not a plot.
A structure is a Holiday Inn. A plot is a Gaudi cathedral. It has twists, turrets, flying buttresses…
So how do we find a plot?
The instinctive way is to start with a strong idea, incident or character. Introduce conflict. Then see what happens.
That’s still not a plot.