From One Writer To Another by Gator
—by Nathan on June 9, 2008—
For years, I have enjoyed the wonder of writing. I have written essays, fiction, and narratives to name a few. Fiction has always been my favorite subject, so, I think up stories in my head and plan to be an author. I imagined having interviews with people and autographing copies of my books. But, one day, I realized that an already written volume would not just fall into my lap, waiting to be published. I had to work at it, not just sit around and wait for a book to suddenly appear. Over the years, I have learned many tips that I now wish to pass onto you, the reader. Maybe you may want to use them to craft your own stories. Here they are:
- Brainstorm: Think of an idea for a story. Also, think of your title first. Many topics of mine have sprouted and branched from titles I have thought up before the story.
- Don't be afraid to try new types of writing: Not all of my stories are fiction. I have tried diaries, handbooks, and even TV shows. Sometimes it's because I get bored writing the same genre over and over again. Also, I like trying new ideas, I like spreading out my Subject Toolbox.
- Jot down as soon as you think up an idea: I have had multiple instances where I've had an idea and a journal hasn't been in reach. As you have a plot fresh in your mind, grab the nearest slip of paper, journal, or even Post-It and write it down.
- Make your story unique. Anybody can write about their first roller coaster experience or the time they lost their mother's ring down the sink (Not that I'm telling you to actually write about that),but the difference about each story is its uniqueness. Add clever dialouge and thoughts and use interesting verbs and descriptions. This'll make your readers feel like they're in the action by creating a "movie behind the eyelids" as my aunt likes to call it.
(Don't forget: Your writing doesn't have to be perfect. You can always go back and revise confusing or parts with too much information (TMI).)
And remember: Have fun, write a lot (like, any time you have the chance), and, maybe, someday, you'll become a professional author like C.S. Lewis or J.R.R Tolkien.
"I started writing and never worked a day in my life."- Mark Twain (Loose translation)