You want to know how to write a masterpiece but don’t exactly know the right way to go about it? You’ve came to the right place. Well actually, the right post. All what I have been doing for the past three weeks was writing short stories, and surprisingly a lot of people enjoy them. Sorry for those expecting another short story this week… (queue nervous laughter) Not that I’ll be stopping the small series anytime soon though!
Anyways! Onward to the “tips and tricks”.
Grammar/Punctuation/Capitalization. This is an easy one, folks. You’re not going to get any readers if you don’t have the basics down, it’s as simple as that. I can’t tell you how many times I found myself reading a story where there were dozens of spelling errors, and barely any capitalization and punctuation. It makes it just look- ugh. Horrible. As if the writer literally brain dumped the entire thing down and didn’t even bother to think about editing. I honestly have never clicked the exit button so fast. Please- for the love of god, at least get down with the basics before posting. Don’t be lazy; it hurts.
Put spaces in between paragraphs. Have you ever found yourself reading a huge block wall of text without your eyes hurting? Or without having to at least squint at the screen? Yeah, no. No one will dig whatever you write, whether it be interesting or helpful, all because of this intimidating block of text you typed out. There is a reason why there is this thing, called spaces between paragraphs. Use the enter bar to your advantage. It doesn’t only make your page look nice and neat, but it saves people their time and eyesight.
Have some depth in your writing. Those of you planning on writing a story, or are already writing one, I suggest you probably go back and make some edits. A story or post, isn’t what it’s meant to be if you don’t “have some meat”, or depth, in those paragraphs. When writing description, think of it like painting a picture of the scene before you. Describe the visuals, scents maybe, mood in the atmosphere, sounds or noises in the background. Paint a picture in words of description, as if you yourself are there. Just taking a moment to step away and imagine the scene will produce outstanding results when working around with description.
And last, but not least…
Use a colorful variety of words. This one may start out to be tough at first, believe me. I’m still trying to work on expanding my vocabulary. When describing scenes, or anything really, you’ve got to use that huge bucket called descriptive vocabulary words. Just saying the sky is blue, doesn’t really paint much of an image. What shade of blue are you talking about here? What about those fuzzy, soft-looking clouds up above? Is the sky a soft tint of baby blue like early in the morning, or a darker electric shade of blue when reaching towards noon? What about that bright warm light coming from the sun? You’ve got to ask yourself these visual questions; try wrapping around words that will hand in hand help you as a writer with description and visuals. I suggest using the Thesaurus if you ever find yourself stuck.
Well, that’s all I’ve got! Or at least from what I can think of. Let me know if this post has helped you, or you can go ahead and drop any suggestions/questions you have in relations to writing!