Imagine this: a literary agent reads your query letter and decides to check out the opening to your story. You've passed the first test (writing that query letter and getting their attention), and now it's time for them to be bedazzled by your writing. But how you do go about starting a novel? Here's seven tips on how to write a good first chapter.
Have you ever worked a long time on your writing just to have someone critique everything about your piece? Maybe someone told you it sounded like a first draft even though it was the tenth. I'm sure every writer has been there at least once. But getting over our writing fears is how we grow as writers. It takes courage to have someone take your work and circle everything with a red pen. You can let go of your writing fears by learning to embrace critiques and rejection.
Every writer has their own opinion on the topic. Some believe it's nearly impossible to learn from classes while others think that this craft can be studied under a teacher. You'll find hundreds of differing opinions on this topic, and the answer usually depends on the outlook of the writer. Can writing be taught? Well, my unique take is this: if you really want to learn the art of writing, of course writing can be taught -- but it might not be in a traditional classroom setting. Here's how.
All writers looking to improve their talent, whether it's adjusting their sentence flow or writing more dynamic characters, seek good writing habits that make their writing better. After all, they say it takes at least ten-thousand hours to master a skill; that means writers work hard to put their best pieces together. Writers develop their talents over time with dedication and diligence to the craft. While there's no one size fits all strategy to make your writing better, you can start forming habits that can make your writing stronger. Here's ten easy habits you can use to begin improving today.
Doubt is perhaps one of the biggest barriers between achieving our writing goals and keeping them dreams. Whenever we sit down to create, there's always that looming fear we just aren't good enough after all. All artists fear their work being rejected, criticized, ridiculed, and forgotten. ...and yet, doubt is healthy. Doubt in the creative process helps expand our creativity. If all creators went with the first idea that popped into their brain, they wouldn't experiment writing a paragraph or character differently. As writers, we should be looking to continue to imagine our characters, plot lines, scenarios, and prose in various brilliant lights. Here's how doubt contributes to the creative writing process.
Every writer wants what they've written to captivate and resonate with their readers. However, words on the page can't show emotion, so it's up to your word choice to evoke the correct feelings. Voice is one of the most critical yet difficult things for writers to develop. You could follow every grammar rule perfectly and yet the way you approach writing is completely different than someone else. That's because we all have our own thought processes and styles when it comes to presenting written information. Your voice marks who you are as a writer, which is why it's important to think about the way you structure sentences. Here's a guide for finding a writing voice.
When you’re looking to write a book (or any other form of writing), one of the first questions that comes to mind is what point of view works best for your piece. While there’s plenty of success for each viewpoint, there’s no surprise that there’s advantages and disadvantages of each one. Here’s a guide that will help you decide what point of view you should use for your writing.
If you want to be a writer, know that you aren't the only person who has that dream. However, you shouldn't view these individuals as your competition to get published; in fact, people who share your hobby will most likely be your greatest asset! Here's five reasons why you should share your writing with other like-minded people.
Time doesn’t wait for anybody, especially when it comes to completing your own manuscripts. That’s why you need to become your greatest critic when reviewing your own writing. Here’s a guide on how you can become your own best writing critic.
The first step to improving our writing is accepting that we aren't the best. Most great writers don't come out of the womb knowing how to write proper character arcs, and many don't even consider learning basic grammar. Here's seven reasons your writing needs work.