If you want to write, the one most important element you need to have is passion. Once, you have the passion to write, you also have the will to work hard. Of course, there are bound to be times when you might fall, but if you are passionate enough about writing, you will get up, brush off the dust, sharpen that pencil again and write. Also, never-ever-ever-ever-ever-ever-ever (Yes, that was inspired by Arnab Goswami. Remember that one time he got angry at Meenakshi Lekhi? ) say, you are going to quit writing.
So, in this blog post, I mention some of the stuff you need to know if you want to write.
1. Know your grammar
If you don’t know where to put a comma and where not to or get tensed looking at tenses, then maybe, you should rethink being a creative writer. As a writer, you should have a good understanding of grammar. You need to know how to structure a sentence. It does not necessarily need to have big words, but it should be sensible enough to be understood.
2. Wrtng lik dis iz nt cool
Keep this newly discovered, highly advanced format of writing to yourself and your friends. Don’t ever let it pour out when you are trying to write something. First, if you use this newly invented script, you will not be taken seriously and second, it’s just plain irritating. Also, make sure, you know your spellings right. If you don’t, always do a spell check.
3. Write everyday
If you are a beginner and you want to improve your writing, write every day. Make sure that you devote some time to it on a daily basis. Your writing doesn’t need to be a new short story or a poem that will move people, it could be anything. It could be about that cute cat you saw outside your home or how you think religion is the true cause of human sadness. It can be anything under the sun. Remember this, the more you write, the better you will get.
4. Don’t stop till you think you can’t make it better
I am not talking about making it perfect. There is no such thing called perfection. But what you could do is give it your best shot. Don’t let it be an okay job. If you think you can make it better, do it. Keep making changes till you think you have done the best you could. Always store your first draft, but make more drafts till you think you nailed it.
5. Finish what you start
Most writers who are just beginning to write get disheartened by their writing and give it up in the middle. One advice to all of them is finish what you start. Always, always, do so. Your piece may not look as good as you thought it would be but you have at least given it a closure. You could always rework it, but finish the idea that you had in your mind. Also, if you are writing, don’t be lazy. Give yourself a deadline. Try finishing it within that time.
6. Review your work a little later
Once you have written your first draft, don’t try to find mistakes in it immediately. You may not be able to find many mistakes or corrections that you need to do. Give it a day or 2 and then review it again. When you do this, you will be able to see your written piece more objectively and will be able to improvise on it better.
7. Be open to criticism
The only way to get better at writing is to ask for criticism. It is essential to do so if you want to be a good writer. Learn to take it positively and improvise on it accordingly. But, you should be able to differentiate between constructive criticism and not so constructive ones.
If you want to write better, you need to read more. When you read, you are exposed to many styles of writing and ideas that you might have not thought about. Read different genres, read some books that are critically acclaimed and read the bestsellers. Classics could be a little boring, but try them out. Read anything that you could get your hands on because you never know where inspiration may come from.
9. Experiment with writing
Just like reading different genres of book, don’t confine yourself to one style of writing in the beginning. You should experiment with different styles to discover your style. Try all styles. It might seem difficult in the beginning but it will help you find your own style. Also, never shy away from an idea. No idea can be called a bad idea; it’s all about how you work around that idea.
10. Writer’s blocks are for real
Writer’s block is a time when you are just unable to write or think of anything. It can get very frustrating and exhausting but you should not let it get to you. My advice to you would be, don’t give up, keep writing ☺