i would like to start writing. I read a lot but i don't really know where to start, can anyone give me some advice?
i'm thinking of trying writing, any tips?
Reply by Asher R. Lorcans | Author
1) Write what you want to write. If you don't love what you write, it's going to turn out shitty 100% of the time.
2) Emphasize building compelling, believable characters. I'm actually writing a whole blog post about character building rn lol, so keep an eye out for that if you're interested. I could go on about this topic for literal hours, but mainly, keep in mind their childhood and how significant memories/life events made them who they are today; remember that side characters are the protagonists of their own stories; and sprinkle in some juxtaposing concepts (e.g. a character in a fantasy world sees someone getting mauled to death by a monster, and desperately wants to help them, and can, but is too terrified by the monster and runs away). I cannot stress enough the utter POWER that well-written juxtaposition holds -- you can apply it to literally anything, not just your characters, and make that thing infinitely more nuanced and interesting. Also, please make sure your characters act as realistic people would in whatever situation they find themselves in. It is a pet peeve of mine to see characters act or speak in unrealistic ways.
3) Make sure that all of your scenes serve a purpose. Be it character building, or foreshadowing, or just good ol' plot advancement, every scene needs a reason for existing, and it must tie into something -- even if that something is merely the next scene. Any individual scene, in summary, should have the essence of "This important thing happens in this scene, which then leads to..."
4) Develop your own writing style. This is one of the most fun parts about writing imo -- and the best part is, you'll never stop doing it! Ironically enough, how I would recommend going about this is reading books from authors who's style you admire, and studying how they write (e.g., how one author writes descriptions, how another does omnipresent POV, how another does internal monologue, etc.) and using them as models to base your own writing off of. You may feel this is unoriginal at first, but A) many random things smashed together will naturally combine into something new and unique, and B) the more you write, you'll start to get little feelings like "Actually, I think this description would look better if I wrote it this way," or "I actually want to include the character thoughts in the narrative, instead of putting them in italics" and whatnot; your style will blossom into something truly unique to you right before your eyes. This study method is also sets a fantastic foundation for any beginning writer imo, as it can teach you every element that goes into crafting a good book.
5) Take all writing advice with an asterisk of "This person is giving this advice because it works for them". For example -- literally every author on YouTube will tell you that you NEEEED to have an outline to write a book. I, on the other hand, am a discovery writer. I write as I go, crafting scenes on the fly that I know damn well would have NEVER existed if I'd structured my projects with an outline. What works for one author may not work for you; just keep that in mind.
These are all the main writing tips for beginners I can think of off the top of my head. If you ever have any specific writing-related questions, don't hesitate to send me an Instant Message! I'd love to answer them :)
Reply by betney
Reply by ♡Bambi Ives♡
You should look into joining a small writer's group. They can give you feedback/edit your pieces and help you brainstorm ideas. It also helps to have a journal where you blurt out all your thoughts, dreams, musings, or drawings. It's a great way to warm up before you start your writing.
Reply by nyctibiidae
Write constantly. Like, any chance you get. It doesn't have to be good writing, you can look back at it a week later and say it was the worst thing you've ever seen. Doesn't matter. Write whenever you can, however you can, and about absolutely anything you want. Set time limits if that makes you more productive, and focus mainly on quantity over quality.
The point isn't to write masterpieces, it's to build confidence and endurance. There's no more effective way to improve than to actually do the thing you want to get better at.