It’s Wednesday again.
I’ve decided that this week, the three tips will be tips that I have adapted recently.
Don’t edit straight away.
Imagine this, you are writing up an assignment or a short story and after every new sentence you begin to reread all the work you have just done. Slowly but surely, you are getting pretty sick of reading the same thing over and over again
Once you have finished you are now in a state where you are so put off by the idea of reading it all again that you decide to skip a few lines or just don’t pay attention at all.
This is where the issues are. Not only do you know longer care, but you have read this piece of work multiple times within such a short time span that you probably have become immune to identifying errors during this proofreading time.
The best thing to do is to just keep writing and wait until you are finished to read through your work and edit. Better yet, just walk away from it for some time before editing it.
The break away from it will help you to spot those errors quickly and easily.
Make your characters have flaws.
It may not sound very appealing, but flaws make characters more relatable. From a hero having a fear of insects to a mage not being able to control their magic, flaws in characters provide more depth.
The flaws don’t have to be massive or even used as part of the main plot, but having them can help make readers care more for your characters and even enjoy it when they overcome these flaws.
Watch your wording
Be caution with how you word things in your writing and what words you actually use. Depending on what you are writing should determine how you write.
If you are writing an essay then you wouldn’t be writing as if you were telling your best friend something.
The same applies when writing a story.
Use appropriate language that fits the context. Treat it like you are telling someone everything that happened. If you have a character who is unfamiliar with a certain language, then they shouldn’t be fluent at speaking it.
Try not to use big words that most people would need a dictionary beside them to understand what you are saying. It isn’t needed and it takes them out of the immersion.
That being said, there are appropriate instances. For instance, you were writing a science fiction novel and you needed to use certain large and uncommon words as they are the names of the equipment, process, etc.
Personally, I would recommend providing an in-text definition to help readers understand without feeling like the immersion is broken. A way is to begin with describing what the object is and then say something along the lines of, “it’s called an” or “we call it”. However, that is simply my personal preference and many writers find their own way around it.
Thank you for taking the time to read through my three top tips.
I hope they have helped and if you have any tips in mind that you would like to have included in future posts, please feel free to comment them below or to message me on Twitter.