Writing: How to do it

By Turfa Sarfaraz;

Ah, writing. It’s fun to do, yet so complex at the same time. Sometimes, you know exactly what to write but not how to convey it or vice versa. But that’s okay! I’m here to help you get over writer’s block, and give you some tips and tricks on how to improve your writing, even if it’s the slightest bit. Small changes such as grammar and format can go a long way, trust me. This article will have four simple ways to spice up your writing, without changing your style! Now, writing comes in all shapes and sizes. We’ve seen short stories, poems that rhyme, poems that don’t rhyme, poems that are freestyle; you get the gist. The one thing that most of us forget is that writing doesn’t have a limit, nor does it have a specific way to do it. Anything can be considered as writing, so just let it all flow.

Tip Number 1: Grammar

Grammar is a very big aspect when writing anything. If you use common words or have run-on sentences, your writing won’t flow nor have much meaning to it. Using websites such as Grammarly.com or getting a friend to proofread can help you SO much. Now of course, you don’t have to do any of those but having an extra set of eyes has always been beneficial (in my opinion).

 

     Tip Number 2: Characters

When writing a story or a poem, you need a direction of where you want the “plot” to go. If you just start writing without any purpose, you’ll be left with the terrible disease of writer’s block.if you know what direction you want to go however, there’s the chance you likely not getting writer’s block. One simple way, is knowing how you want your characters to be like. Develop a personality for your protagonist, and build off of that. You really want to get into the gist of it, and knowing simple things about your character like personality, likes, and dislikes really helps the story shape into its mold.

Ex: if “Esme” is known for being a flirt, she’ll most likely approach a dangerous situation in a flirtatious way.

However, if “Esme” is very shy and timid, she’ll most likely approach a dangerous situation in a paranoid way.

 

Tip Number 3: Format

If you come across a story and see the text all jumbled up in one paragraph, are you more likely going to read it? Definitely not. When there’s an endless paragraph of words, no one’s going to be interested in that. However, if you separate the text into shorter paragraphs, your mind tricks you into thinking that it’s less and causes the reader to actually read it. So when writing your next piece, make shorter paragraphs!

 

Ex: His eyes burned with desire as he approached, immediately focusing on the ring on Venus’s delicate finger. “Beautiful..” He muttered. Though, his lips lost their color as he looked up. Venus shakingly held up her hand, her body drooping as her features began to change drastically. As the seconds passed, Venus’s appearance grew by a year. Her hair wilted like a dandelion’s seed on a summery evening, and her cheeks boiled to a cracked red. Her lips parted as she muttered a statement, though her words were inaudible. Her voice remained subtle; her accent poking its needle into her tongue and leaving it numb.

 

Into: His eyes burned with desire as he approached, immediately focusing on the ring on Venus’s delicate finger. “Beautiful..” He muttered. Though, his lips lost their color as he looked up. Venus shakingly held up her hand, her body drooping as her features began to change drastically. 

As the seconds passed, Venus’s appearance grew by a year. Her hair wilted like a dandelion’s seed on a summery evening, and her cheeks boiled to a cracked red. Her lips parted as she muttered a statement, though her words were inaudible. Her voice remained subtle; her accent poking its needle into her tongue and leaving it numb.

 

Tip Number 4: Steal Steal STEAL

By steal, I mean take inspiration from famous pieces of writing and put your spin on it. No writing, just like art, belongs to just ONE creator. So it’s completely okay to look off of different sets of writing and conjuring up a piece of your own. Just don’t forget to give credit!

 

At the end of the day, writing can be expressed in any form, being of any size. It doesn’t matter if it’s one line or ten, all that matters is how much you value it and how you portray it to your audience.

Works Cited

Edwards, Ray. “7 ‘Tricks’ to Improve Your Writing Overnight.” Michael Hyatt, 28 June 2013, michaelhyatt.com/improve-writing/. Accessed 9 Feb. 2020.

Shewan, Dan. “16 Easy Ways to Improve Your Writing Skills.” Wordstream.Com, 2014, www.wordstream.com/blog/ws/2014/08/07/improve-writing-skills. Accessed 9 Feb. 2020.

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Turfa Sarfaraz

Turfa Sarfaraz is the Editor of Poetry at The Deliberator. In her free time, she likes to make video edits and hang out with friends.

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