Let’s see how this goes.
1. Plan ahead–or not…
Siriusly, as long as you have some sort of an idea of what you’re doing, it’s fine. Sometimes I start a story with no plot at all. While planning can be helpful, so is not-planning-up-in-the-air-writing. If that makes you feel more free, go for it.
2. Again? And again and again.
The more you write, the more practice and effort you put into it, the better your writing will get! Sounds cliche, I know, but it’s true.
3. Someone! Anyone!
To really improve your writing, you need to get feedback. You don’t have to accept every piece of feedback you get, but if someone says your story is confusing, and then another person does, you might want to go and fix it.
A lot of people are shy when sharing their work. For example, I don’t like to read my writing out loud, but I’m okay if someone else does or if someone just reads it in their mind. I used to be really terrified to share, but I think the more you do it, the more you get used to it, and then it’s not so hard anymore.
4. Oh no! It’s not 801 pages! What am I going to do?!
Don’t focus on the length of your story. If you are just stretching it out so it’ll be longer, it will most likely get repetitious and boring. If you’re shortening it because you have a word limit, that might be alright, unless you’re getting rid of a lot of words or changing the entire plot of the story. The plot of the story and the characters and the setting and all that is much more important than how long it is. Even if your story is five pages long, the content matters more than the length.
Just keep that in mind.
Sometimes we get bored with our stories. That’s okay. You can come back to it later. If you’re not enjoying writing your story, it most like won’t be as good as one that you love.
6. Where’s the delete bar?
Absolutely no deleting your writing.
You can always come back to it later. You might like to read it again someday. I always get a kick out of reading my old stories and laughing about how bad they are. 😉
7. Don’t give up!
Even when they seem awful, or when it’s super hard to write, don’t give up. You can stop trying–for now–but don’t get rid of it forever. Don’t give up on a story you really like, even if it’s stuck.
No matter what, there’s always some way to fix it.
(not my photo)