I've facilitated writing workshops for several years. During these workshops, I always ask attendees, "Do you want to take your writing to the next level?"
Everyone shakes their heads up and down. And so I offer these very basic writing tips to the room.
- Write. Write often. Write regularly. Be fearless. The more you write, the easier it is to write.
- Read. Read a lot. Pay attention to how your favorite authors tell their stories.
- Work with other writers. Ask for help, and when you can, offer your assistance to others.
- Keep a notebook handy to jot down story ideas when you think of them.
- Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Start with smaller projects to develop your writer’s voice (writing style), and build from there.
- Use stronger action verbs in your writing. For example, The motorcycle ___________ down the street. Dozens of verbs will work, but think about what you really want to say. Zoomed down the street? Flew down the street? Dashed? Rolled? Careened? Swerved? Crept? Pulsed?
- Add a dash of dialogue to dress up your writing. “Strong dialogue is the spice of life,” the best-selling novelist said.
Master these tips and your writing will go from good to great!
—Amber Nagle, CAW member, writer, editor, and author