It’s one of those times when you have an awesome idea you know would look great on print, blog or anything else that hosts the written word. You know that this idea would a hit the soonest you share it to the world out there, making it viral or even one of the trending news. The only problem is that you don’t have the faintest idea how to put into words this awesome thought you have. So while it’s easy to come up with ideas, translating them into cohesive thoughts and story is challenging.
Here are some tips you could try to help you start on the project:
1. Write It Down
Ideas flow easily and just as easily they get lost too. So write down your thoughts. Keep a notebook where you could scribble and jot down your ideas for a next blog post, short story or even a review. The key is to have something tangible that would remind you of all the thoughts that you had so it would be easier for you to build stories out of it.
2. Outline Your Thoughts
It’s not just simply going head on to write your next literary piece. It also takes enough planning to come up with something coherent. List down what you want in your story or how you wish it would evolve. It may not be in complete sentences, bullet points would do. But just ensure that you have an idea how you want everything to flow so that the story would sound seamless.
3. Know Who You Are Talking To
There is a difference with talking to children or talking to adults. There is also a different approach when you want to address twenty-somethings suffering from a broken heart because of unrequited love over millenials looking for their first time job. Knowing who your audience is would help you keep your thoughts and writing in relation to them than having a scattered send-to-all voice. If you are able to identify your readers, then you would have a better chance at tailor fitting the words you use (such as social media lingo) and even helping them identify with what you wrote.
4. Avoid Unnecessary Jargon
This technique is often used in writing articles for newspapers. It’s best to be clear and concise rather than have many flowery words, which only adds to the confusion. Instead of using phrases, try to find exact words that would best convey your message.
5. Show Vs. Tell
Other writers tell readers what they want them to know, which makes it reading a boring experience for them. Instead of just saying what you want to say, invite your readers to delve into your story further by using descriptive language and imagery when you write. It helps tickle their minds and you are able to help them experience the whole story in that manner.
6. Be Consistent
If you have found a tone and personality to your writing, maintain it. Nothing confuses and leaves a reader disappointed than a change in the personality and tempo of the writing mid-work.
7. Have Someone Edit Your Work
Aside from your own editing, it is best to get the opinion and expertise of someone when proofreading your work, especially for novels and publishing purposes.