The following piece is a guest post written by a super creative seventeen year old high school junior and founding member of WTW. On the site, he’s knows as Angelsboy, but in real life, we call him Hood. He sent me his thoughts, and I asked him to put them together for a blog post which he so graciously did.
Tip 1: When writing a story, make every day of your life part of that story
Go out of the box and act like one of your characters for a few days, try to see the world through their eyes and get to know them more. Look at your surroundings and replace things in your world with things from their world. This is where you can get similes and metaphors, for example, “The trees were the skyscrapers of a fairy city.”
Tip 2: Obsess over your story
Never stop thinking about your story. A big thing to do is to idly doodle about it. Drawing is a great thing to do when you’re thinking about your story because it can help you come up with ideas. (Like the other night, I drew a clock and realized that there were twelve hours and twelve zodiacs, allowing me to give the zodiacs a time of day when they are strongest.) If there is a certain symbol that your story revolves around or that takes up a bit of your story (mine are the zodiac signs) then draw that symbol (or symbols) constantly. Believe it or not, it helps to come up with ideas.
Tip 3: Think about your characters… always
The more you think about your characters and jot down notes about them, the more time you spend with them and get to know them. This also goes back to acting like your character. A writer needs to be willing to step out of the box; say something that your character would say to your friends, family, or even a random stranger. Check their reaction and keep those reactions in mind, use them as material for your story. Be a villain one day, and the hero the next. Act like a bumbling idiot, or act confident and smart.
Tip 4: There will never be enough drafts
The title says it all. Your first draft will be the basics of the story, the idea came to you and you wrote it down… That’s all the first draft is good for. Yes, you may be a magnificent writer, but there is no such thing as a perfect first draft, you are not going to write up a short story in one day and, DING!, it’s ready to publish. On your second draft, use the ‘show not tell’ technique and expand. On your next draft, make more exciting action verbs and adjectives and expand more. On the draft after that, make dialogue better and expand even more, and so on, and so on. My first drafts usually tend to be short, but when finished, they will be pages long. Continue writing drafts until you have exhausted your resources and possibilities and only stop when you are completely and totally satisfied with the final product and you have absolutely no problems with it. If you feel something is wrong with a part of your story and you can’t figure out what or what to do… Then where to buy bupropion this is the time to consult another people for help.
Tip 5: Fire your editor
I don’t mean this physically. Everybody has a voice in their head that tells you that your writing is not good enough and makes you erase things that are ‘terrible.’ Get rid of this voice, this is your editor, creative writing is not meant to have boundaries. Let your characters swear, no matter what the school or anyone says about it, if the story calls for it, then let ‘er rip! If you want an overly obscene character, that is your choice and only your choice. Be proud of your writing, even if it’s terrible in your eyes, even if it’s terrible in somebody else’s eyes, because you went through the time to create that piece of work and you should have pride in that. No matter what.
Tip 6: Write every day
You guys have probably heard this before, but it’s true that it helps your writing. If you get in the habit of writing every day, then your brain becomes accustomed to creating ideas, and you will always be able to pull an idea out of your head. Write for at least thirty minutes a day. Don’t know what to write about? Then use your thirty minutes thinking about what to write about instead, either way, you’re sitting at a desk (or wherever you feel comfortable writing) with paper in front of you.
Tip 7: Completely sketch all your characters
It may be tedious, but write out a sketch for your character, if you don’t know where to start? Then use this guide…
- Status and Money:
- Marital Status:
- Family and Ethnicity:
- Diction and Accent:
- Places Found:
- Personal History:
- Character Flaws:
- Character Strengths:
- Taste in Books, Music, etc.:
- Journal Entries:
- Food Preferences:
- Astrological Sign:
Boom! Everything you need to know about your character. It may seem awfully tedious to do this for each character (Trust me, I know, I have over twelve characters that I’ve done this with, imagine all the other books…) but doing this will make writing so much simpler because this actually allows you to easily get in their heads once you start writing. An item that I put on this list is criticized a lot. This item would be the astrological sign. People keep telling me that the zodiac is only in my story, but that’s not true. If you want to make a character quickly, just look up a zodiac sign and you have the basic personality of the character There’s a lot more to the zodiac than just the signs though, there’s Erudite and Callow (good side or bad side of the sign). There are the different Triplicities, women signs act different than the men of the same sign, the signs change with age… so on. It’s a quick way to get your character set up. It’s also helpful so you can give your character a name that relates to the zodiac that they act like and add meaning to their name.
These are a few tips and tricks that I have come across while wandering around the writing world. I hope these come in handy in your writing. I may have more posted up later. Until then…
Stay lost in your heads!