My Rules to Great Writing

 

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Well, if Orwell can write them, so can I.

Rule 1: Create your own original ideas and concepts for novels, articles and blog posts and articulate them in an original style. No one likes a bog standard plot and no one likes an original and creative plot written like the 6 o clock news. Search hard for your own unique style and work hard at creating a concept that avoids cliches.

Rule 2: Don’t rush your art. I know people who write an anthology of poems overnight and wonder why they despise them a week later. Your writing is your art; art takes time, as should your writing. Your writing should be carefully constructed, deliberately and with respect.

Rule 3: As Orwell says, don’t use 10 words for something that only needs 5. Be concise and intelligent with your word choice. Sometimes (or most of the time) too many words spoil what the words are saying – you don’t need to over complicate it.

Rule 4: Stop yourself from over describing things. A reader doesn’t want to be patronised with paragraph’s of description about the house your character lives in; they do have an imagination, so allow them to use it. Be quirky and clever with your imagery; point out what is important and necessary but not every single thing in your setting. Leave enough to the imagination of the reader so that they feel involved in the novel. However, don’t under describe either; make sure you include vivid images of the things that matter.

Rule 5: If you start to get arrogant about your abilities or your drafts, take a step back and bring yourself back to earth. An arrogant writer is a bad writer. You must be able to take criticism on board and edit what you have written. You must be able to accept you will make mistakes and go wrong. You should also learn not to take criticism to heart; your editor or friend or family member is only trying to help you improve and get better. If you take it personally, you can never grow as a writer.

Last, but not least, rule 6: Don’t be afraid to experiment and switch things up. To not be afraid to take a risk is a talent, especially with something like your writing. It’s something we always stay safe with, but you should change that. If you experiment with a new genre or a new style or structure, you never know, you may find a new niche. It’s always good to stray from your comfort zone because only good things can come from it. You learn and grow and that’s important as a writer.

So there we go, 6 very important rules to writing and 6 I have stuck with and use. I do hope this helps you.

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