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Ways to Bring More Artistry to Your Writing

Although writing is an art, it still requires more artistry on your part to bring it to life. Artistry is not exclusive to creative work as well. It applies to all forms of writing, from poems to news articles. The goal of bringing more artistry is to tell a compelling story by describing events, places, people, and sceneries that cannot be seen, felt or heard.

Writing gives life to ideas, which are intangible. Artistry gives it color, flavor, zest, and emotion. If you want to bring more artistry into your writing, this is how you should do it:

Read fiction.

Fiction is the greatest form of art when it comes to writing. You are weaving a story from bits and pieces of history and real life. Your characters and the events they experience aren’t real, but they are so vividly told that they almost come to life from the pages themselves. In order to bring more artistry to any type of writing, it is best to learn from the most creative form of writing.

Study poems.

While poems are also creative, they are also stimulating, mind-boggling, and puzzling. They are not just for entertainment. They also exercise for the brain. Reading poems gives your analytical juices a boost and gives you room for imagination and creativity. Relate it to your life. Relate it to others. Or study it as the author sees it. Either way, reading a poem, even a haiku, is a journey in itself.

Read the news.

Nothing brings artistry to life than real events. The emotions are real. The facts are real. Your job as a writer is to use this information to write something that is both riveting and eye-catching. You can use what you learn to write fiction, nonfiction, a poem, a blog article, or your own news article as well. Either way, make sure you do it as creatively as possible without misleading people into thinking you are writing about something else. Writing about real events is an exercise in itself as well. It is a hard thing to do to stay within the lines, but when you do, you learn discipline while letting your creative juices flow.

Listen to music.

Take inspiration from sounds instead of words. It is a different medium but it incited emotions and feelings that will reflect in your writing. Many writers use music as inspiration. Sometimes, they even use lyrics to tell a story or a single chapter. Why do you think so many TV shows use song titles as episode names?

Let go.

When writing, it is easy to stay within the confines of our outlines. However, it is more important to think outside the box and cut and perfect the craft later on instead. Release all your artistic talents onto the page and revise, revise, revise.

Keep writing.

Artistry may be inherited, inherent, or borne out of luck. The only constant is that it can be learned. The way to do that is by practicing writing every day. Write your heart out as much as you can. The best writers never stop writing, even when they have nothing to write anymore.

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How to write a book?

Writing a book is no simple task, and it may be intimidating for most writers, especially to those who have never written a book before. But it does not have to be. Here, I will share some basic steps on how to write a book or at least make the whole process easier.

  1. First of all, decide what type of book you want to write. A novel? A help book? Academics?
  2. Once you have decided on what book you want to write, select a topic or a genre. Preferably, one you enjoy and love so you will not get lost or get bored throughout the project. If you are still confused, make a list of what you want to write, and from there, start eliminating until you are left with one.
  3. Get inspired by reading some books of your selected topic/genre. By reading them, you will get yourself pumped up with this project.
  4. If you decide to write a story, think of a plot for your book. If you are writing a guidebook, make notes on the topics you want to touch.
  5. Write a short summary of your book and make sure you can always see it. Maybe tape it on a wall in front of you. That way, you can always read it and stay on the path.
  6. Make a table of contents or write the topic per chapter for your book. By doing this, you organize your book into smaller areas so you will not feel overwhelmed. Make sure to make the climax(later chapters) compelling.
  7. Now write an outline per chapter so you know what should be written there. Maybe a couple of sentences explaining what goes on in that particular chapter.
  8. If you are writing a story, this is the time you create the characters, the world, and the overall details. Make sure the characters are intriguing and not one-dimensional. Also, try to make sure the conflict is interesting not just for you but for the readers. Try to be original about it too as readers tend to be critical of stories that are not original.
  9. Start writing per chapter. Follow your guidelines (step 7) so you know what to write and will not stray.
  10. Learn to take a break when you feel you are overwhelmed or tired. You are not helping your work if you push yourself too hard.
  11. Once you finished writing your book, read it all again.
  12. Rewrite the areas you are not satisfied with. Maybe plots you find lacking or certain details you think needs fleshing out.
  13. Edit your work. Hire an editor if you need to. Then reread it all again.
  14. When you are satisfied, decide on a book’s title. Something that can get the reader’s attention.
  15. Decide your book’s cover art and title font/logo. Hire an artist if you need to.
  16. Find a publisher to publish your book, or you can self-publish it.

 

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Smart Tips for Brilliant Writing

Sounding brilliant in your writing is important to get people to notice, read, and talk about your work. Do understand there is no magic formula to make you sound brilliant. It takes time and effort on your part to accomplish this. But here are some tips that can get you started.

  • Read, read, read.
    • Continue reading new books, articles, or anything at all to improve your vocabulary, and so you may get new ideas and styles from other writers.
  • Thesaurus and Dictionary.
    • You must always have this with you when you write, preferably in a phone app so it makes it easier. You never know when you need to find a word replacement or even a meaning for a particular word. Do not be ashamed for needing it.
  • Keep it short and direct to the point.
    • Most people will just skim on articles, some might even be put off if it is too long. So just keep it short, simple, but to the point, do not overwrite even if you are tempted to.
  • Use simple words. Brilliant does not always mean complex and big words.
    • You must understand not every reader have a deep vocabulary, and you need to cater to as many readers as possible.
  • Paragraphs must be short. If you make it too long, people will be discouraged to read it.
    • Even in online forums, when you see someone post long paragraph, you will most likely not read it, but if it is separated into two or three shorter paragraphs, then you might. Same thing for most readers.
  • Sentences must be short too. Like the above tip about paragraphs, make sentences short.
    • Make it long and it will just sound awkward and might confuse the reader.
  • Don’t sound redundant.
    • If you mentioned something or made your point, do not repeat it later.
  • Sound friendly and fun.
    • Unless it really needs to be a serious article, you need to at least sound fun and friendly to keep the interest of the reader. Make the reader feels like he is listening to a friend’s story than a boring speech. In other words, don’t try to sound too academic unless you need to.
  • Keep writing, even if just for yourself.
    • Then after, read what you wrote and see what improvement you need without being too hard on yourself. It is a learning process, so even if you are not writing for others, keep doing it.
  • Learn new words every day.
    • Just like learning a new language, you should improve your vocabulary even if you don’t think you need it now.
  • Learn to proofread your own writing.
    • By doing so you will be more aware of your weaknesses and can improve yourself better next time.
  • Don’t get distracted.
    • If you are writing and in the groove, you must not let yourself get distracted, because your mindset might be different later on. Get rid of distractions around you, and if possible, write in a good peaceful environment.
  • Be inspired, get motivated.
    • Without inspiration or motivation, you will not get anywhere. Find inspiration on what you write, get motivation on why you write.