The art of storytelling has been essential throughout human history to allow people to communicate their experiences and ideas as well as share their history. Contrary to widespread beliefs about writing, however, storytelling is more than unleashing words onto a page. A compelling story captures readers’ imaginations and challenges the writer’s development. Becoming a proficient writer can be defined by following these habits to cultivate dynamic stories and skills.
Maintain A Productive Workspace
A writer’s space provides support for work to flourish. An office or table should be clear of distractions, organized with one’s preferred writing tools, and asking others to respect boundaries. Maintaining a hospitable workstation establishes a routine dedicated solely to writing.
Ideas can spark at any moment. When inspiration strikes, jotting it down makes it easier to improve a story or brainstorm. Keep a notepad or a smartphone app handy because one never knows when an aha-moment will be useful.
Amateur writers will feel pressure to emulate their favorite authors. However, the most important reader that a writer must aim to satisfy is themselves, and then a wider audience. Though it’s healthy to admire creative idols, it’s crucial to develop a natural voice by releasing expectations. Understanding one’s fears will increase confidence and authenticity.
Read As Often as Possible
For a writer to understand their flaws and strengths, aspiring writers must seek out other stories. Reading as often as possible, exploring different genres, and analyzing alternative mediums strengthens critical thinking towards one’s own work. Make sure to pay attention to things such as character development, story arches, and foreshadowing.
Set Realistic Goals
Nothing muzzles a story faster than unattainable goals. A daily or weekly word count is beneficial to starting slow, while an editorial calendar based on editing, beta-reading, and publishing prevents writers from becoming intimidated and discouraged. Remember: nobody completes their project perfectly on the first attempt.
Whether a writer sets up a schedule or adjusts to a fluctuating lifestyle, stories only come to fruition if the writer shows up to work. It’s recommended to start with ten minutes a day and then expand from there. When you’re feeling especially uninspired continue to take the time to jot down a few thoughts, daily occurrences, or even lists. Gradually, with all of the right habits in place, the first story will be finished. It begins with writers expressing themselves word-by-word.