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Tip for Optimizing Your Writing Skills
Hello writers! If you are a frequent visitor to our blog, I could probably go as far as to guess that you really care about your writing and wish to make it the best it can possibly be. Any good writer hopes to present a final draft of a work that they can confidently say they did their very best on.
If any of you are like me, you are your own toughest critic. You are stuck continuously striving to be better, yet you never actually reach “better” in your own eyes. I’m here to help with homework and tell you that simply by putting the effort in to make your work the best, you are progressing and becoming better from an outside perspective. We are here to help you in your never-ending journey towards greatness, so here are a few tips we use for you to try.
Make an outline.
We’ve all had to do this in school at some point in our lives. As a college student, this tip really saves my life with any paper I am assigned. When beginning a story or simply making notes of ideas that come to your head, it helps to organize those thoughts into an outline. If you have the plot thought out, make a section in your outline just for your plot. I usually start with a detailed (and spoiler filled) summary of the plot for myself. It’s basically my whole story wrapped up into one or two paragraphs without dialog. Then I move on to making a list of plot points or scenes that I want to include. If I have specific dialog or descriptions that I want to use I will put them in this list.
Often times I have ideas for what I want my characters to say or actions I want them to take, so I make checklists to follow as I write. If my story has specific characters, I make a list of them and write down a brief summary of each of them. I take note of how I want them to look (hair type/color, eye color, height, etc.) and the different traits that I want them to have (awkward, confident, loud, shy, smart, clueless, etc.). Before I begin writing any story, I make sure that I know each and every one of my characters as I would know my own child. After I list out my characters, if I know that my story will have chapters or parts, then I list out what I want to happen in each chapter. I usually make a beginning, middle, and end of each chapter. This part of your outline does not have to be extensive or detailed, this is just to keep you on track and working toward all of your plot points. For example, you could say “Chapter One: Leyna and J.D. are introduced. They visit the junkyard and the gang is introduced. J.D. gets a tattoo and his love for racing cars is introduced.” That’s a beginning, a middle, and an end of a chapter rolled up into three short and sweet sentences.
Your outline should be just as much a living work as your story itself. I know that I personally lose so many good ideas if I don’t write them down in my outlines as soon as I can. Even after you start your story, do not forget about or drop your outline. Continue to use it as you go about writing your story. According to science help experts if you change an aspect of your plot, take note of it in your outline so that you can make sure everything adds up in the end. If you have a new idea for chapter seven but you’re only to chapter five in your writing, use your outline to take notes. Don’t lose those ideas! They’re too good to be forgotten by a distracted mind!
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