So, You Think You Can Write...

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    So, You Think You Can Write...

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    You write.

    Or, you believe you can write and you wonder how to use your writing skills profitably.

    Do you write for the sake of arts or money? For you personally, what does it mean - “to write”?

    A kind of philosophical question, huh?

    Writing is hard. And far from everyone who writes is a writer, as they do not understand the true power of this skill. Or, they do not use this power in full force.

    First thing first:

    Make sure you distinguish writing for the sake of arts from writing for the sake of work.

    writers create.pngWriting for the sake of arts:

    • Prose

    • Poems

    • Drama

    Writing for the sake of work and money:

    • Journalism

    • Blogs

    • TV

    • Ads

    • PR

    • Event-management

    • Business ideas

    Arts will hardly bring you much money, but it gives you pleasure instead. You create new worlds, give birth to new characters, express your feelings, and share your phantoms with readers. What is more, they love it! Isn’t it wonderful to know people enjoy writing your pieces of art?

    Still, they don’t necessarily enjoy paying money for your writings.

    On the other hand, work will hardly bring you much pleasure, but it gives you money instead. And money can give you pleasure, can’t it?

    Here the problem comes:
     

    The more work you do, the fewer arts is in it.

    A good work is that taking less time but bringing more money. So, to spend less time on writing but still get enough money for it, you should do nothing but writing about what you LOVE.

    Simple as that, huh? A writer writing about things he loves. Isn’t it a dream of every writing person?

    The only thing you should do to join the ranks of lucky ones is coming up with your writing specialization. Once you know it, you’ll do your best to become a guru of it.

    What do you need for writing like a boss?

    1. Notebook and pen.

    2. Rich vocabulary.

    3. Grammar intelligence.

    4. A quick eye and sharp ears.

    5. Tons of impressions.

    6. Tons of free time.

    Most people have problems with the sixth point, so the best decision for a writing person wanting to become a guru of his wiring specialization would be… freelancing.

    And here another problem comes:

    Thousands of people are freelancers, and most of them write texts, considering their works nothing but masterpieces. How to cut through the clutter and create truly compelling content to get more clients as a freelancer and become an authoritative specialist in your niche?

    The trick is to make everyone read your texts till the very last word. Don’t let them scan it!

    Be paradoxical.

    Paradoxical headlines. Paradoxical introductions. Paradoxical conclusions.

    Give a promise to your readers…

    … and don’t disappoint their expectations.

    Plots and Characters

    No matter what you write - novels, short stories, blog posts, reviews, or marketing texts - your writing will have a plot and characters.

    Two rules come here to remember:

    • All plot ideas are around us.

    • Unravelings of the plots are inside us.

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    For example, imagine the situation:

    You come out into your balcony every morning. And every morning you see a big, even a huge, man walking a small, even a tiny, dog. It's a Yorkshire terrier! And you start thinking: "Who is that man? Why is he walking this small dog? Maybe this is a dog of his wife or girlfriend? But if so, why doesn't that lady walk her dog? Is she ill? Is she dead? And what if it was this man who killed her? Why?"

    Do you see how it works? You take an everyday situation and develop it into a story!

    Note: Every story begins with “and what if…”

    Don’t worry about morality, topicality, composition, and all other theoretical aspects while writing. Let your story and its characters live and do what they want.

    Write about things your know. If you don’t know anything on the topic, then learn it!

    Your Writing Language

    The language you use while writing demonstrates what a writer you are. The just-sit-and-write rule works until you decide to edit your writing piece and understand you can’t let your audience read this.

    For every writer, there is a writing language to win readers.

    Grammar

    No matter what a creative person you are, you won't be able to write well without knowing the basic principles of writing.

    Grammar and spelling.

    Make sure you have a copy of The Elements of Style on your bookshelf. And if you are among those choosing online resources, you are welcome to bookmark Grammar Girl and Merriam-Webster dictionary.

    Whatever you write, people will hardly find it pleasant to read your content if the only chance it has to go live is the red pen police invasion.

    Writing Voice

    Every writer needs a voice. Whether you write novels, blog for fun, or create content for online publications, it's essential to have your unique writing style and develop a voice of yours.

    Your writing style gets people to read your works and helps you stay consistent in your craft. If your writing voice resonates with your audience your work will bring you nothing but pleasure and grateful readers.

    Jeff Goins shares a 10-step exercise for finding your writing voice. Once found, don't stop to develop it. It's a key to being yourself while writing and getting dedicated fans of your craft.

    Brevity

    A good story can be told with one phrase. We all know about Hemingway's six-word story and IMDb's lip smacking movie plot summaries (they all are of 1-2 sentences), don't we?

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    If you dream of writing a novel but don't have enough material for it, write a short story then. A good story is not as easy to write as it seems first; moreover, this story will be a ready product to give your readers in contrast with your unfinished script or novel, which are nothing but endless work in process.

    Make Them Read Your Texts

    What is the most important thing about your writing piece?

    To make people want to start reading it.

    Your reader will estimate four things:

    • Publication. Write for the publications you read: you know their audience, you know their writing style and type of content they share, and it will be easy for you to write a text they want to see.

    • Headline. It’s your only chance to hook a reader.

    • Author. Your name is your style and your specialization.

    • The first paragraph of the text. It will help readers decide whether they want to continue reading your work.

    The first paragraph of your text should answer three questions: “What is this all about?”, “What will I know after reading?”, and “Really? You must be kidding me!”

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    Concluding your writing, make readers think. Calls to action are great but do you best to make readers want to respond to those calls.

    And the last but not least:

    Think like an editor. Remember that editors are prisoners of formats: often they just have to cut your writings ruthlessly, so don’t curse your editor every time he doesn’t want to approve your resplendent metaphor or allusion.