Advice on becoming a better writer? and suggestions of good books & authors?
Topic: Advice on becoming a better writer? and suggestions of good books & authors?
June 27, 2019 / By Ailsie Question:
I want to be a writer but the thing is I have TERRIBLE grammar & my spelling isn't exactly the best either! to top it off I always start stories but barely ever finish them How can I keep myself motivated to do so? I always come up with such greats ideas & interesting plots but then when it comes time to put them down onto paper it doesn't come out as well as I'd like it to I want to not only have better spelling & grammar but have a bigger horizon & a more creative mind..you see I know for a fact that I have potential! but I also know that just having potential isn't going to get me anywhere! I want to be the best that I can possibly be! thats why I need advice from other writers..I'm thinking about taking 1 or 2 college classes to improve & broaden my writing is there any that you would suggest? also is there any advice or tips that you can give me to help me naturally improve my writing? and what are some good books & authors that you would recommend? I've always been more of a writer then a reader but I understand that to be a good writer you have to read other peoples work as well. Please feel free to give as much advice as you possibly can!
Best Answers: Advice on becoming a better writer? and suggestions of good books & authors?
Tommie | 10 days ago
As a published writer, I'd be more than happy to give some tips!
The first one is - practice! There are lots of ways of improving your writing, but this is the only one that's guaranteed to work. How often do you write? Do you set aside a time for writing every day? (I do - even on my busiest days, I make sure I find half an hour - and it helps A LOT with keeping me motivated!) And I mean actual writing, not sketching out plots, planning storylines or anything except putting the words on the page.
You say you're "more of a writer than a reader", but you're right that you need to read plenty. Do you ever read like a writer? Go back to a book you love and study it in the way that a sportsman might study classic plays - ask yourself what makes it so successful? What is it about the book that makes you keep turning those pages? Is it the way the author creates fascinating characters, sets up compelling dramatic tension, or takes you into a fascinating mystery? You can do the same with a book you hate - why doesn't it work for you? Don't worry too much about imitating the authors that you pick. My writing is absolutely nothing like the horror thrillers of Stephen King, for example, but I learned a massive amount about how to keep a story moving from studying his books.
If you have trouble with spelling and grammar, do an English course. Or - if there's one available near you - why not try studying a foreign language? I found that the mechanics of English suddenly became a lot clearer to me after I'd started learning French, with all its noun-verb agreements, tenses and formations. But one bit of advice I would give, at least at the beginning, is to not worry about it! They're vitally important in any final draft you send off to a publisher, but when you're first getting into your story there's no need to get bogged down in them. Concentrate on telling that tale and bringing those great ideas to life - you can always pollish up your prose later on.
The book "Writing a Novel" by Nigel Watts (published as part of the "Teach Yourself" series) is always on my desk, as is Roget's Thesaurus for help when I need an alternative word, and Fowler's Modern English Usage, which is quite technical but helps me to work out why a phrase or sentence sounds clunky and how to fix it. Depending on what kind of stories you like to read, there are some great novels about writers and writing: I love Lost Illusions by Honore de Balzac, Misery by Stephen King, The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano and The Cry of the Sloth by Sam Savage.
I really hope this helps! Best of luck with your writing!
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Originally Answered: Best writer or anyone? advice help?
Peer pressure is social pressure by members of one's peer group to take a certain action, adopt certain values, or otherwise conform in order to be accepted.
When you need a definition just Google "dictionary WORD" where WORD in this case is Peer Pressure.
Compared to a lot of users I've seen on here your spelling is fine. Grammar could do with a bit of perfecting but to be honest I think you're just being lazy (ie not bothering to hold the shift key).
Yes by all means take a college class, but the most important thing you need to do is be patient. Improving your natural writing ability can be done, and it's very easy. But it takes a long time. You're talking several years until you're hitting average. What you need to do is read. Read, read and read some more. You will automatically pick up on what makes the books you read so easy to get into. You'll also start noticing bad writing. Read anything and everything. Primarily focus on the genre you like to write, but be sure to read other stuff too so you can understand differences in style.
Finally, and I cannot stress this enough, it's quality not quantity. When I say read lots, I mean it, but take your time. I firmly believe that if you zoom through 2/3 books a week there is no way that a) you're getting the full enjoyment out of them and b) you're going to learn to improve your writing. Read at the speed the author intends each word to be spoken. For descriptive passages, read as though you were at the place (for example) and the author was your guide, telling you about it. For dialogue, imagine the characters actually speaking and read at the speed each bit would be said at. And that's all. Do that, stick to it, practice writing all the time as well and you'll improve constantly.
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John Gardner (Grendel, Freddy's Book, many others) wrote two great Books about writing. They are The Art of Fiction, and On Becoming a Novelist. Besides writing fiction he was a college professor and these books are based on some of his lectures.
Stephen King also wrote a really good book about writing, but I forget the title.
Taking the college courses is a good idea. You not only want creative writing course, you also need to take literature courses.
Reading is very important. If one doesn't read, how does one know what to do?
If you want to read a writer whose style and technique is widely admired (and often imitated), read Raymond Chandler's mystery novels.
Cormac McCarthy is considered by many to me the the best living American writer. I've only read three of his novels. The Road, All the Pretty Horses, and No country for Old Men. he first two pages of No Country were so great I read them three time before reading the rest of the book..
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I have the same problem. I have started a ton of storys this year. Many meant to be short storys and alot out of boredom, but they were still good ideas. And a ton I never finished.
There were three that I actually planned on publishing one day, and I made the same mistakes in all three. Mary sure characters. Bad grammar. Too many characters and many that didn't contribute to the plot at all. No plot in mind, so my characters were in one place one moment, then off doing something else the next page (not exactly but you know, just fast moving book that had no real plot.). That's only Some of the errors. The list went on.
Then I read this book, and it helped me see a ton of the errors in my writing. If you're serious about writing, I recomend reading books on the subject. The one that helped me was "How to write a damn good novel" by James N Frey. I didn't know what half the stuff meant before this book, like premise, the crucible. It helped me alot so I recomend reading that, or books like it, for your writing.
Also, research. You got to do tons of research. Over the past few weeks I've done research till I was crying because my eyes hurt and I was so tired of researching and because it was six am usually. I've done hours of research on my subjects, for me it was a lot of folklore and supernatural stuff, for you research might be easier.
As for grammar... If you find something for that, let me know. Hehe... Um, well all I can recomend for that is reading books. See how other authors write. That's what I do. I had the same problem here too. Nothing I wrote ever seemed to come out write. But reading books helps. Just seeing other authors work. Especially ones that have good reviews.
And... Just watch movies, read books, listen to music even. Anything can help with you writing in the smallest ways you wouldn't even realize.
Hope I helped :} Good luck!
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just read some books and watch some films and as you are reading books or watching films just write down some ideas. It also depends what the book is about. You can also do English courses at college as well
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Originally Answered: suggestions or advice?
Inspiring it is to use English in creative writing which you must research in the net like writing their memoirs, essay, etc.
Practice makes perfect. Also class activity and participation is a cognitive approach to learning English.