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Become Better at Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction!
Why become better at writing?
You may ask yourself why you would want to become more proficient with language abilities, or creating stories of Fantasy and Science fiction.
There is no definitive answer to the question, but there are reasons you should strive to improve language!
Pros to "upgrading" your skill in language arts;
- Increased ability to effectively communicate
- Expansion of your everyday vocabulary
- A medium to express artistic creativity
- Feeling good about your abilities
If you wish to achieve a higher degree of language and writing vocabulary, it will take practice, commitment, trial and error and frustration.
There will be ups and downs to the quality of work you produce, and from time to time, it will be discouraging.
Anyone can learn, or better themselves in, artistic writing and language arts.
Tips to help you stay committed;
- If writing in a certain moods helps your final outcome, try to maintain writing in only that mood.
- You don't have to write every single day, but the more you write, the better you will become.
- When you are dissatisfied with a piece of work, do not dwell on it. Try and improve the parts you don't like, or just accept that you did your best.
- If you want to share your work with others, make sure they are the right audience for you! Don't share an action packed story with your grandmother, share a romantic story with her.
All in all, the more committed you are, the higher chance you have of succeeding and achieving your goal.
Along your journey through learning and expanding your writing abilities, you may encounter various roadblocks. It can be a creative road block, not know what to write. Or even as little as not having your preferred medium in which you write through/with.
The best way to overcome these obstacles, is to maintain your commitment and improvise the best you can.
Here are some general tips for roadblocks;
- If you encounter a creative roadblock, and you don't know what to write, do not worry! Your mind might not be in the right place, or the circumstances may not be helpful to aid your process. There are plenty of causes for a creative and artistic roadblock, but the best way to overcome them is to either stop writing and continue when you get in that certain mood, research random topics to help you get some idea or just right random things down to help get your brain going.
- If you don't have access to your writing utensils, or a computer, and you have the desire to write, do not worry! Store a "notepad" of the ideas you have either on paper, or in your head. This way, when you are able to write, you can remember the things you wanted to write.
- If you choose to share your work with others, and you get a negative response, or comments, you may feel like you failed in writing your piece. It can be difficult to take criticism, and know the difference between that and constructive criticism. Don't let yourself think that because a couple people said bad things about your work, your a terrible writer. That is almost never the case. Instead, keep your head high, and accept that other people have different views and opinions.
If you are committed, and you are willing to put the time and effort in, there are some small, but very helpful, tips you can follow to help aid the learning process.
Here are the tips;
- Use colorful language. Instead of saying, "Her hair was long," say, "The breeze, cool and calm, frolicked through her hair, allowing the lengthy, blonde colored, strands of beauty the freedom to dance among the night winds."
- Find better synonyms for words! Using an encyclopedia, synonymy website or just plain old Google Search can make the world of a difference. However, you must be careful with this! You do not want to overdue it to the point where people do not understand it. Make adjustments to words that could have a beneficial impact such as verbs and not nouns. An example of a good use of synonyms is; "I dashed long and hard to finish the race," instead of, "I ran to finish the race." A bad use of this tip would be; "I dashed phenomenally, unbreakable, to conclude my race." Although this has a colorful vocabulary, it is a bit "over the edge." As you continue to learn, you will find a perfect happy medium for synonym usage.
- Do grammar research! This is not as important if you do not wish to share your work, but it has a massive affect on the quality of your work if you do! You do not have to have a language arts degree, but you should have a basic understanding and knowledge of grammar and English!
If you want to improve your abilities to write, communicate more effectively and have a medium in which to express any artistic desires, you need commitment! You will never get better by writing once a year, it's just not reality. You will, however, get better if you write once or twice a week.
The time you spend writing is the time you spend practicing, and the more you practice, the better you get.