winged-seahorse asked: My writing feels bad/bland as I write it. What do I do?! D:
- Keep writing. This might seem like a no brainer, but it’s much harder to actually do than it is to talk about doing. Writing breeds writing, and, like in anything else, practicing is how you improve. Nothing but nothing is going to get you where you want to be as a writer faster than actually, honest-to-goodness writing.
- Actively pursue better writing. Read authors who you admire and take notes on what you like about their work. Expand your vocabulary and practice varying your sentence structure. Work on word choice. Drag yourself outside of your comfort zone. Working toward improvement instead of telling yourself you’re bad (we know how I feel about “bad”) is much more productive.
- Edit and rewrite. Acknowledge that no one can write a perfect manuscript on their first draft and you’ll be much happier. Give yourself permission to suck. Just get your ideas down on paper, then go back later and make your edits.
- Find someone whose critiques you respect. That means this person needs to be someone who gives good critiques and someone from whom you can take critique. If you’re comfortable with hearing another person’s opinions on your work, getting a solid second opinion is a great way to improve your writing.
If you can do those things, you’ve got this writing thing in the bag!
Other useful links:
- Quick Motivation Tips
- Small Bites, Chewing Slowly
- Lift Yourself from a Writing Depression
- This Is a Towel: Creative Constipation
- Thoughts on Chunk-Based Editing
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