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Let Me Show Ya Somethin' #3

Updated: Apr 6

10 Tips for New Writers


 

New writers are born every day, and sometimes all they need is a little push here and there. For this edition of Let Me Show Ya Somethin’ I wanted to provide a quick list of tips that may spark that little something in a new writer. Here’s a list of ten quick and easy tips that may help set you on the path to writing better stories.



 

1. Start with a strong hook


The first few lines of your story are crucial in grabbing your readers' attention and drawing them into the narrative. Consider starting with a compelling scene, an intriguing statement, or a thought-provoking question. Aim to establish a sense of curiosity or suspense that compels readers to keep reading. Use vivid descriptions and sensory details to paint a picture and draw readers into your story's world from the very first sentence.


 

2. Develop your characters


Well-developed characters are essential for engaging storytelling. Create characters with distinct personalities, backgrounds, and goals. Give them strengths and weaknesses that make them relatable and realistic. Dive deep into their motivations and desires to drive their actions throughout the story. As you write, ensure that your characters evolve and grow in response to the events unfolding in your narrative.


 

3. Establish a clear setting


The setting of your story provides the backdrop against which your characters and plot unfold. Whether it's a bustling city, a remote village, or a fantastical realm, describe the setting in vivid detail to immerse readers in the world you've created. Use sensory language to evoke the sights, sounds, smells, and textures of the environment. Ensure consistency in your descriptions to maintain a coherent and believable setting throughout the story.


 

4. Create tension and conflict


Compelling stories thrive on conflict. Introduce obstacles, challenges, or opposing forces that create tension and drive the narrative forward. Conflict can arise from external sources (e.g., antagonists, natural disasters) or internal struggles (e.g., moral dilemmas, personal insecurities). Vary the intensity of conflict to keep readers engaged, building toward a climactic resolution that satisfies their expectations.


 

5. Show, don't tell


Instead of explicitly stating emotions or events, use descriptive language and sensory details to show these aspects through action, dialogue, and behavior. Show how characters feel through their reactions and interactions, allowing readers to infer emotions and draw their own conclusions. This approach fosters a deeper connection between readers and characters, making the story more immersive and engaging.


 

6. Use effective pacing


Pacing refers to the rhythm and tempo at which your story unfolds. Control the pace by varying sentence length, scene duration, and narrative focus. Speed up during action-packed sequences to heighten excitement and slow down during introspective moments to delve into characters' thoughts and emotions. Pay attention to pacing to maintain reader interest and create a dynamic reading experience.


 

7. Develop a clear plot


A well-structured plot provides a roadmap for your story's progression. Start with a clear beginning that introduces characters, setting, and conflict. Develop the middle with rising tension, character development, and plot twists. Conclude with a satisfying resolution that addresses the story's central conflict. Consider using narrative frameworks like the Hero's Journey or three-act structure to organize your plot effectively.


 

8. Edit and revise


Revision is a crucial part of the writing process. After completing your first draft, take time to review and refine your story. Look for areas where you can tighten prose, clarify plot points, strengthen character arcs, and eliminate unnecessary details. Consider seeking feedback from beta readers or writing peers to gain fresh perspectives on areas for improvement. Multiple rounds of revision often lead to more polished and impactful storytelling.


 

9. Read widely


Exposure to diverse literature within your genre helps you understand effective storytelling techniques. Analyze how successful authors structure plots, develop characters, and evoke emotions. Take note of narrative styles, dialogue techniques, and descriptive strategies that resonate with you. Reading widely expands your storytelling toolkit and inspires creativity in your own writing.


 

10. Write regularly


Consistent practice is key to improving as a writer. Set aside dedicated time for writing on a regular basis, even if it's just a few minutes each day. Establishing a writing routine builds discipline and strengthens your writing skills over time. Don't wait for inspiration to strike—showing up to write regularly cultivates creativity and allows you to explore ideas and refine your craft progressively.


 

In summary, crafting a compelling story involves several key elements and strategies that new writers can implement to enhance their storytelling skills. Now you should be on the path to writing your magnum opus! Okay, maybe not, but these ARE some useful quick tips for any of you fledgling writers that may be doing research on the mechanics and process.


I hope this helps somebody, somewhere. Go write something cool!


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Anyway, 'til next time!

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