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How to Make your Writing More Effective

Welcome!

My name is Liz, and I’m here to help you make your writing more effective. 

As a disclaimer, I will not tell you how to write your book because, news flash, everyone’s writing style is different. I am not going to help you guys write better because I think the only way to get better is to keep writing. 

Instead, I will jot a few tips down to enhance your novel or short story or whatever you’re writing at the moment!

So, without further ado, let’s dive in these tips!

Said is Dead

I’m sure you guys have heard this term before, but it’s still super important to mention again. 

When you start writing dialogue, the first thing you want to write when you can’t think of any anything else is always ‘said’. Don’t even deny, even the best writers do that and that’s totally okay. I always start out that way to get down my ideas then elaborate from there. 

Instead of saying the word ‘said’, try out these synonyms below:

  • Explained
  • Yelled
  • Screamed
  • Exclaimed
  • Announced
  • Answered
  • Replied
  • Inquired

This so a very, very generic list of said. Of course, guides like that are also available on Pinterest and I just so happen to be making a guide to writing as well so a list will be in there. 

Show, Don’t Tell

This is also super important. When reading a book, you don’t like to read, “He fell asleep”. You want to read, “He felt his body relax, and with a clear mind, he let sleep consume his body.”

Or something like that.

One more thing about this part is that this is very situational. For example, when writing in the POV of a child, they may not know the fancy words adults use so they might describe something a bit more obvious than you would. 

So always show how your character is doing the things they do, instead of telling us. We want to know, but in a creative way! If that made any sense. 

Try Different Styles!

I always like to change things up when starting a new story. I’ve really come to learn what works best for me and maybe learn a thing or two on the way about the different styles of writing. 

What I mean by that is: you may not like writing in first person, but third person works for you. It isn’t limited to that, so let your imagination run wild!

Get to Know your Characters

When starting a new story, I always get to know my character, especially the protagonist, because chances are, if you don’t like your protagonist, other people don’t too. 

Nothing ruins a story for me more than a main character I can’t get along with. 

Of course, it may be under different circumstances because that may be part of the plot line or maybe they change later on in the story. 

Regardless, it’s important to get to know your characters so you can close any gaps or plot holes you may come across while writing your story.

What I do to help that is interview my character. I use a generic interview guide to characters, which you can also find on Pinterest, and mentally ask those questions. I keep all the answers in a journal and use them as reference if need be. 

Want to get better? Write!

I cannot stress this enough. If you want to get better at writing, write more! Start a writing journal and write about EVERYTHING: the people, the setting, the weather, what you had to drink that day, or about what you ate for breakfast, etc. The sky is the limit for what you can write, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. 

Now, instead of reading this, why aren’t you writing your story? GO!


For real though guys, thank you for reading! I haven’t been to active lately because I’ve been busy with life. I want to get better at being more active so this is just a start. 

I have so many more ideas in the works and I’m so excited to show you guys what they are when they’re finished. 

Comment what you thought about these tips, and let me know some of yours!

With that, I will see you guys later! Bye!

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