Whether you are writing a novel, a short story, fantasy, or a literary work, the writing tips I have included here are universal and will benefit all writers alike.
To engage your readers, create realistic dialogue by presenting your characters as real people. Make them talk among themselves as every day people do. Describe their gestures as they speak. Be very specific and detailed. Also, describe their emotions by the sound of their tone and voice. Are they talking loudly or whispering? Are they sad, composed, or enthusiastic?
Drafting can be the single most important factor that will improve your writing greatly, if you can persist in finding new ways for expressing, describing, and narrating your story better. Through drafting your writing can evolve from nothing to an unforeseen shining masterpiece. The more you draft the more your story improves. Don’t underestimate the power of drafting!
When you are revising and editing your story on Microsoft word, bear in mind that, though you can find ways to improve the overall story, revising in this manner is not nearly the same as drafting by hand on paper. You will improve your writing much more when you go through the drafting process.
Try to emulate a writer you admire by reading his or her books continuously. Before you start writing again, read a page or two of your favorite author’s material; do this throughout the day. If you stick to this new habit, you will see marked improvement in your writing.
Here are literary fiction examples from a new eBook:
Toward eight fifteen in the evening Tito went to the kitchen, and flicking on the ceiling lamp with a brash, energetic upward slap of his right hand at the light switch, located on the wall, just outside the kitchen, he ignited a burner. Straightaway he began listening with attention to the irksome noise of a helicopter growing audibly nearer and nearer, which was different, deeper like from a military helicopter, and the longer he listened and recognized keenly the distinct and too familiar noise of aerial surveillance, the more the sound stabbed his ears mightily.
Sonia had brought a purple coffee-stained mug and, putting it near the sink, turned around. Her eyes which shone with an unfavorable light promised a joyless conversation.
“So, when are you planning of getting yourself a job?” she began coldly, her face stiff and stony.
Her brother’s continuous unemployment status which was the sole reason why she insulted and attacked him, calling him lazy, a bum, a piece of shit with disgust, irritated her immensely, and the longer he was unemployed this feeling of frustration-turned-exasperation still worsened. In fact, her attacks over his unemployment became one of her pastimes, and she would have never, not even faintly, suspected that Roger Stark who oppressed her unceasingly with the mandatory task of around-the-clock aggressive surveillance, was the same man oppressing her brother financially to the extremity that he had no chance of attaining a job anywhere with Roger Stark’s ceaseless, underhanded assaults.
“Here we go again!” Tito thought despairingly.
“You expect mom to support you all your life?” she pursued heatedly and hurriedly with an unpleasant angry expression. “What are you going to do when she’s gone?”
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