In order to become the best possible writer, you have to elucidate your ideas in the most efficient manner to get your point across, and avoid confusing your reading. Use these tips in unison, and you’ll be on your way to balanced writing.
POV(Point-of-View):Make sure you establish which character’s mind you wish to inhabit. This is especially true for third-person POV. If you’re constantly head-hopping, you’ll confuse your reader, and look amateurish. Stick with one character per scene, and make sure that this character’s POV is the most relevant for that particular scene.
Description:Without balanced description, you risk alienating your reader. Why? Because too little description and they’ll feel cheated. Most people read for escapism, and if there’s no detail, then what’s the use of taking them on this journey? So add a little detail here and there. But make sure you don’t overload your reader with too much detail either, remember, balance is critical.
Conflict:Without conflict there is no story. I try and put conflict on every page. You want your reader uptight, that’s good in writing, it keeps them engaged, and an engaged reader is one that will turn pages. Make sure that every page has some challenge for a character, whether internal or external. This makes for a dynamic reading experience.
Plot:Plot is the centerpiece of any story. If your plot is muddled, or non-existent, then you have no story, only characters running around like talking heads. Make sure you outline before you write, I’ve found this the best way to craft a novel. Make sure there is a main plot, and tie your characters to it. Then, carefully, weave sub-plots into the main plot, to create a richer reading experience. The best way to learn this tactic is to read the best books, from a wide selection of genres. Also read writing books on plot. It’s cheaper than taking a writing class and less time-consuming.
T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and short stories. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs about writing, self-publishing and sales & marketing. You can also subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox.