Are you struggling to write with passion? Does your writing lack authenticity, and are readers struggling to engage with your writing?
Don’t worry, because the solutions are easy. In this blog post, we’ll look at three ways to write with energy and passion, in order to create stories that matter.
Tip One: Give The Readers A Reason To Care
On an earlier draft for a short story, my beta readers told me that they couldn’t connect with the story, as they weren’t given a reason to ‘care.’ At first, I was confused. I thought that because I put in some effort to my stories, that in response, readers will reciprocate.
Here’s the secret: a reader will only care if you pour your heart into your work. You can’t pull half measures in creative writing. Luckily, there are ways that you can give a reason to care about your story:
- Make It Relevant: No, I don’t mean employing hot social button issues. But you could have characters display realistic human emotion and have sympathetic motivations. Readers response well to drama that is drawn from human nature.
- Implement Tension: Readers may disengage from your story if there is no tension or high stakes. Every word used in your work must encourage the reader to read the next word. The question is: Does your writing do that?
- Be Inspired By ‘Non-Fiction’: When you use inspiration from history, economics, science, politics, geography and medicine in your story, your fictional work may gain a sense of urgency or relevance. After all, George R. R Martin drawing from medieval Europe helped make Westeros feel more real… and therefore, more interesting.
- Trust Your Creative Imagination: Readers, especially fantasy and science fiction ones, love creative worlds that put an original spin on society and culture. By being unique and imaginative, you may spike the attention of readers.
All of these elements will take time and practice to implement. But it is certainly not impossible, and the time you spent will be time well invested.
Tip Two: Be Strategic About What Time You Write In (AKA: Avoiding Writing Slumps)
All authors have times when writing fiction is the last thing they want to do. They’d rather do something else. Fiction is certainly odd like that: there are times when I do not read books or write stories. My mind is elsewhere: usually focused on learning about history and geography.
Chances are, you are similar. And that’s okay. It is not wise to expect to produce quality writing, 365 days a year. Sure, ‘write every day’ sounds nice. But creativity doesn’t work like that- for alot of people.
So, what can you do? If you only feel creative for 30% of the year?
Here are some ideas.
- Observe what ‘triggers’ your creativity, and find ways to integrate such triggers in your daily life.
- However, lay off the pressure. If you are truly zonked from writing, then accept it.
- Keep a diary of times you spend not writing or writing. That will help for future planning.
- Spend your time not writing by learning facts or skills that could help your future writing.
To master creative writing, you must have a sophisticated grasp on your strengths and weaknesses with time management and creativity.
Tip Three: Remember Why You Write
We all have our reasons for writing fiction. For me, it’s connecting with readers, increasing knowledge about the world, and making a positive difference. Your reasons may differ, and that is okay.
However, as long as you have a tangible reason for writing, you are automatically well-equipped to jump over the road blocks that writing fiction has.
I suggest writing a concrete list of why you write, and keep it nearby. Whenever you are lacking with passion or motivation, you can turn to it. However, acknowledge that you are not always capable of producing novel-level prose. And that’s okay! Writing is a marathon, not a sprint. Tip Two expanded on that.
You should enjoy developing your stories and finding inspiration all over the world. Why? Because great writing requires passion and dedication. It’s possible, in fact, very likely, that you have the essential energy needed to write that book.
The question is: Will you allow a lack of self-knowledge stop you?