I received a few questions on writing from WolfHusky88 on Wattpad, and I’m going to do my best to answer them here! I’m only an aspiring writer, just like everyone else on Wattpad and in the world in general, but a lifetime of writing books means I’ve figured out what works for me, and the least I can do is share it here! I love talking about writing, although I find it insane that people actually want to hear advice from me. If this post helps anyone then it will all be worthwhile!
Just to emphasise: my methods work for me but they might not work for you. You might think something completely different, and that’s okay. I’ve read a lot of “Writing Tips” and thought “I can’t relate to any of this… but I still somehow end up with a completed book? How does that work if I’m not following these rules?” There are no rules. Just do what you think is best! Everyone is different.
How do you properly write and structure dialogue?
Honestly? I don’t think about it. I don’t plan dialogue, I just write it in the moment, as the story is happening. Make sure it’s natural, make sure the conversation flows as if it was one you’d just had with a friend.
How do you avoid repeating certain words?
If you’ve noticed you’re repeating a word a lot, you’re halfway there! Look up a list of synonyms to replace it, or maybe cut out the phrase all together. The biggest hurdle is realising what you’re doing.
How do you accurately portray action?
This is tough to explain. I used to do karate, so I know how it feels to be in a fight – not a proper one, obviously, but I can describe getting hit. I focus on emotions and how characters might feel physically. When you’re in a fight, your adrenalin has kicked in, your heart rate increased, for example. It’s similar with other action scenes, like a chase or running away. Try to visualise how you’d feel if someone started chasing you.
How do you avoid telling too much all at once and not risk telling too little?
When writing fantasy or historical fiction, there’s this whole other world you’re excited to tell the reader about, but you can’t just overwhelm them with a paragraph of it. Try to weave it in as naturally as possible. Show, don’t tell. Get a character to talk about an important event, or politics, for example, and you can expand on the world while also showing your character’s opinions.
How would you nicely input humour into your work without it seeming too out of place?
It’s all about your own sense of humour, I guess. I tend to have a lot of dry, sarcastic jokes in my books, ones I write without thinking too much about and then cackle at when I reread. I have no idea if other people will find it funny, but I do. Your characters’ personalities all stem from some part of your own, remember.
How do you create a world that is unique and how do you describe it?
This is… a very loaded question. I might have to write an entirely separate post about it…
My language used when writing is simple. Is that alright when it comes to writing or would I need to change it to be taken more seriously/improve my work?
Sometimes the simplest way of describing is the most effective!
During the process of editing your work should you make multiple copies just in case? Is there anything specific to look out for and how do you start and ensure that you edit effectively?
Create new drafts, don’t delete anything! You might regret it if you ever want to look back. Editing is another big topic I might have to write a separate post about…
How do you create realistic characters that the readers can relate to?
Give them flaws, show their weaknesses. No-one can relate to an invincible, beautiful Mary Sue.
How do you carry out smooth character development and changes?
Make it happen gradually, throughout the events of the book, which should all affect the character in some way. People change, but not all at once. Do certain plot points weigh on a character’s mind? Do these scenes change their outlook on life?
I hope this helps! I could easily write an entire post about each question. If anyone has any more, please let me know! This was fun to write, and I might return to some of the topics mentioned for a more in-depth discussion sometime.
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What I’m currently reading: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Mythology fact of the day: In Norse mythology, the god Loki had three children with the giantess Angrboda: Hel (ruler of the realm of the dead), Fenris (a giant wolf), and Jörmungandr (the Midgard Serpent).
Brew of the day: (‘cup of tea’ for any non-British readers) Yorkshire tea! As pictured below.
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