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All this reading has got me thinking: where do you begin when you’d like to improve your writing.
In the beginning, God created…just kidding. In the beginning, I never had problems coming up with stories. I usually started with an idea, or a world and then found a story. My main issue was that I wasn’t able to convey what I’d pictured into words. (And then shaping those words into an actual story, but that comes later.)
I started off writing stories similarly to how I told them in real life. As Plutark stated in her previous post, this does not work in the same way.
That’s when all the reading I’d been doing came in handy.
When I read, I get immersed in the story and I don’t pay attention to how the story is being told. When I needed help telling my stories, I began to look at the structure of how authors tell their tales. This led to a revelation of how a story world is formed. I realized that you don’t have to detail every aspect of a character/battle/scene for the reader to infer things. It actually hinders the story!
Going back and looking how my favorite authors express certain feelings was especially helpful. Seeing what moved me emotionally helped shape how I show the same things. Writing short, terse sentences conveys action and tension. Writing long, flowing paragraphs draws out events and forces the reader to focus on the points being made.