Secrets to getting to know yourself as a writer
In order to become a better writer, you should focus on improving your craft from both a technical standpoint and an aesthetic one. The more work we put into our writing the easier it becomes for us as writers. I wish all the all the fundamental writing skills just came naturally when trying new things or editing previous and new pieces that didn’t quite flow well.
In my own work I’ll find that some things come easy while other skills don’t. Does that mean I should give up NO! Writer’s, Journalist, and Content Creators are always improving their craft by practicing various writing skills and reading.
If you’re serious about improving your craft the first step is acquiring a basic understanding of your work. This means understanding things like plot points and character development.
There are four main types each type has its own unique style of writing. Let’s go over those now
Expository writing is a type of writing that is used to explain or expose a topic.
This type of writing is often used in academic settings, such as in essays and research papers.
In Expository writing, the author aims to provide information about a topic without taking a position on it. Expository writing is not intended to be persuasive or opinionated. Instead simply to inform the reader about the topic at hand.
There are many different types of Expository writing, the most common is the five paragraph essay. This type of essay consist of an introduction paragraph, three body paragraphs, and a conclusion paragraph. Each body paragraph should focus on one main idea.
Expository writing can be found in many different places, such as magazines, textbooks and online articles. Often used by journalist to report on current events or issues.
Narrative writing is a style of writing that tells a story. In Narrative writing, the writer uses words to create a story that is both interesting and engaging.
The writer may use different techniques, such as dialogue, description, and action. These are all used to bring the story to life.
Narrative writing can be used for many different purposes, such as entertain or inform readers. It can also be used to teach or share a message with readers. Whatever purpose of the Narrative may be, the most important thing is that is captures the reader’s attention and holds until the end.
Persuasive writing is a form of writing in which the writer attempts to convince the reader to agree with their opinion on a given issue. There’s no one answer to the question of what is persuasive writing?
It’s one that can take many different forms, and what works to convince one person might not work on another.
Persuasive writing employs a variety of devices to achieve its purpose. Examples include loaded language, emotional Appeals, personal stories or testimonies, logical reasoning, and factual evidence.
Descriptive writing is all about creating a vivid image in the reader’s mind. This involves using sensory details to paint a picture in the reader’s mind. To do things effectively, you need to use concrete, specific words and descriptions. You also need to be careful not to include too much information or get bogged down in the details. The goal is to create a clear and vivid image that engages the reader’s imagination.
An example of descriptive writing:
The sun slowly peeked over the horizon, its rays stretching out like fingers across the water. The sky was ablaze with colors, blues and oranges mixing together in a beautiful symphony.
As you can see, this description creates a very vivid mental image for the reader. It allows them to experience what the writer is trying to describe in a more impactful piece.
PANTSING VS PLOTTING
There’s no one answer to this question since there are two different methods of writing pantsing vs plotting. They both have their pros and cons.
Pantsing is when you just sit down and write without any outline or plan. You just go with the flow and see where the story takes you.
The advantage of this method is that it’s often more spontaneous and can lead to some surprises in the story that your wouldn’t have thought of if you’ve been planning everything out ahead of time.
The down fall of this is it can be hard to stay on track and the story moving forward if you don’t have a plan to fall back on.
If you’re the type of person who likes to plan everything out in advance, then pantsing simply isn’t going to work for you. You need to know where your story is going in order to write it effectively. Plotting can help prevent dreaded writer’s block moments, because you always have a clear goal in mind.
If you’re ever stuck on what to write about there are a few resources and techniques that are sure to create some inspiration within you.
If you’re anything like me, you sometimes need a little help when it comes to coming up with new ideas for something to write about. That’s where prompts come in.
Writing Prompts can provide inspiration when your mind is feeling blank or derailed. Sometimes all you need is a simple prompt to get your creative juices flowing again.
Think of writing prompts as a way of jump starting your process. By giving yourself a specific question or task to focus on, you can usually get going even when you get stuck