So my blog has been called An Accomplished Young Lady for about two years, and when I first started blogging my aim was to put up regular posts about books, movies, cooking, sewing, etc. I still intend to do this, but a lot has changed since I was thirteen! I've become a lot busier and my tastes have changed a bit. I've met a lot of amazing bloggers ( not in person though. On my bucket list: meet them in person one day.)
Blah blah blah. To what does all this tend? Well, simply put, I need a new name for my blog. The problem is I have no idea what to change it to. Ideas please!
Anyway, I am going to write an Intelligent and Informative post today. Many of you who read this are writers. I read lots of blogs that belong to writers. If I may presume to say so, I am a writer. I've been doing a lot of writing lately, trying to improve my style. And I have a few tips for making your writing colourful and original.
~1. Use onomatopoeic words. Onomatopoeic words sound or look like they mean, e.g. crunchy, fizzle, grin. (On a side note, the word "onomatopoeic" is not strictly an onomatopoeic word because it doesn't look or sound like what it means. Got it?) Maybe "grin" doesn't look like it sounds to you, but it's really up to you to decide what words are onomatopoeic.
~2. Work out a simple main plot. But then add lots of side plots, which may or may not be connected to the main plot, like false leads in a mystery.
~3. Combine genres. To me, a fantasy-mystery-romance sounds scrumptious.
~4. End chapters with cliffhangers. I'm powerless to resist them.
~5. Try not to say "red" when you're describing something red. Say "scarlet" or crimson." They look so much richer. Same goes for other colours.
~6. Don't be afraid of killing/hurting your characters. I used to write stories that were so happy, nobody died and everybody became friends. But life isn't like that. People are sinful and bad things happen in real life. Not to say that I don't love happy endings, because I do. But don't be afraid of incomplete endings.
~7. Try to pack as much as you can into your sentences. Don't write a paragraph where one punchy sentence would do. Redraft your writing and improve it. Leave it for a month or longer and come back to it. Is it as good as you thought it was a month ago?
~8. Write all the time. Even if you don't have a story going at the moment, write something every day. A poem, a song. Keep a journal. Write descriptions of people you meet. Note their mannerisms and oddities. Keep a notebook to write in anytime you come across a new word, a phrase, a description.
~9. Good vocabulary. This is technical rather than creative, but if your grammar is bad and you don't have a big vocabulary your writing won't have the same style and effect. Write masterfully. Which leads me to the last and VERY important tip:
~10. Read. Lots. Both old authors and new. Reread old favourites and classics. Try a new book. Take note of the style and word use and what effect the authors create.
So these aren't rules for writing, but they work for me. Hope you enjoyed!