I thrust my foot into his ribs so hard that his body lifted and flew right into the dirty wooden wall behind him, which splintered from the impact. I came closer, just to check that he would stay down. He groaned and let out a cough, quickly followed by a slow, maniacal laugh.
“Quite the kick you got there sport, you should take up soccer.”
That excerpt is part of a work in progress for a story that I am working on.
Many people want to be writers, and good writers at that. The best tips for good writing all boil down to continuous work and improvement, combined with an enormous amount of patience.
AnnHandley.com, which is a website that gives advice from Ann Handley, an author and speaker, gives some great suggestions for writing.
“1. Good writing anticipates reader questions. Good writing serves the reader, not the writer. It isn’t indulgent.”
People don’t come to a book to read what they already know, they usually read to learn about a new world, or at least a different iteration of the one they live in.
“2. Good writing is grounded in data. Data puts your content in context and gives you credibility.”
Just like right now, if a piece of writing, a book, or a story is to be good, it needs to be credible. People want to believe what is being portrayed, and that’s difficult to do if there is no validity to the content provided.
“3. Good writing is like good teaching. Good writing strives to explain, to make things a little bit clearer, to make sense of our world… even if it’s just a product description.”
Writing that uplifts, helps clarify things or feelings, helps us relate, and overall helps us root for the characters involved, is good writing. Readers want to know why things are happening in a story, or else it can come off as non-sensible.
“4. Good writing tells a full story. Good writing roots out opposing viewpoints.”
This relates to conflict for a story. The best of books contain rich conflict, but not just conflict. The best reads have well written and sensible resolutions to that conflict.
“5. Good writing comes on the rewrite. That implies that there is a rewrite, of course. And there should be.”
There is no such thing as a perfect story written by a human, especially one that only took one draft. As anything, writing is a progressive experience, and will take many changes to make it work.
The best stories are the ones we believe, and even want to be a part of. The best characters are those we can relate to, and who can relate to us, because they are almost alive.
AnnHandley.com is a great website to find wonderful advice for writers, and those who want to be writers. – See more at: http://www.annhandley.com/2013/11/18/9-qualities-of-good-writing/#sthash.Opi5FLHL.dpuf