I’ve been thinking recently about how anyone so rarely puts into practice what bloggers teach. For example, when I read a writing post I might skip through it, nod along with the facts, and comment how it was a great post, and then go about my day.
But…that really didn’t do anything, did it?
I know, that sounds weird, but hear me out.
You can read something. You can agree with the facts. But if you don’t DO anything, it’s not going to stick.
It’s like reading about how math works but never lifting a finger to practice a single problem. How well do you think you’re going to do on that math test if that’s your strategy?
This is just like writing: Just reading these blog posts on tips but never actually putting these tips into practice is going to have a very minimal impact on your writing. So how much better do you think you’re going to be when you sit down to write?
Today, I want to change this habit. And it’s going to help YOU so much.
Guys. I challenge all of you to go read a blog post and DO what they say.
Here’s what I mean:
Let’s say you find a post with tips on writing a fight scene. One of their tips is to make sure you describe the 5 senses during the fight scene. What I want you to do is write a fight scene with your characters and actively describe the 5 senses while writing it.
What this’ll do:
- Give you a five minute win: The goal of this is to try to do this in 5 minutes. If you need to, set a timer, or just give yourself a small amount of time to do it with no stress. That way it’s just an awesome, simple project!
- This’ll also give you a scene you can potentially use in your novel or any other story. It’s not mandatory to use it, of course, but sometimes you’ll come up with such awesome stuff you might just need to!
- If you choose a post on, for example, writing fight scenes, it might give you a great insight into how your characters would react and act in a fight.
- And now, the best part: You’ll have gotten better at writing in about 5 minutes. That’s it, guys! In 5 minutes you will be better at writing than you were 5 minutes before. And you’ll have a new writing skill!
Okay, writers! Once you find the right post, feel free to try out as many tips in the post as you want, and write a scene using those tips (or only one tip if you want) with the characters from one of your books!
Then, come back and copy-paste the scene you wrote in the comments!
To Get You Started:
I picked out three posts from Wild Writing Dreams which you can hopefully just pick off whatever tips you want and write off of. Don’t worry about perfection-it can be a completely unedited scene, it can start in the middle of a random place…who cares! Just write it out. Get better in 5 minutes.
- Top 5 Ways to Writing A Killer Fight Scene (Prompt: Write a fight scene with your characters trying to use 1-5 of these tips!)
- How to Make Your Protagonist Likeable: The ONLY Thing You Need (Prompt: Write a scene where your protagonist saves a cat! (or someone/something else!))
- How to Create a Blood-Curdling Antagonist (Prompt: Use my resource and describe to me your antagonist in response to the main points I list. OR: Take one of the points and put it into action (Example: Tell me what your antagonist’s Want is now!)
Feel free to zoom around through my blog for other posts or go to your favorite writer’s site and use one of their posts!
I know this is technically work, and yeah, we’re used to skimming posts.
But hey, don’t pass up the chance to get better at writing in such a short time!
To make this more fair…I’m going to do this too! Guys, go find me a post. Something that I can easily grab a couple tips off of and use. It can be my blog or a different blog, doesn’t matter. Link it to me in the comments and I’ll write something up for you guys! (I’m open to doing more than one, it could just potentially take me longer to write them all up as I’m in the midst of school).
NOW, GO, FLY YOUNG PADAWANS!
I shall see you in the comments.
^aka me being dramatic because I obviously HAD to put a gif in my post