Breaking the Rules
The most frustrating thing about writing is knowing that your skills are somehow standing in the way of your progress. Sometimes, this isn’t even a result of their present quality, but because you lack a strategy for creating a new style. If only you could tap into something new, make it work for you and everyone else, then put it on screen to share with the world. That’s where I come in. We’re going to learn eight ways to reinvent your writing and create something infinitely more interesting than anything that has gone before it. So what are we waiting for? Is she the one quotes? Let’s do this!
8 ways you can reinvent your writing are:
1. Writing in the Third Person, with a different point of view
This is a classic writing technique that makes your characters much more interesting and believable. Instead of seeing things from your own point of view, why not give each character their own perspective? Your father’s annoying, and you don’t want to read his thoughts or actions, so why not see them from one of his “cousins”? Why not write in the first person in your town report? This isn’t limited to just fiction either. It will also work great for science reports or technical documents (like this).
2. Writing using a specific point of view
Not every story lends itself to being told through the eyes of just one character, but it can be done nevertheless. For example, sometimes you want to write about the life of a serial killer, and his actions are the basis for the story. Just imagine your chiller horror movie with just one character’s perspective on everything that happens.
3. Writing dialog in a scene
If you already have a strong scene in your head, give it some eyes. Write down exactly what each character is saying and what they are doing. It’s so easy to fall into that old trap of writing your story in your head, but it’s a much better idea to write down those thoughts instead. This is a good way to get out all the extraneous thoughts that are streaming through your mind. Write them down, and then pull them apart until you only want the most important parts. Simply trying to figure out what you can change about your story will help you determine what makes it work, and how you can make it better still.
4. Writing from a character’s perspective
We’ve already had one character point of view here, but there is no reason why this feature couldn’t be reused again by giving another character their own unique perspective on the main one. By doing this, you will be able to create more interesting stories that can potentially capture a wider audience.
5. Writing in the past tense
There’s no doubt that writing in the present tense is a great way to get your reader involved in your story, but there are times when it can be a little annoying as well. At times like this, try writing in the past tense, and you might be surprised to find that it feels much more comfortable (and it gets rid of those pesky “was” verbs).
6. Writing with fewer adverbs and adjectives
While they may seem like cool little words at first, adverbs and adjectives don’t always have much of an impact. The trick with these is to have even more of a purpose behind them. If they’re not there to define your character or the scene, or describe it, then they don’t need to be.
7. Writing a story in the same chance that you would tell it
The chances are that we all have too many stories floating around in our heads to just let them sit there uselessly. You should never feel tempted to try and write something down and then throw it away because you don’t like what you have written. Instead, take this time and put those ideas into action in your mind. It’s probably going to be the best thing you’ll ever do with them.
8. Writing from a different perspective every time you write
In addition to writing from different characters’ perspectives, we can also adopt a different point of view each time you write a piece of prose. First person POV is great for action stories and suspenseful pieces, and third person POV can create some amazing “behind the scenes” views (though this one isn’t the most obvious). Adopting a new one each time you begin your story will force you to come up with new ideas and ways of seeing things, which will make it more interesting still.
In short, there are many different things you can do to reinvent your writing and make it something refreshing and new. The best trick here is to take what you already have and change it up a bit. You’ll find that the classic methods of writing aren’t always the best, and there are many other ways that can be so much more interesting. What better way to improve than by changing everything?
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Disclaimer: This article is intended for informative purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice of any sort.