The Key to being a riveting writer

Riveting Writing 101

Some may argue that writing, at least prolific writing, cannot be taught; it is as much a God given talent as a Usain Bolt sprint to the finish line.

Not quite, my readers. You can, and with practise. Here's how.

With an honest daily diary entry, you will come
to know your voice and others' intimately.
  • Learn the rudiments of grammar and punctuation: Master the perfect application of these language areas. It will do a world of good to know when and how a colon, adverbs, adjectives, prepositions etc should be used. They really do serve as signposts on the page highway- alerting the reader on how best to navigate your words so that the meaning and essence is never lost but instead emphasised. You'll be surprised how a comma can completely alter the meaning and tone of a sentence. You have to know how they should be best applied if you are going to be a confident and riveting writer.
    Don't forget your fav pen or pencil!
  • Learn and get comfortable with your voice. It is an absolute must and perhaps the most crucial of the tips in the list. If you cannot master your voice and especially in every tone of emotion, then forget about it. Voice, in my estimation is the most important thing in literature and this pertains to honesty, vulnerability, profoundness and personality. Being able to recognise your voice in every tone of emotion, makes it easier to create voices of characters. When you have mastered yours, take the time to master other people's voices around you. This just adds to a depth of understanding about voice, character and emotion. 
  • So how do you learn about your voice and others? Keep a journal. It is an absolute absolute must. A daily routine of unwinding to a diary entry does not only do the soul good but also your literary skills. Being able to capture on the page all of the myriad of emotions, yours and others, felt during the day will, first, allow you to get to know your and others' voice and, secondly, allow you to get comfortable with voice. 

    Unwind with a cup of tea and your journal 
  •  Unlearn the rudiments of grammar and punctuation. I am sorry but truth has to be told here. In the genre of fiction and creative writing, freedom reigns supreme! Don't ever let your voice or the voice of your characters  be hindered by the rules of grammar and punctuation. And this is where confidence should be listed as well, because as a writer, I do believe that at the root of all good writing is an implicit meaning, essence, vibe- whatever you want to call it that only your voice or a character's can relay in one unique way. In other words, even if a literary piece explores themes and motifs comparable to hundreds of other literary pieces, only yours can do so in the way that you do. So, why be hindered by the rudiments of grammar and punctuation. Have the integrity as an author to let your voice and your characters' speak unimpeded by rules. Why then learn them in the first place? You must! Learn them so that you know how they are best used because the way in which they are illustrated as best used, in my humble opinion, is not the only way that they can and should be in creative writing. You know the saying when in Rome do as the Romans do? Well I think that it is an adage that sadly applies to literature and the writing profession. Find your voice and with the understanding of the rudiments of grammar and punctuation, abrogate them accordingly to best suit the authentic delivery of your voice, characters' and text. With this construction the best and unique reading experience for readers is guaranteed. 
Love your idiolect today!
Petra Marie…Inspired Be

Photos taken by Petra Noel-Arthur