Aside from blogging, one of my favourite ways to be creative is writing fiction. I’ve dabbled in a bit of article writing, but something visceral always pulls me back into the world of imagined plot lines and deep, rich characters that can be more interesting than the people I know. Having already completed a novella in my late years of high school to early university, I’d noticed a few things about the hobby that I’m sure many writers struggle with.
1) Getting out all your ideas
2) Finding a good place to write
3) Becoming your characters
4) Writing too much about yourself
5) Can you write about what you don’t know?
6) Finding a good voice for your narrative
7) Writing for a specific audience
8) Not over doing it when it comes to diction, grammar, plot points (more isn’t always better.
9) Not under-explaining a character or storyline. You still need your readers to connect to them.
10) Having fun. Sometimes it’s hard to remember that you are doing this because you enjoy it.