(I had no idea what to name this, so bear with me despite the odd title.)
Recently, I made a new category on Words on Key: Writing Tips.
As a random teenager who has never gone to college, published a book, or taught a class, you might be thinking that I am not qualified to give writing advice. And you’d be right.
What I do know about writing is that I love it. Also that I don’t want to only follow the rules of it. I love it because there are no rules.
When I give writing advice, it might not be what you’ve heard before, and it might not be something you agree with. Because it’ll be about my own thoughts, and there will never be rules, just ideas.
Here’s my first idea: a series called 50 Unique Questions to Get to Know Your Character.
Many writing blogs and books emphasize that you should know your character inside and out even before you start writing. Despite the fact that they only help you think about the basics like appearance and main motive, they usually talk about how important it is to know way more than you’ll ever tell your reader about.
I definitely think knowing who you’re writing about is important, but it feels frustrating and boring to write details you know you’ll never use.
These questions are not the basics. They’re ones that, while specific, will help you figure out how to write the world through the eyes of your character. And of course, they’re fun.
I will post the first part soon, and hopefully more for Writing Tips in the future.