Every writer wants to be their best. Many think that improving their craft means painstaking practice and perhaps even some classes. Because they imagine completing hours of writing prompts, slaving away like medieval monks copying the King James Bible, they give up. But you can be a better writer by adding a few fun, playful routines to your writing arsenal.
Here’s the deal: The more fun something is, the more likely you are to do it. The more you do it, the more practice you get. The more practice you get, the better you become. It’s not rocket science, but it is effective.
Are you ready? Let’s start!
Uh-huh. Television. Put your feet up on the couch, pop a bag of popcorn and settle in to improve your writing. The more shows and movies you watch, the more ingrained the flow of plot and sequencing becomes. This is particularly true if you watch shows and movies in the same genre in which you write. You’ll become familiar with the type of characters that populate your chosen genre and you can use this familiarity for reference when needed.
Listen to Audiobooks/Read Aloud
Listening has a profound effect on memory and learning. For some, hearing a book read aloud allows them to immerse themselves more fully in the story, and helps burgeoning writers mind map the distinct ebb and flows of plot line and characterization. Reading a favorite novel aloud can have the same, or even greater, impact by forcing you to see the words and their patterns, hear the subtle variations in dialogue and descriptions, and experience the story as you progress through the pages.
Play a Video Game
If you’re into video games, there are plenty of RPGs (Role Playing Games) that can help you be a better writer. If you’re more of a real-world kinda person, you might fancy a game of Dungeons and Dragons. Immersing yourself in a fanciful world and taking on the persona of one of its characters can enrich your writing experience by causing you to become someone else for a time. As a result, it’s easier to step into your protagonist’s, or other character’s, shoes when the time comes. If video games or DND isn’t your thing, consider trying out for a play at a community theater or even acting out a story with your kids.
So, the next time you’re feeling overwhelmed by the thought of improving your writing skills, take it easy. Let the natural ease and enjoyment of doing one of these activities help you be a better writer effortlessly!
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