Author has written 4 stories for Great Gatsby, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, and Sherlock.
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Listen very carefully future self as everything I am about to tell you is of the utmost importance.
Your mission is to do well in everything you write in the future. Though I cannot personally assist you in this task, I can give you some tips: five to be exact.
The best thing to do before you start writing is to find your “writing place”–both physically and mentally. In the physical sense, find the place you feel most comfortable writing: not too loud, not too quiet, perfect temperature, no distractions. Mentally, it’s almost like finding your “happy place”. Put yourself in the mental state that produces your best thinking. If you need to listen to your favorite song first, do it! If you need to freaking meditate first, meditate first! Just do whatever it takes to do your best work.
Everybody gets to a point in revisions where it seems nothing is left to revise; the truth is, a paper is never perfect. When you are stuck on finding things to fix in a paper, read it aloud. This will let you catch any awkwardly phrased sentences. It also can help with the overusing of words: it is easier to hear when you need a different word whereas when reading, you can brush over it.
Let’s face it: staring at a screen with a blank look on your face is no way to finish an essay. If you need a break while writing, take a break! Sometimes your fingers (and your brain) need to take a breather. Fifteen minutes away from the screen can fix anything; your fingers uncramp and you’re able to look at the writing with new eyes.
Sometimes the perfect paper idea will appear but be locked in a safe. The combination? That would be the opening sentence. If you can’t figure out how to start a piece (or even an outline) write down EVERYTHING. The order doesn’t matter nor does the grammar. Just brain-dump. This way you go through all of you ideas and the best starting point will become clear to you.
The number one rule though is as such: write about what interests you. Even if somebody tells you that you write about it too often, keep doing what makes you happy. The best writing comes when you are comfortable with the subject. Don’t be afraid to write more personal stories. You know you are succeeding in your writing when the reader feels the same emotions about the event that you do.
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