Although I just write for fun, these are a few ideas I’ve picked up along the way. If this does inspire you, I hope you will leave the tips you’ve discovered in a comment. I would love to hear from you!
- Write what you know:
It’s easier to express something you know than something you don’t. If you’ve experienced something, you know the thoughts and feelings you had, and you can express these emotions through your writing. On the other hand, if you have never experienced something, you don’t know the emotion behind it; and thus, it’s harder to write it accurately. But when you have experience in a certain area, you can recount it well, and people can more easily relate to you and your writing.
- Be Creative:
Just because you’re using emotions that you have personally experienced, doesn’t mean you can’t be imaginative. Couple your feelings with your hero or heroine as they face something completely unheard-of. Use what is believable to make something unbelievable, believable.
- Have Purpose:
Nothing is harder than writing something for no reason. Even if your reason is for personal enjoyment, that’s fine. But find something that drives you and write about it. This makes your writing livelier. People are more easily engaged when the author is passionate. On a personal note, I don’t even like writing things without having meaning, deep, honest meaning to what I’m writing. What I mean is, whatever I write has to be important somehow. Whether I’m illustrating a lesson, expressing an opinion, or weaving in a Biblical allusion, I need a reason for writing something.
- Make the Ordinary, Extraordinary:
Take an everyday object, something everyone is familiar with and compare it to something else. My great grandpa was amazing at this. In one excerpt he wrote, “And that, dear reader, marked the end of my frantic efforts. Closing my upright with a bang and plugging in our Coldspot, I then quit making joyful noises. A wise decision. For even today, sorry to admit, I can’t tell the difference between a slice of raisin bread and a sheet of music.” So you see, dear reader, when you take something ordinary, like a slice of raisin bread, you make it extraordinary when its matched with something like a sheet of music.
- Make the Extraordinary, Ordinary:
Switch it around, take something monumental, and distill its meaning down to something ordinary that everyone could relate to. Make the extraordinary ordinary. Again, I’m going to pull a poem from my great grandpa’s letters as an example:
“Chagrined and much to my dismay,
It took much more than just the jawbone of an ass;
The tool that Samson used to slay,
The foes with whom he lived in enmity.
‘Forsooth!’ I cried. I screamed again, ‘Alas!’
Vain were the efforts of my waning power,
In spite of vicious blows that I did shower;
Trying to disembowel the seed-filled cavity,
Of that stone-like and petrified Zucchini,
You gave to me on Labor day.
Both vise and sledgehammer did fail to squash or break,
Its flint-like, taut-skinned shell;
But anxious to toll Zucchini last farewell,
Like a skillful surgeon I then did take,
A razor-sharp and keen-edged knife;
Thus hoping to eviscerate,
And terminate the life –
Of your most noble gift.
Beset by fear and doubt of indecision;
I failed to make a deep incision,
Into its ageing, toughened hide.
And so, unlike Macbeth, who had his fling,
Thrusting his dagger through Scotland’s king;
I cast aside,
My still unbloodied knife.”
As you see, he takes such extraordinary things: Samson’s jawbone, a skillful surgeon, and Macbeth to describe the process of cutting a zucchini.