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Writer, don't surrender

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When someone begins to write, he/she must consider certain things. We know that at the beginning it may seem like a difficult task, but that doesn't mean it is impossible. Our best advice is: Don't give up. Don't throw the towel, but don't do it for obligation, because practicing is what creates a good writer, but passion is what keeps it. Here we leave you some tips to have a better experience as a newly born writer.

1. Write daily.
Yes, we know it. Sometimes it is difficult to do it continuously, but having this discipline will give you good results. The idea is that you don't stop creating, it doesn't matter if you write phrases, something from your daily routine, or a simple word, the point is to write. To put into words what your mind is thinking. One day this will become a habit, and you would've gained a lot.

2. Do it with passion.
Do it if you really feel it, like it and/or drives you crazy. If you have this, the commitment will come alone. Your motivation should be because you love to write and not because you want to please or impress someone else.

3. Use your imagination.
Many times, when we seek to create a story that makes us sigh and fill the readers with intrigue, we do not know how to start and we complicate ourselves unnecessarily. One way to achieve that goal is to use our imagination, which is very useful and will fill you with various adventures. You can daydream, take nightmares or experiences that have happened to you as examples, and do not forget to write them down, so with time, you will have a list of themes to write about.

4. Have fun.
Keep in mind that if you like what you write you should be able to transmit that into your writings. If not, your readers will not see it in a good way and you can bore them. That is why you should have fun doing it and it will create favorable results.

5. Be clear.
When you start writing a story, you want it to be perfect, so you use words that sound great, but many times we make the mistake of using those that are a bit complicated and end up confusing the reader. However, the idea of writing is to use simple words that make everybody understand what you really mean. By doing this, you will grab the reader's attention. I'm not saying you can't use the words you want, but you have to be careful if you want someone to follow your story's theme.

6. Trust yourself.
This is the most important part, the power of self-confidence and perseverance to achieve your goal. Commitment, effort, and dedication will be your best tools. Writing can generate frustration, but it is a gift, and if you let it bloom, you will have it all.

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April 30, 2018, 6:55 p.m. 0 Report Embed 6

Videos that make you grow as a writer

Fingers know that writing is not a mechanical action.
It is not easy, nor simple. It involves more than grammar, spelling and knowing how to tell a story. You need to inhale and exhale art, demonstrate creativity, revitalize words that seem, sometimes, forgotten. Writing is giving power to letters. And in order to give power to something you need to train it, like any sport. The best athletes have hard training sessions to get better, and, the best writers, should have the same.

The positive side is that we count with different tools that can serve us as our "coaches". If we do not have enough time or resources to have an official education, a teacher, editor or boss to guide us, today there are writers or literature teachers who make free tutorial videos on YouTube that are very useful at writing time. These videos, in general, cover everything you need to know in order for a story to be successful.

In addition, a video is usually more attractive, dynamic and easy to digest. Sometimes the visual contact with another person, whether through a screen, makes teaching more enjoyable. At the moment on YouTube, there are some interesting proposals in different languages.

For example:

In English, Platforms like Ted, have hundreds of writers and educators who offer lessons about how to write better. Nalo Hopkinson has an extremely detailed video about how to make a fiction novel to come alive. The drawings, the language used, the multimedia resources and the way to give you perfect examples and simple explanations, create an effective and different teaching. Cheri Steinkellner, on the other hand, explains how to write comedy.

Vivien Reis, an independent author of The Elysian Prophecy, also has a channel where she talks about different topics related to writing every Wednesday. These are very useful, since it touches important and creative topics, and generates closeness with the audience by watching her at all time in front of the camera.

On the other hand, in Spanish, we have Covadonga Literary Workshops, which is a writer's channel named Covadonga who is responsible for supporting you in writing a novel. She gives you tips, steps, and/or tutorials, and uses the text as support, but you can also follow her through the audio. On her website, she also offers special services for writers.

On the other hand, we have Enrique Páez with his online workshops. The Spanish writer, specialized in children's and young people's literature, offers us a wide range of videos that deal with different topics about how to tell a story, for example: how to write science fiction, how to create your first paragraph, how to write a horror story , the profile of a writer, among others.

Also, Inkspired has its Online Academy every Monday, which in addition to having its own channel on YouTube can also be followed on the same website and on Facebook. Each week, the journalist and writer Jackie explains a new topic related to fiction writing. The combination makes the audience feel that we can all write if we put ourselves into it.
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Make your micro-stories, great stories

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Sometimes we do not need many words to tell a story. And for some, it's even more interesting like that. If you are one of those, we want to tell you about micro stories, which are extremely short fiction stories that have 50 to 250 words maximum. But the most important thing is that they are not a summarized text, but, rather, the opposite. A micro story is the boiling point of a longer story. Its key is to narrate the most important part of the plot and leave to the reader the power to imagine what we do not say.

We will go in parts.

First, unlike a novel, micro-stories do not have a specific literary genre, but they play with several. Sometimes they tend to be more poetic, others more undefined. Here it is worth experimenting and playing with creativity. The more original we are, the better.

Second, although art is needed, at the same time it is necessary to be direct. In a novel we can afford to decorate sentences, play with words or use more descriptions, but not here. We have so few lines that you should go straight to the point, but at the same time do it with style and good writing. Each word is important. A good micro story is one in which the reader realizes that the writer is good. You do not need to read more.

Third, do not tell everything. Here it is not necessary to write everything that happens in the story, not even the whole climax. Forget about the introduction, the knot, and the outcome, and only focus on the main action. What could you tell the reader to create an image in his head and at the same time leave him with a desire to continue reading?

Fourth, be concrete. Look for synonyms, simplicity but uncertainty, precision but sonority. Let each word evoke exactly what you want to convey. Do not use any characters or places, focus on a scene, a fact, or in two characters, which make the reader understand the essentials of your story.

Fifth, you must catch the reader. Therefore, the image created in his/her head is one of the fundamental points. The narrative must be so strong that it builds an imaginary scene in the reader's head.

Sixth, the end is the best. This must be so imposing that it forces the reader to keep thinking about it and to put his imagination at stake. You can play with ending a question that intrigues the reader, or with a phrase that unexpected.

An example:
Then, one morning, she started putting a milligram of polonium in his coffee.
-The Snoring

Seventh, give it a mystery. Play with punctuation marks and silences. These also speak, and even more so in a micro-story, in which magic is in what you do not say.

Eighth, use the structure you want. Some, what they do is start intriguing the reader and then take it to action, which then triggers in a final or unexpected turn.

Ninth, the title is transcendental. As the micro story is so short, the title also brings information, light, and creativity to your text. Use it as part of what you want to convey.

And tenth, edit, edit and edit. It seems that writing a short text is very simple, but sometimes it is even more complicated since you must be as precise as creative. Do not worry if it does not come out the first time and if cutting out words seems like a pain in the neck because as you write more, you will get better. At the end of the day, with the immediacy of the digital age and that people read less, micro-stories have become "few words for great stories".

With this, we want to tell you that in Inkspired we are about to launch a new format with Micro-stories and you can be part of it. :) All you have to do is send us an e-mail to [email protected] with all the micro stories you have written. They should have maximum 500 characters or 250 words; a title; your name; your Inkspired user; and 3 hashtags that identify it. They can be in any language, the more, the better! We hope to read you soon.

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How to play with your story's time line

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The variations that you can generate in your timeline can enrich the reading and create an expectation in the reader. Maybe you already know many of these or maybe you have applied them before intuitively. Anyway, it will not hurt a little review.

Analepsis is a variation in which we return to an earlier point in our history that has already been overcome, it can be a memory or a way of revealing something that had not been said before, it can even be the same fact -already overcome by the protagonist- but seen from another perspective. This is a method in which we can solve many doubts and create many others.

Have you ever heard "a good story begins at the end"? this is what the prolepsis refers to. You reveal a fact that has not yet happened in your timeline and you hook the reader to the question: How did this happen? Do not exaggerate, if your advancement is too revealing, you may simply ruin the surprise.

The ellipsis, on the other hand, is a leap in time, why describe the tedious and boring years in the institute if nothing interesting happened in them? Thanks to the magic of literature, we can take the character from childhood to adulthood, without getting into adolescence. The interval doesn't have to be so long, in fact, this is one of the most used resources taking into account the classic "the next morning". We simply omit unimportant details and turn the page. It also serves to hide information that can cause intrigue, for example, we end a chapter with a "-we have to talk" and we start the next one with "the next morning".

Now if you want to skip everything that happened in a day, a year, a hundred years or more, without omitting important facts then do a summary. With the summary, you can compress everything that is very long to tell, the war of 2000 years ago, the routine of the day, as you lost all afternoon in Inkspired. It is a little-detailed way of summarizing the reader something tedious.

With the silepsis or acronía your timeline will move a bit, it is about telling a story from two timelines at different times. That is, it does not refer exactly to narrating two different stories in the same writing, but the reader has to see how those two temporal lines are connected throughout the story. Fairly suitable for a time travel story, don't you think?

Finally, the uchronía, the greatest illusion of literature, is the classic "what would have happened if...?" Well, this is not so easy in a fictional world. First, it is necessary that the Reader knows where he is and everything about the story, just then you can tell what would have happened if things had been different. It is easier to write it from our own reality, for example: What would the world be like if the Nazis had won? So we could easily have a dystopia today.

Now you can give yourself the task of making some variations on your timeline or even staging stories as a writing exercise to handle them perfectly. Take advantage of it.

By: Isabel Calvimontes


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