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14 things I have learned about writing

Written language is magic, a code that can create fictional worlds, but also a way of making a living.

14 things I have learned about writing

    1. I write my best stuff using my subconscious

    By writing quickly and completely immersing myself in a topic or story.

    2. Write, then rewrite

    All texts need some polishing. The more work you put into a text, the better it gets.

    3. If you are not happy with the result, start again

    4. Everything you've read and written in the past rubs off on your style

    5. Don't worry about quantity

    Continuity is much more important.

    6. The rhythm in the sentences is important. Especially in the first sentences.

    It is therefore a good idea to read what you write aloud (as Gustave Flaubert recommends).

    7. Keep it simple and avoid all unnecessary words.

    Simplicity of form is impressive, especially when you're writing about difficult subjects.

    8. Complicated plots are unnecessary or they don't work.

    Also, don't try to be particularly original or literary. The unusual should be in your ideas.

    9. When you write longer stories, the main character is most important.

    The reader must look forward to spending time with this person.

    10. Writers can make a living online.

    Many large websites try to outperform the competition through content.

    11. Middle school teachers' opinions on whether you have talent are completely irrelevant

    12. Both non-fiction and novels follow certain basic structures

    The most insightful book I found about these basic patterns is Steven Pressfield's "Nobody wants to read your sh*t".

    I don't believe in rules that must be followed under all circumstances. But such basic recipes have the advantage that they work.


    13. Language matters

    I read about half of my input in English, but I wouldn't be able to write a stunning text in that language. Our mother tongue is so ingrained in us that even the best translators (as far as I know) only translate into their mother tongue.

    In the case of functional texts and non-fiction books, however, it is a different story.

    14. Writing is a craft

    Quality is the result of lifelong learning, talent and lots of practice.

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