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How to Be a More Interesting Writer

By March 25, 2012

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Want to be a more interesting writer? Then lead a more interesting life.

It's that simple - and that difficult.

Writing can be a very solitary occupation, and most writers grow to be content with being alone for long stretches of time. While I think that this obsession with writing is pretty much a requirement of the working writer, it can make you dull. And that's a problem.

You might not even notice it at first since your previous life experiences have given you plenty to write about, at least for a while. But sooner or later you need to get out in the world and refill the creative tanks.

So remember to take a break from the keyboard and go do something. Anything. Interact with people, play basketball, go to the pub, it doesn't matter. Interesting, involved people have interesting stories to tell.

So be interesting, and your writing will never be dull.

March 26, 2012 at 5:08 pm
(1) J. Loren Seventree says:

Maybe the first axiom of writing, fictional writing especially, should be “you gotta feel it to believe it”. The best fiction has an element of reality woven into it and reality springs from life experiences. Dare to explore beyond your zone of comfort. Taste, touch and see. Listen to what is unfamiliar to you. Unleash your imagination and play a game of “what if” with yourself every day. Let the sights, sounds, textures and scents coalesce behind your eyes. The story you’re writing will lead you to places you didn’t realize exist, resulting in an intriguing tale that fascinates the reader and motivates them to read more of what you create.

April 12, 2012 at 4:29 am
(2) Ronald Green says:

Kant never left his town, ever. Ok, ok, he did not write fiction and his writing style wasn’t exactly interesting…

April 14, 2012 at 12:06 am
(3) Ember says:

I would say if you want to be an interesting and effective writer: suffer and bleed, suffer and bleed, suffer and bleed. No one else can do it for you. Only you can. So do it!

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