How to Write Better Stories


Even if you think you’re not really a creative person, there are plenty of ways to improve your creative writing. The most important thing to do is experiment; try new ideas and review your work. Try and find a method which is ‘yours’.

You don’t have to have a great idea to give your writing some ‘substance’.

Try to:

  • Cover it in an interesting way,
  • Have an interesting cast of characters with ‘layers’,
  • Use sensory and emotional language,
  • Make it symbolic.

Interesting Way:

  • Wedding from perspective of multiple guests.
  • Characters: Guests are more in love with the couple, than the couple.
  • Sensory Language: Smell of nearby guests.
  • Symbolic: Of high school, everyone trying to ‘impress’.
  • A ‘twist’ is one option, but not always the deepest.

However, the best way is to approach it from your view and your life experience. You’ll be surprised: The more you write based on your own experience, the better your stories become. Be interesting. If you were to read a hundred similar stories, what would make yours stand out? Express the world as you see it, not how you see it on TV. Being showy is describing what happens, rather than using telling language such as ‘he did this and she did that’.

You can a story entirely through description, and allow your reader to pick up the trail. It doesn’t require any creativity – just an eye for detail. Rather than try and write stories that centre around how you see the world. Things that may seem boring to you are often interesting to others, because they don’t think like you do. You’ll also find yourself using details you wouldn’t normally use. Just remember to not make it a ‘rant’, make it a story about the way you see things, how you process them, and show off your personality.

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