Reading allows you to see how other accomplished writers use language and builds your syntactic vocabulary. The more you see words strung together in a professional fashion, the more likely phrases will come to life on the page when putting hands to keyboard or pen to paper when you sit down to write.
Like anything, practice makes perfect. You can’t expect to suddenly pen the Great American Novel, or even communicate efficiently, without it. It’s like hitting the basketball court for the first time and expecting to swish a three-pointer the first time a shot is attempted. Maybe. Probably not.
3. Don’t fall in love with a first draft
Roald Dahl, author of such children’s favorites as “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and James and the Giant Peach,” once said that he might revise the beginnings of his stories 150 times. Most professional writers do numerous drafts before their works are published. They also afford the necessary time to give their works the proper space to be their best without leaning on strict deadlines.
4. Never hesitate to write down ideas
The imagination can be a fertile place but can just as often go barren. If memory is counted upon, a pertinent thought may be irrevocably lost. So write things down. Many authors scribble on scraps of paper, napkins or keep a notebook bedside for such moments. And don’t just wait for inspiration, either. Quality inspiration emerges from a quantity of time devoted to the creative process.
5. Read aloud
If it doesn’t sound right when you read aloud, then there’s something wrong with it. Your brain hears the words and processes them differently when spoken — so give them an auditory inventory.
CCA’s National Day on Writing event is scheduled for Oct. 18. In celebration of the event, CCA will host a group of talented authors in a wide swathe of disciplines.
National Day on Writing
Thursday, October 18, 8:00AM-3:30PM
CCA CentreTech Campus Fine Arts Building Forum
16000 E CentreTech Pkwy, Aurora CO
Free & open to the public