We all have distractions in our lives and it’s these distractions that can provide the raw material for story telling. Sometimes we think that the one thing we need to change to find more time to write is the thing that’s wasting our time and preventing us becoming better writers.
But what makes us better writers is not time management, although that helps. What works is the simple act of listening and observing. Because that’s the only thing that can bring authenticity to the characters and worlds you are creating. One of the things most new writers struggle with is believable dialogue. Yet this is a skill that can be sharpened by simply listening to how people put words together in real life.
The spoken word is a funny, wonderful, slippery and amusing thing. It doesn’t always conform to the rules of the page. Grammar is not compulsory. Don’t believe me? Be a gentle spy. Next time you’re out and about, listen to the conversations around you. Listen and learn.
So pay attention. Notice the details in your world and travels, because the fictional world you are creating needs to be grounded in the reality. Even the best sci-fi may have outlandish world design but if it’s great, there real and believable characters with voices that are authentic.
What do you need to change in your life to become a better writer?
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