Although I did start writing in 2009, my books were only published in 2015 and I didn’t do much of the writing in last two years due to the commitment on book marketing. But during this period, I did meet several groups of people, interacted with them a lot and learned in great deals. What I have learned during the last few years about writing certainly carried great significance and was really helpful. So much so that my writing has completely changed over the year for better and my new books will surely show it.
As I have been saying from the very beginning that writing is actually very easy, everyone can write and if you still have doubts – try writing some letters. Writing is not hard, what is hard is to write a good writing and it certainly needs a lot of practices as well as talent. Different personalities of writer write different pieces, you must be able to choose the right type of writing according to your personality and preferences, and stick it to it until the end. Writing short poem doesn’t mean it is easy – you have to be very precise, use right and fewer words to express more and must be a wordsmith. In order to write a novel, you must be patient, well organized, and must keep track of the characters in the best possible way. If you have interest on current affairs, write a non-fiction book, and fiction writing is mostly good for dreamy and imaginative writers.
I have garnered mostly good reviews for my books, some of them were really flattering and such reviews can actually inspire us to write even more good books. But I also had some bad reviews, which is normal and only an egotistical fool would expect that everyone will like his/her writing. And a healthy criticism can, admit or not, actually be very helpful to new writers like us and I am grateful to them.
One of the reviewers said my book was all about telling but no showing, it is a term of describing the form of writing in literary world (For those who are not familiar with writing term) and he might be right. In my defense I would say – writing shouldn’t be restricted to only one particular form, there is no right and wrong form of writing and the world is big and versatile enough to accept the variety and diversity of many writing. Besides writers should be first and foremost a storyteller, his job is to tell a story on whichever way he feels comfortable and present it to his best. For showing, we have movies, videos and TV. I personally think it is already a clichéd word; writers should be free to write on whatever way he/she wants to write. And let readers make their choice.
Another reviewer said my writing was too verbose; it contains too many adjectives, and some of the paragraphs are too tedious. When I saw this, the first thing I had in mind was this person must be a teacher, a very good one though, and instead of enjoying the story, she decided to pay more attention on them. It is certainly only one aspect of the whole thing, one opinion from many readers, and there are many aspects in a book that can determine whether the book is good or not. But minor issues can be irritating and we should avoid them at all cost. Writers must listen to critics and do our best to improve it. Thanks God, she decided to be a teacher and I am really grateful for that.
The new writers also try to impress too hard, tend to use long and complicated sentences, and never think twice before using big words. That is normal for us all as humans, the new arrivals always try to impress the others like in our early schooling day, and writers are no different. I did the same mistake as others and I am trying to rectify it now. Unless you are writing a special report that is only for the eyes of highly educated and professional individuals, the writing has to be in a simple, flowing and easy language that can be read and understand by all. The sentences should be short and clear and the paragraphs should be not too long. Nothing can beat the simple writing.
Of course, I will be applying those new mantras on my writing henceforth, I am sure that my editor will be really happy and sincerely do hope that my readers will also like and appreciate my future works. Thank you so much!
TIM I GURUNG/AUTHOR AT ISSLCARE – http://www.timigurung.com