Blogging: A Student’s Perspective

Even though I have had a blog for over a year, I started active blogging in the summer of 2020 when I was in grade 11. While many find blogging easy to balance with school and life, it wasn’t necessarily the same for me. My classes would stretch on for hours and that, coupled with homework would leave me exhausted at the end of the day, leaving no time for quality blogging.

As a student, I can relate to the struggle of juggling between priorities, feeling helpless when you want to give your best to both spheres and ultimately succumbing to choosing one over the other which potentially ends up to be blogging at a great personal cost. Last year, Diamond wrote about how she balances blogging with life and mentioned some great tips.

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So, what can you do? How can you study and blog peacefully and productively?

If you haven’t started your blog yet, I’d suggest you wait before jumping into it. Evaluate a regular day of your life. How many hours do you get after school and chores? Are those leisure hours that are flexible or are they scheduled too? Once you feel like you can make time for blogging, either an hour or so a day or two hours a week (like I do), decide the general theme of your writes.

Why are you starting a blog? What are you going to write about? How frequently are you going to post?

Then, bulk write. Write two to three posts a week over the course of the subsequent days and once you have 5 or so posts ready to be published, launch your blog. Schedule these pre-written posts, space them out and then you can spend an hour every few days for blogging because you already have a post for the next posting day. All my initial posts were poems I’d written ages before I’d actually started a blog. LTBL was kickstarted in a similar way.

Let’s say you already have a blog and you’re not content with it. Blogging is a gradual process and discovery takes time, so don’t rush yourself. Evaluate your life, how you’re doing at school and then take a look at your blog from a stranger’s perspective.

What does someone see when they come by my blog?

Incorporate your life into blogging. This doesn’t mean getting personal or giving away your private details. Emphasise on the little things that make you happy on your blog. Write about that experience that changed you. Talk about why you don’t do something that almost everybody else does.

The key to authenticity is being true to yourself. Readers see the you, you write into being. And the more far away it is from real life, the more heavy blogging will seem. This is why you have to write honestly, sure, feel free to add story telling elements like sarcasm and exaggeration, explore all the weird possibilities of your life, make use of writing prompts – let yourself run wild here. The few hours you spend for blogging according to your schedule will feel incredible if you make it as positive as it could possibly be.

Because readers are looking for relatable, funny, honest, interesting and informative.

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Make a schedule- one for your life and one that incorporates blogging, it’s going to be hard to follow but you’ll eventually fall into rhythm. Decide on how you’re going to spend the 24 hours you’re given everyday. I was at this point sometime in September 2020 and while I didn’t have the best possible outcome, things did improve with a concrete schedule. Make friends with schedules and lean heavily on scheduled posts.

Depending on the frequency of your posting, allot a certain number of hours to blogging per week. For example, I post once a week and spent two hours writing for my blog and interacting with other bloggers every week. Once you have that part planned, stick to it. Blogging must always feel fun, relaxing and interactive. The moment it feels like a chore is when you’re being too harsh on yourself. Producing content isn’t easy with a tired brain.

Have fun exploring different styles, genres and creative ideas.

You could either have little brainstorming sessions on a drive home or an evening walk or a few minutes before you fall asleep. Or you could check out blog post ideas posts bloggers write every now and then, to spark one’s inspiration. (Evin, Maggie and Eeshani have you covered!)

Don’t feel pressured to stick to a niche you’ve chosen just because you feel like you have to. Since its inception, my personal blog has grown from 2 to 7 categories. Or just tell us about your life, what you’ve been thinking about recently. Show us a photo of that dandelion you saw on the roadside. If nothing seems right, post that essay you wrote for school. Because why not?

As a student, blogging is where I satiate my creative thirst.

My school, family or friends have no need or time to read what I write because they don’t need/want to. But here, I’ve discovered several like-minded people, made friends with several and genuinely feel the mental growth and openness I’ve been exposed to. I have several reasons for not wanting to give up blogging but I have even more for prioritising school.

School is education, you need it to navigate the judgemental and competitive world we live in. Blogging is catharsis, it’s where you have fun with your creativity, where you write about whatever you want, where you combine art with life. As a student, academics is my top priority and hence, I tend to maintain blogging as a hobby that doesn’t overshadow school.

At the end of the day, it’s all about learning. The blogosphere can be a sort of school expanding your mindest at regular school, if you follow the right kind of blogs! Be kind to yourself and have fun with experimenting various creative avenues because there’s always something for everyone!

Thanks so much for reading! Feel free to open up about your blogging experiences and how you deal with it!

D is a teen blogger @ Random Specific Thoughts who loves reading, drawing and anything Science. She adores poetry and enjoys writing creative non-fiction as well!

The Art of Writing #3 {Essays & Articles}

Hello hello hello! We’re so happy to see you here on LTBL!

I’m Introverted Thoughts aka D and today I’m going to talk about how I write essays/articles for my blog. This is by no means the best or only way to write them, this is merely my take and how I go about it.

#1 Deciding on the Subject

This is pretty self-explanatory but deciding on a subject and feeling in sync with it is incredibly important to making sure the write-up turns out the best possible way. I usually choose topics I’m learning more about or those that are relevant to the times. A few of my common criteria for choosing a topic include – non-offensive subjects, age appropriate topics and informative.

#2 Compiling

Pretty much most of the time, I’m far from being an expert on the subject matter. So I turn to Google. I visit several sites and read those that are from verified sources. I mark the sentences I think are relevant to my essay and copy-paste it to a Google doc. I repeat this on atleast 8-9 sites and by the time I’m done, I have a doc flooding with disordered and unorganised information that has been copied word for word from several sites.

Once I feel like I have all the information I need, I order this copied info, grouping several like points together, making sure there is a distinct, structured and sensible flow of information with a clear start and end. For example, if I was writing about a 16th century poet, the essay would likely begin with the poet’s birth and not his death. This is also what takes me the longest while, since I prefer reading over the whole write every time I add a point to a group to ensure the flow.

The flow is very important. It helps the reader connect points and helps them arrive at a plausible conclusion the same time you present yours. It’s all about providing a comprehensible and fun reading and learning experience.

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Once the structuring is done, I go to google again and search for any news articles that could potentially supplement my write. Most often, I usually include statistical results from news articles more than factual ones. Once I add the stats to the right place, I begin the next step.

#3 Paraphrasing

Paraphrasing is the rephrasing of sentences to avoid plagiarism and copyright issues. It is also essential to keep your essay to an optimal word count and aids redundancy in terms of repeated information and unnecessary words. I usually try to keep my articles and essays less than 2000 words and cramp as much information as I possibly can in the most clean and structured manner. My compiled information is almost always at the 7000 – 7500 words mark, and after paraphrasing, I get it down to less than 2000.

Paraphrasing can take a while. There are plenty of sites that do this for free but I’d recommend against using them. While they do the job for you, the results often feel forced and impersonal. It’s important that you dissect the information and decide the best possible way to phrase it for the most effective comprehension. Paraphrasing manually also gives you the freedom to choose your words depending on your audience.

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#4 Beautifying

As weird as that sounds, making your writes look neat and pretty is just as important. Most readers tend to respond to visual proof more strongly than to its verbal counterpart. I tend to use free stock images for all my writing but if you have your own images pertaining to the subject, feel free to use that. Use images in regular intervals. I tend to insert an image or a graph after every 2/3 paragraphs to avoid the article/essay from looking too crowded.

As I keep saying, structure and the flow of information is crucial. Use headings and sub-headings, bullet points, lists etc. whatever you can to present your information in the most comprehensive way possible.

Punctuation is your friend. Use commas, periods, hyphens and semi-colons as perfectly as you can. They give your writing a clean form, a structured sound and a sensible form of conveying information. If you’re not sure about your use of these amazing marks, use Grammarly. Grammarly is a trusty resource when it comes to correcting, checking and inserting punctuation marks.

#5 Proofreading

Often, by the time I’m done with my article/essay, I’d have already read the entire essay alteast 20+ times, the majority of those fall in the compiling process. No matter how confident you feel, do a proofread and ask a friend to do it too. It’s always a good idea to get an opinion from someone who’s reading all of it for the first time unless you need to keep it a secret which isn’t too probable a scenario in the case of an essay/article.

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Read through the essay slowly, from a stranger’s perspective to understand how your work appears to someone else, digest the information presented, evaluate the coherency of your paragraphs, the flow of information and the effectiveness of those good old punctuation marks.

#6 Citing your Sources

This is the last but an extremely important step. Mention your sources, let your readers know where you got your information from. Not only is this a way to maintain transparency on your part as a writer, but is also a way to express your gratitude in a polite manner to the sites you sourced your information from. Besides this is also an invitation to the reader to explore more on said topic at their own pace. I usually add a ‘Referred Sources‘ section at the end of my posts, and link back to the specific articles I used.

Once you’re satisfied, your essay/article is ready for the world (or a teacher) to see!

Given below are the other posts in this series!

Thank you for reading! I hope you found this helpful!
What’s one thing you always take care to do in an essay/article?

D is a teen blogger @ Random Specific Thoughts who loves reading, drawing and anything Science. She adores poetry and enjoys writing creative non-fiction as well!

Guest Posting 101

Hey there! Welcome back to yet another post on Living The Blogging Life! It’s D here and today, we’re going to be talking about what guest posting is!

Guest posting in very basic terms is the act of posting or submitting a post to a blog that isn’t your own or one that you’re not part of. You’re person A’s guest who’s posting on their blog with their permission and these posts are called guest posts!

Guest posting works in mainly 3 ways:

➼You request and in turn, invite a blogger to guest post on your blog OR someone approaches you

Say for example, you’re starting a mental health series on your blog. Coincidentally, you also know a blogger whose mental health posts are absolutely informative and inspiring. And because you want your series to be amazing, you head over to their blog and ask them whether they would be interested in doing a guest post on your blog on mental health.

I personally prefer this method too because you get to curate what is published on your blog and you don’t have to go through the agony of saying no to a blogger who ‘sends a post in for guest posting‘.

Requests are usually made through contact forms on blogs or through emails. If you are requesting a blogger to do a guest guest post, always make sure you ask a blogger you have known for a while and trust to deliver a good post that both you and your blog’s readers will find interesting.

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Now, switch places. A blogger is asking you if you’d like to do a guest post on (insert topic). You’re the guest in this case! Most bloggers usually agree as long as the topics are good and it’s also a way to increase exposure for both of your blogs.

Opening guest posting

I’ve seen a lot of bloggers do this. This is basically an open invitation. When you open guest posting on your blog, you’re inviting and permitting all your readers to guest post on your blog. Assuming you have an active readership, you’ll get a reasonable number of posts. You can either choose to publish all gradually or choose the most appealing, out of the submissions and post those.

Bloggers usually do this, via email or google forms. You can either mention your email in a post and ask everyone to email their posts to that email. Or, the more organised way would be to create a google form which those who are interested could fill out and send their posts through.

➼ Swap posts

This is when you write a post and give permission, to person A to post it on their blog and, they write one and you post it on your blog. In other words, you swap posts. This can count both as guest posting and collaborating, especially if the two posts are on a similar topic. This is also very common in the blogosphere and a great way to expand your readership and make friends with other bloggers!

(This point was suggested by Diamond who blogs over at I Have 12% Of A Plan and Build A Bears Furever apart from being a contributor to LTBL).

Why Guest Posts?

They increase the diversity of posts on your blog.
They provide more exposure to the guest’s blog and yours too which may or may not result in increased readership (depends on the quality of the blogs).
Provides opportunities for strengthening your community.
Helps you discover more bloggers and learn from them and their writing.

Like everything, guest posting isn’t always healthy. Opening guest posting to all, might result in you receiving posts that you don’t necessarily like, so having to turn them down can be a hard task. A huge number of guest posts might force you into a creative slump and take attention off your blog’s subject. Like everything, too much of it can be harmful.

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Sometimes, bloggers whom you request to guest post on your blog may say, no too. But trying guest posts on your blog and guest posting on others’ blogs is always a fun and learning experience as long as everything is carried out in a healthy manner!

So, that was all for this post!

This was written in response to Rayna’s @ Ray is Writing idea, “Hi! I was thinking: maybe one of you could make sort of a guide to guest posts?”
I hope this answered it, Rayna! Thank you so much!

What are your thoughts on guest posts? Have you ever done it or have you had a guest over before?

Thank you so much for reading!

D is a teen blogger @ Random Specific Thoughts who loves reading, drawing and anything Science. She adores poetry and enjoys writing creative non-fiction as well!

Designing a Collage

It’s a new day and (year!) here on LTBL and we’re so glad to have you here today! Before we get started, I’d love to wish you an incredible year ahead on behalf of the LTBL team! We hope to make the blogging life easier for everyone who visits, as time flies by!

Today I’m going to walk you through a few tips to make a visually appealing collage! According to Wikipedia, “Collage is a technique of art creation, primarily used in the visual arts, but in music too, by which art results from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole.”

Along with my ideas, I’ll also be taking you through a basic designing process.

A quick disclaimer as always; I am a hobbyist writer and designer, not a professional. The ideas mentioned here are from my own experiences.

With that being said, let’s get on with it! Given below are two of my previous works, they are my logos for my writing blog and book blog and are examples of blended collages, i.e their borders are not too distinct and blend in with the other images. I went with a vintage but edgy theme here.

Today, I’m going to walk you through the creation of Paper Heart’s logo!

#1 Theme

The first step is to settle on a theme or a subject. This includes having a rough idea of what vibes you want your collage to give off, a colour palette and a general style among other things.

Here, I’m going to go for Paper Hearts as the title, a more or less neutral colour palette, and something that seems vintage. To start with I left the background white itself. For those of you using Canva, I’m using the ‘Blog Banner’ dimensions.

#2 Variety

The wonderful thing about collages is that they combine so many elements to present a simple, flawless, unified image. Each element should stand out but they should also blend in with the collage and not seem out of place. When covering a vast subject, say, Forest, one can use elements varying from animals, plants to construction companies since they all fall under the wider subject. What should be given considerable care is that while all elements stand out, none of them overshadow any of the others.

These are the elements that I chose to enforce the very literal theme of ‘paper’. The air mail and the one that looks like from a notebook, were to strengthen the vintage theme.

#3 Proportions

This applies to many types of graphics and not just collages. Here, proportions are a crucial aspect as they ultimately decide how the end product looks like. Make sure that the background element that is strongly related to your theme is given more screen space, the ones that you add for beauty are given ample space to be visible but not too much that they take attention off the main elements.

As you can see, I’ve made the notebook page slightly more prominent than the others.

I also added a heart to represent the ‘Hearts’ part of my title (shown below) and made it burgundy to compliment the background.

#4 Adding an overlay

Without an overlay.

Adding an overlay is very effective as it lays an obvious but fine layer between the background and the text. While the impact isn’t too evident, its absence does give the collage a shoddy look. An overlay has two purposes; one is to bring all the varied elements in the background under one umbrella and to provide a subtle backdrop for the text.

The overlay has been set to a transparency level of 30 here.
With an overlay. This helps the text stand out more.

An overlay is basically a translucent background that goes right behind the title. Here is a quick tutorial showing how to add one!

Pick a background or design one and then pick a solid colour rectangle. Notice that in the second picture, transparency is set to 100.

Next, set the transparency level you deem suitable. This usually varies with colours and apps but on Canva, a 10 or 15 for white usually works well. In the second photo, you can see the difference between the parts with and without an overlay.

Finally, extend your overlay to cover the whole background and add your text!

#5 Laying Emphasis

Now, the true success of a collage is when the viewer is drawn towards it and get a vague understanding of what the subject means. This is where the text comes in. So, writing a title that looks and sounds dull ruins the idea of a collage. So, first, decide on what you want your collage to say, the words should be short, concise, catchy and attractive. Secondly, focus on a font type that complements the theme and the background. And finally add a subheading (‘Lost In Realms’ in this case), decide whether you want to make something bold, add italics etc. Adjust the size of the text and make sure the proportions are right.

Once the numerous background elements have been sized as required, take care to do the same for the text. Make it big that it is what captures the viewer’s eye but not too big that the background looks cramped. Position it in the exact middle or wherever you’d prefer to have it.

Here are a few examples of other common types of collages:

#1 A collage consisting of images with defined borders – Bordered Collage

This type of collages are usually done based on a specific theme. Their main purpose is to project a mood or just for aesthetics. Given below is an example of a fall collage.

Image source: Pinterest

#2 A collage in a specific shape – Shape Collage

These are mainly collages aimed at getting a point across but they can be made for decoration purposes too. So, for say a theme of Environment, the collage could be made in the shape of a tree or a water drop. Given below is a rectangular collage with distinct cat in it.

Image source: Pinterest

#3 A collage spelling a word or words – Word Collage

Image source: Collagehut

That was all for this short tutorial. Have you designed collages before? What are your thoughts on them?

Thank you for reading!!

D is a teen blogger @ Random Specific Thoughts who loves reading, drawing and anything Science. She adores poetry and enjoys writing creative non-fiction as well!

Designing Hacks

Welcome to Living The Blogging Life! It’s great to have you with us here today! Today, I’m (D here!) going to share a few graphic designing tricks I use to create presentable graphics.

Please note that I am not a professional designer. The ideas mentioned below are from my own experience. Getting on with it now!

#1 Adding an Overlay

I love how much this can make a difference. Adding an overlay is highly effective and I absolutely love using it for most of my graphics ranging from blog buttons to thumbnails and sign-offs. It is a great way to keep the background live but at the same time focus on the text part and keep the subject at the forefront.

My book blog’s button with an overlay behind the title.

An overlay is basically a translucent background that goes right behind the title. Here is a quick tutorial showing how to add one!

Pick a background or design one and then pick a solid colour rectangle. Notice that in the second picture, transparency is set to 100.

Next, set the transparency level you deem suitable. This usually varies with colours and apps but on Canva, a 10 or 15 for white usually works well. In the second photo, you can see the difference between the parts with and without an overlay.

Finally, extend your overlay to cover the whole background and add your text!

#2 Complementary fonts and colours

Make sure that you use fonts and colours that complement each other. If you’re using a bright blue, going with a bright green would probably be a bad idea however a neutral grey or a minimal red would look wonderful! Using cursive and sans fonts work beautifully but if you use only swirly fonts for everything, the reader will have a hard time reading everything.

#3 Colour Palette

Before you begin designing, make sure you have a colour palette that you have decided on. It’s best to keep the number of colours to a minimum but you can use as many as you like provided they all go well with each other. It would be even better if you could have a colour palette corresponding to the subject; orange for halloween, red and green for Christmas etc.

A thumbnail for one of my former posts with a neutral colour palette.

#4 Proportions

The size of your text against a plain or filled background matters a lot. If your text is too small and you have paid more attention to making the background look good, that takes focus off the title and ultimately off the subject. So, it’s better to make sure that your title is large and clear and that is what the reader notices.

#5 Bringing them together

That is a weird way to put it but bringing your elements; background and text together can make a graphic look so good. You can either just bring everything together with a common colour or common element. Or you could even wrap everything up in a frame or a border. Blending is another branch here and it’s really helpful to take note that everything just goes well together.

Do you think graphic designing is an essential skill to have? How would you want to hone it?

Thank you so much for reading!

D is a teen blogger @ Random Specific Thoughts who loves reading, drawing and anything Science. She adores poetry and enjoys writing creative non-fiction as well!

SEO Tips

Hey there! Welcome back to Living The Blogging Life! It’s D here and today I’m going to be telling you a little bit about SEO and how to keep your blog optimized.

Quoting Wikipedia, “SEO or Search Engine Optimisation is the process of improving the quality and quantity of website traffic to a website or a web page from search engines.”

Now, here are a few ways to optimise your websites for search engines so that they show it as a result for specific searches.

#1 Declutter

Remove unnecessary plugins and widgets on your sidebar and footbar. Cluttered sites decrease the speed at which your site loads and this can be pretty annoying for visitors. So get rid of all those unnecessary things to increase your page loading speed.

#2 Effective and clear

Make sure you use keywords and tags that focus on the core and subject of your blog post/site. Use these words in the url of your post, in the title and somewhere in the beginning of your post. This makes your post appear more relevant and tailored to those keywords. Post whose urls have numbers and symbols are often perceived negatively and so it’s better if you put your keywords in there instead.

#3 Link building

Make sure you list links to other authentic and verified articles in your post. Linking to other relevant articles gives your post a little more exposure and makes your content seem better. Pingbacks are an effective way of facilitating community growth as well. Including feedbacks and testimonials on your site can also help you make your site more Search Engine friendly.

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#4 Sharing

Add share buttons so that the reader can share your post across multiple platforms. This helps in expanding your readership and giving your blog more exposure. Adding a description for all the images you use in your post is also a great way to get your posts to show up as search results.

#5 Producing Content

Even though you follow the textbook tips, it ultimately comes down to consistent posting, sticking to a schedule and producing quality content. Giving your reader meaningful content worth reading will make them regular visitors and adding relevant and related images complete with image descriptions, apart from making your posts seem more structured will also aid in SEO.

#6 Structured and comprehensive

If you start off with a long and tiring introduction, chances are your readers won’t even read past the first 2 sentences. This can be detrimental to your site and the best way to prevent it is by breaking your post into smaller, comprehensive bits. You can do this by making use of headings, sub headings, bullet points, paragraph breaks etc.

Do you think the above tips would help your blog in gaining more readers? Would you like to share any techniques you use to keep your site on good terms with SEO?

Thank you so much for reading!

D is a teen blogger @ Random Specific Thoughts who loves reading, drawing and anything Science. She adores poetry and enjoys writing creative non-fiction as well!

Creating a Dropdown Menu

Hey there! Today’s post is a little tutorial on creating a drop down menu, something that declutters your menu and helps you categorise everything under a common title. I recently had the opportunity to help a fellow blogger friend and it took me hours to explain it properly. However she was gracious enough to bear with it. But we got it done in the end!

Here is a tutorial with visual aid because what better way than to show the steps? Let’s get on with it!

Head over to your dashboard and click on Customise. It appears in the popup for Appearances in the updated version.

Then click on Menus.

I have a sample dropdown menu created solely for this demo but you can head directly over to your primary menu i.e the one currently in use.

Click on Add Items and you can add posts, categories, pages etc. to your menu. These will show up on your site.

When you add items, they’ll appear as a sort of block. So, to create the indentations or sub-items you see above, hover your cursor above the title you want to switch to a sub item and you should see the symbol shown below appear. Now drag your block slightly to the right (you’ll see a dotted box showing up) and drop it.

Click on Save Changes and you should be able to see the new menu on your site.

Click on Save Changes and you’re done!

This was a basic tutorial where I kept the options to a minimum. The menu shown below is from my personal site. Here there are 6 title texts with two of them, Introduction and Blog Series leading to a drop down.

Thank you so much for reading! Hope you found this useful!

Let me know how it turns out. Don’t forget to mention any doubts you may have in the comments!

D is a teen blogger @ Random Specific Thoughts who loves reading, drawing and anything Science. She adores poetry and enjoys writing creative non-fiction as well!

The Art Of Writing #2 {Stories}

Hey there! We’re so happy to have you here on Living The Blogging Life and look forward to making blogging easier and fun for everyone! It’s D here and today I’m going to be talking about how you can make your stories seem more structured and captivating!

A disclaimer as usual, I am not a professional writer. The ideas mentioned below are purely my take on story writing and those that I love seeing in stories! With that said, let’s get on with it now!

#1 Figures of Speech

Paying close attention to the figures of speech can prove to be a gem in the long run! Common figures of speech include irony, adjectives, metaphors, alliteration, simile and even pun etc. Famous stories are not successful only because of their genre, plot or storyline. A lot of that fame lies in the execution of the story, use of language and presentation. And using a wide array of figures of speech can give your written work a polished air and professional sound, not to mention the structurally sound execution.

#2 Imagery

I mentioned this in the first part as Show more, Say Less. Imagery is of the utmost importance in storytelling. Showing your reader exactly what’s happening rather than just telling them can keep them captivated and wanting to read more. Rich imagery is often brought about by brilliant and well chosen adjectives and a keen attention to detail which requires imagination to an extent.

#3 Structure

Quoting Wikipedia, “Narrative structure is about story and plot: the content of a story and the form used to tell the story. Story refers to the dramatic action as it might be described in chronological order. Plot refers to how the story is told. Story is about trying to determine the key conflicts, main characters, setting and events. Plot is about how, and at what stages, the key conflicts are set up and resolved”. Narratives are of various kinds which you can read more about here.

An unsteady structure or uncertain foundations can make a story sound poor and boring. A sound structure includes a solid introduction to the events, a body revolving around them and a conclusion either bringing them together or dispersing them further providing a setting for a potential sequel.

A good story always includes a dramatic event or a sense of drama. Exaggeration and being dramatic are very different and they often appear to be confused together. Exaggeration is presenting a rather regular event in a highly unbelievable manner while dramatic is making everything seem more theatrical with the use of words and tones.

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#4 Drama

Multiple Povs (Point of views) are not a requisite of storytelling and they’re not found in a lot of books. Telling a story from multiple perspectives is tricky but done well, it can also make the book almost close to perfection. Multiple perspectives give the reader a rich and comprehensive idea of what is happening and makes for a thrilling read as the reader is now required to analyse the book’s events from multiple perspectives. Some say you know a book is wonderful when you love the villain as much as the hero. Multiple povs add that sweet element of confusion that keeps the reader questioning everything. A few books that portray this flawlessly is Dracula by Bram Stoker, most of Dan Brown’s books and a few Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan seem to do it well.

#5 Character Growth

Another major aspect of storytelling is a well defined character and their gradual growth throughout the story. Bringing your character to the same position they were at the beginning as conclusion is not a very good way to end a story. Make sure your characters have learned something, have seen eye opening incidents and have experienced unique events. Give them physical, mental and even spiritual growths, make sure their core remains the same but at the end of the story, they’ve grown a lot from when they started.

And that was all for this post! Check out the Art Of Writing #1 here!

Are you a storywriter? What techniques do you use to write effective and well structured stories? Thank you so much for reading!

D is a teen blogger @ Random Specific Thoughts who loves reading, drawing and anything Science. She adores poetry and enjoys writing creative non-fiction as well!

The Art of Writing #1

Hey there! We’re so glad to have you here today! Today, I (please call me D) am going to talk about a few aspects that make written works seem more structured and sound more captivating.

Designed By Maggie!

A little disclaimer before we get into this post, I am not a professional author, writer or poet. I am a hobbyist writer and an avid reader. The content in this post comprises of my views and thoughts on writing.

Now that that is out of the way, today I’m going to be listing 5 ways to make your written work more captivating that readers feel the need to continue reading. These are more focussed on general writing and not on specific forms like stories or poems.

#1 Make it personal.

Every time you write, make sure you include an element that everyone can relate to. Use pronouns like ‘we’ and ‘you’ to focus on the reader so that they feel drawn towards your words. Talk a little about yourself but don’t let the post revolve around you. The reader has to feel a sense of belonging while reading your works. They have to go like, ‘Oh, I know that feeling!’ or ‘Haha, that is relatable.”

#2 Take away

What does the reader gain from spending a few minutes of their precious time reading your work? Give them a reason to continue reading. Hence the ‘why should I read?’ and “What have I gained?” will have a concrete answer. Make sure you include your views on the subject, why they should spend more time doing something, why they should focus more on a particular subject. Write in such a way that after reading your works, they are either in awe of the literary aspects like metaphors and word choice or they have been inspired to put something new into practice or they have learned something new or realised something.

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#3 Show more and say less

This is more focussed on story writers or short prose writers. Don’t tell your reader what is happening. Show them. Use adjectives and pay attention to the most minute details. Use rich imagery with colours, focus on the atmosphere etc. When someone reads what you’ve written, they have to feel like they’re right next to the protagonist, seeing and experiencing everything they are.

#4 Short and Concise

Before you start writing, sketch out what it is that you want to convey and then write the post revolving around those key points. Now, this doesn’t apply to stories, this is when you’re writing to get a point across. Make every sentence a part of your point such that the subsequent sentence is dependent on the previous, this gives a sense of continuity to your post rather than making it seem like a collection of disconnected points. Besides, you have to take into account the attention span of your readers, make sure they don’t get too bored after the first few sentences.

#5 Sentence Structure

Sentence structure matters a lot more than you think it does. Don’t make your sentences too long that the reader forgets what the first part was when they get to the end. If you do want long sentences, make use of commas, semi-colons, and other punctuation marks. So break those long sentences into smaller bits with these punctuation marks that the reader remembers the entire sentence after reading it once because it was very comprehensive. Word choice falls under this. Don’t use huge words because they sound big, use them because nothing else fits. Use descriptive and beautiful words that makes the reader to want to read more.

So, that was all for this post! Thank you so much for reading! What are some techniques you use to make your words seem more realistic?

D is a teen blogger @ Random Specific Thoughts who loves reading, drawing and anything Science. She adores poetry and enjoys writing creative non-fiction as well!