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A Guide to Writing Techniques in 2021

A Guide to Writing Techniques in 2021

I have compiled an invaluable list of killer writing techniques that will not only give your book the riveting and worthwhile balance it deserves but will give it a lasting impact of thought woven out techniques throughout its entire pages. The incredible thing I want you to know is that these techniques work for any book, and you might want to consider saving this page for quite some time!
These techniques were published for the essence of helping you grow your writing creativity. They are inspired by knowledge and experience from my years of writing and the collective testimonies of great writers.
So here we go!

Finding your style:

Before you can develop a technique that will fit your style of writing, you must have “a style of writing”. You can discover what your style of writing is if you ask yourself these questions. What do I write best? What genre is easier for me to write about? And what do I feel like writing about?

After answering the questions above, you should already know what you like to write about. Hence, you only need to research on a category that fits your writing.

Example:

Sandra Brown write deeper love books, so we can say she fits into the paranormal romance category.

Stephen King’s books are horrific so can say he fits into the horror category.

J. K Rowling books are targeted for young readers, so we can say her books fit the children literature category.

Creating a writer’s toolbox:

Now that you know your writing style, you should be mindful that every writing genre comes with its techniques. How to use those techniques should be written down and be marked when one is achieved.
This is often called a “bucket list” of techniques, but from the writing perspective I call it a “Writers Toolbox”. This compiles a list that keeps you informed of the techniques you’ve woven for your books. I do a short realistic toolbox that includes and foreshadows my plot, plot twists, my characters personality and others. In the others, I write things like the genre, word count and the amount of time I have set out myself to write the book.

Ending writer’s block:


Writer’s block is the ultimate dilemma of every writer. If you are a writer, whether you like it or not they will be a time when you will struggle to think of an idea to write on. Writer’s block is the moment when a writer is momentarily cut off from ideas and inclinations that could help him write something. Writer’s block is a normal thing, even great writers do have writer’s block, but what do they do when they can’t afford to be blocked out of their imaginations into a literary thought of blank vacancy?
They use personalized techniques that help them write even when they have a writer’s block. I’ve seen a lot of author coaches impose the techniques they used to defeat their writer’s block on others, which later does not work for the learning writers. I think it’s quite a simple reasoning, what can defeat your writer’s block may not set me free from mine. You can’t tell me to go watch a cricket match to get ideas when I don’t like cricket in its entirety.


I am going to be listing nine (9) ways to cure your writer’s block and keep writing. They are a lot more that could be listed, but I wanted to list the ones that would be helpful to almost completely anyone.


Creating a chronological plot:

If you are writing on a category that has a huge word count, and you feel you’ve run out of ideas, this is for you. Create a list of scenes from the beginning to the end of your book, this will give you a full idea on what you are to write next and will help you dust the burden of that word count off your shoulders.

Leave the chapter alone:

Here’s another thing to do if you are struggling to write the next chapter. Leave the chapter alone and write what comes to your mind, you’ll get an idea on how to link it up with what you’ve written after. It’s like a rigid way to get your muse back. If you don’t feel your muse, you write like you have your muse. Your muse will hear your calling and come back to you.


Take some refreshment:

Some authors suffer writer’s block because their brain has been overworked, take a break and get some refreshment. I tell people to always be mentally healthy when they write because that psychologically affects your writing. Be refreshed and make sure your mind is. It is customary that the healthy brain thinks better than the burdened one.

Read more books:

I’m sure you’ve heard this a million times, the need for reading as a writer cannot be overstated. Even Stephen King admonishes in his book “On Writing: A Memoir of the craft” that to be a great writer, you must read a lot of books.

What this does is that it gives your writing mindset the way actual writers write and keep the momentum flowing within their book without a suspense block. This is so important because it will help you improve in your writing when you have a writer’s block and even when you don’t!

Watch Films:

Watch films in the category you write about: I write crime fiction, and I’ve always been a fan of “Discovery ID”. They are also stations in your category that show films that can help inspire your genre. Go to the cinema’s to watch good films that can help you write your category better. These will serve as a mindful helper in times of writer’s block.


Spend some free time with yourself:

If you are a married writer with children, these might be difficult for you but if you have the time to spare, silence is a major source of inspiration, you can lock yourself in your room and propound on a new chapter or take a few minutes to walk to a serene environment where your mind is free to think out loud!


Ask questions:

Your young son might hold the key to your writer’s block or your good ol’ friend. Do you have a writer’s block on how to write a prison break story? Go to an actual prison and ask questions. Do you have a writer’s block on how to write detective procedurals? Meet with a real detective and ask questions.

Listen to music:

Music they say is the mind’s ultimate source of harmony. Music helps to relieve the mind from its burdens and could be just what you need to get yourself back on track after a deteriorating writer’s block.

Recreational activities:

Take some time off, recreational activities helps the mind develop better, thus, increasing tactical and qualitative reasoning. This helps you to unwind with ideas, wild ideas that can help you complete your book!

Increasing your book’s word count:


You are writing a paranormal romance book, and you’ve set your target at a remarkable 80,000 words, but your book seems to have ended at 60,000 words. It’s still lagging by 20,000 words. You don’t know what to do to make it longer, but you want it to be longer, at least, with valid reasons. So here are ways below that can help you reach that goal swiftly and remarkably.

Plot twist:

This can be outrageous when tried, but it’s always worth it. It will arise your reader’s curiosity by a thousand-fold. Imagine if you continue your book with a chapter where the antagonist discovers that the protagonist was the son he never knew about. You’ve just succeeded in opening more depths to the storyline which will intentionally need more writing.

Flashbacks:

You can write scenes of years ago that in some way relates to themes of the book. This helps to keep your book deeper and more accurate. These flashbacks may include when the protagonist was a child or when the protagonist had her first kiss. Imagine that kind of shrill! Yes, that will keep your book longer and more intimate to the reader!


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By Balogun Iyanu

Balogun Iyanu is a Nigerian poet, a web designer, human rights ambassador and an internationally acclaimed writer who presides as the founder and executive head of The League of POETS.