Thursday, April 28, 2011
5 Ways to Gain the X Factor in Writing
Is it something we either have or we don’t? Can we learn the x-factor? I say yes, it can be learned, but it might come more easily to some than others. Below I’ve listed some basic ways to gain that elusive x-factor:
1. Read a lot. Read, read, and keep reading, and don’t forget to be analytical while you read. Work out what it is you like about the stories as well as what you don’t like.
2. Write a lot. You won’t find the x-factor if you don’t practise writing. It’s as simple as that.
3. Voice. Find your voice and develop it until it’s yours and yours alone. This might take some time and a lot of experimenting, but it’s worth it in the end.
4. Learn the craft. Oddly enough this might be the most neglected of all the elements that lead to the x-factor, and yet this is one of the most crucial. Sure, anyone can write. Do you want to be thrown into the ‘anyone’ class, or do you want to shine above the rest? Then, learn the craft.
5. Passion. Remember your passion for the story despite the number of revisions or rejections. Passion shows through our words.
Can you think of other ways to gain the x-factor? Who are the writers you think have the x-factor?
Note: This post is part of the A-Z Challenge. To learn more about the challenge click the image on my sidebar.
Photo: I had no idea what image to use for the x-factor, so I chose a pic of Melbourne at night. What can I say? I'm a sucker for pretty lights.