How To Know A Good Writer

Once upon a time, writers were believed to be those who had a flair for writing and could articulate words that dazzle and bamboozle people to the extent that they gradually earned respect and ranks.

In recent times, there has been a dramatic shift. With the evolution of the social media, everyone who possesses a smartphone or laptop and has access to the internet has suddenly become a writer. This is because many of them feel that they can put down whatever comes to their mind on their device and go public with it. After all, there are people on the streets of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and other social platforms to feed with any type of content irrespective of how shallow or poorly written it is. Not minding that what they have written may not be genuine, confirmed or meeting the needs of their readers. All that matters to them is seeing the works of their hands online and sharing their thoughts on public space, so yes, they are writers. That’s all!

How wrong they are! Posting anything that comes to your mind does not make you a writer in the first place not to talk of being a good writer.

First, a writer is a person who uses written words to creatively communicate ideas and pass information through various styles and techniques.

Now here are a few tips to enable you to spot a good writer:

  1. A good writer is a reader:

Judge it a cliché, but you cannot fault the validity of this statement anytime—a reader is a leader. There is no arguing about how true this is. How possible is it for you to write if you have not adequately gathered the right information? Quite impossible! Reading helps you to get information, stay in the know, enlarge your vocabulary, and builds your word bank as well. After all, words are the most crucial work tools for a writer; without words, a writer is unable to execute or function.

  1. A good writer is disciplined:

Discipline is vital when it comes to the writing role. It is one thing to start writing an article, a story, or a book, and another thing to bring it to completion. Only disciplined writers finish what they start. Indiscipline has deprived many of achieving their goal of becoming a writer.

  1. A good writer is passionate about writing:

Writing is not just about putting pen to paper or typing away on the keypad; it is much more than that. It involves an inner desire and passion for passing message across through words that spew from the heart. If you do not have a passion for writing, you cannot be a good writer.

  1. A good writer is creative:

Creativity is all about producing something new, different, unusual, or unique that can stand the test of time. A good writer’s watchword is originality, and this inspires him/her to be innovative rather than depend wholly on what others have done.

  1. A good writer pays attention to details:

Paying attention to details entails being observant, taking note and ensuring that no statistical/factual uncertainty or grammatical error goes without correction. Every work of a good writer is not only properly written but thoroughly scrutinized and polished to perfection.

Now, here is the real gist: the first step to becoming a good writer is to start writing. Put those thoughts down in the most suitable words and get started.

If you need an award-winning writing company to take off your writing burden, Sabi Writers has got you covered.

The Most Important Characteristic of Every Successful Writer

Movies will have you believing that successful writers write from a choice location in Paris that overlooks the Eiffel Tower, that they do their writing with a sophisticated 19th-century typewriter as they type under the influence of unending inspiration. But if you’ve decided to become a writer, you already know that’s not the general reality.

Successful writers did not get their achievements because of the brilliance of their writing space. Neither is it because they are always inspired to write. The truth is, many writers write looking dishevelled from the comfort of their—most likely unmade—beds, and often after they have dealt with spells of no inspiration.

Despite the absence or presence of this, however, there is one characteristic that determines whether you’ll be successful as a writer or not. To be clear, this characteristic works together with other qualities to make for a successful career in writing. But without it, you might as well say goodbye to being on a bestsellers list someday.

What is this thing, you ask? Well, every successful writer has discipline. It’s as simple as that.

It’s not about having the perfect location to write or being always inspired. Becoming a successful writer depends on how much of a disciplined writer you are. And this is important because, without discipline, you will never finish your book idea. Neither will you submit it to publishers who will give you the opportunity you need to reach millions of readers globally.

Now that you know the most important characteristic of every successful writer, how can you cultivate it?

  • Set a timeline for your book: If you already know what you want to write about, saying you will write it within a year is a much better bet than just saying you will write the book. The reason is that when you have a clear timeline, it’s easy to create smaller chunks of goals that’ll help you complete the book. It’s also a perfect way to write without waiting for inspiration which is likely to delay you.
  • When writing, separate the times for research from the times you’ll dedicate to writing: This is quite useful in today’s social media age. Don’t be deceived—writers are not immune to the distraction of social media. This is why you will find some innocent research turning into hours on Instagram. Therefore, it is much easier to highlight the details you want to research and return to them at a later time so you can complete your writing.
  • Always re-visit what you have written: Writing can be frustrating, and it becomes more pronounced if publishers keep rejecting your work. Sometimes though, that rejection is because you have sent in a first draft. See, discipline also involves submitting the best version of your story. No matter how brilliant you think that first draft is, it’s a lazy attempt at telling your story, so if you need a break before coming back to your book, take it. Just ensure that you’re not sending in your first draft.

As Ernest Hemingway rightly said, “…there must be discipline…” in the writing process.

How to Create an Engaging Dialogue

One of the key elements of a story is dialogue. By way of definition, a dialogue is the textual representation of spoken words and conversations within most creative works, including novels, short stories, and scripts. It is the speech of fiction, the talk between two or more characters.

Dialogue is an essential element of a story because it is what advances the story; it is what directs and changes the course of a story. It also helps a writer to communicate specific information to his reader. Dialogues reveal the nature of the characters in the story, and it is through dialogues that the message of the story is communicated to the reader.

One of the keys to writing great stories is building an exciting dialogue. A dialogue must create an emotional effect and response from the reader.

There are a few things to consider while writing your story dialogue.

  1. Give your characters different voices, word choices, rhythms, and styles: Just like real humans speak differently, the difference of tone, word choice and style between characters should be noticed by the readers. This requires research and observation. As a writer, you must understand who a character is before you ascribe a voice style and tone to him or her. For example, if a character were to be an Ibo, then he should speak differently from the Hausa character. Traditional Ibos tend to talk in proverbs; you may give your Ibo character this distinction.
  1. Keep your dialogues brief: Although there are situations where long dialogue is allowed, this should not be dominant. Long dialogues are more suitable in plays than in novels. In a novel, dialogues should not go over for pages and pages. Don’t allow characters to speak at length without interruption by another character.
  1. Be consistent with your characters’ voice and style: I said earlier that each character should have unique voices. You must be consistent with it; an Ibo character should not just start talking like an English man all of a sudden.
  1. Show; don’t tell: This cannot be overemphasised in a story. Writers are quick to tell a character’s emotions, feelings or intentions instead of showing them. You should show what your characters feel instead of telling it. You can make use of body language because it is very crucial in a story-like dialogue. To do this, you have to understand human behaviour. Just like humans do, your characters should not always know what they feel. For you to be able to apply this to your story, you may need to observe a lot. Observe people while they are having a discussion and apply the same to the characters in your story.
  1. Avoid repetition of names in dialogue and keeping other characters in a scene busy while others are talking: This will add reality to the scene. Your characters should not be unnecessarily passive.
  1. Minimise identifying tags like ‘he said’, ‘he asked’, etc.: Tags are sometimes not necessary and worse, they drag the flow of the story and make it boring.
  1. Read your dialogues out: Some will say you should write your dialogues the way you speak. This has proven to be quite effective so you might consider applying it.

And lastly, read wide and listen to people talk. Reading and listening help you create dialogues that are not only real but interesting and engaging.

How To Turn Your Idea Into A Book

Have you ever had some bright idea burn in your head it fills you with so much excitement and relish as you think about it? But that is just as far as it goes because, to you, it is just an idea. Downplaying the power of such an idea or concept, you hardly do anything about it.

It doesn’t always have to be this way as that idea could be your opportunity to inspire the world.

Like you may already know, writing is a lot of work. But guess what? Getting the world to read your thoughts through a book sounds like a miracle, and it’s a feeling you’ll love.

Here are some validated tips for turning your idea into an epic book the world wants to read.

Have a writing goal and set a deadline

It isn’t enough to decide that you want to write a book. First of all, you must have a clear cut goal on what you hope to achieve with your idea or story. Consider writing as a project, and every project has a timeline. Don’t they? If you’re serious about getting this task done, you must set a deadline for it. This will serve as your compass. It will help you understand where you are going and the results you will likely get.

Plan your book

You must have heard it several times that failing to plan is planning to fail. Just as with everything else in life, writing a good book, not just any book, requires planning. It’s a fact that you can’t shy away from. You need to map out strategies for completing the project within the stipulated timeline. Chances are if you do not analyze your book critically, you may end up drifting from your original goal or at worst, get bored in the process — the common reason for procrastination among writers.

Get started

There is no better way to put it than this: the only way to start is to start. Pick up a pen, grab a sheet and start writing. It doesn’t have to be perfect. You’ll see the mistakes along the way and learn as you make progress. Keep writing until you’re done and don’t ever stop until then.

Maintain focus

Writer’s block is a major challenge for creative folks like you. So don’t be discouraged about it. But you must do your best to shut out distractions when working on a book. For starters, you must understand your peculiarities. You must know the conditions that make writing easy for you and the environment that helps you to function best. Anything that comes short of that will definitely affect your long-term focus on your writing project.

Share your work and celebrate your small wins

Writing is not an easy thing to do. So, you must find time to celebrate yourself for every milestone reached. Let your friends see your work and comment on what you’ve done. The more positive feedback you get, the more encouraged you become. And writing will become a whole lot of fun for you.

Find support

Sometimes, writing is not a journey you can work alone. You may need the contributions of other people, who may be more experienced than you, especially if you want to publish your work.

At Sabi Writers, we help you realize your dreams by traversing your entire writing journey with you, never leaving your side throughout the whole process. We understand the intricacies and technicalities of getting a writing project done. We are best-in-class at what we do and leverage our state-of-the-art facility and staff competence to create a unique writing experience for people like you.

Do beyond dreaming it. Live it!