Hello, I'm rather new to this site, this being my first post, but as a start, I wanted to talk about something I'm actually quite familiar with: writing.

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Everyone has different writing styles, at the end of the day, that's one of the things that helps literature be as diverse as it is. I mean, we are all familiar with the Crush Next Door trope, or the Bad Boy X Good Girl trope, but there's a reason as to why there are so many best sellers and amazing books and about these tropes.
Just as there are different writing styles, different tropes, and different plots there will always be different ways as to how to better one's writing.

Now, these are tips that have helped me, Adora, better my writing.
These are tips that I am sharing in hopes of helping a fellow writer.
So with that out of the way, here are a few tips that have helped me and others get better at writing!

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① Find your own writing style~
I know, I know... It sounds ridiculous but give me a chance. Once you find a writing style that suits you, writing will become infinite times easier. You may have been over describing things before, something that could have lead you to dislike your writing, maybe you described things way to simply something that could have led you to find that your writing was lacking. At the end of the day, all writing styles are amazing and useful depending on what you're writing. But alas, just like in drawing, even if you can change the drawing style you use for a certain piece, it's always good to have a certain style you can always go back to.

② Try and write as often as you can~
Just like anything, writing is something that needs to be cultivated! Try writing short imagines, scenarios or head-cannons for your favorite shows. The more you write, the more practice you'll have, even if it's just a silly scenario with your OC's. You´ll be able to look back at these practices and take note of what you might need improvement on! You don't need to write every day, that can lead up writers' block (something that is best when avoided), doing when inspiration hits or when you have a load of free time is best try not to force the words out. You can even just write and create new OC's for fun.

③ Don´t be ashamed of writing Fan Fiction~
Yes, I said it. There is nothing to be ashamed of about writing fanfics'. If anything, I'd actually encourage it. As you may see, it can actually tie up pretty nicely with the last point we've made. Since you are writing about already existing characters, the job, in a nicely put way, of creating an original character is pretty non-existent. In these types of works, you have the possibility of expanding on a universe that you already are a fan of. You can create alternative universes, swap the roles of existing characters, create OC's to insert and study the dynamics they,d have with the existing crew, make an X Reader or a shameless self-insert. All of these help as writing exercises and fun activities when in a block. They don't NEED to be published noir taken seriously, just as long as you are having fun and using this as a way of bettering yourself as a writer. Fanfiction is amazing for that, and I will shamelessly admit to writing some myself (and even reading).

④ Create your OC's and Universes (even if you might not end up using them)~
Heh, so many of the tips I'm giving are basically writing exercises but they have helped me a lot. Create a parallel universe for this one? Sure! Maybe you saw some artwork that inspired you? Was it a building? Then who do you imagine lives there? Do you think the residents all get along? What do their houses look like? Maybe you might end up creating a few OC's or a whole plot! Maybe you're suddenly bored and decide to create a perfect lover and oh my, maybe you can write something for them? Is that a plot? The inspiration for universes and OC's can sometimes come suddenly, just like plot and storylines!

⑤ Have a Nice Writing Set Up/Work Desk~
As silly as this may sound, sometimes, having an aesthetically pleasing workplace could equate to some good 'ol sudden inspiration! and if that's not the case, it's always good to have a clean working spot. Even if we don't like to admit it a messy environment can affect our writing. So try having a clean, organized space~ Also, try clearing your mind before writing, reread what you have already written and see if it still makes sense to you!

⑥ Listen to Some Music while Wrting~
I say this as I'm doing so, heh. I recommend this because personally, it helps me tune outside thoughts and sounds and solely concentrate on my writing. Because that's the purpose in my case, I enjoy listening to songs in soft languages I don't understand or know well enough, I concentrate on the singers' voice and the instruments, or instrumentals, either it being classical or soundtracks or whatever I may be in the mood for at the moment.

⑦ Make a Playlist for each Piece of Writing~
Unlike in the last tip, I would recommend doing this to help you either set a physical (or in this case not so much) mood. For example, if you are writing horror or thriller, try making a playlist with more mysterious sounding songs, eerie songs that leave you on edge. This way, once you get into the actual writing, your brain will already be in a more eerie and "edgy" mood that will, in turn, make it easier for you to convey emotions that would leave your readers in suspense. The same way this can help with thriller, this also works with romance and different genres.

⑧ Take Breaks & Have some Good Company~
Aka: have someone read and help you with your writing or be there with you while you write. There's no need for them to be activly participating when it comes to your writing, as long as their company works as a tool for relaxation and to clear your mind there is nothing wrong. Writing sometimes, as much as it can be relaxing, it can also turn into something that can drain you mentally. So it's always good to be able to have a nice time. During these breaks, you can always jot down ideas that come to your head but remember that in these times writing should not be your number one priority. Spend time with friends or read a good book, but give your mind time to relax.

⑨ Have a Beta Reader~
To those who don't know what a beta reader is, it's basically someone that would read your works before publishing them. They're quite similar to editors except they act more as an audience? They read your writing with the same eyes as a normal/average reader would, with the difference that they get to read it before it properly comes out and in turn give you advice on how to better, similar to an editor's comments. Beta readers can be anyone, your friends, parents or significant other; the most important part of it all is that they can give you an outsiders insight on your works as we often miss some points ourselves as writers.

⑩ Don't push yourself~
Instead of pushing yourself into writing, an activity that should be fun will end up being almost like a chore and you will inevitably be found with writers' block. Only write when you feel yourself in the mood to. At the end of the day, writing should be something fun for all of us who participate in it.

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‧͙⁺˚*・༓☾ conclusion ☽༓・*˚⁺‧͙

At the end of the day, just because these tips worked for me does not mean they will work for everyone. All I can do is hope that this could be used as a source of inspiration to new aspiring writers.
Writing is incredibly liberating for me and has always been something I enjoy, so I hope that this will also inspire you to continue growing as a writer.
I'll be posting more things like this to try and help~

Rember to always have fun while writing and to try new things, even if writing isn't exactly a passion of yours there is never anything wrong in dipping your toes in it.

See you in my next post,
With love, Adora.