Throughout high school and college, you’re going to be doing a lot of writing. Even if you major in math or science, you’ll still have to take plenty of humanities courses which will require you to write essays. If you love to write, then you have nothing to worry about. But if writing doesn’t come naturally to you, here are some tips to help you along.
Fiction, as you know, is anything that isn’t based on reality. It can range anywhere from a made-up story of your childhood to an advanced civilization in a far-off galaxy. The key to writing good fiction is to be as creative as possible. Since it’s not based on facts, feel free to invent whatever you like.
If creativity isn’t your strong point, another way to get motivated about writing fiction is absurdity. Don’t think about writing the next best-seller, instead think of something that you would consider absurd if it existed/happened.
For example, if you love chemistry but hate writing, create a story about the mutation of an organism that made humans incapable of writing fiction. The more absurd you make it, the more fun you’ll have with it which will most likely result in a better grade.
Non-fiction, of course, is the opposite of fiction and only allows for facts based on reality. The key to writing great non-fiction is detail. In a history paper, for example, details might come in the form of names and dates. You want to describe as many details as possible in order to support your argument.
In a personal essay, however, details are less about facts and more about description. These types of details help the reader enjoy and imagine the story you’re sharing. For example, instead of simply saying that you had a childhood friend who would always make you laugh, you could add detail the sentence to stretch it out to a paragraph.
“Samantha and I have know each other since kindergarten. She had long, orange hair that came down to her waist and freckles that formed tiny constellations on her face. She always knew how to make me laugh by tying her hair into ponytails and pretending she was Pippi Longstocking.”
Writing can be fun and easy as long as you don’t take it too seriously. Instead of feeling down next time you’re given a writing assignment, use some of these strategies to make things more exciting.