Basic knowledge of English
This is specifically for those who write novels in English language.
• As a writer, you have got to be proficient in English. This is not an article for those who want to learn English but for those who already has a firm grasp of the lexis and structure of the English language and want to boost their creativity and increase their vocabulary.
• A basic understanding of elementary English is necessary. You must know when to use present and past tenses as well as past participles. You must learn correct spellings of word. You may say, ‘leave that to the editor,’ but you will save yourself much work if you get it right the first time.
Use a Thesarus
• As a writer, you are a role model, so you must use the words that is most suitable in meaning. Don’t use words whose meaning you are not sure of just because it seems grandiose or high-falluting.
• Learn to use you Thesarus to always substitute words. For example, if you find yourself always using the words, ‘she was surprised;. And you observe that at any need to use the word ‘surprise,’ you use it repeatedly. How about checking the synonyms for surprise that will still convey the same meaning. How about using, ‘she was stunned’, ‘she was awed’, ‘she was taken aback’…and many more others. You need a table or online Thesarus to vary your words.
Authored by Abiose Adelaja Adams.
The Author is a midcareer writer and journalist. Having authored at least three books published on Amazon.com, A Girl’s Calender, Viral Diamonds, I am Not Afraid, she is passionate about coaching aspiring writers. She is the Chief Executive of the Global Center for Creative Writing as well as co-director of Pressplay Media Events, a company committed to mirroring societal ills through literary lens. For the purpose of Creative Writing, you can follow her on @itizwritten and www.facebook.com/pressplaymediaevents