Having the passion to write is not enough.
Having a story concept to is not enough.
There are certain practices that can help you become a good writer. And if you will make story writing what you do, then you have to make all of these part of you.
READ- READ DAILY- READ ANYTHING.
In books lies great in sight. In books lies knowledge that had worked for others. In book lies great ideas capable of fleshing that your little book idea. Read wide, no knowledge is lost. You might one day make use of what you have read long ago or what seems irrelevant the moment you read it.
Read work of great literary authors, read your models, read book from authors outside literature. Read holy books, out of them come great inspiration.
Read wide, read anything, read about everything, read to be the best of yourself.
THINK - THINK DAILY, THINK DEEPLY.
Great ideas are born on the altar of thinking, deep thinking. Great ideas are also built on same altar. Don't underestimate your mind, it is richly wired. Use it to give life to that idea, don't just think, think deeply and allow heart to speak to you.
USE YOUR IMAGINATION.
The big picture- create pictures- possible pictures. Use your imagination to project unique characters, to create fabulous settings. Use your imagination to dig out new idea. That others haven't done it doesn't mean it is odd.
THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX (INNOVATION)
Never be afraid to bring about new things.
Yes there are great writers but we are not limited by them. Think beyond the length and breadth they have gone and bring about new things. You too can create new things that would be the standard. Don't be afraid of what had been before, the fear of rejection has killed many idea. Bring up new things. Dare to innovate beautiful styles an idea into the world of literature.
WRITE YOUR STRENGTH
People prosper more in their strength. As a writer you should know your strength, may be drama, poetry or prose. Know the genre you are strong in and write more in that line. You will find out that you will be able to do more in that area because writing will come to you with ease.
BE A PROBLEM SOLVER
As an impart writer, I believe words are powerful tool to reach to people. It can be molded in different ways to suit different purposes. In that your drama, poetry, prose or self-created styles, solve a problem. Encourage, inspire, inform, educate someone with your works. Let your books aside entertainment have a key effect on your reader. Build your story to solve a problem in a race, tribe, family, individual’s life. Use your passion to aid people.
RESEARCH - MAKE DISCOVERY- DISCOVER FACT- DISCOVER INFORMATION.
Discover how, why, what, styles, cultures, traditions, histories, events and more.
Don't be myopic in your writings. Don't base your writing on what you think you know alone- go beyond that to get enough information about that setting, the nature of character you want to use. For example if you want to write a book using the old Yoruba setting, you have to make discovery on what the culture was, their food, dressings, tradition, beliefs, environment, gods, marriage, burial and all you think you need to know.
- If you are writing on royal family, you have to discover what the royal way is like. Their dressing, their conduct, the power they possess, (the ways of keep king varies in different tribes)
Research will enables you to present more real work to people and gain more readers.
CONNECT TO YOUR READER.
Don't let your work be without having connection to your reader let them be able feel in the experience of your characters.
PREPARE TO WRITE.
Don't just write. Do the first work- sit with your story and plan it in entirety – this is for ploters. There are pansters who write as their muse lead them.
WRITE, WRITE, WRITE.
The easiest way to get best at something is to do it continuously. To be the kind of writer you want to be, write in your style until it becomes your brand, it becomes synonym to your name. Write daily, write often, let writing be like a daily dose, it might not be lengthy but write. It helps build your story, it help you overcome challenges naturally.
GET A MESSAGE FOR EVERY STORY
A good story must have at least a message.
DO PROPER EDITING.
Take the editing of your work serious as you take writing. Editing will help you removed the unwanted and add the wanted.
Get a good platform to publish your works. Get connected to your readers. A good book is not complete until it is read.