The Importance of Experimenting With Writing

The Importance of The Importance of Experimenting With Writing

Experimenting with writing is a great way to find your voice as a writer and write more unique books. A lot of writers get far too comfortable sticking to the same rhythms and writing elements.

There are so many different ways to write. With so many genres, writing styles, and an abundance of other things, it can be hard for a new writer to know where to start. More seasoned writers can also feel stuck or in a rut with their writing. Experimenting can help.

Changing up aspects of your writing can give you brand new experiences that can give you a broader vision of your writing in general.

Try something different, and just see where it goes. You might be amazed at the positive changes that experimenting can do for your writing.

1. Experimenting With Reading Another Genre

One of the easiest ways to experiment is to go and read something that you normally don’t write about. If you’re into fantasy, try reading a crime novel. If you’ve been into romance for a while, try picking up a sci-fi epic.

See for yourself what you enjoyed and what you didn’t about this new genre. Can the things you liked be applied to your own writing?

I am not saying you have to write a novel in one of these genres. Simply take a close look at what you like and dislike about them. By incorporating some of these things into your own novel you can greatly improve your writing. You can also write a book that appeals to a wider audience.


2. Discover Advice From Different Authors

There are so many articles and videos out there from authors that just want to share what they’ve learned on their journey. Take advantage of it!

There is no one right way to write. Different authors give different advice or tips that worked for them.

Be aware though that those same pieces of advice may not work for you. Why? Because you are your own person, with your own unique voice to develop. Be open-minded to new writing advice, especially from other authors, but understand that it may not work for you.


3. Experimenting With Writing by Changing the Point of View


If you find yourself in a habit of only writing from the main character’s perspective (like I do), think about all of the other characters in your stories that would make for enticing POV switches.

Pick out an interesting character from your work. Write out how they would view or react to an especially tense moment, or write them doing their own thing without the main character even there. Let them run wild, and see what kind of situations they can get themselves into!

Remember, you are not limited to one Point of View. When you are writing a book you are able to use as many POVs you view as necessary. You can even experiment with second and third-person points of view. You may end up enjoying writing in this new POV more than the one you are used to writing.

Experimenting With Writing


4. Experimenting With Writing by Changing the Tense

Try writing in a different tense than you’re used to. Write as if your character is writing their own memoir of their life story, or as if everything is happening right that very second.

Most books are written from the past tense. This is when the events of the book have already happened when the book is being told. Especially if you write in past tense you should consider writing in the present tense.

In changing the tense, you can reveal to yourself what may be the best way to convey that story. Never go with the default writing tense. Every element in your story should be a choice.


5. Planning vs. Pantsing

Some writers like to spend weeks planning while others like to dive in and see where their characters take them. Do whichever method is the opposite of how you normally write.

If you are a planner who revels in a well-thought-out outline, just start writing from nothing for a change. You may find that not having the constraints of an outline will be freeing. Relying on an outline too much can make your story feel formulaic.

If you usually begin writing with no plan at all, pause for a minute. Write out the major plot points, then the minor ones, and the details in between before starting. You may find you can get more constructive writing done this way.

Conclusion

Changing up how you do things may not always work for you, but you won’t know until you try it! At the very least, it’ll be an experience that you can look back on, for better or for worse.

Experimenting with your writing is exactly that, an experiment. Sometimes the results are great. Sometimes they are the mess. The point is, experimenting will teach you more about yourself as a writer.

M. H. Skabelund

M. H. Skabelund has been writing for as long as she can remember. After taking an unplanned break from writing that lasted way too long, she dove back in and it turned out to be one of the best decisions she ever made.

Author: M. H. Skabelund

Just a young writer looking to take the mistakes I've made to aid the next generation.

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