In addition to knowledge of craft and technique, command over grammar and syntax, and all the other tools of their craft, writers must also draw on their instinct of what constitutes good writing. A writer’s instinct is what tells them whether they have overdone or underplayed elements in their work. It tells them when to take risks in their work and when to show restraint. Should they kill a character off? Is this where a flashback would make sense? The sharper a writer’s instinct, the better their judgement in writing, the higher quality their work.
Unfortunately, writer’s instinct it is not something that can be imparted in a class or a workshop. It can, however, be honed and developed over time. Here are some guidelines to sharpen your writing intuition:
1 – Feed your instincts by reading widely and deeply. The more you expose yourself to all types of writing…
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