When you want to draw a face, you need to learn how to draw an eye first. Writing uses the same logic. You can’t write a book if you don’t know how to write a chapter, or even a simple scene… You need to get to know and understand every single piece composing the story, so you can write more complex plots and interesting intrigues.
As with any other kind of art, you need to practice in order to improve your work. Write! Just write, every little chance you get, at least a little every day. Learn how to put down on paper those wonderful ideas and images living within your mind.
When an idea come to your head you must write it down on paper. Look at it later and write something. It doesn’t need to be an epic novel, it can just be a short story or even a simple scene. Doesn’t matter what it will become, or whether it’ll become something more that a few sentences. Practice, practice and then practice some more…
Not even the best pieces of art can please everyone
When you make a decision about your writing, you’re also making a decision regarding your audience. When you chose a particular genre, you delimit the people who might want to read your story.
That’s normal and usually desirable, but you need to know how to deal with it. You need to know the kind of audience who might be interested in your work, how to reach them and make them want to keep reading your stories.
However, keep in mind, there’s absolutely no story that can please 100% of the readers (even inside one specific genre). Not even the great masterpieces of world literature can make it, so there’s just one person that should always love your work in order to keep making it better and better: yourself.
Art doesn’t need to equate to ‘hard to understand’
Many people assume that the harder an art work is to understand, the better that work is. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. A good story should have an impact on your readers, make them happy or sad, surprised, fascinated. It should provoke emotions or make them think about it.
It’s hard to be touched by something you don’t understand, isn’t it? So, use your beautiful words and majestic sentences with good judgment and try to put yourself in your reader’s shoes. Remember that they have different experiences from you and try to imagine how other people would interpret what you just wrote.
Invite the reader to elaborate on some parts of the scene that he or she is reading. Provide them with some details and deprive them of some others, so each reader is allowed to see the scene according to his/her experiences. Give descriptions that provide images in his or her mind. Help your readers visualize the same things you had to visualize when you were writing your work. That’ll get you their attention!