Tips For Growth As A Writer

Ashley Marie

Staff member

Growing as a writer happens, first, by writing more. Here are some tips to just get writing.

Don’t Be Afraid

This may sound like the most basic piece of advice, but it’s the most simple: don’t be afraid. Write and write more, write stories you’re afraid to write and write stories you’re excited to write. Don’t let the fear of where you are as a writer get you down. Every writer starts as a beginner, everyone in every trade starts as a beginner. The only way to go from there is up!

Buy A Journal

We find ourselves feeling most inspired when we’ve got a new journal at our fingertips. While we just recommended tools online to help with your writing, our first tool to grow your craft is to buy a journal and write.

Study Your Characters

Spend time with the characters you’ll be writing about. Read your favorite books, watch movies (concerning Harry Potter Fanfiction, do both), and really look at their traits and characteristics again. Get to know how they respond to humor, anger, love, frustration, etc. All of these studies will be helpful as you write about the characters in your own story.

Ask For Feedback

This may be the scariest part of writing Fanfiction for some authors. It is also the most necessary. Ask for feedback on your stories. Find betas. Share your work.

Find Your Audience

Spend an afternoon checking forums, blogs, social media searches, etc for things that fan fiction readers want to see more of. We’ve learned that fanfic readers gravitate to specific types of Fanfiction for a reason. For example, Harry Potter fans want to read more about the characters they love, just in new and unique ways. They want to read about new ships, new character arcs, new struggles to face, new character facets. Try staying true to the characters but putting your own spin on them.



Read and write different genres. This exposes you to new opportunities. You will develop your own writing style by reading other writing styles. Plus, writing different genres forces you to exercise your technical skills. For example, a fantasy-adventure book will require more descriptiveness, while a romantic comedy may strongly depend on dialogue.

Use Writing Prompts

If you are feeling uninspired, there is nothing better than a writing prompt to force you to write. Even if it is not your best work, it can inspire you to keep working on another project afterward.
From my experience writing fanfiction, the one thing that helped me grow a lot as a writer is emulating the strengths of other authors.

For example, JK Rowling is a master at characterisation and plotting. Studying the stories and trying to emulate some of her strengths taught me a lot about developing a large cast of very different characters with distinctive voices, and how fast exciting events should happen in a story to keep the audience interested. Studying Terry Pratchett taught me a lot about how to write humour without derailing the action of a story, and how to keep things light even when dealing with heavy topics. Mimicking a bunch of different authors helped me see what kind of strengths I had as a writer, and what kind of weaknesses, and what kind of writer I just plain didn't want to be.