From networking to collaborating with others, I have discovered a few tips in terms of how to write more effectively.
I have learned the basic elements of writing; from grammar to spelling. It is important to know how to write effectively no matter what the topic is about. One tool that can be particularly helpful is Grammarly.
I started using Grammarly in college to improve essay writing and have now transitioned using this tool to other forms of writing.
In addition to your writing technique, it is important to read about topics that you enjoy reading If you read about topics you care about not only will you be able to develop a stronger vocabulary but when you talk to people, you will have deeper knowledge about topics in the industry!
If you are thinking about writing about the entertainment industry, for example, you could write about local nightlife, events you have attended, or reviews, such as music or movies.
Next, it is important to write about what is important to you. For myself, the entertainment and fashion industry entices me to want to explore what is going on around the world.
Developing Your Skills
Though these are all great pieces of advice, it is important to note that the best way to develop your writing skills is through doing it, plain and simple. Similar to athletes, and students who get good grades, the only way to do so is to just do it. Anything and everything can help you develop your skills.
Interviews are a great way to practice your writing skills and gain content on which to write about. Here are few examples of questions that are ideal to ask for various interviews.
- How’s life treating you?
- What’s next for you?
- Who are your biggest influences?
- What’s your definition of success?
- What does a typical day look like for you?
- What do you do during your free time?
- Who or what inspired you to make music?
- What is your creative process like?
- If you could open a show for any artist who would it be?
- What do you enjoy most about the music industry?
Through these various questions, we can then step back, analyze, and recognize what we can gain from asking these questions.
Let’s use the question “If you could open a show for any artist who would it be?” as an example. With this question, you will be able to understand which artist they admire and what you hope to become.
With every question, it is important to have moderation. When you ask too many questions you would not be able to gather nor explore questions that may come up when talking about a certain question.
Next, you want to avoid questions that aren’t going to provide you good results. For example, if an artist doesn’t have a relationship with one of their parents you want to avoid a question such as, “Have your parents influenced you to become the artist you are today?”
While the desire for pleasure is on everyone’s mind, it is important to recognize the way you come off will determine if you are able to lock down an interview with a high-end individual. One factor I learned when I was younger from my grandfather who has seen his share of celebrities throughout his days. He taught me the importance of having a clear line of communication, allowing the individual to know what is going to be asked is highly important and as I touched on prior avoiding questions that are touchy topics.
In addition to this, being authentic is important. As these individuals may have a higher class than you, but it does not take away that many of these individuals were just like you and I before they had their big break. Another note, that I should add is to find common ground, which means name dropping and creating portfolios to illustrate the work you have done in the past.
When I have writer’s block, as most writers have from time to time, one thing which helps me progress is a quote from J.K. Rowling, best known for the Harry Potter fantasy series. The quote I often go back to is:
“The wonderful thing about writing is that there is always a blank page waiting. The terrifying thing about writing is that there is always a blank page waiting.” – J.K. Rowling*
In a world filled with self-doubt, it is truly wonderful to know that what you hope to create has not been created yet. It is up to the curator and designer to know when to walk away, but only when we continue do we realize how amazing our pieces of work turn out to be. Although writer’s block is not ideal, it will not last forever, you have to work through it just like anything else in life. The things we want most often take time to flourish but this is only done through hard work and perseverance.
*Editor’s Note: We do not condone the thoughts and actions of JK Rowling towards the transgender community. We stand by our LGBTQIA+ friends and have a deep honor and respect for them.