11 Writing Tips That Will Make You A Better Writer

A good writer listens to others; they take each other’s advice, they lock their pride and they humbly reach out for help. Yes, we have ego, we hate suggestions and we stress over petty things and we get annoyed easily.
But, sixty percent of the writers are pretty good at taking good advice and implementing them.

Anyway, my point is, if you want to be a good writer, you don’t need to listen to others. In fact, you can do it yourself. Let me give you a few tips that’ll help you become a better writer (if you’re too shy or too narcissistic to take help of others) P.S. I’m talking about the majority of writers including me, so don’t hate me.

  • 1) 
  • Choose a book title that will not only grab the reader’s attention but will make them feel something. It should make the reader confuse, or sad, or happy!
  • 2) This is the most important point of all. Organize your ideas before you begin writing. I regret not using this point the first time I began writing my novel…
  • 3) Add your own style and voice to your writing. Sure, you like Agatha Christie or Roald Dahl or John Green, but you can’t be them to make a book of your own. You need to be you so that people can recognize who you are and not just some copycat or wannabe.
  • 4) Make sure you stick to the point. Don’t write unnecessary stuff that’ll take a page or two without it making any sense or point.
  • 5) Use your words wisely. Keep sentences and paragraphs short but make it meaningful. Like Poetry.
  • 6) Read a lot. Read. Read. Read. That’s what everyone says, and they say that because it’s the truth. The more you read, the more your writing will improve.
  • 7) Reread and revise your writing. Don’t be lazy. Edit calmly and gingerly.
  • 8) Don’t be afraid of what people will think. They will think a million things but it’s up to you how you’ll make change their thinking. Forget the comments, who needs comments? You just want to get your story on the page, right? so do it and don’t stop.
  • 9) Always remember the six senses. Describe your characters, your actions and your surroundings well.
  • 10) Add a little humor. Yes, even if it’s a murder mystery or a horror book. No one likes a serious novel.
  • 11) Last but not the least, dude, enjoy what you write because if YOU don’t enjoy your story, then you can’t expect others to enjoy your story. Write scenes that make YOU happy, that make YOU sad, that make YOU angry.

Use these tips and I promise you, you’ll write a best-seller in no time. It takes time and patience, but you’ll get there. Eventually.

Peace neighbors,

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List Of Books I Want To Read This Year

We all love reading, don’t we all? We love escaping from our reality and just indulge in someone else’s life. It’s so strange how such something fictional can sometimes make us feel sane. Books are capable of playing with our emotions and thoughts and the more you read, I’ve realized the more focused you are in your life.

I didn’t read much last year, but this year I have decided to at least finish reading 10+ books! I know 10 is still a low number but for me, it’s a start. I’m just so busy that for me 10 is a still a great number.

Anyway, below is my list of the books I want to read this year!

  1. Outsider – Stephen King
  2. The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
  3. Elevation – Stephen King
  4. I’ll Be Gone In The Dark – Michelle Mcnamara
  5. The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One – Amanda Lovelace
  6. Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi
  7. Leah on the Offbeat – Becky Albertalli
  8. Kingdom of Ash – Sarah J. Maas
  9. The Trials of Apollo – Rick Riordan
  10. Sadie – Courtney Summers
  11. What if it’s us – Adam Silvera
  12. All the Little Lights – Jamie McGuire
  13. Emergency Contact – Mary H.K. Choi
  14. Starry Eyes – Jenn Bennett
  15. The Cheerleaders – Kaza Thomas
  16. Love, Hate and Other Filters – Samira Ahmed
  17. The Dark Between Stars – Atticus
  18. Take me With you – Andrea Gibson
  19. Helium – Rudy Francisco
  20. Dracul – Dacre Stoker
  21. Then she was gone – Lisa Jewell
  22. The Chalk Man – C.J. Tudor

Hopefully, this year I would be able to complete them all.

I would love to know which books you guys are looking forward to read this year! There are some interesting and under-rated ones out there that needs a reader like you and me, right?

Do let me know in the comments!

Until then,

Peace neighbors,

See you in my next post~

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Mini Book Review of Six of Crows

So a few weeks ago, I finished reading Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows and I almost forgot to review it.

Truthfully, I was a bit hesitant whether or not I will like this book or not because I don’t prefer Fantasy books that much. However, after reading this book, I guess I will try and give more chances to Fantasy genre now.

Title:
Six of Crows

Author:
Leigh Bardugo

Book Summary:- 
Amsterdam inspired–Ketterdam, a bustling hub  of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…He needs a crew and they are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction–if they don’t kill each other first.

My opinion:-
I think the story went quite smoothly. The characters evolved with the perfect flow and rhythm as well. The author describes the places and the situations adroitly which makes the reader want to keep on reading. The characters were defining and I could sometimes sympathize with them. It’s definitely a page turner. However, there were a lot of cliche scenes/scenarios that people are familiar with and that sometimes would take the excitement away. Nonetheless, it was an interesting read and I would surely recommend to people who love heist with a bit of magic.

Words to describe this book:-
Amusing. Interesting. Magical. Exciting.

Rating:
4/5

Review by:
Aaliyah Salia (Writer Next Door)

 

 

 

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My Favorite Children’s Book

I love reading children’s books even now because they are filled with so many morals, emotions and actuality. You can somehow relate to the main characters, you can easily sympathize with them, you can feel yourself being in their shoes.

I know that favorite means having only one thing, but I can’t just choose one and leave the rest because that doesn’t seem fair to me…

These are the books that I still read now and then :-

  1. Matilda – by Roald Dahl 
  2. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – by Roald Dahl
  3. James and the Giant Peace – by Roald Dahl
  4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Jeff Kinney
  5. Malgudi Days – R.K Narayan

As you can see, I’m a huge fan of Roald Dahl because I’d read his books the entire time I went to school, and I love the way he imagines things, you know. If I ever got the chance (which I would never) I’d dive in his mind and see what goes in there.

Anyway, what is your favorite children’s book? It can be just one or more.
I would love to know about it.

Peace neighbors,

See you in my next post~

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5 Books Everyone Should Read

Below is the list of five books that everyone should read at least once. Also, these are my personal faves and if you haven’t read them yet, I suggest you should because I don’t want you to miss out on the good stuff.

  • The Giver – Lois Lowry

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  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – Jk Rowling

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  • Charlie and the chocolate factory – Roaldh Dahl

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  • Twilight – Stephenie Meyer

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  • The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

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(I’m pretty sure most of you all might’ve already read these books since they are famous and the most-read of all times)

Anywho, enjoy reading and don’t forget to comment your thoughts about the books above if you’ve read them or are planning to~

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Mini Review of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Book

I absolutely loved this part of the HP series. It was so interesting and intense, I couldn’t keep the book down at all.

In his fourth year, Harry Potter is unwillingly selected to take part in the tri-wizard tournament. Furthermore, in this part, we get to see more of Lord Voldemort and his evil doings.

None of the chapters felt boring to me, in fact, I was so immersed in it that time certainly ticked away like dust.

I was happy to see dobby back again with Harry Potter! And I do have one thing to confess, and that is I love Cedric Diggory as much as the Hufflepuffs do.

His death at the end was ultimately tragic and I still can’t make myself forget about it. I’m truly heart broken right now and like every reader I wish he could’ve stayed longer. Curse you Wormtail!

J.K Rowling is such a great author that I sometimes wonder how she gets these ideas, how she happens to write so flawlessly and how she manages to captures our hearts.

The meeting of the two schools; The Drumstrang and the Beauxbatons was amusing and gave the feeling of an inter-school competition.

I’m glad that Ron is gradually able to feel something for Hermoine but it pains me to see Harry see Cho with desperate eyes but she had her heart with Cedric. She did cry a lot when he died…

As always, Dumbledore is my favourite character of all. He’s cool, he’s calm and he’s scary when he’s serious. Like Harry, I too feel calm whenever Dumbledore’s part comes. I don’t know why that is but I guess he does has that ‘Grandparent’ vibe to him, doesn’t he?

Professor Snape is still cold and wicked towards Harry, Ron and Hermoine. And not to forget the rumor about Hermoine being Harry’s girlfriend! Oh, no, I don’t quite ship them as much as I do her and Ron! I’m eagerly waiting for the part when the two souls finally confess to each other….(Don’t tell me in which part that’s gonna be. I want it to be a surprise :P)

And of course, who would forget our mini boss, Draco Malfoy. Harry Potter isn’t Harry Potter if Draco doesn’t tease him or his friends. Though in this part, he kept it to his limits (Probably because of the new Defence Against the Dark Arts Teacher)

It was such a big damn mystery on who put Harry’s name in the Goblet of Fire! Of course, I won’t reveal the characters name since it would just ruin your day if you haven’t read HP but you totally gotta read this part because it’s awesome and I personally love it!

It touched me quite hard when Mrs. Weasly comes in as Harry’s guardian. I could somehow feel the happiness Harry feels of having a ‘mother’ by his side.

In the end, I’m assuming that this is the best book of the Harry Potter series (Although, I can’t be completely sure right now because I still have three parts left to read)

Its the perfect book to read when you don’t have anything to and hey, It’s Harry Potter for cookies sake so go and start reading it right now!

Rating: 4/5

Peace

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My Mini Review of The Murder on the Orient Express Movie

“I detect criminals. I do not protect them.”

I was eager to watch The Murder On The Orient Express since I read the book and I truly loved it. It was filled with such mystery and the like any other Agatha Christie novel, finding the culprit was complex.

The Murder on the Orient Express is a film adapted from the famous detective author, Agatha Christie. Its about a Famous Detective named Hercule Poirot who investigates a murder that takes place on the train.

One coach. Many suspects.

I thought the movie would be precise from the book, however, I was wrong. There were many added elements to it and I didn’t quite feel the apprehension that has to be there in a murder mystery movie. I also thought Hercule Poirot was a serious man, but I was wrong about that too. Maybe I felt this way because I’ve read the book, but I only hoped they wouldn’t have changed anything and had kept it as it was.

Although, there were a few things I did like. The settings were perfect, the characters played their parts well, some of the dialogues were as it was in the book which I think was the main part that kept me from changing the channel and of course, our Johnny Depp was as always charming and talented. He plays the part of the murdered victim named Ratchett. The direction was dexterous as well.

Nonetheless the minor changes here and there, I liked the movie. It was enjoyable, and I probably think there’s going to be another part of the Hercule Poirot series since at the end of movie, before the credits, an officer comes to receive Poirot and says that there is another murder case, a murder that took place in Egypt, on the Nile.

I literally clapped my hands at that in excitement and I would surely watch it if the movie is ever made (which I’m sure is going to happen or else why would they hint it like that?)

My Rating: 3/5

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My Mini Review of Riverdale S2 Ep 25 ‘The Divine and the Wicked’

This week’s episode of Riverdale was not so interesting, in my opinion, of course. Though, it wasn’t boring either. There were fights, reunions and more Archie Andrews.

The FBI keeps on pressuring Archie to keep digging the secrets of Hiram Lodge and Archie is now stuck between the good and the bad. He did gain Hiram’s trust and became an intern and he also gets to be a part of Hiram’s inner-inner circle, however, the more he is hanging around the Lodge, the more he is confused and indecisive of the decisions he is making. But, Hiram seems to be getting closer to Archie after finding out about what he did to Nick St. Claire (Are we gonna see Veronica in a white dress soon? Who knows) On the other hand, Veronica has her confirmation and not to mention, she did look beautiful in all white. Although, I do hate it sometimes that she keeps such close eye on Archie and his dad and keeps asking what they talk about in Hiram’s office. But, like she said herself, she doesn’t want Archie to get mixed up with her savage family. After all, Archie is her beacon in the night.

Archie did a good job of telling Hiram about Papa Poutine’s plan on executing Hiram. And I can’t say whether or not I feel bad for him because that old man had some nerve to insult Pop Tate’s cooking like that! Way to go, Hiram Lodge.

Jughead and FP have a bit of daddy-son argument regarding the Pickens Statue and the Snake Charmer but the case of the missing head of General Pickens is easily solved by our very own Buggy! I did like it when they got together to first talk as just friends and then gradually, in the end, they ended up together. But I didn’t like it when Betty didn’t mention about her dark side to Jughead when Juggy openly confirmed that yeah, something did happen with Toni after they had broken up. This shows how honest Jughead is. Anyway, Jughead gets to smile in the end because everything is settled, thanks to his dad. I like FP. Everyone is so afraid of him. He’s like this cool dad anyone would want.

Josie and Veronica are friends again, but I still think the Mayor is up to something…I don’t like her. She looks so evil and poor Josie seems like a puppet beside her. However, these two beauties sing perfectly at her confirmation and it’s always nice to hear them out.

I missed Cheryl in this episode. Plus, I think Hal left the house using Chic as an excuse only to go to Penelope Blossom…Speaking of Chic, that guy keeps getting suspicious every single minute. How can he show the dirty side to her sister like that? Doesn’t he care what would happen to her? Sure, he yelled at her for not doing something reckless but dude, that’s not enough. And what surprised me in the end was when Betty got home after her cute little reunion with Jughead, she sees her Ex-Serpent mom cleaning a pool of blood of a stranger in the kitchen. Like WTH. All the more, she is freaking calm and cool by it all and on top of that she asks if Elizabeth locked the door or not.

I can’t wait to find out what happens next! I’m pretty sure we are in for more mystery and heart thumps in the next episode of Riverdale.

My Rating: 3/5

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My Mini Review of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

I wasn’t that animated to read the Prisoner of Azkaban, however, as I began it only for the sake of completing it, I couldn’t put down the book. Believe me, it was better than the previous two books. It had the creepy feels, the comedy and the unhappiness.

The plot is about a young wizard named Harry Potter, in his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Along with his two best friends Ronald Weasley and Hermoine Granger, Harry investigated Sirius Black, an escaped prisoner from an inhumane place called Azkaban who they believe is one of Lord Voldemort’s old allies and is on the hunt to kill Harry.

I liked everything about this third book of Mrs. Rowling and greatly respect her for writing and achieving something so magnificent. The story line goes so smoothly and perfectly and the sentences are spilled so flawlessly. I could feel the tension when Harry tries to sneak away to Hogsmeade and I could feel the despair when the dementors arrived with their scaly fingers and rasping sounds (I always wished to eat a chocolate too after that) And Ron’s sarcastic comments often made me chuckle. The book had the right moods each time.

The quidditch matches were so interesting, I wish I had a magical broom as well. I felt the vibrant sensation when Harry was after the snitch in their final quidditch match against the terrific Slytherin (Yet, I love that group for their evilness) I’m a Gryffindor all the way, though. No doubt on that.

My favorite character would be professor Lupin because of his casual way of talking even in disturbed times. It always annoys me when the Durselys don’t treat Harry right and say so many awful things about his dad, James Potter. I got thrilled and high in the ending chapters when Harry and Hermoine were trying to get Sirius to escape! (Oops, sorry if I spoiled it for ya…should’ warned)

I did think that the relationship between Sirius (being his god-father) and Harry in the end was too quick since he had only briefly met him. But overall, the book did have some horrible and heart-touching aspects of revenge and friendship.

I would absolutely recommend this book to all those who love fantasy, who are looking for ways to grow up and gain courage and who love the previous parts of Harry Potter or are just trying to finish the entire series.

My Rating: 4/5

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My Mini Review of Maze Runner Trailer

The new Maze Runner trailer was filled with action, drama and intensity. I’m super excited to see Dylan O’Brien and Thomas Brodie-Sangster.

Death Cure is the last series of the Maze Runner Saga and I’m anticipating how it will end. I don’t recall much from the last two films; Maze Runner and Scorch Trials (have to watch them again before Death Cure releases) however, seeing the trailer made me feel that this one will be as thrilling as the previous parts.

I was surprised to see the stunts the characters performed. Not to mention and no offence, I was annoyed to see the heroin because in the previous part she had kinda betrayed her group. Damn, the moment the trailer starts my heart just went ‘BOOM’. They have to go back to the walls and hell, it’s like, ‘Do or Die, Make you choice.’

The train teaser got me hyped and I’m having my fingers crossed it’s gonna be as epic as they showed it to be. ‘Wohoo’ because shooting is the real thing, like it or not. I’m a gamer and when it comes to shooting down bad guys, I’m all up for it.

In the end, guess I can’t wait until January for the film to release, that too in IMAX!

I would like to read the books though. I want to see if they have changed anything or kept it as it was. Perhaps, if I have time then I might give the book a go. Besides, books have more detailed emotions than movies, correct?

So long then.

I’m your Writer Next Door.

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