Literary writing is a way to give space to one’s own imagination and creativity and to bring to life the stories that take place somewhere in the world of thought. At the same time, literary writing is a broad term, since literature initially only describes contents that are proportionate or completely devised, recorded in writing or handed down orally, and that are characterized by an artistic approach to language.
In this respect, literary writing refers to many very different works, short stories, short stories and novels as well as poems or memoirs.
In order to be able to write literarily, the author first needs an idea that ideally is so good that it takes the reader into the created literary world and lets it plunge into the story. At the same time, even the best book faces a lot of competition, be it through other books or through the television.
For the author, the question then arises, how he can write so that the readers read his book full of excitement and are best so captivated and fascinated that they prefer not to put the book out of his hands.
Instructions and tips for literary writing
Of course, it is only partially possible to give a general guide to a successful book, because the works, the content and the authors are far too different. But there are some tips that the author can learn and use to create a literary world that readers willingly and interested in immersing.
The most important tip in creating a literary world is not just asserting things, but showing them to the reader. For example, when describing an apartment, the author should not only describe the pieces of furniture and work with claims or judgments like beautiful, old, ugly, messy, new or broken. By doing so, he asks the reader to believe these claims.
Instead, the author should describe in detail what is to be seen in the apartment, such as a worn couch, scattered newspapers and letters everywhere or a lamp on which still the price tag hangs. Through such detailed descriptions, the reader can form their own image and make their own judgment, which in turn leads to the reader engaging in the story.
Another tip for literary writing is to avoid clichés.
That is, the author should try not to work with details that most of them think of first. However, the author does not necessarily have to come up with original details, because he also achieves liveliness by observing and walking around the world with his eyes open. For example, if he wants to show the reader an old table, the reader thinks of a table with scratches and marks on the table top and table legs with obvious signs of wear.
Such a picture becomes more interesting and vivid when the author remembers an old table he once saw somewhere, in an apartment, in a museum or even on the rubbish bin. If the author describes this table from his memory, a completely different picture emerges from an old table, which does not always have to be broken and worn down to the cliché.
The same applies to the characters in the story:
The reader wants to get to know the characters and to learn as much as possible about them, but the author does not have to describe the characters exactly and in all their details. Much more important is to bring the characters to life with the help of small but typical details.
For example, one person may have an unmistakable gait, another person may be particularly laughing, and for another person, a nervous twitching of the corner of the mouth may be typical. A very effective means of literary writing are also direct or indirect hints.
If the author lets in small side comments, the reader will first ask what this remark means at this point. At the same time, he will continue to read in order to answer this question.
Indirect side remarks
Indirect side notes may not really catch the reader’s eye. Later, however, he will remember that exactly this fact had already hinted at, even though he may not even be able to name properly, when and through what.
One last tip for successful literary writing is the mixture of fiction and reality.
Of course, the author can create fantasy worlds, but if the literary world is too fictional and unfamiliar, it can be difficult for the reader to get involved.
It makes sense, therefore, to incorporate known structures that the reader knows, or to work with places that are familiar to him. Then the author can guide his reader step by step deeper into the purely fictional world.