As a budding author, I have often found that there is not a lot of stuff aimed at young people when it comes to explaining how to improve your writing. Literary theorists can be rather good at making their writing utterly inaccessible to the average writer or reader. They use big words too often, they don’t explain their grandiose terms enough and they just generally suck at creating useful content that isn’t a bore to read. Of course, YouTube has come to the rescue with that, but there is still the issue of trying to work out how to apply theory to your own writing.
When I started writing on Episode Interactive two years ago, I had this issue. I wanted to create something incredible, but every single simple question that I took to the internet to ask had an incredibly technical or boring answer. How are young people supposed to be motivated to write well if so little of literary theory is aimed at a young 21st Century, audience?
Here at Shannii Writes, I have made it my mission to de-jargon and repackage all of those old-school theories and show you how you can use them to improve the quality of your own work. We’ll look at literary devices like Deus ex Machina and pick apart great characters in stories that people today actually want to read, like Skulduggery Pleasant or Harry Potter. I’ll try to make old farts like Shakespeare fun and give you tips on how to look at your own work. Of course, my biggest focus is going to be Episode Interactive, but there will always be hundreds of tips for people using other platforms.
So, to make sure that you can all get what the dusty university professors are talking about, I’m going to use some good old plain English. Don’t expect me to patronise you, though! Just because my writing won’t be flowery, it doesn’t mean that it’s going to be babyish! I’m going to try my best to give you what you deserve: a down-to-earth guide on how to improve your writing.
Stick around to watch Shannii Writes grow!