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5 Writing Lessons from William Shakespeare

5 Writing Lessons from William Shakespeare 1. Write great stories The heart of every book is the story, and all the other elements- settings, dialogue, thrills- are all just extras. Focus on telling a great story that people can connect to, instead of spending time on all the other trappings. Shakespeare was one of the best storytellers that the world has ever known. He wrote about people and situations that rang true with people. Even his fairy tales were full of honest sentiments. Shakespeare's stories did not necessarily have complicated plots and brilliant endings, but they were the kind of stories that anyone in any era could relate to. This is why his stories have been able to transcend the barriers of language, culture and time. To this day, writers and filmmakers continue to adapt his stories to suit their times and settings, such as Romeo and Juliet or King Lear. Image Credit: -author-67698/ 2. Create unforgettable characters Complex and unforgettable characters are one of the main gifts of Shakespeare to literature. While Shakespeare's plays certainly had severable inconsequential characters, he created some of the greatest characters in all literature, such as Hamlet, Romeo and his other tragic heroes. These characters seem real because like most people, they are not all bad or all good, they have flaws and some wonderful qualities as well, and they are characters we can feel and care about. 3. Be original Dare to be as original in your writing style and voice as you can. Don't be afraid to create new expressions or draw unusual comparisons, or pen interesting parallels. If it clicks with people and rings true, then you can share the privilege of contributing to the language, with Shakespeare. Many of the common idioms, phrases and expressions we use today and consider a regular part of our language, are actually from Shakespeare's works. Some are now considered clichĂ©s, after four centuries of constant use, but they were very original and unique back in the day when he wrote them! Shakespeare's flair for turning a phrase gave us hundreds of expressions like, green-eyed monster', 'neither here nor there', 'what's in a name', and 'the long and short of it'. HOS.W.KEENE. OTHALLOS LITH CLEVELANO, o. Image Credit: re-othello-poster-67765/ 4. Be versatile Exploring your creativity and trying your hand at different types of works can make you a better writer. Shakespeare was Ășndoubtedly a highly creative and versatile artist. While his contemporaries became known for a particular type of story- tragedies, romance, or drama- Shakespeare did not restrict himself to any category. He has written some of the most beloved comedies as well as the most moving tragedies in literature. He also wrote historical plays and love stories. His poems also covered nearly every aspect of human life. Not only did he pen plays and poems, he also acted in them. 5. Write about human emotions Stories with real human emotion will always be popular, in any era, language or culture. Shakespeare's amazing ability to write about the range of human emotions, from love to enmity, from a trivial hurt ego to a lover's intense despair, is probably another reason why his works resonated with so many people over the centuries. He wrote about feelings in beautiful and elegant yet simple verse, which everyone was able to appreciate. MACBETH. LITH CLEVELAND. O. Image Credit: -macbeth-poster-67764/

5 Writing Lessons from William Shakespeare

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