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8 Ways To Improve Your Writing.

By Jonathan Carnino

In order to be a successful writer, you need to be able to produce high-quality content on a consistent basis. However, writing can be a difficult task, and it's often hard to know where to start.

That's why we've put together this list of eight ways to improve your writing. Whether you're looking to write more articles, journal more frequently, or simply produce better content overall, these tips will help you get there.


1. Choose your words carefully and precisely

Just as a sentence can be written in many different ways, there are various different words you can use to convey the same message. When in these situations, always choose the simpler option. Using easier and more common words makes your writing understandable for a broader audience. Not to say that you should never flex your vocabulary, but there is of course a time and place for this.

If you’re having trouble finding a replacement for a word, a thesaurus is a great resource!

2. Short and concise sentences > Long and wordy sentences

When a writer starts using lengthy and wordy sentences, their message can get lost and the reader becomes confused. Short sentences are easier to read and comprehend, which is preferable for most readers. Avoid excessive commas or run-on sentences. As a general rule of thumb, a sentence should convey just one idea or thought. 

3. Short paragraphs > Long paragraphs

Keep your paragraphs brief and manageable. Each one should include sentences that express the same concept. Paragraphs with short lines are more readily digested. They also make the page look nicer by compressing the information.

The average paragraph length in academic writing is longer than in less formal genres, as each theme requires more information to support. Shorter paragraphs are the norm in less formal writing.

4. Be direct

Good writing is clear and concise. Without using superfluous adverbs or prepositional phrases, you can trim down your sentences. In the most direct manner possible, state precisely what you want to say.

5. Write with active voice

Use the active voice and a subject-verb-object sentence structure. It's the simplest way to get your message across. With the active voice, the subject is doing something rather than being acted on. In the passive voice, by contrast, someone or something is acting on the subject. Using the passive voice is grammatically correct, but it results in lengthy, complex sentences and is a less effective way of communicating information.

 

6. Use your natural tone

Your writing style is defined by your own personality. Express yourself in your comfort zone. In other words, write like you talk. Make the most of your unique thoughts and voice while shaping concepts with your distinct voice and ideas. Your writing should reflect who you are as a person.

7. Read famous works from other writers

You can tell it's Mark Twain's work just by the tone of the tale and the phrases he uses in any book. Great writers have a distinctive style that they imprint on their work. Read The Elements of Style, along with Strunk and White's famous style manual, to learn how other authors develop their unique writing styles. Learn how other people

 

8. Thoroughly edit your writing

Before you submit your work to a professional editor, it's vital that you proofread it yourself. Before handing your tale over to a professional editor, tighten up your wording and sentence structure, as well as develop your voice and style.