The writer’s writing style is what sets apart a famous writer from all other writers. It is important for authors and writers alike to have their own writing styles so that they can be remembered and not forgotten by their readers.
Do You Know Your Writing Style?
When it comes to writing books, there are a variety of styles, writing skills that writers use. Not every writer is created the same, each of us with our own strengths and weaknesses, and that’s perfectly fine. The key is to not think you’re the greatest writer out there today. Having a sense of confidence is great, but that prevents you from growing and improving your work. Even the best authors develop a better writing style over time.
The key to successful writing is advancing your writing style. For example, let’s say you’re superb storytelling, but your writing style isn’t the greatest? Or your writing is very neat and technical, but the story is dry? There are so many ways and techniques for you to improve everything you do. The goal is to create a magical experience for the reader.
Teachers are loving the book so far – validates the great work they are doing and how they can take it to the next level! They also love your writing style – a great read!!! #BoldSchool
— Amy Heavin (@AmyHeavin) January 11, 2018
No matter your style, you still need to present your ideas in a manner that’s coherent, clear, and easy to understand. Try introducing to the story a different approach or a new perspective. Let’s look at some ways you can improve your writing to take your style to the next level:
1) It’s Better to Use Active Voice
Using an active voice is tough for a lot of writers. A lot of us have a habit of using a passive voice when writing. In fact, once I check this blog after I’m done writing it, I’m sure I’ll find a lot of instances where my tone was passive. Instead, try to portray an active voice. Active style wields a bigger punch. Readers become so deeply immersed in the story. It’s lively and draws the reader in.
2) If You Don’t Know the Word, Don’t Use It!
One mistake a lot of writers make is using words they don’t really know. Maybe they’ve heard it before and think they understand the context. In a lot of cases, they got the context wrong, and it can be confusing to readers. Use simpler terms. Most readers don’t want to read a story with complex language. That can take away from the fun and the actual story itself from the audience.
3) Alternate Sentence Structures
Some book writers have a very monotonous tone. They use the same structure, the same style, and the same sentence length. Vary it up some! How you structure your sentences will keep your reader in suspense or clicking off out of boredom.
4) Check for Repetitive Words
Just like with varying sentence structures, you should also check your work from time to time to make sure you’re not using the same words. In our modern language, we use the word ‘like’ a lot. Like, a lot. The same goes for your writing. One big mistake writers use is using the word ‘that’. Understand your own word patterns, improve your word choice and try to correct them.
One of the best ways to improve your writing style is to read. Read articles, blog posts. Just keep reading. Never stop. You’ll pick up a variety of styles, concepts, conversations, and language that works. You don’t have to write like other authors, but doing a lot of reading can teach you a lot about sentence structure, how characters should talk, plot devices, improve your vocabulary and so much more.
No matter how wonderful you are as a writer, there’s always room for improvement. None of us are perfect. But, the more you read and write, the better you will get in this profession and learn a different style guide in writing. It’s not uncommon for authors to write several books before finally selling something that readers love. As they say, practice makes perfect.
5 Tips to Improve Your Writing
Want to become a better writer? In this video, I will share five easy and quick tips that will improve writing in formal and academic settings. If you’re in college or university or plan to study overseas, this video is for you!
Perfecting a unique writing style make take some time to develop. Thus, it is important to practice writing every day. You can start writing a few sentences or paragraphs by applying the different techniques above. The more you practice your writing skills the more you will become aware of your writing style and you will improve as a writer. Finally, be inspired by real people, real emotions and real events as this will help also help and take your writing style to the next level.
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