When it comes to writing books, there are a variety of styles 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 upon 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 a 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 ways for you to improve everything you do. The goal is to create a magical experience for the reader.
No matter your style, you still need to present your ideas in a manner that’s coherent, clear, and easy to understand. 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
This is a tough one 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. 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.
3) Alternate Sentence Structures
Some 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 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 and writing style and try to correct them.
One of the best ways to improve your writing style is to read. Keep reading. Never stop. You’ll pick up a variety of styles, 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, 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. It’s not uncommon for authors to write several books before finally selling something that readers love. As they say, practice makes perfect.