Hi there, if you are reading this, then you probably want to be a better writer. I have just the article for you. In this piece, I share ten writing hacks that I found useful. I gained inspiration from an article that I read on the same subject. I hope this proves useful to you.
1. Use Plain English
In my last semester of University, I had already written 40 or so essays towards my degree course. I realized in one exam, that my writing had become plainer. This may have garnered warm responses from professors, as I got good comments. Long story short, overly flowery language can be confusing, is difficult to follow and can take away from the message.
2. Stick to good spelling and grammar
Proper spelling and grammar are good ways to impress your readers. Polished writing has a good effect on your work. Remember, you could be writing to a potential employer, important person in your life or to a newly-acquired readership.
3. Use a thesaurus
One of the best ways I gained good grades in elementary school was by using a thesaurus. My grades dropped later in high school, and it was no coincidence that I had also stopped looking up synonyms. Thesaurases are not just great tools to help improve your writing but it also helps your vocabulary to grow.
4. Don’t use too many adjectives
Adjectives like extraordinary and incredibly can come off sounding juevenile. You don’t want your author’s voice to come off as belonging to an overly-excited 7 year-old.
5. Use more adverbs
Adverbs have a way of making your work seem more sophisticated. The source of this articke’s inspiration gave a good example that I aim to emulate. Instead of saying, “I ran the race,” say, “I grudgingly (or happily) ran the race.”
6. Avoid over-repitition
The excessive use of repetition was a problem I had in my writing and story telling. I remember a teacher telling to not say, “and then,” too much. Years later, I learned that one of the quality requirements of self-publishing with Amazon was not having too much repition feature in your work. Needless to say, I learned my lesson.
7. Don’t use too much jargon
This goes back to the plan English point, but you should not always assume prior knowledge
8. Pay attention to your audience
Continuing on the same point, if you know who your writing to then you will know what level of knowledge you can safely assume. This helps a great deal with writing style, word usage and other matters.
9. Structure is important
Try to figure out what you are writing. Are you writing an essay, story or an article? Different writing pieces have different structures. For example, a book follows a plot line with a setting, climax and resolution while an essay has an introduction, body and conclusion. There are similarities but knowing the nuisances is significant when writing.
10. Do not be afraid to use what you learned in school and elsewhere
I found that a lot of the lessons in school and uni that I learned have been really beneficial to my efforts of being a writer. I value the education I received inherently, and not just instrumentally. I’m sure a lot og you can benefit from what you learned. Even if you have not gone to University (FYI, I am yet to graduate), you probably still learned a lot that can help.
There you have the writing hacks. Please leave comments if you want to add any.