Good Writing Tips
As a writer who is often asked to write reviews and craft back cover endorsements of other authors' work, I wince at poor sentences that survived a cursory edit, forcing the reader (in this case, me) to wade through prose that is flat and uninteresting. Although this may sound harsh, it's true, especially with the growth of self publishing and resulting lack of quality controls.
In this article you'll learn tips for improving your writing style that will make your work more readable and a lot more compelling. After all, there is nothing as satisfying as reading a book that you can't put down. (If you study and practice the techniques in this article, you could even land one of the many high-paying online writing jobs that allow authors to work from home.)
7 Great Writing Tips
Avoid Overusing Adverbs - although these words are intended to add emphasis, they often do the opposite because the sentence never had enough muscle to stand on its own. Adverbs are words like truly, totally, actually, completely, etc. Worse than using an adverb in a sentence (and sometimes you need it for precision, particularly when it comes to dialogue) is using more than one. When editing a sentence with an adverb in it, ask yourself, is it stronger without it? Is there a better way to say it? More than one adverb per sentence is a no-no.
Writing tips - if you find yourself staring at the blank screen on your computer, if you struggle to get words on the page, try voice transcription software which allows you to create your first draft quickly and easily. If you can speak into a headset, you can write.
Follow these simple writing tips and your writing will improve. Remember that the best writers are always working on their craft.
Of course your writing will always improve by first writing outlines because doing so gives direction and focus to your writing.
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About the Author: Laura Ramirez is the author of an award-wining parenting book Keepers of the Children and the author of several other books and ebooks. She is also the creator of the 2-DVD series, Parenting the Native Way. Her books and resources are used by tribes and nations across the U.S. and Canada in their parenting programs.