7 Rules To Make Writing Easy
Everyone wants to be the perfect writer. We all aspire to sit down and write the perfect draft. How many times do we write and re-write our stories only to find something else is not correct. Here are some tips to help improve your writing.
Keep It Simple
First, try to say things in a uncomplicated way. Use the simplest word to convey your meaning unless your subject is geared toward more technical language. There is a lower chance of having errors if you use simple words. A good rule of thumb is to write at a 9th grade level for normal books and periodicals and a 5th grade level for how to manuals.
Keep It Short
Second, limit the use of long sentences. No one wants to read a sentence that spans half the page. Keep your sentences concise and to the point. If you have to provide a lot of details then cut it into smaller chunks. If you have to take a breath when reading a long sentence, cut it down.
Avoid Using The Same Words
Third, don't put the same word in a paragraph more than twice. You cannot correctly convey an idea if you clutter your sentences with and, but, then, maybe, or when. Look for other words that will give the right emphasis in your writing instead of the same thing over and over again.
Use Your Active Voice
Fourthly, stay in the correct voice. Don't keep switching back and forth from active to passive voice. Be assertive, be bold and speak with confidence. Your reader want to feel like you are the expert. You could lose your credibility as someone they will read in your subject area.
Avoid Referring To Yourself Too Often
Number five covers not referring to yourself too much. Never put too many I, me, or my in your writing. People will get bored with that very quickly. It is hard to make a story interesting if your are the only subject. Include other points of view to keep the reader reading.
Use More Verbs Than Nouns
The sixth rule of writing is to use more verbs. Verbs mean action, the act of doing something. Nouns weaken the sentence and usually make the sentence longer. Verbs keep the action in your dialog and keep people reading.
Avoid Using Masculine Nouns Only
The seventh rule is to avoid using the masculine nouns only when writing. It is just not proper to refer to everyone as a he or him. Try to use a more neutral form if you don't want to specify or identify a particular person.
These are some simple rules to help with your writing. If you would like to find out more, please sign up for our beginning writing course.