Writing is an amazing habit. I try to write everyday. Most days, the writing is average or below average. Once in a while though, the stuff that comes out makes me wonder … did I really write that?
Regardless, writing on a daily basis is a habit I recommend everyone cultivate. You don’t have to write lengthy prose. Just write anything that comes to your mind. There are so many benefits to writing. Just google “benefits of writing“.
But, there are 5 tips I learned that improves my writing. I don’t always remember to implement them. When I do, it becomes a good day. Maybe, I ought to keep them handy at all times (hence this blog post).
Delete the word “that”
You believe that I’m sleeping, but I’m not.
Now, let’s try again without “that”.
You believe I’m sleeping, but I’m not.
Avoid words that end in “ing”
The food I am eating is usually very disappointing. What are you eating?
Now, let’s try it without the -ing.
The food I eat usually disappoints. What do you eat?
Remove the words “I think”
“I think, this computer is faster” becomes “this computer is faster.”
The words, “I think” add no real value to the sentence.
Short Sentences, Shorter Paragraphs
Write short sentences. Write shorter paragraphs.
This tip is from Ernest Hemingway. Most classics have long sentences, longer paragraphs. Not Hemingway. His style came from being a journalist from Kansas City Star.
His best example about short sentences and shorter paragraphs is this:
A powerful six-word story.
Be positive, not negative
Another tip from Hemingway. Write what is, not what isn’t.
Instead of saying, this is painless, say, this is comfortable.
Instead of expensive, say economical.
That’s it. Hope this helps.