Seven Suggestions To Develop a Superb Writing Style
Every writer eventually develops her own unique style of writing. As you struggle to create your own voice, while focusing on the required standards, you may want to consider the following tips for improving your style and establishing a professional formula for success.
Example: Does the meaning change if you cut -
- "past history" to "history"
- "really unusual" to "unusual"
- "very impressive" to "impressive"
- "accurate facts" to "facts"
- "true reality" to "reality"
Choose your descriptive words carefully and utilize them in sentences where they will be most effective.
Example: Does the general public know the definition of the first or second word below?
- exigency or emergency
- prognosticate or predict
- contumacious or contrary
- rancorous or resentful
- facetious or fun
- "They fell head over heels in love."
- "He drank like a fish."
- "She had stars in her eyes."
- "Curiosity killed the cat."
- "Every dog has his day."
Captivate readers by coming up with creative, new metaphors and similes that demonstrate your originality and writing ability.
- He shouted at her as he walked out the door. Or he continued to scream obscenities at her even after the window pane shattered when he slammed the door behind him.
- It seemed like their house was hit by an earthquake. Or the kitchen table trembled as the lights flickered on and off and her treasured crystal collection crashed to the floor before the wave of vibrations came to a halt.
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