Writing Mistakes We Often Don't Realize We're Making
Why Writers Should Use Active Voice
Here’s what makes writing difficult: we know what we’re trying to say, so we assume everyone else knows, too. It’s hard to get out of our own heads and see our work with someone else’s eyes. The good news, though, is that we can train ourselves to look for the most common areas of confusion and teach ourselves to eliminate the majority of them.
Here are some common errors you need to look for in all of your writing:
4 Ways to Know If Your Writing is Ready
Do you remember what it’s like not to know how to tie your shoes? To write your name? To do a load of laundry?
When the human brain learns something new, it’s almost as if we develop amnesia. It’s nearly impossible to remember what it’s like not to know. That’s exactly how I feel about active and passive voice. Once I learned the difference, I nearly forgot the not-knowing, and now that I know, I can’t help but notice it in writing.
5 Simple Tricks to Tighten Your Writing
Writers are notoriously picky, spending a whole lot of time critiquing their work and over-analyzing whether they need to change just one more thing. As a result, it can be hard to know when a piece is ready to publish or submit.
Here’s a truth we have to acknowledge as writers: the piece is never really finished. Regardless of how polished it is, there is always room for improvement. Writing is a creative endeavor, and creative pursuits don’t have a clear and finite ending point. They are an attempt to capture what it means to be human, and humans are ever-evolving and endlessly complex. It only makes sense that our creative pursuits will reflect who we are, and since we are changing and complex, our work will be, too.
There comes a point with every creative act where we decide it is finished because it accomplishes its goal, not because it’s perfect.
I used to cringe whenever I deleted words I had written -- words that took energy to write, words I debated about using, and words I connected with emotionally. Now, I cheerfully delete them, and I even see it as a challenge to remove the unnecessary ones from my writing. Why? Because I’ve learned the mission of good writing is clarity, and if there’s anything extra that gets in the reader’s way, I want it gone.
It’s easier to edit your writing when you remember its mission.
Here are 5 tricks to tighten up your writing and remove what’s unnecessary.