Five Easy Steps
For Better Writing: Reminders
I spent last weekend editing a manuscript for a debut author whose work shows great promise for the future, as well as an abundance of natural aptitude. Her ability to transfer emotions into written words, and cause the reader to participate, i.e., laugh or cry, in those feelings left me thinking she has incredible raw talent. But, like all diamonds in the rough, her work needed polishing. As I edited, I jotted down some reminders to help her improve her writing. In reviewing them with her, she said, “These are great suggestions for ALL writers to follow.” She’s right. We can all do with a little brush up from time-to-time, so here they are . . . and hey, feel free to make additional suggestions of your own and send ‘em in to: email@example.com
we get enough of them, we’ll do another article like this with all the contributors names on the byline.
1) BE CAUTIOUS W/USE OF ADVERBS AND ADJECTIVES
2) STAY IN THE SAME TENSE: PAST OR PRESENT
3) DON’T OVERUSE “THAT” IT CAN OFTEN BE OMITTED:
- “HAD” “JUST” “VERY” . . . DITTO
4) CONJUNCTIONS ARE YOUR FRIENDS:
- HE’D VERSUS HE HAD
- WE’D VS WE HAD
- ETC ETC ETC
5) CHECK AND REMOVE REDUNDANCIES: USE A SYNONYM FINDER (KINDLE WORKS GREAT)
Yours for Success,
John Dwaine McKenna
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