Writing is an art, one that every writer strives to do extremely well.
I have a passion for words, for meaningful and remarkable communication; a cause near and dear to my heart.
Effective writing improves on delivery – clearly and directly.
In this increasingly connected world, it’s more important than ever to write well. To communicate in a way that is both professional and intelligent.
Big words do not make you sound smarter. Brilliant writing does. Avoid commonly misspelled words. Do serious proof-reading. Write, with authority, directly to your audience. Get an editor. Be uniquely you.
- A large portion of writing is structure.
- Use reverse-psychology when analyzing your work.
- If it feels like good writing, analyze what makes it good. If it is awful; ask yourself why?
- Prose is a window into the literary world.
- Describe what you are seeing by using visual, concrete language.
- Do not over overuse verbs, especially those ending in -tion and -ment, as this contributes to a wordy, stodgy style.
- Knowledge can be a curse.
- Just because you understand the subject fully and completely does not mean your reader does.
- Minimize acronyms & technical terms.
- Omit needless words. Cut the ramble. Edit, edit, edit.
- Avoid clichés like the plague.
- Think of it this way: if you’ve heard it before, change it. Create something new.
- Stepping away from the dreaded cliché opens the opportunity for descriptive words.
- Each sentence must relate to the preceding one.
- Use transition words to make the statement more meaningful.
- Revise, restyle and rewrite, several times, with the goal of improving the prose.
- Great writing is about constant editing and meticulous scrutiny.
- Edit until your writing is crisp, clean, and concise.
- Read it aloud.
- Good writing is easy to read.
- If you stumble, so will your readers. Rewrite it.
- Dig deeply into your brain and select the best word; not always the fanciest word.
- If the word is new to you, consult a dictionary.
- Use the right word.
“Linda has published sixteen books. She blogs about the publishing world, posts useful tips on the challenges a writer faces, including marketing and promoting your work, how to build your online platform, how to get reviews and how to self-publish.”