IMPROVE YOUR WRITING – ONE METHOD TO TRY
Read your work aloud or, better still, have a friend/writing partner read your piece aloud as you listen with your eyes closed.
1. Choose a (longish) paragraph or “sub-story” to work on
2. Reformat so:
* double spaced and in a fairly large font,
* every sentence begins on a new line,
* you have at least 3 or 4 line spaces between each sentence.
3. Print off and cut up so each sentence is isolated.
4. Rearrange sentences so they make the best sense then:
* subtract any that don’t belong
* set aside any that need to be part of another
* add extra words/sentences if needed.
5. Review and consider whether any sentences can either be:
* amalgamated so 2 become one,
* split to make 2 or 3 shorter ones.
6. Check for:
* repetition of words/phrases, and hackneyed expressions.
7. Can you find a more vivid or expressive word to replace any mundane,
BUT, make very sure you keep your writing in balance – too many “fancy” words is too much (all icing and no cake!!)
8. Then read aloud again; or have someone else read your piece aloud to you
and check how it all sounds now.
© Mary McDee 2022
Feature Photo: Window of Learning © L.M. Kling 1985