Writing tips I love and live by
Tips you can implement to strengthen your writing
It's time I spill the secrets to my success.
Alright, friends. I hate to break it to you, but too many people lack writing skills these days. We need to proofread what we post. It's simple.
I cringe when I spot typos in popular copy that could have been caught with a thorough proof. I judge when I read business documents riddled with errors. I live for good grammar.
Don't know where to start? Don't worry—there is still hope!
As part of my mission to bring good grammar to every corner of the internet, I've compiled a list of a few of my favourite writing tips. Pay attention. These are tricks I implemented into my own writing years ago, and immediately noticed a world of difference. Now, I make my living writing. That means they must work, right?
You'll be dotting I's and crossing T's in no time.
1. Write in the present tense.
Some style guides don't allow this, but wherever possible, choose the present tense. The present tense of verbs creates stronger writing overall. It's a simple switch.
2. remove the verb "to be" from your vocabulary.
To be, is, was. Remove it. As much as you can while maintaining the integrity of your copy. Of course, there are times when it is necessary, but be aware and use it sparingly.
3. Be selective when using words that end in —ly.
Words that end in —ly don't have any good reason to exist. I can attest that 90 percent of the time, there is a better suited word out there.
4. Pay attention to your audience.
Always be aware of who you are writing for, and where they will read it. There is a time and a place for all writing styles. Choose the appropriate one by writing for your audience.
5. You can overcome writer's block by writing.
Some of the my best work has been born of a time I thought I had writer's block. Do yourself a favour by putting words on the page no matter how painful it feels. Something might be there.
6. Writing is never done, we just arrive at deadlines.
Sometimes I take this one a little too seriously, but I interpret it as implying there is always room for improvement. No matter how good we are, we can strive to be better.
That's all of the secrets I can share for now, friends. If you're stuck and want some outside help, send me a message!