Tips To Avoid Lazy Writing

The only people who figure writing is easy are those who don’t do it on a regular basis.  To get you where you want to be as a writer you need to hone your craft everyday and once you’ve reached a level where you’ve become proficient you need to stay at that spot by continuing the pace that got you there.

Writing every day is the only way to get better and to peel off those mental blocks and other bad habits that keep you from writing exactly what you mean on the screen, but there’s a danger too and that’s in the bad habits that you can pick up as you go along. If you’re not careful, some of these bad habits can become a grooved a part of your writing routine and if you don’t learn to get rid of them early they can become like a sliver in the otherwise polished wood of your prose.

One of the first things that you need to do is learn how to write in your own voice.  Especially if you’re a blogger writing down your own thoughts and opinions, you want to be sure that they come across as just that—your own. Of course one of the best ways to do that is to learn how to write in a conversational style that mimics the way you speak and one of the best ways to do that is to learn how to self edit out the extra phrases and words that don’t do what you want them to.

For example, when you stop and really think about it there’s really not much use for most of the qualifiers we use when it comes to good examples of written work.  Check out just a few like these,

  • Very
  • Little
  • Pretty

The idea behind not using these kind of qualifiers is to be a little more specific in your prose and to say a little more of what you mean.  The adjective ‘little’ is much better off what it’s compared to something in that a little car doesn’t give the reader near as good a mental image as that same car that only comes up to the wheels of a bus.

Remember that you don’t need to explain too much as well because that can effectively block your writing style.  For example it’s much better to write ‘he said’ then it is to write ‘he said sadly’ because the dialogue should be able to tell the reader the emotional state of the person or character.

One of the biggest rules to avoid lazy writing is to be constantly aware of the need for revision.  I’ve found one of the best things to do here is walk away from whatever you happen to be writing after the first draft and come back even five minutes later looking for extra words and ways to tighten up phrases and clarify meetings.


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