I must strengthen my writing and I believe I can start doing that by:
Killing the passive voice!
In life I am passive. In writing I am passive. I see the problem and must deal with it…if I want to succeed.
Easier said than done!
Here are some links to help me on my way:
Varying sentence lengths.
I believe I am already doing this, but I’ve put it on the list as a reminder.
Using stronger words.
My vocabulary isn’t wonderful and the only way to improve on that is to read, read, read. With my long commute to work each day, I am managing to do just that and I hope my writing will improve as a result. I don’t think it’s a good idea to rely on a thesaurus, but sometimes I do need one to help me find just the right word…or a better word than the one I’ve got firmly planted in my mind.
I do believe in the KISS Principle, so I’m not saying that ordinary words should be replaced with ridiculously complicated words as that defeats the purpose. I’m saying I have to use the simplest, but best, word available.
There are probably other areas that I could strengthen my writing, but I can’t think what they might be. Anyone have any suggestions?