Mastering the writing skills is not everyone’s cup of tea. But knowing these little known secret tips will not only enhance your writing skills but also make you creative.
I’m bringing here 5 secret tips to change your boring writing style into an attractive one.
Tip #1: Keep your sentences clear and concise
Yes, you all know this fact very well but while writing, most of the people forget this simplest yet the most important fact. You start writing in short sentences but eventually end up making longer sentences using connectors.
Example: John is a talented boy. He likes to spend his time by playing basketball. Sometimes he likes to spend his time reading articles. (Simple, To-the-point)
Now see what actually happens while writing:
John is a talented boy and he likes to spend his time by playing basketball but sometimes he likes to spend his time reading articles. (Single Complex Sentence, Lengthy)
Thus, avoid forming longer sentences.
Tip #2: Always write in Active Voice
People developed an unhealthy habit of writing even simplest of the sentences in passive voice. Though writing in this voice is not bad, but sometimes it distracts your readers from the actual subject of the sentence. See the difference.
Example: Susan offers web services also. (Active Voice)
Web services are also offered by Susan. (Passive Voice)
While using passive voice you observed that the length of the sentence gets increased making it a bit complex. Also the main subject of the verb is coming at the end which deviates from the main idea of the sentence.
The main idea is that Susan offers web services also, not anyone (which can be understood from active voice) which is the primary fact of our sentence. Whereas, in passive voice the main idea gets focused on ‘web services’ which is a secondary fact of our sentence.
Tip #3: Stick to minimum usage of adverbs
Adverbs are one of the parts of speech which enhance the meaning of adjective or verb. But sometimes, people overuse them unnecessarily.
Example: There is no denying in the fact that working hard honestly and striving towards your goal passionately never goes in vain. (Adverbs overused)
There is no denying in the fact that working hard and striving towards your never goes in vain. (Without adverbs honestly and passionately)
See the difference how removal of adverbs still convey the same meaning and more effectively without confusing your readers.
Tip #4: Use figurative devices to add style to your writing skills
Use metaphors, idioms, proverbs, phrasal verbs, alliteration, oxymoron, etc. to convert your boring lines into stylish ones.
Example: John is my best friend. I can always trust him. (Without figure of speech)
John is the apple of my eye. I can always count on him. (With figure of speech)
Note: Using figure of speech makes your sentence a bit complex since your audience might not know meanings of all metaphors or phrasal verbs. Try to use them smartly as per the niche of your audience.
Tip #5: Use contractions to showcase conversational and engaging content
Using full forms like do not, it is, will not, you are, etc. suit instructional manuals, guides or business proposals. But while writing articles, blogs or simply essays, using contractions make sentences more engaging.
Example: Do not try to go to him. (Sounds more formal/instructional)
Don’t try to go to him. (Sounds more conversational/natural).