These Tips Will Improve Your Writing Forever
Delete the word ‘that.’
At least 90% of the time you use the word ‘that’ can be removed from your writing and it will instantly strengthen your sentence.
Example: ‘You believe that I’m lying, but I’m not.’ becomes ‘You believe I’m lying, but I’m not.’
Delete the words ‘I think.’
It adds nothing. Remove it to strengthen your point.
Example: ‘I think this is a good sentence.’ becomes ‘This is a good sentence.’
Avoid words that end in ‘-ing.’
In most cases, the ‘-ing’ softens your word and adds no value. Your writing will read better if you avoid it.
Example: ‘The experiences we’re seeking end up being underwhelming and even disappointing.’ becomes ‘The experiences we seek often underwhelm and disappoint.’
Short sentences. Short paragraphs.
Most sentences can be cut in half. Don’t be afraid to have a two- or three-word sentence.
Keep paragraphs to less than three sentences.
White space is your reader’s friend.
Shrink your opening sentence.
Make it interesting, but keep it short and conversational.
Example: ‘This is a post that’s going to help you become a better writer.’ becomes ‘I can help you.’