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Improving my writing style

Hello! Do you know any tips for me on how to improve my writing style?

 

Thanks in advance! :D

Jan 10, 2015 9:36 PM
Comments · 11

Hello,

The best way to improve your writing style is to read. Once you find an author whom you enjoy, emulate their style until you can personalize it and make it yours.  I hope that helps.

January 10, 2015

TRIM LONG SENTENCES.
One way to make your writing clearer is to limit the use of long sentences. The easiest way to do this is to divide a long sentence into two or more shorter sentences. Using shorter sentences does not mean that all sentences should be short. This would create a choppy style and is precisely where the art of writing comes into play. You must judge how to weave short sentences with longer ones, as well as how to use sentence variety.

January 11, 2015

Unlike grammar, spelling and punctuation, style really is an opportunity for self-expression, and so is difficult to learn or teach.

Your primary concern is readability. If it's hard to read, nobody will read it. Writers are taught to "target their audience." You would not write to a group of rocket scientists in the same way you would address 8th grade schoolchildren.  We must consider the medium, too.  Readers of the printed page will have more patience than internet surfers. On the net, you only have a few seconds to engage your reader.

To make your writing more readable, learn to see through the eyes of the reader.

January 11, 2015

I agree with above comments. In order to improve your writing, you have to read a lot. I suggest you to read only English novel and you will really see the progress after few books.

January 11, 2015

Write more! How can we even comment on your style based on a single sentence?  Do you write in Chinese, for a start?  Do you ever 'invent' in Chinese?  Could you make a comparison of Austrian and Zhejiang lifestyle, and how you yourself have been impacted and changed by the change of culture life place and language? If you cannot do it in Chinese, can you expect to do it in English?  If you have children do you ever play a game of inagination - go to the keyboard and set it down.

January 13, 2015
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