6 Tips for Becoming a Better Writer

1. Keep Writing

2. Read Good Writing (and Stay Away from Bad Writing)

3. Learn Grammar and Punctuation

4. Revise, Revise, Revise

5. Focus on Showing, Not Telling

  • Write out dialogue instead of summarizing it.
  • Avoid -ly adverbs and instead describe action.
  • Don’t tell the reader your character is feeling an emotion. If your character is angry, for example, instead describe the anger (face flushing, throat tightening, voice rising, etc.)
  • Rather than telling readers what the weather is like, describe the environment.
  • Don’t tell the reader your characters’ personalities; show personalities by how characters react to what is going on around them.
  • Describe what your characters see, hear, taste, and feel to show the action.

6. Learn a New Skill or Visit Somewhere New

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