As I decided to purse a career in writing, I looked for some tips to become a better writer. I would like to share with you some of the things I learned. Some of them might be obvious to grammar experts, but I think it could be useful to remember them during the polishing phase.
I recommend two books:
The Elements of Style - William Strunk Jr and E.E. White
On Writing - Stephen King
- Short sentences (when in doubt finish your sentence with a period)
- Comma before but
- Comma before and after “therefore” or similar in the middle of a sentence
- Comma before non-defining clause
- Choose a couple of key adjectives to describe a person or a place (avoid long tedious descriptions).
- Show (don’t tell). Ex. replace “she was mad” with a description of her facial expression
- Passive form
- Adverbs (very, really)
- “So” - replace with therefore or similar
- “That” to introduce non-defining clauses - replace with who or which
- “A lot of” - replace with many or much
- “There is/ there are”