We are writers. What does a writer do? Of course, a writer writes. But not all writer’s becomes successful. Why? Because of many reasons. And most important one for me to not able to find their writing style. They have not learned the craft and have not yet found their own voice.
Here, following are some suggestions and cautionary hints that may help you to find your writing style.
Do lots of revisions:
Revise after you have completed your manuscript. Revise and rewrite your work for several times. Because your first draft is just a rough work. It may have some serious flaws, or you may have to change the whole manuscript totally.
Thank God! We have access to the computer. You can put your work in a word document to proofread by yourself. If you want more advance method then Scrivener is the perfect software to revise your story. Some people like to revise in a printed copy. Try both of them to find out in which method you are more comfortable.
Overwriting is bad:
Do you tend to overwrite while writing on a computer? If yes, it may make your work hard to understand. Delete the unnecessary words unless they are extraordinary.
Overwriting is a bad habit. And excessive and flashy writing will be hard to digest for the readers and they will go to sleep.
Do not exaggerate:
When you exaggerate, readers will be on defense, and suspicion will be clouded over their mind. They will lose confidence in your writing. . One single exaggeration may destroy your whole work.
Stay away from these adjectives:
Rather, very, little and pretty are the adjectives to watch out. They are dangerous wild beasts. Overuse of them will make your work feeble and weak.
Mind your spelling:
It is a basic rule of writing. You have to learn and know the basics and use correct spellings. If your spellings are wrong then readers will instantly go away from you and never come back.
It is more relevant in this technologically driven world. We use SMS, email and other massage giving services where we use a much shorter version of words. It may become a habit and occur in your writing. Therefore, take care of your spellings carefully.
Stop over explanation:
As a writer, we should not tell everything. Let the reader understand the manner or condition through the conversation.
When we use adverbs like “he said”, “she replied”, we tend to explain their mood by writing like, “he said willingly”, “she replied hesitantly”. They are annoying and confusing to the readers.
Look after awkward adverbs:
You have to take a participle or an adjective, add-ly, with it, you have an adverb now.
It is better not to use them.
Few examples are a tangle, tired, much, more, thus, over etc. If we put -ly with them like tangledly, muchly, they become awkward adverbs.
Thusly, it becomes an awkward sentence. So, avoid it.
Make your dialogues clear:
The dialogues should indicate who is the speaker. If readers can’t understand who is speaking to him, they will be lost. They may have to reread it to solve the puzzle of obscurity. Therefore, make it clear.
While writing dialogue, put your attributives where naturally the break comes.
“Now, my girl, we will see, she said, “How well you have learned your lesson.”
“Now, my girl, she said, we will see how well you have learned your lesson.”
Get rid of fancy words:
Avoid the ostentatious, beautiful, alluring, elaborative and cute words. We have to use more Anglo-Saxon words because it is a livelier tongue than Latin.
So avoid the words like beautious, curvaceous, prodigious, discombobulate, etc. There is nothing wrong with using them- all are good, but some are better than others. It is a matter of ear, a matter of feeling correct and good.
Clarity is the principal element of a good writing style. Though obscurity sometimes, serves as a literary yearning, clarity can be a virtue.
No one wants to read obscure sentences. It should be easy to understand. Do not keep secrets in your mind to keep your readers in suspense.
It is better to start fresh when you are hopelessly mired in a sentence. You may be in needs to break the sentence apart and replace it with two or more sentences.
Do not throw your own opinion:
We have our opinion almost in everything. And it is very hard to not write it. Everyone may not like your opinion and nor likely to agree with you. Throwing opinions indiscriminately leaves the mark of egoism on a work.
So, try not to put your opinion often in your work.
Do not use figures of speech often:
The Simile is a useful device of writing, but if it is used more often, one after another, they are only distracting than shining. Readers don’t want to compare everything with something else.
We don’t have to mix up the metaphor. That is, we should not start by calling something as ballon and end by calling it an elephant.
Put yourself in the background:
Writers should put themselves in the background in their writing. We should not show our mood and temper, but readers attention should be drawn to the meaning of the text. If the text is good enough, the mood and temper of the writers would automatically be revealed in front of the readers.
Therefore, it is our prime duty to put ourself in the background. And slowly as we become proficient in our craft, our style will emerge, because we ourself will emerge. Then we will be able to have our separate identity as our mind and heart will be different from other people.
Write what comes to your mind naturally. Use the words and sentences that readily come to your mind.
Do not worry if you are subconsciously imitating others. Because a language itself begins with imitation. When a child borns, he imitates the sounds made by his parents; the child imitates the language which is his mother tongue. Sooner or later you would find your own voice.
How do you find these suggestions? If you have any suggestion and query do not hesitate to comment below. Thank you.