August 15, 2019•238 words
I'm 75% of the way to the end of the 100 day challenge. So I'd like to create a list of things I have to be consistent about going forward. The purpose is to start practicing writing in a more intentional manner.
- “a bit,” “a little,” “sort of,” “kind of,” “rather,” “quite,” “very,” “too,” “pretty much.”
- Dead sentences: If the reader can’t visualize the activity being performed
- Anything condescending. “This is so simple! yay for you!”
- Words like “surprisingly,” “predictably” and “of course,” overexplaining wastes space and time for a reader
- Appended prepositions: "This is the cat that the dog always runs after" vs. "The dog always chases this cat."
- Qualifiers, they chip away at the trust readers have: "I run for a living" vs. "I mostly run for a living"
- "To Never forget where you left your reader in the previous paragraph and what they want to know next."
- To read everything aloud
- To ask what am I trying to say, and then ask did I say it?
- To write in the first person
- To Leave the reader with one thought, not 2 or three, just one.
- To make the first sentence interesting, then the second, and the third equally interesting
- To use active verbs
- To find a writer to imitate
- To use plain declarative sentences. Don't use commas. Each sentence should have one thought.