Tighten your writing with these 10 pointers
A lot of journalism is about originality – such as finding a new angle, or a new story. It’s incredibly important to convey this information clearly and accurately so people want to come back for more. Liven up your copy with these 10 tips from our experts, and leave us a comment to let us know what you took from this article.
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Writers rarely produce quality writing on the first – or even second – draft. So hold on in there, there’s hope for you! Enjoy 10 pointers for tightening your writing.
Spend every day writing.
It’s pertinent for your brain to constantly be thinking, cogs whirring. You need to be always thinking, learning and creating – in order to maximise the quality of your work. You’ll make it big only if you can show people that you’re different, and that you’re different in a good way. Showcase your skills daily either on social media or in private. Every little helps.
Read all the time.
Reading is the reverse process of writing, so you need to read every day in order to maintain that muscle memory. Reading is a therapeutic exercise, and it’s only a task if you don’t enjoy it. Ensure you read something each day, anything. It really doesn’t matter what. So what, you’re into heavy metal and not an avid reader. Try reading the book by Corey Taylor, frontman of Slipknot. See? You can find a book for any niche.
Read different styles of text, and convert it to your own style taxonomy*.
Forenote for this point: Find the definition for the word ‘taxonomy’ in my glossary at the end of the article.
Translate the text you’re reading into a different style, so you can practise situational and contextual texts/verbs/nouns, etc.
Make it work.
Forenote for this point: Find the definitions for the words ‘Passive’, ‘Substansive’, and ‘Adjectives’ in my glossary at the end of the article.
Take a sentence and destroy its structure, break it up into sections. Add passive verbs, adjectives, and substansive texts.
Switch up the modes of text – perhaps a different viewpoint, tone, speed that you intend on your reader interpreting it in, and many other ways you can change the text substantially.
Read different styles of writing.
News articles. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Slipknot’s Corey Taylor’s book. Poetry. A horror novel. As aforementioned, reading is the reverse process of writing. Try absorbing information, and as much of it as you can manage. You never know when you could utilize that technical knowledge.
Contextual details matter.
Forenote for this point: Find the definition for the word ‘context’ in my glossary at the end of the article.
Details matter a lot – and context is no outlier. In order to convey the intended effect of your text, you must pad it out with some sensical context, but not drivel.
The context you pad it out with must have value, information, a brief past and some description to keep your readers on your path of thought.
Write on what you want.
Then remove the first and last sections of your work. In the writing world, unless it’s polished by an editor, your work will be at its worst at the start and the end. This is because you’ll be excited to start/finish it, or worse, dreading it – reducing your quality of work. Think of it as cutting off the ends of your cucumber. You don’t want those dead parts in your salad, do you?
“For goodness sake, this is a writing blog! Why are you preaching about food?”
Because food is brain fuel! If you’re hungry, or undernourished, you won’t have the energy to write. As a writing coach, I relish in the act of sitting at my desk with my audio recorder recording, whilst drinking a hot cup of coffee in the mornings. I can brainstorm story concepts, Instagram content for my writer followers, and article structures. It’s amazing! You should try it.
Be certain of your information.
This means, leave out, “I think,” “probably…” and other uncertain words. People know you’re the author, and they want to know you know what you’re talking about. Why would they read it if you knew no more than them?
This is my favourite point. Drink coffee. Coffee is a life saver, contains caffeine – and therefore boosts you. It makes me write in turbo mode, and I’m writing on energy drink fuel currently.
Due to no scientific backing [I am giggling writing this, mind] I can’t vouch for this – but caffeine helps me type faster, too. Caffeine helps me hit the right keys rather than when I’m non-caffeinated, smashing asdfghjkl across the keyboard and having to delete and edit it as I go proofread it.
So, in conclusion…
I’m Kaitlyn Pibernik, a writing coach. You can find me on Instagram which is the only platform I’m active on at (@kaitlynpibernik). I focus on my students, learning, and writing help. As a writer for yellowscribe.media and yellowscribebooks.com, I absolutely love providing help, value and insight to other learning/budding writers.
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Passive verb – a verb form whose grammatical subject is subjected to or affected by the action represented by that verb.
Substansive – having a firm basis in reality and so important, meaningful, or considerable:
“there is no substantive evidence for the efficacy of these drugs”.
Adjective – a word naming an attribute of a noun, such as sweet, red, or technical.
Taxonomy – the branch of science concerned with classification, especially of organisms; systematics.
Tone – the general character or attitude of a place, piece of writing, situation, etc.:
“my friend and I lowered the tone with our oafish ways” synonyms: mood, quality, feel, style, note.
Context – the circumstances that form the setting for an event, statement, or idea, and in terms of which it can be fully understood:
“the proposals need to be considered in the context of new European directives”
synonyms: circumstances, conditions, surroundings, factors, state of affairs.