My first attempt at writing a novel wasn’t as successful as I imagined it would be. I was confident in my concept, and when I described how my novel unfolded, I received an overwhelming show of support and interest from other writers and readers in my community. But as I sat at my laptop describing the events my imagination had concocted, I noticed an unfortunate problem. I was a mediocre writer. My prose suffered from several bad writing habits. After climbing out of the pit of despair with a renewed sense of determination, I decided to break them.
Every writer has a few bad habits. One of the easiest ways to improve your writing is to identify and correct the bad habits that impede your readers’ ability to see the heart of your story. Writing is just like basketball or singing; you have to put in the hours to hone your craft. However, there are some simple things you can do polish up your prose.
Here are three tips to help you break free of a few common bad habits:
I hope you find these tips helpful. I know it can be excruciating to spend months and years of your life pounding away at your keyboard, pouring all of your creativity into a genuine work of art (aka, your baby), only to have it ripped apart by editors like me, who are focused more on your voice than content. But it’s necessary. Editors are a writer’s best friend and often your biggest fan. Try every suggestion an editor gives you. Even if you change it back, you will have learned something from the experience.