Do You Have Bad Writing Habits?
I had an Ah Ha moment this morning. I’ve caught myself in a very bad habit (and “I’ve” is one of those bad habits). It’s a word usage issue. Here’s the trap I find myself in–my writing is sprinkled with indirect comments, or semi-hypothetical phrases, usually when I’m writing from a personal point of view.
I’ve been known to say instead of I say. I’ve. one could. Using ambivalent, tentative words is not conducive to a strong message. They make me sound wishy-washy.
It would seem to me, as opposed to I believe. The energy is different. There is more confidence. It delivers a stronger punch.
Self-awareness is an awesome thing for a writer!
Editing becomes a much easier chore. And, with time and practice I will be able to can write from a stronger, concise position. When I want to ramble for effect, those words will stand out.
How does this make me a better freelance writer?
Obviously, knowing one’s strengths and weaknesses helps any writer. I’ll spend less time editing and rewriting if I practice using direct words.
Clients often pay by the word. Every word needs to count, they must convey the message and lead the reader to action.
I’ve gained insight on how I write. How cool is that? I’m already a better writer.
What’s your bad writing habit? You know you have one!