How to Make You Writing More Interesting
Whether you write features for online blogs or cover local stories for online news sites, you want your writing to be as strong as possible. After all, a writer has to take pride in their craft, no matter what they write. However, sometimes we have to write about more sordid subjects, or some bland topics, and our writing suffers for it.
You shouldn’t blame the subjects nor yourself though. A good writer can create interesting articles about anything! If you’re feeling down, or frustrated about your writing, here’s a few tips to keep in mind to help you craft interesting articles about even the most mundane subjects!
Lose the Passive Voice.
Whether it was your high school English teacher, or your college professor, chances are some mentor has told you not to use the passive voice. Doing so slows down your pace, and can obfuscate what you’re trying to say. To create the passive voice, the agent (or “doer”) of the verb is separated from the predicate, and is in turn replaced by the direct object.
For example, a politician might confess that “Mistakes were made.” Who made those mistakes? If we switch it back into the active voice, we’ll get “I made mistakes.” See? Using the passive voice can convey the same information, but completely spin the meaning. Good writing is clear–that’s definite. In order to write clean clear interesting articles, a writer needs to be direct, and avoid the passive voice.
Imagine Your Audience.
As you write what you hope to be are interesting articles, keep this quote from acclaimed author Robert Patterson in mind: “I’m always pretending that I’m sitting across from somebody. I’m telling them a story, and I don’t want them to get up until it’s finished.” If you write with this frame of mind, you’ll find yourself writing better prose with more purpose.
Use Precise Language.
Word choice is very important when crafting interesting articles. Approximate language simply won’t cut it. Mark Twain once said, “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” With so many amazing words out there in the English, why settle for whatever immediately comes to mind? For example, are those results you’re writing about “very bad,” or were they “catastrophic” perhaps?
Remember, whether you’re writing about toggle clamps for an Internet news site, or about how to whiten teeth at home for a marketing company, you have the ability to create interesting articles about anything. If you have any questions about these tips, or have any more suggestions to help others craft interesting articles, feel free to ask in the comments.