July 23, 2019
When it comes to writing, it is an arduous task, and there’s no need to make it more complicated than it already is. Even so, whether you already write for a living or you are doing it as a hobby, there are seemingly small and yet significant tips that when kept in mind make writing simpler and enjoyable.
With that canvas set, we will proceed into discussing the 3 biggest mistakes that I used to do constantly, and still struggle with from time to time. Some of these may already be known to you, especially given that some teachers do teach this in school, but not all do. Given that, I will proceed showing the breath of my mistakes in hopes that these help others avoid them so they can save time and learn how to hone their craft that much quicker.
#1 – Overusing Commas
I still do this a lot myself, but not as much as I did months ago. I am uncertain how many people struggle with this concept, but I know that I tend to overuse commas at least twice as much as I should. It might be because I attempt to streamline my thoughts in sequential fashion and I am afraid of that logical chain might not be understood.
Irrespective of that though, make sure that you do not overuse commas. The simplest way to learn how to use these is by reading sentences out loud and seeing how they flow. While this method isn’t perfect by any means, it sure goes a long way to helping writers realize where commas do not go, and where others might.
#2 – Overusing Semicolons
This problem is something I struggled with considerably about two months ago or so, but thankfully it’s not that hard to overcome. The way I overcame this was keeping in mind that unless what follows the semicolon was downright imperative to the aforementioned and needed to be organized as such, it was probably better to break up the thoughts that follow the semicolon and create a separate sentence.
#3 – Be More Specific
This one is something that many (or most) probably have heard by now, but it is something that everyone struggles with, myself included.
Poetry is one way in which I am learning how to be incredibly precise, nigh like a surgeon when I attempt to pick words, because it helps convey in salient fashion what you wish to impart. There is no shame in taking care of how you choose words and how you employ them, for writing is a craft and the only way to get better at the craft is by practicing it. Being more specific is the tip of that spear.
There are additional mistakes that could be discussed, but in the interest of time and efficiency I will stop this right here.
If any of you have any additional suggestions I would love to hear them below.
Noctis Blackburn is an reader, writer, poet, dreamer, star gazer, autodidact, logician, researcher, lover of life, Carmel Macchiatto addict, and more.
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