Finding a Good Writing Style

Finding a Good Writing Style

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You know… it doesn’t matter if you write books, plays, poetry, a school paper or for a blog. Knowing your own writing style is essential to properly expressing yourself and to gain readership.

Also, as a writer, you have to consider who you’re writing to. The way an author writes children’s books vs. fictional love novels will be dramatically different. Even, if you write instructional manuals or devotionals, you can still let that unique personality of yours come through. So, whatever genre you write in, remember, people want a part of you as well.

I was always pretty good at writing fictional short stories, because I draw a lot on my imagination. But, when it comes to business writing and even when I changed this blog from primarily devotionals to lifestyle was a real challenge. I knew in my heart that I wanted to share parts of my life along with my love for other things. I took a real chance that I might lose some readers, but I needed to be true to my heart.

And, so as I was reading through some posts I’d written more than a year ago, I found one common flaw and that was I wrote in passive tones too much. Some of those posts were also way too wordy.

So, I’m trying to change that to be less wordy and passive. That said, you can use passive voice in different ways and I’ll be sharing a post soon about when it’s okay to use that tense but for the most part, using action words is best and less “wordy”.

My personality is touchy-feely and personable so I try to show that through my posts no matter what topic is I’m writing about. I like authors who have a real sense of humor and a knack for bringing that out in their writings. I also like a story, article, or book that draws me in (makes me feel like they’re talking directly to me) and that takes real talent.

When I write, I try to imagine myself in front of you drinking hot cocoa or crafting and having a girl chat! And, when you find the way you like to write, try to stick to it. We are all unique in the way we express ourselves and it’s that diversity that makes life interesting. I know sometimes we compare ourselves to others, but I’ve learned that I have to be true to who I am and stand behind myself and you do too!

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Kim McDougal

Kim is the founder and creator of Growing Up in Grace. By day, she's the Director of Interactive Communications for the Hispanic chamber located in Jax, FL. Kim also owns "Kim's Studio Art" where she creates and sells Wall Art Printables and "Kim's Handcrafted Cards" on eBay where she creates and sells handmade greeting cards.