Picture a lady with makeup, and another without makeup. The difference is clear right? Let’s take that makeup as the style. Now, imagine a paint less house, and a house that is painted; take the paint as the style.
Style is very essential in a literary work; it is the beauty of a particular writing. Without the usage of style, many will get to a stage of MEGO (My eye glaze over). Sometimes you might be reading a book, and your eyes just glance through without understanding a single part; that book is lacking a proper style. Let me show you how you can polish your writing to become effective
1. AVOID REDUNDANCY
Redundancy is the repetition of words, phrases in a sentence. as a writer, been concise is a major threat; because we want to write whatever or heart portrays. In case you missed the past article on the three element of writing, CLICK HERE. I tend to enlighten us on the importance of drafting a work. You must understand that a lengthy sentence doesn’t make you a great writer. Now take this as a example:
Michael was suppose to have his car oil changed every 2000 miles; since it has been 2000 miles, since her last was changed, she had to take it to the mechanic.
Now consider this: the reason why you can’t understand this, is because of how each phrase relate to each other. It would have been like: Michael had the mechanic change his car’s oil; because it has been 2000 miles since the last one. Now don’t you see how the whole drama turned out to be?
Here are some examples of redundant phrases:
2. CUT FORMALIC PHRASES
In today’s society
Instead of this words which sometimes get the readers’ confused, why not use words like:
In today’s society – now
Prior to – before
Be more concise, use understandable words.
3. AVOID WORDINESS
Wordiness is the use of unnecessary words in a sentence. most times writers tend to impress their audience, rather than pass a message. Example:
His clothes are well arranged and organize (wrong)
His clothes are well arranged or his clothes are well organized (right)
(Now, comment on why the first one is wrong)
4. COMMIT TO PERSONAL PRESENCE
Let the audience picture every of your work; let them feel how it happened, even if it is fiction. Give them something to think and meditate about.
5. Use figurative language for effect, but don’t overuse it. CLICK HERE to understand figurative language.
6. BE COHERENT
Do not jump into another discussion quickly. Try and maintain a straight and concise manner in your work
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7. BE CAREFUL OF CLICHÉS
Clichés are overused expressions. As Kenneth Goodman once said, reading is a psycholinguistic guessing game. Sometimes, keep your readers off balance with words that will get them thinking.
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8. USE MORE OF ACTIVE THAN PASSIVE VOICE
John killed the snake (active)
The snake was killed by John (passive)
Now, in the second sentence, some people will actually see the snake as the doer of the action, and not understanding that it talks about. Active voice brings out the action and we can easily understand the doer.
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