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8 ways to improve your writing

Ever wondered how you can be a better writer? Here are 8 ways you can improve your writing skills. Read on!

writing-tips

  1. Write in the active voice. It makes your sentence stronger. It is also clear, direct, and easy to read. “I love you” is always better than “You are loved by me.”
  2. Avoid overusing adverbs. Too much adverbs can weaken your paragraph. Stephen King once said, “The road to hell is paved with adverbs.”
  3. Vary the length of your sentences. Use short sentences to emphasize ideas. Use longer sentences to explain, define, or illustrate ideas.
  4. Don’t use jargons. Explain complicated terms. Imagine a 10-year old reading your article. Will he/she understand it?
  5. Never plagiarize. Always attribute thoughts that are not yours and put your references where necessary.
  6. Use commas to make your readers pause and breathe. Make sure to put them in the right places, like this. And, not, like, this.
  7. Identify abbreviations before you use them, especially if you use them for the first time in your article. For example, mention Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change first and put (IPCC) after.
  8. Avoid cliches. It is lazy and it is not effective. Some cliche’s you need to avoid: “uphill battle,” “too little too late,” “actions speak louder than words”

About Renee Juliene Karunungan

Renee, from the Philippines, is currently Climate Tracker's Outreach Manager. She was a Climate Tracker fellow and was named by The Guardian as one of the "Young Climate Campaigners to Watch Before the UN Paris Summit" in 2015.

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