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I reread the sentences and repeat the process throughout the rest of the essay. I want to get my readers and audience absorbed quickly. I lose confidence when that happens. I learn from what i need to improve with my writing. As someone who loves to write I have plenty of weaknesses. To start, I occasionally make grammatical errors. I get too absorbed in my writing and I manage to a lot of mistakes.

Along with grammatical errors, run on sentences are my greatest weakness. As I aforementioned, the writing and thinking too fast causes these mistakes. My love for writing gets the best of out me. Writing is different from speaking. My next two weaknesses are another common weakness for writers. Those weaknesses are not finding the right words to write and easily distracted. There are times when I would stare blankly on a sheet of paper for minutes on end.

Even after planning a story I can never seem to write an engrossing opening paragraph. It takes a while because I believe that most of the good opening paragraphs are already taken. I often write similar phrases throughout stories and essays.

Distractions are never fun when it comes to writing. Nothing hinders your writing more than not concentrating. However certain situations such as school and work are not the case. My writing space is a huge distraction. My chair, a steel chair to be clear, is a fairly old one. It takes up half of my writing space and I can never feel content.

I sit on my bed now for my work and writing space and rearranged the table I use for my writing space. Writing takes time and dedication. Writing is only as difficult as you want it to be. But shorter sentences are easier to consume and make your content more accessible to all. To reduce your average sentence length, chop the longest sentences in two or three.

Your aim is not to make every sentence as short as possible. So, vary long and short sentences, and try keeping your average sentence length to 14 words max. An occasional long or very long sentence is fine. How to write a sparkling sentence Weakness 6: And jargon are words only insiders know.

Gobbledygook is always wrong because they make your content sound hyped up. In contrast, jargon can be fine—as long as your readers understand your words.

How to write gobbledygook-free content Weakness 7: Fluff Meaningless words are fluff—they weaken the impact of your writing. Fluffy words are phrases like very, actual, in my opinion, really, just. But also verbs like to make, to provide, and to add. When you scrap meaningless words and focus on powerful phrases , your content becomes more concise and your message becomes clearer.

Like good wine, it engages all senses. The key trick to getting rid of fluff is counter-intuitive: Focus on meaningful words first. Then try to rewrite each sentence with as few weak phrases as possible. A bad sense of rhythm Rhythm is one of the most underrated aspects of writing. But readers can sense the rhythm in your writing—just like music can guide your workout rate.

Read your copy aloud or use an app to read the content to you and listen to its rhythm—do you speed up and slow down? Do you have natural pauses? So, remember to stop negative self-talk , and cheer yourself on instead. Your writing journey should be fun. Focus on one weakness at a time. Start at the top of this list, and work your way down—tackle the weaknesses one by one. Now check your email to confirm your subscription.

What an insightful post. I make all of these mistakes and until you pointed them out I was probably unaware — thanks. The last one was quite surprising but logical.

I will pay more attention to that in the future. It sounds like you could perhaps be a bit kinder to yourself and more upbeat about your writing skills? Missed your posts, and this one is a beauty! I think I now need to rearrange my list of top 3 of your favorite posts. Thank you so much, Gill. I know I probably sound ridiculously lazy, but this is all so much work.

I love the idea of deliberate practice, but find it almost impossible to set myself the problems, so I can practice later. Why is there no app for deliberate practice for writers? And, also, here onwards, I commit to focus on writing only and only to clarify and not to impress. Thank you for your lovely comment. I like your commitment to writing for clarity, not to impress.

Before this landed in my inbox, I had been swirling in my pits of misery and doom, thinking why I ever thought I could write. Your post is not only timely, but amazing! Thank you so much for telling us to knock of the negativity, pull up our socks and work on our weaknesses. Learning to write can feel like a lonely struggle. It differentiates the level of mastery. Thanks for all you do! One thing you will never be accused of, Henneke, is a lack of substance.

Your posts are always chock-full of great tips and visuals. I just looked at two drafts I did last week and I had lots of lackluster writing.

I revised with your suggestions and I do believe they are better now! Boredom is a big weakness! Yes it occurs when we ourselves are bored with our writing. Losing the mojo can happen to anyone. But spotting it right away to avoid the same from conquering the writing is the key. Following a very strict pattern, or working on publishing the same type of content can cause boredom too! However, the more I read, the more I did not like it!

I was so shocked. It was not good. This post of yours should be just what I need to fix! And yes, that read-aloud moment surely taught me a thing or two! That, and I broke almost every rule you listed above! I need to think about heart vs brain. While I always look forward to your emails, I believe that this one is my favorite.

All important stuff for writers, and presented like an info feast! Thank you so much, Bill. This post came at the most opportune time for me. I have been having this feeling that my writing needs something fresh to enliven it. And then this article pops up in my inbox. I just need to clean up my writing. Somehow I have let a lot of bad habits build up and the quality of my writing dropped as a result.

When I was still writing for clients, some topics seemed utterly boring at first, but by imagining who might be interested in it, I often could get more excited about a topic and produce better content0. I love this blog! After reading it, I felt like I just had a good wholesome dinner. Henneke, you continue to be my in situ writing teacher and to run my favourite writing blog!

This will definitely help me to do that. You made my day, Matthew. Happy writing, and thank you for stopping by. You make it sound so simple and attainable.

Somehow writing is both simple and hard. Take it easy on your writing journey. Good writing is definitely attainable as long as we learn step by step. Lovely tips for working around fluff. Fluff is definitely a problem that, unfortunately, muddies much of the work I do. I am just starting to write a blog and this sort of information ensures I will not write a boring piece. You mentioned a concern about putting too much substance is this article.

A small suggestion from Backlinko — in longer articles, a table of contents with clickable links helps both with navigation and understanding the overall structure. Yes, I can see a PDF would be useful. Maybe I should …. This is a really amazing post for every writer out there. Indeed, the points mention are the big reasons for weak writing. It actually helps me a lot in identifying my style of writing. Thank You, Henneke, for sharing it with us.

And yes, I liked the graphics with every point. While I believe that I suffer from all of these, the hardest for me to identify is whether I am boring my readers or not. I tend to be able to entertain myself in my writing as I mostly write about myself! I like the idea that you can be your own writing teacher. With a little bit of time, hard work and focus we can all take away so much from this wonderfully insightful article.

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My strengths, weaknesses, and preferences as a writer have changed and have been recognized in my eighth grade year. My strengths as a writer are my vivid imagination, my descriptive vocabulary, and my ability to compose factual pieces of writing.

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My Strengths and Weaknesses in Writing In this paper, I am to write about my strengths and weaknesses in writing. This is not an easy task for me because I have never considered myself a writer.

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A strength in writing is a good vocabulary. Also people should bearticulate when writing. Some weaknesses are bad spelling,incorrect grammar, abrupt end and being too wordy. Identifying and Prioritizing Writing Strengths and Weaknesses Doug Hesse Director of University Writing Programs and Professor of English The University of Denver / Penrose Library B / E. Evans Avenue / Denver, CO [email protected] / Try to identify .

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The Importance of Recognizing Your Strengths As a Writer Apr 16, by Amy Benson Brown If you have a low sense of self-efficacy as a writer, you probably have trouble clearly perceiving the troublesome areas of your writing and how to improve in those areas. Jul 03,  · Writing isn't easy. People seem to think that writing is something that's inborn. I'd hate to tell you this, but writing takes time to develop. Sure some people look like naturals when it comes to writing. However, even the writer who is gifted or talented has strengths and weaknesses. No writer is born perfect. It's.