How to improve your writing skills FAST
A weird problem gets you tied up in knots, and one new (or remembered) insight frees you. So let’s look at some ways to improve; one of these strategies may be just what you need. Although I’ve numbered them, they’re in no particular order.
1. “She was mugged”: hunt down your passive voice constructions.
“She was mugged.” There’s nothing wrong with passive voice constructions per se. However, if your novels’ first drafts are as messy as mine, here’s an easy way to improve your writing: hunt down all your “was” constructions and look at them. You may be doing too much telling rather than showing.
(Do a first-pass round of editing first. There’s no point in spiffing up scenes you’ll delete later.)
If you’re writing nonfiction, too many passive voice sentences signal that your writing needs punching up.