How to Improve Your Writing Style

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Q: How can I improve my writing style? —Lily S.

A: Read, read, read and practice, practice, practice. When taking in a good book or article, home in on what resonates with you and then underline those parts. Ask yourself, What made that such a great read?

Our style is generally influenced by our favorite writers—which is a good thing. We want to emulate others who have had success. There’s no doubt that my writing style is the result of my love of several writers (specifically Kurt Vonnegut, David Sedaris, Hunter S. Thompson, Dave Barry and, probably, Dr. Seuss). But I always pay attention to everything I read, because you never know when you’ll stumble upon something that will help take your writing to the next level.

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