Writing well isn’t a secret art you need years of practice inside a temple to master. Even if you’re not naturally inclined to writing good prose, keeping a few rules in mind during drafting and revision are usually enough to turn in decent material.
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You put up your first blog post. Or your first feature for the school paper. Or your first story in your writing club’s monthly newsletter. And you get the reactions. It hurts. Almost everyone says your writing is boring.
We all make the mistake of littering our writing with clutter. Especially after first drafts. What’s important is to catch all these unnecessary elements and fix them before turning in our final copy. Here are five places to start: