Ten Things You Can Start Doing Now
To Improve Your Writing
- Strike at least one adjective and one adverb from one of your own scripts before it goes on the air.
- Read one book, either non-fiction or fiction, every other week. Focus not only on what the author says, but on how the author says it.
- Write one personal letter a week. It should be at least two pages long, and it should describe something – a situation, a person, an incident, or a spectacle.
- Rewrite one of your own scripts at least once a week – preferably at a low-stress time of the day. Concentrate on the changes you decide to make, and figure out the reasons the rewrite reads better than the original.
- Pick out one piece of good writing in your station’s newscast. Compliment the person who wrote it.
- Look up one word a day in the dictionary – something you heard someone say, something you read and didn’t fully understand.
- Find a word of several syllables in one of your scripts. Replace it with a shorter word.
- A passive voice sentence should be located. Make it active before the sentence goes on the air!
- Insert at least one “poetic device” – alliteration, assonance, metaphor, or simile – into a story. Make it an original device, and not one “on loan” from someone else.
- Find one thing deserving of praise – a story, a sentence, a phrase, or even a good effort – in your own work every day. Compliment yourself for it.