Here’s an example: John locked the door before opening the letter. ” The word “door” appears four times in that paragraph, and there’s a danger of it having a slightly comic effect.
He could hear Sue moving around in the kitchen, just outside the door. Some words are fine to repeat as often as you like, however: little ones like “a”, “the”, “and”, “he”, “she and so on.
In your early months (or even years) as a writer, these eight tips should help you on your way When you’re just starting out, you might not know you want to write – you just want to write!
Or, you might have a firm idea of the type of writing you’d like to do (maybe you want to be a novelist or a poet, for instance).
While I’m a huge fan of words, and love the sound of some more unusual ones ( is one of my favourites! I think that as a writer, it’s normally best to keep things simple.
Even if, in school, you got extra marks for showing off your impressive vocabulary, readers frankly don’t care!
It’s better to hone your skills on smaller projects first: think short stories if you’re a fiction-writer, or short articles or blog posts if you’re a non-fiction writer.
These can be a great way to explore potential ideas and topics without committing to a book-length work straight away.
Writing at least once a week works for most people.
For those who need extra help fighting procrastination, this post has many tips to beat writer’s block.