Writing Advice: Shorten Your Sentences, The Better

Even though I love to write long sentences to stretch my paragraphs, it is best to know what you are writing and shorten your sentences as much as possible. Here are some examples of how you can do this:

#1 (Long): Today, there was this group of high school bullies that were in the back of the bus while shoving and pushing middle school kids to the front of the school bus.

#1 (Short): Today, a group of high school students shoved and pushed middle school kids to the front of the bus.

Or…

-One groupĀ of high school freshmen sat in the back of the school bus and did not allow the middle school kids to sit near them.

I know these are some boring scenarios, but re-write what you think is best for your English papers. If y’all have any great examples to share, please feel free to leave a comment anytime.

Do Not Show Fear of Your Writing Skills:

When I was in middle school, I was terrible at writing, even though I loved to do it as my favorite activity. I admit that I was horrible at using punctuation correctly and adding words in sentences that did not make sense. Little did I know that I would become a blogger and share this with other bloggers. Honestly, in my mind, I thought I was a writer, but in actuality, I was not much of one due to plenty of errors on my written assignments I encountered throughout my years of middle school and high school. Even though I was shy to ask for help, I went to college and my writing skills improved when I asked my English professor for help, although I continue to see some mistakes in my papers when I read aloud.

The point being is: do not be afraid to show how you write. Yes, criticism can hurt, but if you accept constructive feedback from your friends, family, bloggers and professors, you will be able to step up your game and enhance your writing capabilities. Don’t be afraid to seek out for help because that is what teachers and professionals within the subject are there for.

Correcting Sentences & Adding Action Verbs:

This blog post will be for those who are struggling to use action verbs correctly in different sentences:

Long: Shuggy 1993 will be driving to school tomorrow, around the age of 17 years.

Short: At 17 years old, Shuggy 1993 plans to drive her new vehicle to school.

Incorrect: One of the high schools in my hometown already shut down due to its poor environment.

Correct: One of the high schools in my hometown closed down due to the building’s poor condition.

I also encourage for those who are uncomfortable with their writing abilities to be specific in their sentences when, for example, if they are writing a journal or paper about cars. What cars do you plan to write about? How do you compare/contrast these vehicles? Write your questions on paper and do your research. Writing is not as easy as it seems. Practice writing your sentences the way you normally do and write it differently. What is similar and different between the two sentences? Expand your vocabulary.