How I Improved My Writing Style?

Tuesday, 11.2.21

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During elementary school, I was told that my writing was entertaining because I had imagination. In high school, I was told that I was a good writer, but I tend to use too much teenage slang words, which was not a good idea. I guess the teacher meant I needed to use proper words, rather than using teenage speech. One of my English teachers told me that I just needed to read more. It did not matter what I read, as long as it was something I liked and enjoyed reading.

I started out reading such novels as Flowers in the Attic series, Mommie Dearest, Audrey Rose, The Car, Heaven Can Wait, and The Promise because they were interesting, although some of these novels were quite dark.

I continued into the dark novel realm with William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, which was very fun to read because I liked the writing style, although the content was disturbing. I even read this novel twice in a row, for fun, which led me to the realization that I much preferred classic novels to regular novels. I started reading Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Hardy, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Charles Dickens, Harper Lee, Lewis Carroll, etc. Out of this list, I enjoyed Thomas Hardy’s novels the most. But I didn’t care much for To Kill a Mockingbird. And, I had to read Great Gatsy too many times in college as well as once in high school.

Although I am not a classic novelist, I feel these authors have improved my writing style. But I feel I need to continue reading my classic novels list to continue improving my writing style, although I was told by many people on the Internet that I have a voice, and that was back in 2008.

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Fifi Leigh

Fifi Leigh

Originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, but raised in America, and now a Cali Girl.