Here below are 9 simple recommendations which could help you make your fictional text a lot better with little efforts. Check and try out on your own!
Check if the meaning of the beginning is similar to that of the end of your text. If you write without making a plan previously, everything can finish not in the way you expected. And that means something at the beginning of your text is to be corrected or changed.
Read the written text again, and find all the word combinations you wrote automatically (“the sunrise appeared”, “my fingers fly above the keyboard”, “in broad daylight”, “America’s great again”, and so on). Make an effort upon yourself, try to notice the most part of those phrases and replace them with something less common, but coinciding the meaning.
Cross out everything you really-really like, if you can’t say it helps you develop the text. Detailed description of the girl’s appearance, detailed description of the weapon that character wears with them, additional detailed description of girl’s appearance… Well, everyone knows their own little literature sins. Overcome yourself. It hurts, but it is important.
If you write a text about yourself, make sure the reader can understand who you are. Remember: the reader doesn’t know you. Things which you know to be obvious (for instance, your age, if it is important for the story), might not be that clear for them.
Look at the longest sentences. Think if it will be better to divide them. Like in two-three smaller parts. That’s not always necessary. But your text will become better. That works in 90% of cases.
There is nothing more difficult then expressing the character’s emotions through words. When this is needed, any author risks to go into banality. Or to write something terrible like: “A big sea-urchin exploded in her throat, hurting her with a thousand wet needles”. If you aren’t 200 percent sure you’ll make it with those descriptions, go simple. That will play better. For instance: “She wanted to cry very much.”
Think twice if your text needs any title (especially if the text itself is short). Remember that the author isn’t in a must of thinking out the title. The title is just something that adds more sense to the text. If your writing can exist with no title above it, don’t write it there. If the text is obligatory to be titled, name it using the simplest words. Complicated titles are for texts which can be read and percept differently with and without the title.
Delete ALL the three dots. Yes, ALL of them. If you’ve got lots of three dots in your text, the reader reasonably thinks you’ve got nothing to say. Or that you try to seem “interesting…”. That is the worst thing.
Get rid of rain. It doesn’t empathize the overall sadness of your character. It pays attention to the author’s poor creativeness level.
Check the text once more. Don’t you think it got much more of readability?