While not horrible, my writing is often verbose, pedantic, and unclear. I also take an abnormally long time to write almost anything. I regularly spend minutes deleting and rewriting a sentence, only to give up and settle for mediocre wording. I often have ideas that I end up omitting because I can't find a clear way of expressing. Osmosis is the source of almost all of the writing abilities I do have. Having no experience actively improving my writing, I am unsure of how to go about it and what I can expect. I would like to learn to write more quickly and effectively, as I feel my
I know everyone says reading is important, but I already read a good amount. Are the specific strategies I can use to better use reading to improve my writing? If I find I like a particular writer or piece of writing, how can I then apply that to my own work? What should I read? Should I read for volume, or should I spend lots of time more carefully dissecting smaller passages?
Though prone to typos, leaving out, and silly mistakes, I'm probably somewhat better at identifying and avoiding subtle grammatical errors than your average English speaker. My understanding of grammar beyond the absolute basics, though, is wholly intuitive. This makes learning new concepts difficult when they're explained using technical grammatical terms. Would I benefit from spending some time studying grammar? Could gaining a more explicit understanding of grammar also help me expand my syntactic repertoire?
I often have trouble finding the specific word I need to make a sentence clear and concise. I know there is, or at least there ought to be, a word for the concept I'm thinking of, but I draw a blank. There's probably not much I can do about this.
Passive vs Active Voice
This is just about the only thing I remember from high school English class. Passive Voice = flat, dull and insipid. Active Voice = energetic and engaging (or something like that). Is this legit? (or 'Should I find this legit'… idk). Why was this hammered into everyone in school? I think I tend to overuse the passive voice, so maybe that's what my problem is, but if it's not the bad writing panacea I've been lead to believe, is there a broader concept it's derivative of that will help me?