A change in my writing would be a change in me. It's my voice you're talking about. So I'd wish for the ability to understand exactly how my writing makes an average reader think and feel as I'm writing it.
Then I could change my writing until it came as close to making my readers think and feel what I'm trying to get across as possible.
Kylyssa, You might know that I'm a writer who barely reads, so I haven't read your hubs. BUT first of all, I simply love your view of life that I glean on the questions/answers section of hubpages. Second of all, I just ran over to your hubs and clicked on Chapter 2 of your science fiction. I picked the science fiction because that's where I think voice shows up the most and where the average reader "feels" something. Just from reading a few paragraphs, this is what THIS reader thinks and feels. I felt a great comedic sense to your tone in this story. It made me smile. At the same time,, there is a very intellectual tone to your writing in the few paragrahs I read. Your writing is smart, logical with a playful element. I LOVE it. BTW, did you put all your homeless articles into an ebook? On a brief glance, it seems to me that you might get even a wider audience (you can't get a higher score !!!) with an ebook. Of course, the science friction episodes easily become a book. ( At one point, I emailed the staff and I THOUGHT they told be that once you publish here, you can publish under different formats like ebooks, etc. I should check that out again.) I love your writing and your thinking. I'm not a professional, but I say, "Don't change a thing! "
"I notice that you use plain, simple language, short words and brief sentences. That is the way to write English - it is the modern way and the best way. Stick to it; don't let fluff and flowers and verbosity creep in. When you catch an adjective, kill it. No, I don't mean utterly, but kill most of them - then the rest will be valuable. They weaken when they are close together. They give strength when they are wide apart. An adjective habit, or a wordy, diffuse, flowery habit, once fastened upon a person, is as hard to get rid of as any other vice." - Mark Twain in a Letter to D. W. Bowser, 20 March 1880
I will stand by Twain's thoughts here, since I tend to get too "flowery" at times. Good question Mr.H.
I try to avoid using too many adverbs - as advised by the tutor on a creative writing course. Also, I try to avoid conjunctions, such as and, which tend to make my sentences too long.
Adverb :- a word or phrase that modifies the meaning of an adjective, verb, or other adverb, expressing manner, place, time, or degree (e.g. gently, here, now, very ). Some adverbs, for example sentence adverbs, can also be used to modify whole sentences.
Interesting question, If I had magical abilities to change one thing about my writing it would be writers block. At times, I get writers block and it hard for me to put my writing into words or write fascinating articles. I would say writers block poof be gone to exist no more. I would be able to enjoy doing what I love to do, and that write interesting articles without struggling to come up with the words.
Why wish for things one can get with practice or by analyzing and editing one's writing? If you have a magical wish, why not go for something that requires magic or something that requires immense effort?
Thank you for this question. It helps us define what we really want in our writing. Since I prefer personal essay and short story writing, I wish I could magically change my mind to come up with metaphors and figurative language faster. I'm in love with language. My dream would be to write the perfect quotable quote within my writing. "To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield..." "sleep that knits up the raveled sleeve of care..." "the quality of mercy is not strained, it droppeth as a gentle rain from heaven upon the earth beneath" "he who has a why to his existence can bear with almost any how". "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity..." "it is a tale told my an idiot, signifying nothing. I adore, absolutely ADORE that kind of juxtaposition of words. There, I said it, I just want to be like the giants of literature (That's all). I wish, wish, wish my mind would work faster AND I'd also love to be able to write comedically - again wishing for a faster mind. I don't like writing the journalistic type article at all - so I don't write often here and when I do; it's like pulling out my own teeth. But I come here for the statistics and stay for the camaraderie.
If I could magically change one thing about my writing it would be...that I had more time to do it!!
Not that I don't have grammar issues, or the all too common writer's block etc...because I most certainly do. It's just that my biggest issue is that I would love more time to dedicate to my writing, editing, proofreading, and publishing to get my work out there. Bring on the magic dust!
I would learn how to be a better fiction writer. I've been looking into courses. I might still write about Astrology, but have tried a few pieces with fictional characters and put them in situations that someone of their sign might be likely to find themselves in. I want to develop them better.
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