How to Write Fluently:

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What is Written Fluency?

As you develop as a writer and work to perfect your craft, what you’re aiming to improve is your written fluency. When we think of the word “fluency” or “fluent,” we imagine the automatic and appropriate use of words to represent thoughts and ideas. If someone is fluent in a language, all the words they need come naturally, making everyday speaking and writing seem effortless. Conversely, if one isn’t fluent, it’s hard to put ideas into words; words may be missing, in wrong combinations, or just not making sense. When you are fluent, you have no trouble putting any idea into words.

 

Defining Writing Fluency

 

But what is writing fluency? Writers strive for even higher levels of fluency, working in the realm of ideas that go beyond the ordinary. Written language is more formal and expressive, especially in its use of figurative language. Writers are constantly working to improve their written fluency, which is a huge task because it encompasses everything involved in getting ideas down on the page in coherent strings of words. Improving written fluency takes time and incremental growth, accruing over time alongside the acquisition of writing craft. The written fluency of writers starts with words and scales right up to the logic of the story and, at its core, that one great idea.

 

The Vocabulary and Structure Needed

 

You need a certain vocabulary and ability to put words together to write a shopping list, a sick note to a teacher, or an email to a loved one. However, to pen a book that someone will read and enjoy, you need a much more sophisticated vocabulary and ability to combine words. You must produce long spans of beautifully connected, structured, and textured words that create new worlds. Some writers are brilliant stylistically but struggle to put a plot together, resulting in endless streams of amazing sentences and scenes without a higher-level story. On the other hand, some writers are genius storytellers but can’t get the smaller-level mechanics right, making paragraphs and sentences feel awkward or forced.

 

The Key to Great Writing

 

The key to great writing is pulling it all together and ensuring there are no awkward points where fluency is missing. So, how do you go about improving your writing fluency? Practice is crucial, yes, but it’s also about being aware of fluency and working actively to improve it. Improving your written fluency requires understanding how you write—knowing your strengths and weaknesses. Building your fluency is about honing your skills in word choice and dialogue, creating visual images, sustaining a tone, and most importantly, exhibiting a strong voice. It’s also about building characters that come alive, advancing your plot, and integrating your themes.

 

Pacing and Story Elements

 

Let’s not forget pacing: knowing when to heighten the conflict and when to resolve it, and building tension throughout the entire book to your climax. Written fluency also depends on a writer’s facility in expressing abstractions and describing concrete details—knowing when to do which, and in what measures. Written fluency is about your logical and intuitive abilities to weave together all the elements of a story. Of course, you also need to be fluent in the specialist content you are writing about, whether it be whaling, diamond mining, or space travel.

 

Structuring Information

 

Written fluency includes how you structure information so it is easily consumed. How do you manage transitions? Do you prefer exposition versus description versus dialogue? How much of each do you include? Do you excel at beginnings but struggle with endings? Do your books sag in the dreaded marathon in the middle, or do they bounce along, full of action? In short, written fluency covers it all. It’s the nexus point of a huge range of skills that culminate in the writer weaving words into meaning, striking the perfect balance required to relate a story in the most imaginative and memorable way possible.

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