One of the most common mistakes new writers make is writing in the passive voice.
Here’s an example:
“*ring ring* it was the doorbell. The pizza has been delivered, and the family was fed and happy.”
Not only does it make your writing underwhelming to read, but it also obscures information that can enrich your descriptions. Delivery people bring our pizzas to our houses, and by showing that moment in a story, you have an opportunity to interact with another human in your story.
Here’s a different way to describe the same situation:
“*ring ring* someone rang at the door. It was the pizza delivery for sure. The delivery guy smiled and offered the pizzas he brought to Mary, who opened the door. The family devoured the pizza within minutes.”