Does your writing suck?
You can’t succeed in blogging if your writing sucks.
The surprising thing is a lot of people who don’t write well blog. Don’t get me wrong. Everyone is free to blog. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
My problem with this is many people call themselves “professional bloggers.” I’m not trying to minimize their experience, but I feel that bloggers need to write exceptionally well.
Personally, I look at blogging as a serious career. And someone who wants to do it has to have what it takes, just like applying for a certain job, one needs to have the required skills.
Let’s cut this short and discuss the ways on how to write well.
Read a lot. Read everything from books to newspapers to fiction books to even print ads. This serves you two ways: first, it helps you learn different things that you can use when blogging. Second, it will show you how proper, effective, and compelling sentences are constructed.
Watch a lot of movies and television shows. Similar to reading, watching a lot of these will teach so many things. Working as a professional blogger will require you to write about various topics. Part of writing well is knowing enough about a certain topic. You won’t be able to write a good post when you don’t know a lot.
Talk to a lot of people. Writing is like talking. The difference is you don’t verbalize words. You put them on paper. You are talking to lots of people by blogging–a huge number of people. It’s like public speaking. You certainly don’t want to embarrass yourself by saying something improperly and inaccurately. Talking to a lot of people will sharpen your communication skills. That has a direct effect on your writing.
Carry a notebook and pen all the time. Writers need to write all the time, so make sure to carry these all the time because inspiration will strike when you least expect it. Take it with you while riding the bus, cab, even the train. Have a notebook while dining out or taking a leisure walk.
If tablet devices are what you prefer, then so be it. These things have apps that’ll allow you to jot down any idea. Personally, I prefer the old-school style because it’s more convenient and I don’t have to worry about getting mugged.
If something comes to mind or even bothers you, write it down. This is why you need to have a pen and paper (or tablet) all the time. Sometimes, the best (and most profitable) ideas come unannounced. That moment may never come again. Don’t rely on your memory. It will fail you. Write immediately. You don’t have to write the entire article or post. Just jot down the idea and then go back to it when you have more time.
When you write, make sure to go all out. The minute you get in front of the computer, give it everything you’ve got. Don’t hold back. Write freely. It’s liberating and will help you come up with something awesome.
Follow authority blogs on blogging and writing. To know how to write well, learn from the experts. There are tons of really good blogs on writing and blogging that you can learn from.
If you have the means, buy writing guides and manuals. This is not required but it can be a huge help for those who are serious about writing professionally. These paid books/manuals/guides contain more in-depth information on how to write well and create killer content.
Find a writing coach. There are bloggers and high-profile writers who offer their services for a fee. But if you don’t want to spend cash on coaching sessions, seek out friends or family members who are very good in writing and ask for their help. It may be hard to do since not all we know are professional writers, but it’s worth a shot.
How to write well takes time–and a lot of initiative. It won’t come quickly. Even those who already write for a living still need to learn. I’m still learning. It’s tough when you have a lot on your plate, which is common in most of us, but if you’re dead serious about developing your skills, then make time for it.
Hopefully, reading this is the first step in your writing journey. And I’ll be happy to help out. Stay tuned for more tips on improving writing.