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Tips On How to Write Well

Posted by on 24th May 2013 | 11 comments

Does your writing suck?

You can’t succeed in blogging if your writing sucks.

You have to know how to write well when blogging

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.

Tips on how to write well

how to write wellSo before you can become a professional blogger, you need to know how to write well.

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.

No excuses.

You will only learn how to write well when you actually do 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.

 


Irwin creates awesome content for various businesses online. He blogs about writing and other stuff, like Survivor. He also contributes for a lifestyle magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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  • Posted by Lakhyajyoti on 24th May 2013

    Another great post. Without killer content, no one can get success in blogging. Each and every point you have mentioned on your post is very crucial to develop good content.
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    • Posted by Irwin on 26th May 2013

      Thanks! I hope all the items mentioned can be used by writers to improve their craft. Feel free to share the post to your friends and follow me on Twitter :)

    • Posted by Arielle T. on 28th May 2013

      All of these points are great towards your goals for becoming a better writer. Most people snub their noses at blogging. They think it is not a portal for quality writing, not “literary” enough. A lot of great writing comes from the web. WordPress and Blogspot are two examples of this. Blogging can also help you get a boost in your chosen career field, such as journalism, editing, publishing, or any kind of writing job.
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  • Posted by himanshu on 25th May 2013

    I think having a good coach r partner helps a lot in making us write a quality content loved by the Google itself.
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  • Posted by Abdulsalam on 25th May 2013

    This is indeed a great blog post.Irwin you did a great work.Keep it up buddy!
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  • Posted by Kingged on 26th May 2013

    Lakhyajyoti has shared some really interesting tips here about how to write well.

    I will like to add one thing though to what you said “Writing is like talking… The difference is you don’t verbalize words. You put them on paper.” If “putting on paper” is stopping lots of people from writing, that’s no longer an excuse, thanks to dictation tools like Dragon Natural Speaking, :)
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  • Posted by Sunday on 27th May 2013

    This is like going back to the basics. I agree that so many people who don’t write well blog and reading from these blogs could be repelling. For some who really want to stick with the tag “professional bloggers” I also agree that they should learn how to write well.

    Well, the ideas posted therein are clear and simple to practice, I also want to add that writing well requires making time to edit and stick with a particular style.

    The above comment has been shared in kingged.com where this post was also shared and “kingged”.

    Sunday – kingged.com contributor
    http://www.kingged.com/tips-on-how-to-write-well/

  • Posted by Elizabeth on 28th May 2013

    Hi Irwin,
    I especially like what you said about giving it all you’ve got when you write and don’t hold back. Writing freely is not something we can all easily do. That took real effort for me to just write whatever comes to mind. But if you can just let go and write, it’s sort of liberating.

    Thanks for the great tips,
    Elizabeth :-)
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    • Posted by Irwin on 28th May 2013

      I agree, Elizabeth. I think it’s because of that built-in editor that we have. Each time we write something, it nags us and makes us want to go back and edit what we just wrote. It really takes a lot of concentration to just write and write. But with time and practice, it’s something all of us can get better at. And it’ll definitely make us better writers.

      Thanks for checking out the post. Please read the other posts or share them with your friends :)
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