Do you know how to improve writing skills?
If you want to make money as a writer, blogging is one very attractive option. Almost everyone is blogging these days and there’s no shortage of topics to write about. Many businesses are looking for bloggers to help them with marketing. At the same time, you can also put up your own blog and monetize it.
You’ll find so many success stories of bloggers in this site. I like reading these stories because they’re so inspiring; they reassure me that it’s possible to make a living doing something I really love.
However, successful blogging doesn’t come easy. With the amount of competition there is today, you have to be exceptional. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to write like Hemingway. You just need to know how to do the right things really well like marketing, networking, and, of course, writing posts that readers will love.
It also doesn’t mean you have to be the best writer. You can, however, find ways on how to improve writing skills.
With practice, you can become a very good blogger that businesses consider indispensable.
Take the time to understand your target readers. The effective articles/blog posts are those that readers easily understand, learn from and find interesting. They don’t need to be literary pieces. They must be useful and comprehensive.
You can accomplish this by getting to know your audience. Find out what they want to read. Figure out which voice, style or format they respond better to. Use language that they can easily understand.
Use simple words and write short sentences. Simple words and shorter sentences are more effective because most people don’t like reading long texts; they get bored. Write concisely. Keep your posts short but sweet. You’d be surprised at how more difficult it is to write shorter articles.
Create an outline. Outlines are great because they serve as guides when writing. When you’re stuck and don’t know how to start or structure your posts, create an outline first.
Read a lot. You can’t write extensively on something you know nothing about. Research before you sit down to write. Get your hands on as many sources as possible (books, journals, blogs, white papers, magazines, etc.). Writing well is a direct result of extensive reading.
Be more aggressive with verbs. Use passive sentences. They make posts more effective. How do you do it? Make your subject the doer of the action. The boy kicked the dog is more effective than the dog was kicked by the boy.
Wake up a couple of hours earlier than usual. Nothing beats writing with zero distraction. Have you ever found it difficult to write something at home, the office, or even at the coffee shop? It’s because there’s so much going on around you. Distraction kills productivity. For me, the best time to write productively is when no one’s up yet.
Let your writing marinate overnight, longer if necessary. After writing, you must edit. But it’s advisable to do it hours after typing the final sentence. Let your work marinate for a few hours then go back when you have fresher set of eyes. That should help you edit and revise your work more effectively.
The secret in learning how to improve writing skills is practice. You’ll notice that the aforementioned seem very easy but they’re really not. You can’t become better at writing without repeated attempts. I’ll be honest and say that it’s tough at first but if you’re passionate about what you do, this shouldn’t even feel like a struggle.
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