How to become a better writer

This is another installment post in our series of how to write an article that get read…… but this time, we’re looking at how to become a better writer. Hope you’ll share with us through the comment box below your vast experience so far on how you’ve managed to improve your writing skills.

As at when I started this blog – actually this is my first baby – I never had any practical experience with blogging and apart from that, writing wasn’t part of me, I don’t write anywhere……neither offline nor online.  Maybe a couple of letters to my girlfriend during which time I was a bachelor ……does that makes me a writer?

So you can imagine such a rookie I was when setting this blog up. I was searching for a post here on my blog when I came across some of those early posts I had published. Hmm! don’t get scared when you read them; I valued those post more than whatever I write now.

Why?

They reminds of me of who I was, how I have become a better writer and gives me hope that each blog post I published can better my previous standard if I continue to learn, practice, remain focus and determined to achieve my goals.

There is one thing I like most at being strive to better your previous standard; each post you published today will seem to you like a draft or rough sheet tomorrow. Something you publish today and you said to yourself; Great! This is a stellar post.

I bet when you review it six months later, it will be; oh! Gosh…..I need to edit this post.

No matter your current standard in writing, your creative ability – there is always room for an improvement. Just keep at it and sooner, especially when events start to unfolding in your blogging career, you’ll see that it’s easier to write than you ever imagine.

If you’ve struggled to write a better blog post, and you’re ready to learn the art of it….here is a list of what I did ( I still do them) when I was in that situation and hopefully, they work for you if you work on them long enough to see the rewards.

Note* Am not claiming my writing is anywhere near good; I still learn, practice and hope to always better my current standard.

But if you’re in that stage I was some years back, here is a list to help you get on the right track.

1. Accept That Your Writing is Bad.

Yes, the first thing I did was to accept that my writing is bad.

I don’t need anyone to tell me that. After reading a few blogs and seeing what they published – I came to realize how badly my writing was.

If you fail to accept it when you’re guilty of something, then you’re not open to greatness, and on top of that, you’ll cause more harm to yourself than you can ever imagine.

2. Read Top Blogs.

You’re what you read. If you want to be a top writer, then read top blogs. Especially top blogs, and those that deal with copy writing.

Reading alone with your two naked eyes will not bring any significant improvement to your writing skill, but reading with your brain thinking and your mind open to suggestions will increase the quality of your writing ability.

While reading other people’s works, take note of certain things: The use of “I“, “You“, “We“, and “Us“. These words can easily make or break a blog. Learn how to make use of them to better your writing skill. Take note of how they structure their contents that makes it easier for reading.

Tone at which they speak; know when to use “Do not” and “don’t“, one sound robotic while the other looks more humane. The use of capital letter both at the beginning and within a sentence i.e – “I”. See how they try to engage readers with their content.

3. Practice Every Day.

This one is logical. In my previous blog post, I argued that three posts per week are enough to build successful blog if you really know and understand what you’re doing.

And here I am telling you to write every day.

What I mean by writing every day is not publishing post on your blog every day, I mean you should engage yourself in constant practice either a way of writing and saving it as a draft or you could tend to devote just 30 minutes a day writing a never to be published eBook.

I used the latter very well; I have many never to be published books sitting on my hard disk. I just constantly practice this way and it helps a lot in learning how to write.

What I do most is to pick a topic, research about it online from different source and start putting words on paper. This strategy could help you in the feature when you start producing your very own books.

Some never to be published books may become your best-selling products when you’ve become a master at what you do.

4. Write The Way You Speak.

One of the best way to write an article that cut deep into your reader’s mind is to imagine or visualize it; think your audience sitting in same room with you and he asked this question – the topic you’re writing about.

Imagine every point, lessons, case studies, illustrations you’re giving in your article are being directly delivered to your audience in same room with you. He is right there in front of you while you’re speaking to him.

Think about how you use to have those regular conversations with someone; and write exactly the way you talk. Put down everything that comes to mind as a draft and later see how you can weed out unwanted words, and tweak it around to make it interesting and educating.

5. Like What you’re Doing.

This supposed to come first on my list but, anyway still on the list. It doesn’t matter what come first or last. If you don’t like writing, I mean you just don’t like the idea of sitting down for hours crafting words on paper – I don’t think you will master the art of writing not to say, become a better writer.

Writing takes greater effort on the part of the writer, and to really craft out something good for your readers to enjoy you have to think through, meditate, brainstorming, creative, entertaining, and educates them on the subject.

Without falling in love with what you’re doing, I don’t think you can achieve all these qualities.

6. Read Books.

If there is one powerful method of becoming a better writer, I would say is by reading great books written by great authors. There are logic to why this has been proven to be working:

  1. It prepared someone on what to write.
  2. Getting ideas on what to write become easier.
  3. It serves as a weapon of motivation.
  4. It inspires to give out best so you can have your name written among these authors.
  5. It shapes your mind into right directions.
  6. Your level of reasoning becomes different from others and you start acting differently.
  7. You’re exposed to different style of writing and tones……the benefits are just endless.

And good to know that the internet and the smartphones producers have made it more than easy to have unlimited books read on the go.

Now you can have your favorites books read wherever, when and however you want it. Just install the app and bam! Hundreds of books are just right there on your palm.

7. Keep a Journal Always.

Ideas don’t give notice; they strikes in a flash of seconds and when they do, if you don’t quickly tie them down some where either on your mobile phone, or in a word doc or better if you always keep a journal with you always, that’s it….. It’s gone forever.

Don’t trust your brain to hold on to something for as long as you’ll need it. We’re human not robot.

8. Don’t force it.

Sometimes idea will spring in and you just want to start writing immediately and what more? You discover you lack points or supporting information to make up your great idea.

If you try to force everything at a go, you may end up not having all the necessary point that post deserve. Leave it for a while or probably days, and as other ideas jump in, jot them down.

This makes it easier to have your post written quickly and gives opportunity to touch every necessary points need to be touched.

9. Create Your Rules.

It’s very easy to get thousands of advice on how to become a better writer – but I tell you the truth – there is no one size fit all as far as blogging is concern.

Some great writers will tell you to write everyday, and some will tell you something else……it’s all up to you to find what works and what doesn’t work for you.

I have found out that trying to publish blog post everyday doesn’t work for me, while it does work perfectly for some. So when taking advises, make them as a starting point to find your own creativity and style and not the basis of your article template.

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Comments

  1. These are actionable points man and one that works well is practice. The more you write, the more you know to write.

    Initially, like you, I was a nobe but with practice (though still learning), I’m able to write a 3000 word engaging blog post ;)

    Thanks for the practical tips bro and do have a wonderful week
    Enstine Muki recently posted…Enough is enough!!! Time to unlock traffic to your blog with this almost not used trick!My Profile

    • Thanks for coming Muki,

      Whatever one is doing and aim to do it right; it will be best if he can practice it almost every day.I appreciate your coming and love to see more of you in days ahead.

      Thanks for your visit and hope you enjoy your stay.

  2. Continuous writing and reading make you a good writer for sure. Even I was not able to write 100 words when I started blogging 3 years back but I can now easily write more than 1000 words article which readers like.

    Good pointers here Sham.
    Atish Ranjan recently posted…How to Motivate Yourself?My Profile

    • Hi Atish,
      Welcome to my blog and I hope you do find some good stuffs around here.

      Yes, at the beginning of most blogger’s career, writing could be a doubting task; Constant writing and reading will help in no small measure to help us become a better writer.

      Thanks for coming and good to have you here.

  3. Hi Shamsudeen,
    You just nailed the most important points about being a better writer. These can work for any level a writer is.

    Being open to corrections and practicing daily are key tips that have helped me to improve in writing.

    Nevertheless, reading books and top blogs have also helped my writings come out naturally.

    Your experience of sieving through your very first blog posts and wondering if you actually wrote them happens to the best of us.

    Your piece is great and its worth sharing!

    I have shared this comment in kingged.com, where I found this content shared, syndicated, and bookmarked for Internet marketers.

    Sunday – kingged.com contributor

    http://kingged.com/how-to-become-a-better-writer-cybernaira/

    • Thanks Sunday, am very grateful for your kind support and constant visit. I hope to have more better dealings with you in the very near future. Thanks for always being there and my regards to the kingged like community.

  4. Hi Shamsudeen,

    Found this link submitted on Kingged. And being the content writer that I’m, I was curious to know about the writing tips you offered. You see, I never forget to tap a resource that can improve my writing skills!

    And after reading your article, I must say that I’ve learned something new. Especially I loved #9th point- creating one’s own rules!

    We are so busy learning from others that we forget to invest in ourselves! That’s the biggest mistake, now I realize. Will work upon my style and come up with my own rules now!

    Thanks man, for this good write up!

    Arun

  5. One of my favorite quotes is … “If you wish to be a writer, write.” – Epictetus

    To become a better writer, you simply need to sit down and write consistently – always work at your craft.
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  6. Practice will make certainly make you a better writer. Persevere !

  7. Being dyslexic has made it a much bigger challenge to write then it is for most. All of these things you talked about resonated with me. As you mentioned, the more you do it, the better you get at the craft. Knowing what others are doing by reading other blogs really helps to see how they are able to communicate in the written word. I also have a friend now who will proof my posts before I publish them to give me some ideas of what would be good to change. :-)
    Susan Cooper recently posted…Corned Beef and Cabbage: #RecipeMy Profile

    • Hi Susan,
      That (dyslexia)is a great challenge to writing and reading, I must admit, and good you have someone around to proof read and check for other things before post went live.

      In whatever we’re doing and hope to get better at it, is important we do it as often as it deserve. Thanks for coming and do extend my profound greeting to the best community of bloggers – Bloggers Helping Bloggers on LinkedIn.

  8. Hi Adeshokan,

    Let me quickly say that I learned something very quick and that is you are married. So I had to read carefully since I reading from a married blogger, unlike us who are still single.. Hahaha!

    The truth of the whole situation is that we are what we think and I always tell friends, I can’t help anyone who has built the constitution of his mind on being a terrible writer. I believe no body can help such persons, the first step would be to have a change of mental state and believe becoming a better is completely realizable.

    Like you said, when I visit my older posts, I hide in shame.. LOL, I ask myself; did I write those lines of c*ap? This point is this, everyone started as a terrible writer, but we can’t be better if we don’t start and then practice! practice!!! practice!!!

    I am still a victim of not having a journal, but I have lots of paper piece, often times I get an idea, I put them down on paper but I still miss out alot because at times I can’t find a paper but I’m thinking everything would get better once I become smart on mobile again. The ideas should fit into the memopad.

    The point I love most from all the point raised here is “Write The Way You Speak.” I have always seen blogging as an extension of one’s voice. We surely don’t have to force it, we just need to be ourselves and people will love us.

    Lovely tips and do have a nice day.. :)
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    • Thanks my brother from another mother, Nosa – haaahaaaaa!

      Yes, am married, so does that makes me a “Married Blogger”? Just kidding.

      Good to hear you admit of not keeping a journal, but in reality, I believe the whole idea of keeping a journal is a thing of choice and individual convenience. Why?

      Whatever comes to mind anywhere, anytime, I put it down as a draft on my blog right away through the help of WordPress android app on my smartphone, and later see to it.

      You see, it’s more easier to blog now than it used to be.

      And am so pleased you find some useful point in this, “Write the way speak” as been my best way to write post and I have found most post I write just as if am talking to a friend or counseling him the ones that generates most comments and shares.

      Thanks for coming Nosa and I do wish to see more of you.

  9. Reading and writing daily journal works for me way back high school days, I loose my pastime hobbies during college, actually, it was an ON and OFF hobby, because of the hectic schedule a student has.

    After reading the post, I have to confess to myself that I do not build my own rules. I thoroughly agree too that “there is no one size fit all”. Reading advices should be a key for you to WORK. Not just taking the weight off your feet and do nothing at all.

    If I wanted to become a better writer, I should practice and write daily, so that progress will be seen soon.

    I have shared this comment in the content syndication and social bookmarking and networking website for Internet marketers – kingged.com where this post was found.

    • Hi Metz,
      Combining other activities/hobby together with schooling is not an easy thing to manage, and most especially “blogging”.
      Thanks for going with my views on not setting ones rule and how advices should be seen as a starting point and not a complete hand-out to duplicate.

      And one more thing, I do appreciate you leave comments on both my blog and kingged; thanks a million.

  10. Very good and achievable points. The ones that I like the best are write the way you speak and like what you are doing. Thanks for the tips

    • Hi Jay,
      Good you find some useful points in this write up and one more thing, I don’t know or should I say can’t understand if your other comments is meant for this post?

      Well, thanks for coming and do have lovely day.

  11. great tips on how to improve your writing and i will definitely use some of the tips on improving my writing
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  12. Jacqueline Gum (Jacquie) says:

    It’s been said and I have found it to be true that the best writers are avid readers!

  13. Hello; the fact that you shared so much of your own experiences with blogging made a ordinary post about writing into something special that made me want to subscribe to your future posts. I am an almost totally blind blogger who followed you here from the bloggers helping bloggers group. I generally write long posts, so its also nice to connect with someone else who has a similar style. thanks for sharing and take care, Max
    maxwell ivey recently posted…My first google video hangout tune in next weekMy Profile

    • Oh! Max, Am short of words….and….. I just don’t know what to say but… thank you.

      And thanks again for that piece you wrote about pinterest, is really an eye opener for me and come to think of it; an almost totally blind blogger using Pinterest to an extent of teaching others how to use the platform?

      Max, you’re indeed a genius.

      Thanks for coming and from the bottom of my heart, I say “thank you”

      • now you are making me blush. but I am glad I can educate and inspire. And you are right the funny thing about that post is the number of sighted people who told me they learned a lot from it. We were all new at this stuff at one time. I’m just doing my best to pay back the kind people who helped me along the way. You wrote a fine post, so don’t be surprised when people say so. smile and if you liked my Pinterest post check out my experience with google hangouts. Or check out my youtube page and see what I’ve been able to do with the resources available to me. thank me by continuing to write solid posts. take care, max
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        • I read people’s comments on that pinterest post and was amazed too; looking at numbers of sighted people who loved what you did but Google hangouts?

          I would certainly loved to check it out. Thanks for you response and you’re always welcome here.

          • its always good to feel appreciated. Thanks, and I enjoy hearing from you too. please help spread the word about next week. 10 edt 9 cdt google hangout on air with the blind blogger and amusement equipment reseller/broker. very little is off limits, and it gives people a chance to get comfortable with doing video. This could be their first step towards recording their own youtube videos or starting their own hangouts. and I need the practice too, so hope anyone here that has a regular hangout will invite me. thanks again and take care, max
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            • Sure Max, I will do that and while I was walking with a friend yesterday, something just strikes within me and I don’t know if you’ll be interested in having an interview here on my blog?

              Though, not in quick time but not long either.

              What do you think of this, Max?

              • Hello; thanks so much for the kind offer. sure i would love to do an interview. I should mention that lorraine reguly at wording well has one coming out with me on tuesday, and ashley faults of mad lemmings will b interviewing me via Skype on monday. don’t know win that one will b posted, but you will b able to check out both of those and then see what else you want to ask or if there is something they asked that you want to go more in depth with. I am very open. Maybe that is part of why people see me as an inspiration my willingness to share my challenges and how i am overcoming them. Sometimes its with techniques or methods but most of the time it has a lot to do with having good friends like you who will encourage and support and even step into help win i have to ask for it. we can do the interview through email or skype whatever is easier for you. my email is maxwell@midwaymarketplace.com and my phone is 979-215-1770. it talks enough for me to read and reply to texts, although I’ve been told i’m awe full at texting. smile and before i go you really need to help me understand how to say your name. Friends should really call each other by name. thanks and take care, max

  14. Haley Gray says:

    YOu make some great points. I think that working on becoming a better writer is a definite challenge. Being more engaging, and interesting, and a better blogger is yet another challenge, especially since you have to write at a certain level to be able to read by most people who speak English (About 5th grade level). If you write at a higher level, you risk being completely unintelligible to everyone else.

  15. Excellent tips. I know I’ve looked back at some of my older posts, which at the time I thought were great, and been horrified by what I found. But like you I get better every day using many of the suggestions you made. Especially reading top blogs in my industry, reading books (I love to read), and writing every day. I try to do all three every day.
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    • Hi Johnny Bravo,

      Honestly, your name sounds to me like you’re one movie actor – Haaahaaaaahaaa!
      Reading top blogs, writing every day and reading good books have also helped me a lot to be here today and I hope they will take me as far as I could never imagine – positively.

      Thanks for visiting my blog and I hope you do enjoy your stay here.

  16. Hiii shamsudeen,

    What’s an amazing post Bro. You covered all the necessary points that are much important for becoming a better writer. your first points of this post attracted me a lot – “Accept That Your Writing is Bad”.

    yehhh,, you are right. there is no any wrong impression will appeared if anybody say that my writing is not so good. Who will write with passion and interest they will get sure success.

    The best line of this article for me is “Without falling in love with what you’re doing, I don’t think you can achieve all these qualities.” thanks Bro for this great post.

    I got this post on kingged.com and become forced to read complete post. I really enjoyed this post. :)

    • First, I have to say a big thank you Amit, for taking the pain to comment on my blog where this post was originally published and on kingged where it was syndicated to drive free targeted traffic back to my blog.

      The first line was not written unintentionally; it was the first thing I had to deal with when I took it upon myself to better my writing skill. So, it obvious why I have to make it come first on the list and am glad it caught your attention.

      Without in love with whatever one is doing, be it in any industries, undertakings, adventures, goals, desires etc. Achieving success might not be possible, there is a strong need to love what you’re doing at the moment, while you keep searching for what you don’t have.

      As at the time, I don’t have a good writing skill, but I did love what I was doing despite it was bad and I accept it that way but I never stop looking for ways, strategies, tactics and relevant materials that will teach me how to become a better writer.

      Those materials, strategies, tactics, ways etc. I still used them, learn from them and keep finding more better ones to better my current standard. Thanks Amit, is nice meeting you and hope you do have a wonderful day.

  17. Better writing lies beyond better reading. We are all one body as mankind. We should know the other parts.

  18. I am here to admit that my writing is bad , it has a lot of grammatical and many other mistakes , But I am trying to learn , I am reading a lot of stuff for improvement , I was never good in grammar in my high school and still suffering. I have registered some online courses to improve my grammar , I hope it will help some day.
    I am reading different blog daily but I can not try to write everyday as you said.
    I have to make up my mind and then I can write anything.
    This is best advice that try to write in a way we speak.
    Post is very informative I will try to practice as much I can. Thank you for a nice share.
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    • Hi Andleeb,

      You’ve done a great job by recognizing and admitting your weakness; that’s just the first step towards moving from point “A” to point “B”. Once we can figured out our lapses, it’s now time to seek for help that will provide positive effects. And to this regard, you’re doing pretty well according to your statements above – keeping working at it, every one of us started from somewhere far below what we’re today.

      I wish you could see some of the old stuffs I wrote way back when I launched this blog. That would have give you a relief that you can be better at anything you do, if your passion and believe to achieve success in it is greater than your fear of failing.

      keep practicing everyday, and as you rightly said; read lots of stuffs related to your quest and hopefully with time, everything you’ll need start falling in their rightful position.

      Thanks Andleeb, and you’re always welcome.

  19. Thank you for your tips. I never accept that my writing is bad. I was proud then after i read your post my opinion changed. I accepted that i am a bad writer. Then every thing changed i trying my best to become a good writer.

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