This is another installment post in our series of how to write an article that gets read. But this time, we’re looking at how to become a better writer.
I 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 of when I started this blog – actually, this is my first baby. I never had any practical experience with blogging and apart from that, the 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 make me a writer?
I don’t think so…
So you can imagine such a rookie I was when setting this blog up. Complete novice, zero, nothing. No clue about what internet marketing is about.
I was searching for a post here when I came across some of those early posts I had published.
Warning! don’t get scared when you read them. I valued those posts more than whatever I write now.
They remind me of who I was. How I have better my writing skills and gives me hope that each blog post I published can better my previous standard if I continue to learn, practice, remain focused, and determined to achieve my goals.
There is one thing I like most about striving to better your previous standard. Each blog post you published today will seem like a draft or rough sheet tomorrow.
An article 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 to make it better.
No matter your current standard in writing, your creative ability, there is always room for improvement. Just keep at it and sooner, especially when events started unfolding in your blogging career, you’ll see that it’s easier to write than you ever imagine.
How to Improve Your Writing Skills
If you’re struggling to write a better blog post, but 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* I am not claiming my writing is anywhere that 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 was 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.
2. Read Top Blogs.
You’re what you read.
If you want to be a top writer, then read top blogs. Especially top blogs in your industry, and those that deal with copywriting.
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 improve the quality of your writing.
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 content structures that make 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 letters both at the beginning and within a sentence i.e – “I”.
See how they engage readers with their content. If you’re a good reader and observer, you will have many takeaways after reading through.
3. Practice Every Day.
This one is logical.
In a previous blog post, I argued that three posts per week are enough to build a 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 a 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 constantly practice this way and it helps a lot in learning how to become a better writer.
What I do mostly is to pick a topic, research about it online from different sources, and start putting words on paper. This strategy could help you in the future when you start producing your very own ebooks.
Some never to be published ebooks may become your best-selling products when you’ve mastered what you do.
4. Write The Way You Speak.
One of the best ways to write an article that cuts deep into your reader’s mind is to imagine or visualize it. Think your audience sitting in the 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 the 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. Then 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.
This is how you write an article that resonate with your readers. An article that speaks directly to an audience.
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 comes 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.
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 it is by reading great books writing by great authors.
There are logic to why this has been proven to be working:
- It prepared someone for what to write.
- Getting ideas on what to write becomes easier.
- It serves as a weapon of motivation.
- It inspires you to give out the best so you can have your name written among these authors.
- It shapes your mind in the right direction.
- Your level of reasoning becomes different from others and you start acting differently.
- You’re exposed to a different style of writing and tones. The benefits are just endless.
And good to know that the internet and the smartphone 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 strike in a flash of seconds and when they do, if you don’t quickly tie them down somewhere either on your mobile phone or in a word doc or better if you always keep a journal with you, 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 a robot.
8. Don’t force it.
Sometimes ideas 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 content deserves. 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 the opportunity to touch every necessary point that needs to be touched.
9. Create Your Rules.
It is very easy to get thousands of advice on how to become a better writer. Advice is the cheapest commodities.
But I tell you the truth – there is no one size fits all as far as blogging is a concern. There is never any universal approach to mastering your writing skills.
Some great writers will tell you to write every day, and some will tell you something else. It is up to you to discover what works and what doesn’t work for you.
I have found out that trying to publish blog posts every day doesn’t work for me, while it does work perfectly for some bloggers.
So when taking advice, make them as a starting point to find your own creativity and style and not the basis of your article template.
More than before, writing a great piece of content that makes an impact on the lives of your readers is now important.
With millions of posts competing for attention daily, it is now a race of quality over quantity. As user demand for quality content is one the rise, you must take advantage of publishing super useful content to beat your competitors to it.
If you practice daily the writing tips shared in this article, your writing skills will improve for the better.
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