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This is another installment post in our series on how to write an article that gets read. But this time, we’re looking at how a beginner can become a better writer.
I hope you’ll share with us through the comment box below your vast experience 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, 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! Please 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, and how I have better my writing skills.
And it gives me hope that each blog post I published can better my previous standard. Sure, if I continue to learn, practice, remain focused, and be 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, or 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 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 realized how badly my writing was.
If you fail to accept it when you’re guilty of something, then you’re not open to greatness. 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, 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 your content. Learn how to make use of them to better your writing skill.
Please take note of content structures that make it easier to read.
Tone at which they speak.
Know when to use “do not” and “don’t, “one sounds robotic while the other looks were 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.
Wait for a moment…
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 as a way of writing and saving it as a draft, or you could tend to devote just 30 minutes a day to 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 pick a topic, research it online from different sources, and start putting words in the text editor.
This strategy could help you in the future when you start writing 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, lesson, case study, the illustration 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 used 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 see how you can weed out unwanted words. And edit to make it interesting, informative, and educating.
This is how you write an article that resonates with your readers. An article that speaks directly to an audience.
5. Like What you’re doing.
This is 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 don’t like the idea of sitting down for hours crafting words on paper – I don’t think you will master the art of creative 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, brainstorm, be creative, entertaining, and educate 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 written by great authors.
There is 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 smartphones have made it more than easy to have unlimited books read on the go. Now you can have your favorite books read wherever, whenever, and however, you want them.
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.
Please don’t trust your brain to hold on to something for as long as you’ll need it.
We’re humans, not a robot.
8. Don’t force it.
Sometimes ideas will spring in, and you want to start writing immediately, and what’s 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 not have all the necessary points that content deserves. Leave it for a while or probably days, and has other ideas jump in, and jot them down.
This makes it easier to have your post written quickly and allows touching every necessary point that needs to be touched.
9. Create Your Rules.
It is straightforward to get thousands of advice on how to become a better writer. Advice is the cheapest commodity.
But I tell you the truth – there is no one-size-fits-all as far as blogging is concerned. There is never any universal approach to mastering your writing skills.
Some great authors 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, but it works perfectly for some bloggers.
So when taking advice, make them 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 impacts 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 on 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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