Tips to Become a Better Writer

Mar 31 2012

# 1 Read More

“If you do not have time to read, you do not have the time or the tools to write.”

Stephen King

Do not expect to be a great writer unless you are familiar with the great writing. Find writers you admire and do your reading of the work of your daily schedule.

His skill with words seep into your sub-conscious and begin to appear in his own writing.

# 2 Listen to “Music Writing”

Not all songs are created equal. Some music makes you dance, some make you cry, and some brands that you write.

For me, the compositions of slow piano to make “music writing” large.

You can build your own playlist written to put you in the mood when you write, but you do not need. Click here to start listening a 8tracks playlist created specifically for writing (it will open in a new window).

# 3 Know your audience

 

We spend much time thinking about how to write an abstract collection rules and principles that we sometimes forget that our words are eventually read by real people.

Ultimately, it is our ability to communicate powerfully written for those individuals who determines whether it is good.

That is why it is important to learn as much as possible about people who are reading your work. Discover their average age, sex and location. More importantly, learn about their lifestyles, aspirations and problems.

You can do this by putting a poll on your site or simply following up with comments and retweets. The more you know about your audience, the better you will be able to help them.

# 4 Do your research

I never liked doing research, but I always liked the effect it has on my writing.

The better informed you are on your subject, the most informative and valuable your product can be. Search well and you know exactly what to write for each section.

# 5 Write with confidence

Do you want to impact people with your writing?

So, be direct, passionate, and uncompromising. Take a stand.

Do not hedge. Do not use the passive voice. Do not start sentences with “I guess.”

Your readers deserve a confident message. If you do not believe fully in what you’re saying, then why are you writing?

# 6 Make readable

“When something can be read without effort, much effort has gone into its writing.”

Enrique Jardiel Poncela

At some point in school, most of us decided it was good writing big words and complex sentences. Since then, we were filling our syllables and paragraphs with commas.

But the best writing is so simple it’s almost as if he were not there at all. You read a sentence and its meaning only fits comfortably in your brain.

Always choose clarity over complexity.

# 7 Write-ZPass

“Do it right, just get it in writing”

James Thurber

Free writing is the practice of writing nonstop for a set period of time. His fingers never stop moving. If you can not think what to write next, you just keep writing the previous word until something else comes up to you.

This may sound ridiculous, and obviously the result will be full of grammatical errors and run-on sentences. But there is something powerful about the stream of consciousness that produces free writing. There are also some powerful on the production of a page of words in a few minutes.

Give free writing a try some time and see if you’re not surprised with the results.

# 8 Do not Pursue Perfection

Maybe you’re a great writer, because you can first get a pencil.

You probably have a healthy confidence in their writing. But you also probably have some unrealistic expectations. If you think everything you write needs to be perfect, then you will always struggle to get words on paper.

“We are all apprentices in a trade, no one becomes a master.”

Ernest Hemingway

If Ernest Hemingway considered himself a writer’s apprentice level, then it makes the rest of us?

The writing is impossible to master. So while your articles must be well done, should not be perfect.

# 9 Taking risks

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”

Scott Adams

Part of the creative process is adopting a mindset where everything is possible. The best writers explore these possibilities, even when the chances of them working out are slim.

For example, it is probably a mistake to start your article with a dialogue between two fictional characters. Then again, it could be totally brilliant. You never know unless you’re willing to take that risk.

The next time you have a risky idea, explore it. Even if you do not keep the results, it is likely that you have learned something you can bring to your final draft.

# 10 Understand that online writing is different

Writing online can be multimedia, so always be looking for opportunities to enrich your article with images, audio or video. It can also be interactive. Turning out the useful information and sites is a courtesy to your readers. Since writing is a global online, you may want to avoid using colloquialisms or rely on cultural references that are only understood by people in your country.

One of the most common mistakes that people make when writing online is using too many long paragraphs. While five paragraphs of the judgment are the norm in academic writing, the online readers are turned off by large blocks of text. When I’m writing for the web, I’ll rarely use more than three sentences in a paragraph.

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