Do you want to make your writing better, or have you given up on your dream of being a great writer?
Have you been talking about being a better writer for a long time? Well, that's the problem. Talking about it isn't going to make your writing better.
You've got to act on the blog writing tips I'm going to share in this post.
It's simple. Stop talking and start doing.
The first of my blog writing tips to make your writing better is,
Tip 1: Answering the question: why do you want to make your writing better?
Without a compelling reason to make your writing better, you won't stick to doing the things necessary to improve.
So, grab a pen or pencil, a notebook, and start noting the reasons you have to make your writing better.
Done? Great. Pick the top 2 reasons, print them in large letters on a piece of paper, or write them on a whiteboard and read them aloud every morning, afternoon, and evening.
I'm not sure what your reasons are, but here are 3 good reasons to make your writing better.
a) Communicating clearly, so others understand you.
Blogging is writing. You've got something worthwhile sharing. But, if your audience doesn't understand your writing, they don't benefit, which means everything you're doing might be for nothing.
You don't want that, do you? Nope.
b) Writing skills are necessary for the job you're after.
Maybe you're a freelance writer who's trying to earn a living by writing. Or, you're trying to land a role as a content creator inside of a company.
You won't get hired if your writing skills are mediocre at best, terrible at worst. Good reasons to make your writing better, agree?
c) People will judge you based on your writing.
If you're writing is full of typos, and you're trying to land contract work, you can kiss your chances of getting that gig goodbye.
Typos make you look sloppy and careless, and nobody wants to work with a sloppy, careless person; well, most people don't want to work with someone like that.
Even if your writing is free of typos, writing clearly is the difference between "we understand exactly what this person is getting across" and "Huh?"
I know the world is very unfair, but people will judge you based on your writing. But, make your writing better, and you've got nothing to fear but fear itself. (Did I type that?)
The second of my blog writing tips to make your writing better is,
Tip 2: Eliminate unnecessary words.
"Whenever we can make 25 words do the work of 50, we halve the area in which looseness and disorganization can flourish." - Wilson Follett.
Good advice to eliminate unnecessary words.
Here are 2 sentences expressing the same thing.
1) I believe most coaches should avoid working for free or for a nominal amount, unless, and only if, they're brand new to the coaching business and don't have any references yet. (31 words)
2) Coaches shouldn't work for free unless they're new to coaching and don't have references. (14 words)
The word count was cut by 17, or 55%, between example 1 and example 2. Both sentences make the same point.
The second sentence is also more authoritative in tone, making your writing better. Authoritative writing establishes your expertise and influences readers. This is important for getting readers to take action.
The third of my blog writing tips to make your writing better is,
Tip 3: Use simple words.
"To write simply is as difficult as to be good." W. Somerset Maugham
Simple words don't mean dumbing down your writing. It means writing with the expert in mind so the non-expert can understand.
Mark Twain said: "Don't use a five-dollar word when a fifty-cent word will do."
Some bloggers use big words to hide their ignorance and/or lack of expertise and use them to impress their audience.
But, using big words in your blog will have the opposite effect. They'll turn off your readers. No one I know wants to have to use a dictionary when reading a blog post on their mobile device.
So, learn to write with intelligence and style while using the simplest words you can. That's the mark of a great writer.
The fourth of my blog writing tips to make your writing better is,
Tip 4. Write directly to your reader.
This is for you. You're not alone. You can make your writing better, and I'm here to help you.
See what I did there? One of the most important blog writing tips to make your writing better is to write directly to your reader, using "you" and "your" liberally.
When you write, imagine you're having a one-on-one conversation with a close friend, a coachee, a colleague, or a customer.
How would you address that individual? Would you spend the whole time talking about yourself? Some bloggers do that.
If you have "I" trouble, you need to eliminate it from your writing because people don't care about you and your accomplishments.
They care about the problems you can help them solve, the tasks you can help them accomplish, and the goals you can help them achieve.
You can make your writing better if you write directly to your reader.
The fifth of my blogging tips to make your writing better is what we call SLS or short, long, short.
In other words,
Tip 5: Vary the length of your sentences.
You'll notice that none of my sentences are painfully long, and many of them are on the short side.
Varying the length of your sentences makes posts easier to read. There's nothing wrong with a long sentence, if necessary. But if you can say the same thing with fewer words, why not do that for the sake of your readers?
KISS your writing. Keep it short and simple. You'll enjoy writing more, and your readers will enjoy reading your blog.
And that's what you're after. Having more readers who enjoy reading what you've written.
The blog writing tips to make your writing better are,
- Answering the question, "why do I want to make my writing better?" Having a compelling reason to write will inspire you to continue working on improving your skills.
- Eliminate unnecessary words. Why use 30 words when 15 will do? Fewer words can also make your writing more authoritative and influential.
- Use simple words. Write with the expert in mind so the non-expert can understand. 'Nuff said.
- Write directly to your reader using "YOU." Show your readers you care about helping them. They'll stick to you because you care.
- Vary sentence length using SLS - short, long, short. Make your writing better and easier to read. Some sentences long. Some short.
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