Whether you’re a superstar writer or just starting out, there is always room for improvement. Here are 7 tips and tricks to help you become a better writer:
1. Spelling & Grammatical Errors
One of my biggest pet peeves is reading an article and stumbling across spelling and grammatical errors. Imagine walking through a beautiful field. The terrain is smooth and the temperature is just right, but then you step into a mud puddle, then another, and then along the way you wonder “How did this rock end up in my shoe?” These obstructions on your path is the same thing as having a misspelled word or missing grammar. Having too many errors in your writing leaves the reader just annoyed.
Some people have confessed online that one or two errors in an article is no big deal, but since when did we stop expecting extraordinary things from ourselves and other people?
2. Be Quotable and Shareable
If you have amazing ideas you want to share with the rest of the world, people need to understand what you mean. Also, they should love your content so much that after they read it they’ll want to share it.
In my experience writing blog posts for work or essays for school, I always needed sources to quote from. If your writing isn’t seemingly flawless, I will leave your website. If you have amazing material, not only will I quote you but I will link back to your website. And isn’t that what most people want for their website: growing its audience?
3. Spell Check Can’t Always Save You
Some people think putting a document through spell check will automatically give you a gold star, but it can’t account for flow, interest, and different spellings of words.
4. Toss out the Jargon
No one likes to feel stupid, feel alienated, or have to stare blankly at the screen just trying to decipher what you’re trying to get across. Toss out the jargon and use language your audience can easily understand.
5. Record your Analytics
Check and keep track of your blog analytics. It’ll help you determine if the kind of content you’re publishing is successful or not. When you figure out what your audience wants, then you can continue to make them happy and grow your readership.
6. Be a Giver, Not a Comment Horder
Having comments on your blog posts validates if people are responsive or even reading your content. You may get bored sitting around waiting for someone to leave you a comment. Instead be proactive! Start visiting other people’s blogs and leave them a comment. Share the blog comment love!
7. Wait! Before you hit publish:
Put your writing aside for a few hours. Come back to it with a fresh mind and to be ready to go into editor mode.
Read your content out loud. Do you pause anywhere? Does any words or phrases sound awkward? If yes, it’s a sign you should edit it.
Have someone proofread your writing. Having someone aside from you read something you wrote can do wonders.
The secret to being a great writer is being or having a spectacular editor!
If you start using these tips and tricks, you’ll be well on your way onto writing better!
Leave a comment below letting me know what writing and editing tips and tricks have worked for you!