Want to be a better writer? Are you looking to become a renowned blogger? If yes, then here are some tips to help you do just that.
8 Best Tips for Aspiring Writers and Bloggers
1. Capture Your Ideas and Thinking on Paper
Think on paper!
With today’s technology, longhand writing has become something of a nostalgic skill.
But studies have shown that writing by hand increases neural activity and creativity. This is something I can attest to as a writer. I always find that I’m able to get my ideas out faster when I write things down. It also allows assists my thought process while allowing me to capture ideas in the moment.
If you usually type your ideas on a keyboard, try longhand today. You might start with a word or two, and begin writing anything and everything that comes to mind.
You’ll definitely see amazing results when you start thinking on paper.
2. Record Your Article/ Blog Post
I usually record the content of my posts and then have it transcribed. I’ve found this to be very helpful particularly when writing longer posts, as it makes things easier for me. I’m recommending you do the same.
If you find transcription to be tedious, you can always use those cheap services and tools available online to help you record and transcribe.
But make sure you have a clear outline and topic that you want to talk about before you start. Without a clear outline, you risk going off track with your readers or creating a recording that is too long.
Of course, your transcript won’t be perfect but it’ll give you a draft that you can edit, and this will make the process of creating a substantial post a breeze.
3. Inject Personality into Your Writing
Don’t just write for concept and keywords. Let your personality shine through in your writing, instead. One way to do this is to get personal.
Talk about yourself and your experiences. Who are you? What do you do? What are your beliefs? Tell your own life story and why your readers should trust you.
But don’t brag, exaggerate or lie. This will only turn people off.
4. Use Short Sentences
Short sentences will make your post easier to read. They are also a great way to create emphasis.
But don’t use those choppy sentences, as they can be boring to read.
Make sure your sentences are comfortable to read.
5. Be Clear and Concise In Your Writing
Try to get your ideas in a fewer words. Readers come to your blog to learn something from your posts. Or, they may be looking for specific information. To get them to read your post, you need to give them the content they are looking for.
So don’t make readers wade through long paragraphs of ramblings and unrelated anecdotes before you give them what they want.
My advice is: just do it! Communicate your ideas in as few words as possible. Feel confident that making your point in fewer words is perfectly fine.
The first 50 words are actually the most important. Make sure that your readers are able to decipher the intent of your post in those first 50 words.
6. Talk Directly To the Reader
Blogging is not a one-way communication. It’s about having a conversation with your readers.
To engage your readers, you need to talk to them directly.
Write as if you were talking directly to the reader. Use the words like “you”, “I”, and “we” to chat with them. By making it clear that you are talking to the reader about their issues, you’ll be able to generate optimal enthusiasm for your post.
7. Make Use of Lists, Graphics, and Quotations
Quotations, lists and infographics are powerful tools for enhancing your blog’s engagement. Remember searchers are an impatient lot, who scan rather than read.
By utilizing these tools, you can make your readers lean into your content, stay on your blog, and interact with your information.
8. Practice to Perfect Your Skills
Make writing a habit and indulge in it each and every day. Don’t let technology make you lazy.
Use every opportunity you can get to write and write well. Whether it’s writing a business email or a birthday card, take your time to make your message look as good as possible.
And whatever you do, never give up, just keep practicing, for practice perfects your skill.