You’re a writer. You write blog posts, social media posts, and other pieces of content. But, despite the relaxed writing style that is popular today, being able to write well is still very important. So, to help all you writers out there, here are our 5 Tips to Becoming a Better Writer.
The best way to learn to write well is to read often. Whether you read non-fiction, sci-fi, or murder mysteries, just sticking your head in a book every so often will help you adopt a great writing style.
Organize Your Thoughts
Lay your thoughts out and organize them. If you are like me, your thoughts are all over the place. The best way to clear them up is with a little bit of practice and discipline. Just writing down your thoughts before you start writing will help you organize everything into a well-written piece.
Be Direct and Clear
Avoid fluff in your writing. Filling up the page with words that only take away from the message you're trying to deliver is counterproductive. The best thing you can do is edit your writing, cutting out all the unnecessary fluff. Remember that a little bit of quality content can go a long way. Don’t turn blogs into research papers.
Grammar and Composition Matter
With the growth of blogs, social media, and texting, writing has become very conversational. But, just because your writing is informal doesn’t mean you don’t have to pay attention to your grammar and composition. Pay attention to details, even if you’re writing in a conversational fashion.
Say It Out Loud
Even if you read your post a million times over, you're bound to miss some writing errors. Step away from your piece for a few minutes and then come back and read it out loud. Reading aloud will slow you down and help you catch any minor errors.
You don't have to be the next J.R.R. Tolkien, but you can still be a great writer. Follow our 5 steps and don't overlook details. Writing is a skill that you will inevitably need for the rest of your life, so make sure you learn how to do it well.