Let’s say that he should go out and hang himself because he finds that writing well is impossibly difficult. Then he should be cut down without mercy and forced by his own self to write as well as he can for the rest of his life. At least he will have the story of the hanging to commence with.
This was Ernest Hemingway’s response when asked how to be a better writer by George Plimpton in a 1954 interview.
Writing is an art.
A blogger needs to master the art of well to build a massive reader-base. Writing is more important than ever; pause and think, the Internet ecosystem is built on words.
Writing is not about crafting lengthy posts. Even a video or Infographic needs clever placement of words to attract attention and engagement!
No matter what is the format of your blog content, you need to learn how to be a better writer.
Here Are 8 Tips To Become a Better Writer
Let’s check the ways to become a better write and dominate the niche in a better way.
These are the practical tips for becoming a better writer and I have personally used to rise as a content writer in my niche.
1) Brevity is Golden
Your writing needs to be specific and ‘to the point’. You aren’t creating fiction but blog content which implies precision, clarity and strong voice. You need to practice brevity with words to retain reader engagement.
Before beginning to write, note down these things:
- why you’re writing – what you’re conveying
- what is its purpose to the reader – its usefulness
- what is the end result – action/s you want the reader to take
Keep these pointers in mind and create a mind-map before writing a blog post.
2) Inculcate Reading Habits
This is a common advice an author will give any aspirant on becoming a better writer. Reading is not about cramming few lines or rote learning or crunching new information.
Reading helps you to understand the writer’s perception and writing method. With regular reading, your mind absorbs new writing styles and two things happen: you slowly uncover your writing style and become a better writer.
You can start by reading editorial column in any good newspaper. As this is the column where creative writers put their best writing piece in an easy to absorb way.
By going through this editorial column, you can understand about writing catchy headlines which can help you to grow your business.
3) Write to your Audience
Don’t be vague. If you want to become a better writer, you have to comprehend the pulse of your audience.
Write as if you’re standing in front an audience, in real, and talking to them. The tone should be conversational but maintain brevity.
If you’re writing reviews, for example, write your experience of using it and ideate how it will benefit blog readers. Don’t be a impassionate and detached writer. Connect with audience.
4) Build a Peer Group
You don’t really learn creative writing skills without a peer group. Being a sole writer without communicating with other writers and creators is going to clamp your style, stop you from experimenting and seeking growth.
A peer group could be a mix of targeted audience and writers who can give constructive feedback of your work. A peer group helps your writing to grow and mature.
5) Read out Loud
If you’re new to writing and need some serious improvements, read out loud. Sometimes we remain unaware of faults and mistakes because there is no one to correct us but reading your article aloud in empty space will be a serious eye opener.
You will understand whether the used language is right or too contrite, whether there are grammatical errors, too long or short sentences and most importantly, whether your message is getting conveyed or not to the targeted readers.
6) Grammatical Composition
I see a lot of blogs with good content potential but their major flaw is in grammatical composition. Coupled with the need to cater to a global audience and various English styles like American English and British English, it is easy for an untrained writer to get lost in translation, literally.
Buy a good grammar composition book and learn the basics. The placement of a full-stop or a comma can change the meaning of a whole sentence.
No one is expecting you to be perfect but if you want to learn how to become a great writer, you have to know and practice the basics.
7) Bind Yourself within a Time Limit
Writing doesn’t have any limit. It doesn’t have any beginning or an end. It’s like a straight line; you can stretch it anywhere either ways.
Therefore, it is necessary to set a time limit. Time the writing.
For your next blog post, set a time limit of one hour, no matter what you’re writing about. Stop when the time is up. Leave it as it is and now compare it with the above parameters.
You will see a lot of scope for improvement.
8) Get into Comfort Zone
You can never learn how to become a better writer if you have to “force” yourself to write. Whether it’s the pressure of deadlines or a self-imposed pressure to write, it won’t work, ever.
You need to find your writing comfort zone. What motivates you? What churns your mind with ideas? What is that corner of the house where you can write for hours? Does coffee help? Which time is your productivity at highest?
The point is not to stress yourself to write. Writing should come naturally, the words should string together to make meaningful impression.
Find your comfort zone and then write.
In “10 Steps to Becoming a Better Writer” CopyBlogger Wrote:
- Write more.
- Write even more.
- Write even more than that.
- Write when you don’t want to.
- Write when you do.
- Write when you have something to say.
- Write when you don’t.
- Write every day.
- Keep writing.
Some practical tips:
- Maintain a writing schedule. Use Google calendar to schedule writing tasks and stick to them.
- Use a timer. Use tools like Pomodoro or just a stopwatch to time writing.
- Always proof and edit your piece. You will detect errors and scope for language improvement.
- If you’re actively blogging, maintain a publishing schedule.
- Subscribe to “writing-based” blogs and read their newsletters.
Practice all of the recommended tips to learn how to become a better writer. It won’t happen overnight. You have to keep practicing writing, experimenting with various styles to discover yours.
Writing is an art and like any other, practice will make it perfect. If you want to become a better writer, learn to be a better reader first.