If you’ll read this article from this very beginning to the end, you’ll learn all you need to know on how to become a better writer.
You’ll learn how to improve your writing skills and start banking lots of cash with it.
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When you write those emails, they have flow. When you talk with friends, you speak with style using your tone. But when it’s time to write, you struggle…
Why is that?
If we examine the issue closer, it’s not that you can’t write, you can. It’s just that whenever you sit to write something like an article or sales letter, something creeps in.
What is that?
You get clumsy.
You see a blank screen waiting for you to fill it up with words.
You freeze, you droop, and start thinking maybe you’ll never become a good writer. Maybe writing isn’t for you. Or, maybe you’re better at something else, but not writing.
Stop lying to yourself. You can definitely become a better writer. It’s just that you’ll have to follow some writing rules.
The good news is that these writing rules I’m talking about are on this page which you’re reading right now.
If you’ll follow the simple writing principles I’ll be handing over to you soon, you’ll become not only a better writer but a great one.
Here come my top 10 writing tips that will tell you everything you need to know on how to become a better writer:
#1: Read often
Reading is very very important to becoming a better writer.
What we learn as readers are what we use as writers.
Everything you read when blended together becomes what you write. You only write what you read using your own unique tone and style.
You’ll be depriving yourself of knowledge when you refuse to read new books or articles.
You’ll be writing the same things you knew and maybe you’ve written about before…
Most people who read what you write won’t be gaining any new thing because they’re probably getting the same stuff they’d learned from you or someone else, before.
Do you really want to become a better writer?
Start reading every piece of book and article you stumble upon. But make sure it’s related to your topic, which you write and passionate about.
And don’t forget to read widely too. It will help you increase your knowledge base so you have more things to write about when you sit to write.
#2: Write daily
Have you seen anyone born with a pencil in their hand? Or, writing stories before they started crawling?
I don’t think so.
Anybody who writes every day has learned to make it a habit.
Writing doesn’t come to people naturally.
Most people who are now great writers always force themselves to write even when circumstances and situations don’t demand it.
Without a doubt, it won’t be easy when trying to make writing a daily habit. Almost all habits are like this:
The 1st, 2nd, 3rd, even to the 21st day will be difficult. But the more you do it, the more it feels effortless and natural.
Why should you care about writing on a daily basis?
Writing every day makes you a better writer. It also makes you a better person. It builds your discipline, makes you smarter and gives you a sense of accomplishment. And on top of that, it will take you to places you never dreamed of going.
Do you know where I’m talking about?
It’s the place where you stop worrying about money. It’s the place where you work whenever you want. I call this place the Land of Financial Independence (LFI).
#3: Seek feedback
Regularly seeking feedback will no doubt make you a better writer.
It will make writing less painful for you because it gives you the assurance that your writing will be super-perfect.
It will encourage you to write more knowing that there’s someone who will show you where your ideas lack balance and quality.
By constantly seeking feedback, you’ll take positive and construction steps to improve your writing. This makes you a better writer.
Many writers don’t seek feedback because they believe people will criticize them. People can’t criticize you, they will only criticize your writing, so why not ask?
Some writers don’t know who to ask for feedback. You have your roommate, your brother, your mother, and colleagues – they can give you feedback.
I promise you’ll get wonderful responses when you ask people for feedback.
Feedback will let you polish your writing skills and gradually improve it till you get to a point where you become a master of your craft.
#4: Abandon your ego
No doubt, your ego gives you confidence. It makes you feel important and make you think you’re the coolest in the room.
It holds your enemies, which are fear, insecurity, and hopelessness, far away from you.
But when you sit down to write on the blank screen, you need to get your ego out.
Your writing isn’t for you or about you. Your writing is for good people who will read it.
Readers don’t care about you. They only care about themselves.
You have to make their characters, traits, identities and current emotions show through what you write.
How can you make what you write about them?
Listen to what they are saying on forums, social media and blog comments, and write about them.
By applying this number 4 tip, you’ve taken a big step towards becoming a better and great writer.
#5: Proofread everything
Proofreading is a major component of being a good writer.
Nobody will read what you write if you’re not doing diligent proofreading.
Proofreading makes your writing good enough. It increases its quality.
You’ll have to be ruthless to be a better proofreader.
Some writers attach too much emotion to what they write that they become blind to see terrible mistakes in their writing. This prevents them from becoming good writers in their niches.
Sometimes, you may need to remove a whole section that took you hours to write. That’s what being ruthless means. It’s like being strict with yourself.
Here’s a fact you should always keep in mind as you proofread:
If something doesn’t make sense to you, it won’t make sense to the reader.
I’ll like to admit that proofreading is often boring. Writing is a lot of fun than proofreading.
But can you make great quality work without proofreading?
Impossible, you can’t.
Proofreading takes a lot of time. For many aspiring writers, that makes it a bad idea. I found out that writers who do a lot of proofreading have greater discipline and much better writing skills.
So if you really want to become a better writer, you’ll have to learn how to proofread well.
#6: Observe the world
Great writers know how to include the five senses in their writing.
When you read great writers’ works, you look, feel, taste, hear and smell. They work with the five senses of the body: eye, skin, tongue, ear, and nose. This is what makes them great writers.
Before you can start exploring the five senses of the body in your writing, you’ve got to know how to use them yourself. This is why you have to become a good observer.
When you write about what you saw, felt, tasted, heard and smelt, you automatically become an excellent writer. Most professional writers can’t do this.
When you turn your observations into writing, it makes your articles more descriptive and entertaining. This increases the quality of your writing because your articles are filled with vivid memories readers can picture in their minds.
#7: Take notes constantly
My number 1 writing tip (above) talks about the importance of reading for becoming a better writer. There’s no doubt about that, you’ll have to read a great deal of information.
But you should also take notes when reading.
Notes-taking is a way of engaging with what you’re reading. It helps you summarize what you learn, which lets you learn pretty fast.
Notes-taking is all about pulling out interesting quotes and statements that interest you.
Note-taking is good for retaining and analyzing important information.
Why notes-taking is so important is because it helps you store important information you may need later.
You can turn that information into a full blog post, book or anything that will benefit people.
#8: Emulate your favorite writers
Almost every great writer has been inspired by something or someone.
There’s nothing wrong with emulating your favorite writers as long as you don’t imitate them.
When you imitate, you mimic, impersonate or pretend to be that writer who you adore.
But when you emulate, you want to match or surpass the achievements of that writer you regard with utmost love, respect, and honor.
You’ll still have to develop that writing skill which is very similar to your favorite writers, but you aren’t going to be them. You want to incorporate what you like about your favorite writers and you also want to do that with your own voice and style.
How you can quickly emulate your favorite writers?
Simply transcribe or retype what they’d written. Yes, I mean word for word.
I know that this may sound stupid to you but the truth is it works!
(Hint: If you do this number eight, you’ll be taking a big step towards developing your writing skills.)
#9: Revise, revise and revise
When you revise, you look at your writing from a fresh, critical perspective. You reconsider a lot of things like paragraphs, ideas or points that don’t add any real value to your work. You also get to review your purpose in writing the article, in the first place.
Revising helps you reorganize your thoughts.
Revision isn’t what you do immediately before or after publishing your work, it’s what you do after days, weeks, months or years you’ve published an article.
Many writers don’t do revision because they think it’s simply a waste of time, but it’s not at all. It makes you revisit your old works and see how far you’ve improved since you published them. It also lets you discover those outdated facts and figures and replace them with new ones.
There’s no way you’ll produce the best stuff the first time you hit the “publish” button. You’ll have to go back to your articles several times and see weak areas you can improve. Doing this increases the quality of your work and makes you a better writer.
#10: Embrace structure
What is structured and how can it make you a better writer?
- The structure is the skeleton of your blog post. It serves as the map that tells you where you are and the destination you’re heading. It also helps the reader grasp the idea of your article.
- The structure is all about thinking and planning before writing.
- The structure involves taking a piece of paper and writing down what you want to write about.
This article you’re reading started with a structure.
From the introduction, down to the last paragraph has been planned before I opened
Microsoft Word to write. I’d structured everything on a piece of paper. This makes the writing process less painful. I rarely get lost because I knew where I was going.
Before you start writing anything, you should have listed the key ideas or points you want to convey through your blog post.
You should spread your ideas in sub-headings. This lets you know all you want to write about even before you start writing.
Being a good writer comes with a lot of benefits. Having good writing skills can help you generate a reliable and constant income for your family. It can help you quit your boring day job.
I urge you to never underestimate the power of writing online. So many people have achieved financial freedom all because they started a blog where they write on a regular basis.
You can start your own blog today and start developing your writing skills from there.
I’m sure that my powerful 10 writing tips have taught you everything you need to know on how to become a better writer that makes money round the clock.
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