Hi and welcome back. Like I promised today I will disclose some techniques on how to improve writing skills. The ways I describe are no secrets but if you follow them you will see success.
I am writing blogs here and I am not a writer. You might have noticed that my mother language isn’t even English but when I read my text I am satisfied and think it sounds ok. Please correct me if you think different.
I did learn English in school a long time ago, in London where I went to school as a kid for one year. Then I had English lessons back in Switzerland but these didn’t improve my writing much.
You see now, I as well need to work on my writing skills due to wanting to write a blog in English without looking too stupid.
18 Easy Tricks To See Improvement.
- Write much.
- Read much, I listen to audio books, daily.
- Use a dictionary, don’t give up if you don’t know a word, get help online.
- Get feedback from friends.
- Use a grammar checking tool.
- Read your articles loud and edit them.
- To structure your writing.
- Think of what your reader wants to know.
- Keep things simple.
- Avoid loads of prepositional phrases.
- Don’t use filler phrases and words.
- Use strong words not weak words with adverbs.
- Write conversational, straightforward.
- Contractions sound conversational.
- Forget grammar rulebooks.
- Write simple sentences.
- Be yourself when writing.
- Re-edit your texts after a few months.
- Write more, practice is your professor.
Write much, more, often.
The essence of getting a better writer is practicing. None of all these tricks can work if you don’t practice them. Don’t hesitate, write a blog or a post every day.
You don’t need to publish every word you’ve written but you need to write. My posts are over 2000 words each and this month I’ve written 28’000+ words.
I feel I’m getting better and it get’s easier every day. The more you write the less you have a blockade and the less you think too much what you write.
Read or listen to audiobooks.
For me, it is the most relaxing thing to do after a busy day. Some years ago I used to read but today my eyes get tired fast and I prefer to listen to audiobooks.
Reading is filling your subconscious brain with words and sentences that stay with you for life. Many different topics and different authors talk different words and these add to your dictionary.
Listen to the language you write, not like me lol, I listen mostly German but that can also help.
Use the online dictionary.
I use dict.cc daily. Ok, I speak German and a lot of words I don’t know in English or I have a blackout and don’t remember them.
But even when writing in German a dictionary would help me find a greater choice of words to make my articles more precise. I love being able to choose from a variety of words.
Get feedback from friends.
Now, this might be hard to achieve. Most people don’t have time to read things they are not interested in. Try finding people you can share the favor.
Here at Wealthy Affiliate, we have a feedback forum. We provide feedback to others and in return, we get feedback from random people also looking for feedback.
It can be interesting to hear what others say about your text. When I began someone said he couldn’t continue reading this broken English, I then knew I had to change something lol.
Sign up for a grammar checking tool.
I highly recommend doing this due to not seeing all the mistakes you write when editing your text. It is impossible to recognize every typo right after writing a long article.
First, after writing, we are tired and second, we want to publish in a reasonable time. If I wanted to write without mistakes all the time it would take me days to finish a post.
I use Grammarly, it is free to sign up and the free version helps to prevent looking like an analphabet. I used Grammarly for a long time and they have a lot to correct for me.
There are people offering going over your writing and remodel it or recommend improvement but this can get very costly. $0.50 a word. It would cost me an arm and a leg so I trust Grammarly.
Read your articles loud and edit them.
A good exercise is to read your text out loud. When you edit and correct you might as well voice read all the writing. You might find some sentences sound unnatural or too complicated.
It is not the same just to read the text or to talk it out loud. When the words enter your ear your brain reacts differently. The reading should be a nice flowing steady beat.
Rocky, stumbling sentences should be rewritten and many short sentences in a row should be interrupted by longer ones to flatten the choppy rhythm.
Give your writing better structure.
You should give the reader the best possible reading experience, use lists, titles, and subtitles. Introduce the following and follow a line.
Interesting catching titles make the visitor reading the paragraphs below and the content below the title should satisfy the interest woken by the title.
The whole text should be directed to a final goal. Step by step, so the reader stays interested and reads all the way to the end, where your call to action should naturally be the quintessence.
Find out what your reader wants to know.
The whole work you are doing is meant for the reader. Find out what the interests are and provide useful content answering your visitor’s questions.
Don’t write for your self. It is not important what you think is interesting, you need to read your reader’s mind and provide information he is looking for.
See what other successful posts or blogs write about. Write a better version of the same topic that has been proven successful. Answer questions from your comment section.
Keep things simple.
Don’t try to write a dissertation, write for ordinary people wanting to learn something from you. There is nothing worse than an academic article about a simple topic.
Don’t over-explain every detail, provide enough information for everyone getting the point you want to impart. Eliminate overwhelming explanations.
Double-check your articles for unnecessary disclosures not valuable to your readers and try to reduce them to the essential message.
Avoid loads of prepositional phrases.
Clear statements have greater quality than prepositional describing facts. Having more words as content is ok but try to add more value as well.
Don’t use filler phrases and words.
basically don’t add value. They’re essentially useless. Often filler words are used to add color but even more often they don’t add any value at all.
Too many filler words are responsible for a boring reading experience, make tired but don’t provide any real information.
Use strong words not weak words with adverbs.
Instead of powering up every second expression with adverbs you could choose specific chosen strong words. It happens to me often because of my rather limited vocabulary.
Here again, the dictionary can be of help for finding a better choice of words. I have to read this article a lot myself in future to practice all these improvements lol.
Write conversational, straightforward.
This is a very important lesson, write like you communicate normally. Your reader will appreciate an easy writing style he is used to in daily conversations.
if you don’t want to be poetic don’t be. Use words everyone can understand and some everybody should understand. It’s no help showing you have a huge vocabulary if things can be said easily.
Impressing your readers with complicated words and sentences is going to backfire due to not many people will be able to follow the substance.
Contractions sound conversational.
Don’t say do not, this sounds like in a school book and isn’t how we talk together. Contractions have the same meaning but sound more conversational.
The reading flow would be unnatural without contractions and make us feel like reading an instruction manual. You’re writing to normal people and they want to read a personal conversation.
Forget grammar rulebooks
Again, you’re not writing for your English teacher but for ordinary people all over the world. The rules thought in grammar books change with time and you can be ahead of time.
You are now officially allowed to start sentences with conjunctions. And, feel free to end a sentence with a preposition. That’s fine, write naturally.
Write simple sentences.
Don’t juggle with too many words, keep your sentences simple. I know it often feels like we want to add writing quality to a text but often this gets out of control.
Make your message clear and understandable for everyone. A six-year-old should be able to get the message. If the message can’t be understood it’s worthless.
Be yourself when writing.
This is very important. You want your readers to recognize your writing style. This is only possible if you have your own style.
It takes time to develop a unique style or at least for others to recognize it as that. If you don’t write in your own style it will change all the time and you stay faceless.
Especially when writing on a website it is important to have a unique face, this leads to fans and followers. Some people won’t like your style and that’s ok.
If you have good relevant content even those people will continue reading your article and talk about you for not having a good writing style. Bad publicity is better than none :).
Throw in some personal anecdotes when the situation allows it. Loosen up the dry subject with a joke once in a while.
Re-edit your texts after a few months.
I suppose you write articles for websites and have access to all your published articles. Take your time and go over the most important articles after some time.
You’ll be surprised how unfamiliar your text sounds after a few months. Do some editing again and incorporate answers to questions from the comment section.
Upgrading an article that already has caught attention is greatly improving the chance of success. Your writing skills have developed over time and things can be optimized.
I read older posts of my self and it was almost forcing me to edit them. And to add more content due to having gotten a better picture of the topic and realizing things I just forgot to mention the first time.
PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE.
The A to Z in every art is practice. If you don’t like writing you have to change the job. If you want to get a better writer you have to write.
I promise if you do your daily writing, you’ll get better 100%. Words just start flying out of your mind almost by themselves.
When I started my website writing was tough, I managed some 6-800 words a post and was exhausted. Now a post with less than 2000 words is almost impossible 🙂
I got so used to writing in English, I sometimes think in English lol. I love to express myself and feel comfortable doing it.
Through all the practice I still can’t relinquish the use of Grammarly though. My articles would be a mess. I use the free version as I already said and when I enter this text into the Word Press editor I’ll have to do some correcting first lol.
I hope you take advantage of the great Grammarly spelling tool and feel secure and protected from looking like a second-class student.
Thank’s for visiting
That’s all, for now, my friends. I think you have some material to work with now and can start optimizing your writing skills.
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PS. I would really love to hear from you. What is your evaluation of this post? Can you add some valuable tips I missed? Do you use Grammarly and are you satisfied? Or do you have any questions?
I’ll happily reply to any comments and even have a discussion if necessary.
In the meanwhile, I wish you a great time, much success in improving your skills and hope to see you back.
All the best, Stefan 🙂 asuperaffiliate.com
My next post will be about the 1265 things you have to do to make a successful blog post 🙂