9 top tips to become a better writer

Want to be a content writer but do not know where to begin? Writing is all about putting your thoughts into words until you create a piece worth reading. Here are the things that I do while writing an article and they have always worked for me.

A site such as this allows you opportunities to explore your latent talent and expand your strengths. Though, it's for you to take the initiative and find a direction. It doesn't make much sense. Well, let me try another approach. How about I let you onto something – this site allows you to learn and earn. What's new, you say; you already know that.

Let me repeat that for you, this site lets you 'learn' and 'earn'. Before you become exasperated with my repetitions, the knowledge that I am trying to pass is that you have to grab the opportunity to learn, and once you've mastered that, you can begin your earning journey.

Anyone who can construct a sentence in English, think of themselves as writers. Do you think you can write? Is it something that you like doing? Do you have a natural flair for writing? Do you have a way with words? Are you articulate; can you create fresh, evocative content? Can you transform your thoughts into meaningful, inspiring sentences, passages and articles?

Were your answers to the questions in the affirmative? Well, congratulations because you have all the making of becoming a writer. This article will give you a little nudge and put you on the right track. It's a guide to perfect your writing. There are tips here on how to present your article so that you can hold on to the reader's attention.

Though we live in a digital world, the written word continues to be king. Trust me on that. I make my money just by writing, and I know at least a dozen people who earn rather handsomely through blogging and creating content. If you aim to be like one of those people, then you must begin by getting it right.

I am not going to be talking about grammar and HTML codes and stuff like that. This tutorial is more about perfecting the art of presentation and becoming a good writer. The kind who get paid good money to write. Did that get your attention!

So, let's begin with lessons that I have learnt on my journey as a freelance content writer. These techniques have worked for me. They are easy to follow and revolve around the basics of putting pen to paper. The techniques might not work if you are replicating someone else's thoughts. The method works best with your ideas, even if some of them are something that you have either read or heard. I mean organic views.

Do some brainstorming

Before you sit down to convert the thoughts in your head into something that you want to sell or expect others to read, ask yourself what you want to convey. Next, ask why you want to create that piece. Do you have a message that you want to share with the world, or is it the knowledge that you want to spread? It is important to have a clear idea for every piece of writing that you create.

When you have answers to why you want to write a piece, you become aware of its outcome. You proceed better when you know what you are going to be doing, instead of floundering around and looking for ideas as you progress.

Will your piece be informative? Will it motivate readers? Will it spell hope for someone who's struggling with issues? Will it brighten someone's day? As you go along, you will realise that your most exceptional work happens when you have a single clear intention. There is no confusion, so you avoid creating blunders. Focusing on one aspect keeps the reader interested. So, whatever you decide, choose it and remain committed to it.

Planning is important

Don't sit down to write without a plan. You know where you are going if you have a roadmap. I always work with one; I have one right now, as I furiously type on my laptop. The roadmap that I have chosen for this piece makes me sift through my work experience, and I put down each of those experiences in sequential order.

My roadmaps change depending on what I am working on, it's important for it gives direction and flow to the content. The key points to remember are –
  • Establishing the primary purpose
  • Creating a captivating title
  • Collecting information and maybe compelling images and suitable backlinks
  • Organising the information in to bite size pieces, so that each segment contains useful information
  • Maintaining flow, with the intent of keeping the reader engrossed
  • And most importantly, getting facts right – validating information before publishing it is important

Get to the point

You have got to get your reader's interest, so you got to keep the content crisp and to the point. Don't beat around the bush to build word count. That kind of fluff doesn't sell. People want to read the valuable content so, keep it informative and to the point.

There'll be instances when you'll struggle to get to the point. You want to say a lot, so how do you go about that. There are two bits of advice that I'll share here, and the first is to break it down into small capsules. That way, you can put down everything you wanted to write, by confining it to little segments. This categorising of content simplifies, putting thoughts down and makes reading easy.

The next point to keep in mind is your audience. For whom are you writing? The age group, students, employed, homemakers etc. Create a framework of what you want to convey and to whom; this always works for me, it becomes easier to proceed when you know who your readers would be.

Break it down

Yes, break it down, and make the content digestible. Your readers shouldn't have to struggle with understanding what you are trying to convey. You should write your work such that it becomes easy to comprehend. Always relate to your audience – if you are writing for an eight-year-old, you'd want to bring in more examples and build a story, to make it gripping.

Eight-year-olds are restless and easily distracted; you cannot hold their attention with a bunch of facts. You need to add an element of excitement into the writing and make it intriguing. Learn to recognise the pulse of your readers before you write for them. If you are providing tips to ace an interview, make it relatable. Put yourself in the reader's shoes and rate your article. Does it provide valuable instructions? Are there enough examples and situations?

Create a stress-free environment

Writing is a job like any other job, and you need to be comfortable and free of all tensions and pressure to spin great content. Working on a project with a distracted mind can be quite difficult. The mind doesn't function as well, the thoughts don't flow so smoothly, and it reflects in your writing.

Get a cup of coffee or take a shower or maybe a nap, listen to music, do whatever it takes for you to relax and experience that dopamine rush that gives your creative juices a kickstart. Learn to unclench and loosen up, for it's in moments such as this that you'll get those fantastic taglines and ideas for your work. Creativity emerges in the right setting, find out what yours is.

Don't linger

Don't waste too much time getting your thoughts and words in sync. Begin writing once you have a concept in mind. You can always go back and tweak your article, but it is important to begin and continue putting those thoughts down. It keeps the creative juices working. If you stop and modify each sentence or paragraph, you'll lose the flow. Don't fuss over it; continue writing; you can always come back and refine your writing. The more you linger, the deeper you'll slide down the analysis chasm.

Proofread and edit

I cannot stress the importance of proofreading; you can eliminate blunders that can cost you your credibility as a writer. Mistakes happen, and sometimes, despite going over your work, you'll still have some errors that you missed. It happens with me all the time. Make sure to run the grammar and spell check on your work. Reading the content before publishing it is an excellent way to check for errors. It allows you to check if the piece flows well or whether some parts are unclear or if there is a typo or a missing word etc. Read to find mistakes.

Read voraciously

Reading has many benefits, it improves vocabulary, it also polishes and refines your writing style. You become adept at giving your thoughts a medium of expression. Reading makes you more expressive; it helps you develop your writing style because somewhere the works that you read influence you. Read different types of content, newspaper articles, journals, short-stores, novels, autobiographies etc.

Close strong

The ending has to be powerful; you need to end on a positive note. If you're selling something, end it with a call of action for your reader. Add a request for comments, like and share, if you are blogging, as it helps to build followers.

Final tip

Write about things you know. Don't copy what others are doing. Do what you do best. Share the knowledge that you have acquired. Research before starting to write, so the content remains relevant.


Author: Umesh07 Jul 2019 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 5

An excellent article on guiding people who are interested in writing and want to make a place in this area. Writing is not an activity which can be learned just like that by scribbling a few sentences here and there. It is a meticulous drawing of a web of the sentences linked to each other in a continuous manner without losing the main theme or as sometimes which we call as the central idea of a presentation. Reading, assimilation of ideas, the amalgamation of new thinking, creating coherence in the content and producing new writing is briefly the elements of learning how to write. Using bigger and tough words is not writing. It is the use of simple words in a well-knitted fashion that impresses the readers on the first go that is termed as good writing.

I have read some books where you feel yourself standing in the place of the protagonist and experiencing what he is supposed to. Words have the power to depict anything if they are properly placed in the write-up.

Author: Ajay Vikram Singh16 Jul 2019 Member Level: Gold   Points : 4

I have been writing articles based on sports since a long time now. I saw your name in article super stars and started browsing all your articles as I wanted to learn about things you do better than others. While browsing, I came across this article and for me, it was like getting a boundary off a dive. Everyone who read this article might come down and comment something like "Nice article" etc. but all I am going to say is that this article made my night actually. I have read at least three things and I will implement them when writing an article next time. I would like to thank you for putting up such a valuable article here.

Author: Varghese16 Jul 2019 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 5

A very well written article for the beginners and for the people who would like to activate their writing skills. One might have the grammar, style and vocabulary but putting them in the correct group and in a good and presentable format is difficult.

I get many thoughts and topics and often brainstorms the same but a majority of the time, it lacks the fills which are required to complete the content. Many a time, I get a point and my mind starts digging into it to some extent but I won't able to get the correct content for an article.

Some of the points that I would like to ask as you are a creative content writer are :
- Does strong vocabulary help in your write up or even a simple language can be followed?
- Do we have to present an article in paragraphs or even points-wise presentation is fine?
- What should be the length of an ideal article as lengthy contents may distract a person?

Author: Anauj08 Aug 2019 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 12

Thank you for appreciating the article. I can relate to your situation, as I have been through it too. Ideas for subjects to write on pop up in mind and then you get stuck with what next. How do you go about converting an idea into readable text?

I would suggest you break down the topic into different sub-topics, and see which of those sub-topics can be made into a readable piece. Take ‘monsoon' for instance – you can write about the problems people face because of the heavy rains, or write about diseases and healthcare during the season. Other topics could be about foods to avoid or precautions to be taken during monsoon. Explore, and you'll get ideas for the content. You can also write about personal experiences.

To answer your questions –
Vocabulary is essential to the extent that it makes sense when read. Simple language or strong vocabulary depends on the writer. In the sense that what is simple for A, might be complex for B. For example, you have used the term ‘vocabulary' in your question; someone else might use ‘language'. It is fine as long as the grammar is correct, and the information shared is authentic. Going for big words which aren't relevant to the text is not desired. Write whatever makes you comfortable. Don't stress on language, know your audience and keep it relevant to them.

An article must be split into paragraphs, with suitable sub-headings. You can put bullet points within the content of a sub-heading. However, the entire piece must not be made up of points. Write in a way that the reader remains engaged.

The ideal length of an article is between 700-1500 words, but that doesn't mean that an article cannot be shorter. It is better to write to the point, instead of adding fluff to the content to make up the word count. The reader must go away informed.

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