Last Updated on: January 3rd, 2017
Becoming a master writer and improving your writing skills is something most bloggers, freelancers, and authors strive to do.
That’s why I (Lorraine) have helped my guest today improve her writing by co-writing this blog post with her. (She sent the basic draft, and I added to it.)
It’s difficult to write a stellar blog post on the first, second, or even the third try. Great writing requires revisions!
Not only that, but writing a blog post or an article that will captivate the reader is not something many people can do. In fact, many people will run to the hills when asked to write a blog post. The simple reason for this is that it is tough coming up with paragraphs of words that will make the reader sit still and want to read to the end. Authors sometimes feel the same way when beginning a new book, too.
While it’s easy to write an email or correct someone else’s work, it suddenly becomes a tumultuous task for a majority of people when they are asked to write an interesting, comprehensible piece. Here are 20 helpful tips on how you can transform your bland writing into an art of work that is a page-turner:
20 Ways to Improve Your Writing Skills
There’s no doubt about it — writing is a skill. To improve your writing skills, there are a plethora of things you can do.
Here are the 20 best ways for improving your writing skills. Please use them! If you do, you’ll become a master writer in no time!
1: Start with writing good sentences.
You can’t dare dream of becoming a great writer if you are vulnerable to write “your” instead of “you’re” or “they’re” instead of “their.” Knowing the meaning of homonyms will help you master your writing skills quickly.
Furthermore, inspiring content, is made up of carefully thought and well-written sentences. You must also learn how to pick the right words which will disqualify your work from just being bland and making it terrific.
2: Use a conversational tone when writing.
When you’re blogging, it’s best to use a conversational tone with your readers. Generally speaking, most bloggers and freelancers write conversationally.
However, if you are writing am academic paper, you have to follow some strict impersonal rules. The use of a conversational tone when writing keeps the reader hooked in almost every other type of writing. One of the best ways of handling this area is by including personal questions or questions that provoke thought and imagination in the mind of the reader.
3: Do some research on how best you can use vocabulary words in your work.
This can only be possible if the writer has first researched their target audience. There are master writers who target children, and others whose audience is made up of teenagers, travelers, scientists, couples, and so on.
The right word choice will definitely make your work interesting, depending on who is reading and who you were targeting when writing your blog post.
Also, every day, it’s a good idea to learn some new words. To improve your writing skills and your vocabulary, you can, for example, use the Tameri Guide for Writers.
You can also subscribe to Miriam-Webster’s Word of the Day.
You can test your vocabulary and improve it at Vocabsushi.
And you can learn more English at BBC Learning English, where you can even choose your native language!
4: Practice your writing.
The only way to become a master writing and improve your writing skills is by practicing. No one became a master writer without practicing their skills first, so write as if your whole life depends on it! This will help you allocate time and effort to your writing endeavor.
With practice, your writing technique will improve and this is what will eventually make you an accomplished writer.
5: Read others’ works.
Rarely if ever, will you find a writer who never read others’ works before starting their own writing journey. How can you write if you don’t know what a good piece looks like?
An aspiring writer must first read, widely and deeply, the various works of other writers.
Reading should not be restricted only to the topics you love, but also in content that does not really amuse you. Read all types of content to help you know the mistakes to avoid in your work.
6: Write something memorable.
The biggest mistake most writers make is writing things that are not memorable. Don’t censor your writing. Have courage. Be brave, and write about your personal experiences, too.
7: Form a habit of writing daily.
Writing is not like going to the movie theater or swimming where you get to relax and let things happen. In writing, you have to develop a strong culture of ensuring that will help you hone some useful master writer skills over time. The best way is to set some time aside every day to write.
When you’re writing, remove all distractions. To help you do this, you can use many different methods. Close all of your internet browser tabs. Avoid Facebook. Close your email app. Turn off your phone (or turn down the notification sounds). Turn off the TV. Write in private. Close your door. Do whatever you need to do to give yourself a chance to write in peace.
8: Be strict with yourself.
Create a schedule and stick to it. You need to have a schedule and decide that every other week you will be publishing an article or a blog post. This will help you keep yourself on toes. You will also become a better writer.
9: Create an outline before you start your writing.
There should be some basic outline such as what to write, when to write it, how to write it, and probably where to write it from. When you have figured out these questions first, you are most likely going to love writing, and your chance of delivering a great piece increases drastically.
You can also use a mind-map to help you organize your thoughts when you’re brainstorming and creating an outline.
A neat tool you can use to create a mind map of your own is BUBBL.US.
10: Self-edit your work seriously.
Everyone should follow the self-editing tips outlined here (and the additional 17 tips Lorraine provides you with in this post).
The best way to get the very best of your writing talent is when you are your worst critic. Don’t shy away from removing whole sentences from your work. Don’t be afraid to replace entire sentences or phrases with a single word. It is with severe editing that you will stay with the very best content which will keep the reader entertained.
11: Use an editor.
A good editor is what you need by your side as a writer. Never underestimate the value of a proofreading when it comes to you delivering a good book or article. However, such an editor must be patient with you. The editor should not just tell you that something doesn’t work but rather show you why it can’t work and probably even give you some suggestions.
If you cannot afford an editor, get your friends or family to help you.
12: Try imitating your favorite writers.
When you start writing, you can try to write like your favorite writer because with the imitation, you will learn a few tricks and, over time, find your own writing voice. It is important to note here that imitating the style of another writer is not plagiarism. (Plagiarism occurs when you copy someone else’s words and pass them off as your own.)
13: Make your content shine.
Make your content persuasive as well as one which the reader can trust and take as a point of authority. The best way to hack this is by researching your work first before writing, especially if a topic requires you to have factual information.
When readers trust your writing, they will want to read more of your work.
14: Give details to all of your writings.
As much as there is a need to write clear and brief content and avoid unnecessary details, it is paramount that you breathe life into all of your arguments. The best way to do this is by ensuring that no argument or statement is left hanging. It’s also good if you can back up your facts or assertions with statistics.
15: Create a killer headline.
Learn how to write capturing headlines which will make the reader want to read not only the first line, but all the way to the last word that you have written. A good headline is a primary feature of a good blog post. By managing to write headlines that capture the attention of the reader, you have successfully passed one of the most important tasks of becoming a master writer. Headline Analyzer can help you to write the best headlines, especially for a text you provide on the Internet.
You can also use the tips outlined in Quicksprout’s infographic to help you.
In addition, you can use any of the strategies outlined by these 71 bloggers to write a catchy headline.
16: Be honest.
In every topic you pick to write about, never tire or become afraid to write what you think. If you are writing about a top brand of computers, which has been adorned with glowing tributes, don’t be afraid to say what it is you feel, exactly. If the computer is hard to operate, just say so among the very many other great and bad features about your subject.
17: Research your topic.
Work carefully when you are researching your topic. It is easy to assume that research material is something that you can get on “Google.” Make your story different by doing in-depth, trusted research, backed up by stats, which will give a different point of view on a topic where every other writer thinks they are experts in.
18: Write on time, using a deadline.
Take time to write your project, but never sleep on the task. Make and keep a deadline. With the rising use of the Internet all over the world, more and more bloggers are finding it necessary to post a blog each or every other week. This is to help keep their readers entertained. Moreover, the longer you stay away, the higher the likelihood of being forgotten. You can give yourself a deadline for improvement of the draft, then for proofreading, and then for publishing.
The problem with self-imposed deadlines is that many people forget to stick with it. Life gets in the way. So make sure that you have a good work-life balance and be flexible when creating them.
19: Get a computer-writing app.
Unlike twenty years ago, you can now download an app which will help you write best blog posts. Such software will help you become better and definitely consistent over time. The app will help you navigate the world of writing and you will eventually mark your niche which will be marked by your style of writing.
There are tons of apps you can use! Look around, and find one that works for you.
Here are 20 distraction-free writing apps to choose from. This list has both Windows and Mac options, as well as phone ones.
20: Vary your writing environments but stick to your best one.
A master writer knows all too well the importance of having a good environment to work. You are probably never going to have much done if you are always writing from stool in some bar.
Admittedly, writers get ideas from all over the place, including bars. You could be walking your dog, seated in a train or laughing with friends when an idea hits you. Jot it down for later writing.
Just don’t forget to write in a quiet abode where you will have the chance to string beautiful words together in peace.
Christine Allen is young writer and blogger. She believes that you can get everything that you want. You just need to be sure in what you really want and be patient. You can follow her on Google Plus, Facebook or Twitter (@allenchris90).