Writer’s block has prevailed among the best of us. Famous authors like Dan Brown have been known to hang upside-down to help solve plot challenges. This technique is aptly called an inversion. Or if a more comfortable option is what you are looking for, Mark Twain was known to write in a relaxed state, from the comfort of his bed.
Many say that the problem with content writers is that they do not write often. Most blog sites will tell you that brainstorming and looking for inspiration are key to great writing. Well, these definitely help. Others will tell you that understanding SEO copywriting, keywords and analytics is the most important. That’s true too because Google likes content. That being said, the most successful writers in the world are not the ones that are the most talented.
Blogging is not like any other content writing style. If topics like “what is a blog” or “how to start a blog” have become passe for you, then you know very well by now that blogging goes well beyond good grammar and spell-checks. With YouTube videos, infographics and easily digestible quick-reads coming into the mix, presentation of information, as well as the heart of the content, has become an indispensable talent in the world of informational entrepreneurship. Worried that your writing skills need a disciplinary brush-up? It’s easier than you might think.
Here are five must-have tips that will improve your blog writing skills.
“Work on a good piece of writing proceeds on three levels: a musical one, where it is composed; an architectural one, where it is constructed; and finally, a textile one, where it is woven.”
― Walter Benjamin, One Way Street And Other Writings
Clock your writing
How to write a blog post that is flawless? With so much to write, its best to track your writing speed and match up to the desired one.
To bust out a pristine blog is great, but not if it takes 6 hours to get it done. It is true of successful professional and creative writing, be it a television production or a journalist jotting down words before her story goes to print. The fastest way to write is to have your research laid out in sections beforehand within an outline. Scribble what you want to write to get your point across. Clocking your work also keeps procrastination at bay and keeps your writing focused, consistent and improved on each piece you draft.
Being persistent is key
Learn to self-edit your writing
This aspect is as equally important as writing. It’s something you must learn to internalise. Traditional route says that there is an editor for your grammar, spelling, usage of comma etc. These thoughts need to be banished. Because with this traditional way, you will hardly get close to an editor who will give you a very clean manuscript for your story or script. Being a self-editor is time-saving and cost-efficient.
Don’t know how to start?
Speak simple, write simple
Journalists have to face this problem every day. Communicators in the business, government, technology and legal communities have their language (so to speak), with their own widely understood principles. To help your writing so that it is as clear as you can, you need to be able to carve away what is excess. Avoid complicated words unless they fit the sentence or the meaning. Otherwise, it only slows down your process, and the reader also struggles if the words are unwarily hard to understand.
Be visible and engaging
If you are a YouTuber or an avid blogger, you know that the comments section often gets R-rated. If you think going through the feedback section and replying to audiences is a waste of time, then think again. Effective bloggers cannot be static about their content and must evolve with the community of listeners. A communication loop keeps you inspired and allows you to find that unique voice and point of view that generates loyalty in your readers.
Push your limits. Never stop learning
Good writers write every day. Sure, there will be days when writing comes more naturally to you than others, and you may feel more particularly inspired, but from this day consider that as a bonus. Successful writers- from authors, scriptwriters, copywriters, reporters to bloggers have to tackle projects every single day to meet their daily goals.
If you are a freelancer, writing about new forms of content and subject matter opens up your mind to new streams of knowledge which might come in handy while tackling a similar project in the future.
You can create a blog post without any kind of plan or strategy. But how effective do you think that piece of content will be? Are people going to respond to it? Will it get shares? Will it reflect high up in the search engines?
Your checklist should always include the essentials that boost the performance of your article. For example, once you are done writing your blog post, always revisit the headline and check if there is any scope of improvement. Tools like Grammarly and Copyscape are allowing automation of plagiarism and grammar checks. Your time is well spent in making your content more powerful with every passing day.
Share with us how you ensure quality writing for your blogs.