Want To Be a Better Writer?
Here are some of the best tips I have ever received for improving my writing skills.
When it comes to writing, simplicity is always the name of the game.
Less is usually more.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a network marketer or a full-time blogger — these tips will help you take your writing game to the next level.
Write Out the Top 10-20 FAQs You Get On Your Topic
What are your customers asking you over and over… and over again?
It’s time to listen up! Every good writer starts with an outline that keeps the reader in mind.
If your audience keeps showing you repeated patterns of thoughts, behaviors and questions – you have to take note.
These are the answers they’re craving from you! Don’t overcomplicate it or get too wordy and lost in your own mental tangents.
Write out the top 10-20 FAQs from your audience on any particular topic, then get busy answering them concisely one-by-one.
Keep your answers short and sweet and you’ll be on the path to writing domination in no time.
Tell More Stories
We all know that one girl on Facebook who is constantly blabbing.
Like, just get to the point, would ya?
(I hope I’m not that girl)
Humans are drawn to stories that have a beginning, middle and end.
The beginning starts with a problem or challenge that the main character faces. The middle describes the epic journey the main character had to take to finally land them to the end where they outline the one final solution to the first original problem.
Stories detail – in a human way – the emotions, trials and tribulations that a character experiences along the path to success. And it’s in our blood to crave them!
Stop reciting facts – start telling stories.
Write with Readability In Mind
This one is so obvious, yet so many people mess it up.
Write at a 4th grade reading level.
Stop trying to be Einstein.
Keep your sentences & paragraphs short, witty and punchy.
What I’m saying here is… punch your reader in the face with words!
Look at this paragraph itself, for example.
I did not write it like this:
Write with readability in mind. This one is so obvious, yet so many people mess it up. Write at a 4th grade reading level. Stop trying to be Einstein. Keep your sentences and paragraphs short, witty and punchy. What I’m saying here is… punch your reader in the face with words! More blocked together text blah blah blah blah blah blah owww my eyes hurt.
Chunk it up, man. Make it fun to read.
Make it feel like a secret handwritten note your BFF just passed you in the hallway in middle school.
And please, for the love of text, use readable fonts at an easy-on-the-eyes size (12-14 size font), keeping the stretch across the screen relatively minimal.
Bonus Tip : Take Breaks
Listen, you’re not Ernest Hemingway. And you don’t have to be.
Taking a step back from your writing is one of the best things you can do to give yourself a fresh perspective of what you’re working on.
You cannot gung-ho karate chop your way to a polished written masterpiece.
At the end of the day, writing is an art. It should be treated as such.
Now go get your boss on.