Have you ever dreamed of becoming a better writer? If so, you’re just like me!
I’ve been writing different pieces of papers for many years. However, I always know that improving writing skills is a must, no matter how many years you write. Thus, one day I woke up with a brilliant idea to make a one-week experiment of honing these writing skills.
One thing I’ve learned during this experiment is that you need to do your best to succeed.
If you want to master your blog writing skills in a week, read the following information and try to get the most out of it.
Start your week with one important thing – learning the art of a perfect blog writing.
Obviously, to write a high-quality blog post, you should understand its core elements. You can surf the Internet to find this information or take a look at this handy manual about blog writing by OmniPapers.
In a nutshell, there are five basic elements every blog post should have:
- An interesting idea: analyze your audience, find out their interests, and brainstorm a brilliant idea that might be useful for your readers. A good writer puts quality over quantity, so his or her texts get shares, likes, and more readers.
- A catchy headline: if you want to get more readers, provide a catchy and descriptive headline. People claim that a well-written headline is one of the most important elements of every blog post. The better your headline, the more readers will keep on reading the whole text.
- An introduction with a hook: to capture your readers’ attention, you need to write a great introduction, revealing key moments of your topic. Write some statistical data, add a quote, and hook your audience with a controversial thesis statement.
- Media content: if you want to help your readers understand your insights better, you need to use textual and media content. There are many types of visual content: images, charts, infographics, videos, photos, etc. Use photo stocks to find relevant images, or create them yourself.
- Enhance readability: there’s one simple rule every writer should know: put your readers first. While you’re writing an article, think about enhancing readability. Try to use plain words, write short sentences and paragraphs, add subheadings, create bullet lists.
Obviously, there are many other elements that every blog post should have (relevant quotes and links, tips and pieces of advice, a well-written conclusion, a call to action, and social media buttons).
Next time you write your text, check whether it has all above-mentioned elements.
If you know how to write a logical and informative blog post, that’s great. If you know how to make your content interesting, that’s even better! Dedicate your Tuesday to this question: learn how to make your texts more interesting.
Let’s call a spade a spade:
Writers try to look savvy on the web, so they use complex sentences, theoretical definitions and, therefore, their texts are too boring to read.
Unfortunately, if your readers are not scientists, they probably won’t understand your texts well.
There are 5 typical mistakes writers make:
- No audience analysis: As I said previously, you need to know your audience’s needs. If you want to know what to write to grab their attention, do this analysis. For example, if you write for businessmen, there is no point to give them life hacks for recent grads.
- Complex sentences: Reading the same article 4-5 times to understand it is a hard thing to do. Most people would skip reading such text, so you’d better divide your text into chunks (short paragraphs and sentences, simple words).
- Product advertisement: Although you want to promote your product or service, try not to do it in your text. Obviously, people are fed up with ads on the web: banners, Google ads, and videos are everywhere. Try to provide your audience with interesting texts but not sales pitch.
- Lack of examples: When you’re writing your blog post, think about the best examples to prove your point of view. No matter what type of examples you choose, whether personal experience, best practices, or fictional situations, you need to illustrate your thoughts to make a text more interesting.
- No proofreading: All people make mistakes, and it’s normal. However, if you’re a professional writer, you need to avoid making typos, grammatical and spelling errors. So, once your text is done, give it time and proofread your text.
Living in the digital era, you need to learn how to get the most out of it. Modern writers don’t know what a handwriting is (in the same way our colleagues did) as they use gadgets daily: laptops, mobile phones, and tablets. However, if you want to hone your writing skills, you need to start using helpful tools, too.
Here’s the list of the best tools for writers:
- Headline Analyzer: Do you remember that your headline should be catchy? Once you start using Headline Analyzer, you’ll start improving your writing skills in writing unique and interesting headlines. This tool analyzes headline type, length, word balance, and gives you the final score.
- Evernote: One of the best tools for writers to organize the writing process. Evernote helps to keep all drafts, notes, and materials in one place. Plus, you can use it to write texts, discuss them with clients and colleagues, and present final drafts.
- Grammarly: Check grammar and spelling errors, proofread texts, and identify explanations of each mistake. This tool is helpful for not only writers but all people as well. The most common way to improve your writing skills is to start using Grammarly once and for all.
- Hemingway: This tool helps people improve their writing skills, giving useful tips on how to enhance readability. The system is simple: insert text in a box, push a button, and get your text analyzed. Plus, this tool has word counter.
- Copyscape: If you want to become a blogging guru, you need to provide your readers with unique and original content. Thus, avoiding plagiarism is a must. Of course, all high-quality posts are based on research, but you need to learn how to rewrite or cite quotes. So, start using this app right now!
Once Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.”
If you’re good at blog writing, that’s great. However, you can always draw inspiration from other writing gurus who succeed. Thus, don’t hesitate to spend a day surfing the Internet to find the best blogs.
In fact, building relations with other blogging gurus can be beneficial to them and you. You can not only read their articles to get insights but write guest posts and ask for feedback.
Today I’m going to share my inspirational gurus with you. If you have yours, share with us!
- Brian Dean, backlinko.com
This blogger runs his website where he shares useful tips and SEO techniques with his readers. Reading this blog, you might understand how to increase traffic to your website, find interesting content strategies, and learn the art of copywriting.
- Neil Patel, quicksprout.com
Being a professional marketer, Neil Patel helps people grow their revenue. His writing skills are high evaluated by such huge brands as Amazon, NBC, HP, and others. However, Neil shares his knowledge with readers, providing them with interesting and useful articles on content marketing from time to time.
- Kristi Hines, kikolani.com
If you read different blogs, you might notice this author. Kristi Hines loves writing so much that she helps different blogs create an outstanding content that grabs audience’s attention. Her writing style is so great that you can spend hours reading her blog posts. So, if you are ready to get inspired, you need to follow Kristi and track her works.
- Leo Babauta, zenhabits.net
When it comes to boosting well-being, people crave actionable examples. Leo Babauta knows it and gives his readers catchy content only. If you want to learn something new and improve your writing style, start reading Leo’s blog.
- James Chartrand, menwithpens.ca
Do you know what effective copywriting is? If no, ask James as she has been writing interesting articles for many years. As soon as you click on her blog, you can’t stop reading it. Insightful ideas, brilliant solutions, and actionable examples – that’s what you can get with James!
In short, by collaborating with great bloggers, you can learn their tricks and implement their writing style where it is possible and needed.
How many times per day do you check your social media accounts? 10, 20, or 100?
Most people use social media networks daily as it is one of the easiest ways to keep in touch with friends and relatives, share thoughts, and entertain. Nowadays social media marketing is an important marketing tool, so you’d better start using social networks for your business, too.
Here’s the kicker:
If you want to improve your writing skills, you need to get feedback. If you want to get feedback, you need to attract readers.
So, once you create social media accounts to keep in touch with your readers, you can promote your texts easily.
Top 5 ways to get the most out of using SMM (social media marketing):
- Create interesting posts daily: if you know your audience’s needs, you can create outstanding content. Post daily to keep your readers involved.
- Announce your articles: if your text is done, but you’re not ready to post it, announce it on social media. Intrigue your audience to make them want to read it later.
- Give special offers: your readers are unique, and you should give them the best. Don’t hesitate to post special offers if you can. For example, discounts, promo codes, etc.
- Ask questions: build relations with your readers. Being a good writer is not only writing texts but also keeping in touch with people. Ask about their thoughts, ideas, and insights.
- Involve readers in communication: to become a better writer, you need to analyze your texts. Thus, you need to get feedback. Ask your readers to comment on your ideas and get the most out of it.
When it comes to the writing process, forming writing habits is a must. Obviously, you should do your best to achieve success. If you’re ready to become a better writer, take a look at the habits listed below to understand their importance once and for all. Plus, don’t hesitate to form them.
- Read 100 pages a day
- Write 1000 characters a day
- Keep your desk clean
- Boost inspiration
- Keep in touch with writing gurus
- Attend conferences
If you think that forming writing habits is a wrong thing to do, learn from well-known writers who succeed:
- Ray Bradbury: “My passions drive me to the typewriter every day of my life, and they have driven me there since I was twelve. So I never have to worry about schedules.”
- Ernest Hemingway: “When I am working on a book or a story I write every morning as soon after first light as possible. There is no one to disturb you and it is cool or cold and you come to your work and warm as you write. “
- Stephen King: “I have my vitamin pill and my music, sit in the same seat, and the papers are all arranged in the same places. The cumulative purpose of doing these things the same way every day seems to be a way of saying to the mind, you’re going to be dreaming soon.”
As you can see, forming habits is a good thing to do. It helps you organize the writing process and, therefore, write better papers.
Well, you’re welcome to the last day of our experiment. It’s Sunday, and it’s high time to start writing your masterpiece. First of all, you’d better look through all above-mentioned tips and get ready for the writing process.
Here’s a step-by-step guide how to start writing:
- organize your workplace (hide all extra stuff)
- take a cup of green tea to boost spirits
- surf the Internet to find out an idea
- make a plan (short draft of your text)
- shift writing text chunks and boosting inspiration
- take a pause
- reread your text, edit and proofread it
- find visual content to add
- send or post your text
- promote it on the web
Remember: if you want to hone your writing skills, you should keep all your drafts and notes. Read them from time to time, write down useful insights, and try to use them later.
When I made this experiment, my writing changed forever. I have been writing many articles since then, and now I keep on doing it with a big pleasure. Obviously, all writers need an individual approach, but some of these tips might be useful for all people who are keen on writing.
If you have your own tricks and tips about improving blog writing skills, don’t be greedy to share your ideas with us. Let’s rock the blogging world!