Do you plan on writing your own book?
Do you have a blog or website you need to constantly update with new fresh content?
Creating quality content can be tough if you don’t have the right confidence and tools to get you on the right path, but these 15 practical tips will be what you need to start improving.
Read More of the Content You Wish To Create
Whether you want to create a short story for Amazon Kindle, blog posts for your site, or dive in to technical writing, it’s vital that you read more of the content you want to create. The reason behind this is that writing isn’t one size fits-all. The writing needed for a technical piece is going to be very different in comparison to a creative piece.
Understanding Grammar and Punctuation
The most important part of becoming a better writer is understanding the basic principles of grammar and punctuation. You’ll never get your point across if you don’t know how to create succinct sentences that follow the basic principles of writing.
Create A Ritual
Having a set time in your day to write for your website, concentrate on your book, or craft new articles is the main component for gaining consistency. A ritual and a set timeframe allows you to be in your zone when it’s expected of you. For example, your mind, body, and fingertips will know it’s time to start writing so naturally you’ll be fueled by more ideas.
Write Ideas Every Day
Have you ever overheard a stranger telling a fascinating story to a friend? Ever met someone you felt like was such a unique “character?” Try to draw inspiration from everything you see, hear, and do, and write them down. You never know what might spark your next idea.
Start strong with a powerful hook that gets people interested. The introduction of any article or book is what convinces people to continue reading. Know how to entice people.
Learn The Art of Copywriting
No matter what kind of content you plan to write, there will come a day when you will need to convince people to click through to your website, an Amazon link, or a new webpage. Knowing how to convince people through the power of your words is going to be the game-changer for your writing career.
Try to write powerful sentences with strong verbs. Not every sentence needs to be the same. A good amount of variation is key, but don’t be stiff and don’t try to follow a specific pattern. The goal is to write your point across in a concise manner that is both readable and easy to understand.
Don’t be afraid to read through your articles and critique yourself. Expect to make changes. Don’t be afraid to shave down part of your content.
Let People In
You’ll never improve if you don’t let other people share their opinions and thoughts. Find out if your writing makes sense to them as much as it does to you.
Get To The Point
Whatever it is you’re trying to say, just get to it. Avoid fluff. Cut out the long winded sentences that lead to nothingness. Every word should be useful and lead to the bigger picture.
Let It Rest
If you’re working on a big project and double thinking your content, don’t hesitate to put down the draft and let it rest. Don’t overdo it or overthink it. Let it rest and get back to it after you have taken time off.
There are templates for short stories, creating blog posts and writing content on every style or topic. Utilizing these templates can be just what you need to motivate you to start writing. Don’t rely on them, but they do help when they’re needed.
Write A Lot
Write so much that you have exhausted every single idea out of your mind. Write so often that you feel like you have nothing else to type.
Be active. Run. Take walks. Exercise. Getting your body moving means getting the brain going as well. Inspiration and motivation always hits us in the midst of our physical activity.
Write For Yourself
Before you create content for your readers, be sure that what you are writing about is bringing you joy first and foremost. critique yourself. critique yourself. out of you to bring you happiness before it does anybody else.
Becoming a better writer is more than possible.
Implement these 15 ideas. You will surely reap the rewards of more creativity, inspiration, and motivation to improving your craft.
Brandon Webb is a former U.S. Navy SEAL, Sniper, and finished his time in the Navy as the Naval Special Warfare Sniper Course Manager. A passionate Entrepreneur (SOFREP.com & Crateclub.us) and a New York Times bestselling author. He is a member of YPO New York City and, Harvard Business School OPM 56.