Are you an aspiring author? Do you want to boost your writing prowess? How about finishing posts or articles faster and better? After all, you can’t save time, you can only change how you spend it right? So if faster and sharpened writing appeals to you, read on my scribe.
- Throw perfectionism out the window. Your writing will not be perfect the first time through. It has to start somewhere, so just write. Writing tends to lead to more writing, so getting words out is the key here. Editing comes later.
- Writing projects rarely come together in one step. There are stages involved, so don’t imagine you will finish the project in one fell swoop.
- Use short sentences, and keep paragraphs to no more than 5 of them. Concise writing is your friend. Information is more manageable in short, easy to digest chunks.
- Solve a problem. How many times have you read this advice? Let’s face it. If you can make my life a bit more simple, or solve a nagging issue, I am interested. And interested readers are happy readers.
- Allow a bit of yourself to be left behind in what you write. You aren’t going into inappropriate areas here, but inserting a personal anecdote here and there peppers your writing with spice. The goal is to achieve a good balance between the information you are delivering, and a connection with the reader.
- Always seek a second opinion. Even the pros can publish mistakes when their work goes without the benefit of at least one other pair of eyes.
- Know when to walk away. It is amazing when you write an article, or post and then walk away thinking that it’s great. The next day you are about to post it, and see one or more improvements that can be made. Give your writing this second look.
Writing this piece I feel a bit like the church member who approached the pastor after hearing the same sermon three Sundays in a row. After mentioning it, and asking her if she realized she delivered the same sermon three times back to back she replied, “Yes, I am well aware of that, and I will keep delivering the same message until I see it is sinking in!”
I write on the things I want to learn, or understand on a deeper level. This is a topic that most of us can benefit from in repetition. What are your best writing tips? We would love to hear/read them.
Al Bargen for Writers Rise
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