When I started writing on the internet in 2010 I knew I had the drive and passion to write articles of interest. Being able to string a sentence together also helped.
Discovering along the way that you need structure and balance to writing and rules do apply.
Feel free to use them as you see fit:
1. First Impressions Count
Grab your reader in the first paragraph. Make it interesting and even a bit humorous.
If your first paragraph is long winded you could lose your reader, so keep them enthralled with your words and phrasing.
2. Write Clearly to be Understood
Are you writing to show off or are you writing to make a point?
Keep it simple use the words that come into your mind first. You don't need to look up words in a thesaurus, use the words you already know. Read more and you'll gain a better understanding of language which will in turn increase your vocabulary.
3. Keep to the Point
While short clear sentences and paragraphs, let them flow in a logical order for your reader to understand.
4. Keep Punctuation and Grammar in Control
Run your eyes over all full stops, commas, dashes and apostrophes. Then move on to your next sentence. Don't just rely on a spell checker for spelling mistakes, use your own eyes. Make it consistent throughout.
5. Rules of Formatting
You can often rework a sentence with multiple commas. Keep it to the point and be concise.
I use bold highlighting in all of my blog posts/Hubs to identify key points. It helps readers while they're skimming through a page to make sense of it.
These headers make your article easier to read and more digestable.
6. Avoid Unnecessary Words
If you're not sure about something leave it out.
Keep it short and to the point, don't waste words or get attached to your sentences.
If it makes no sense, kill it!
7. Scrutinise the Serious Stuff
If you're quoting someone or have allegations about someone, make sure your text isn't in breach of copyright or is defamatory.
If you're satisfied it's your highest standard still read it over one more time just to make sure.
8. The Conclusion - Final Read
Be your own worst critic and scrutinise everything with a fine tooth comb. Read it out loud to yourself.
Embrace your imperfection, learn and have fun with your writing.
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