Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Beginner's Guide: Simple Ways to Improve Your Writing

Do you dream of writing blog posts that are irresistible to your readers?

Practice makes perfect, so they say.

That sounds great, but why does it take so long?

In the mean time I've got a quick list of fast tips that will help improve your writing immediately.  No need to practice, practice, practice.

Keep Your Sentences "Short and Sweet"

That's your sentence length not your writing.

An interesting thought, people read long sentences pretty fast.  That's not what you want your reader's to be doing.  Your readers need to be able to understand and absorb the message your putting over.

So keep it short, your page layout doesn't need to be full length, and use plenty of paragraph breaks.

Using between 45 - 100 characters for reader comfort.

Keep it to the Point

Make it readable, easy-to-read for your followers.  Avoid long, confusing and complex sentences.

Often the longer you write, the less you hold your readers' attention.

Say it simply in a few words.  Keep it short, lean and clear so you're not wasting words.

3 is the Magic Number

We humans can only store 7 bits of information at a time.  Anything around about that number or less is a good place to start.

Especially if you have 3 strategies, 3 steps or 3 bullet points.  So use 3 as often as you can.

In doing so you'll improve your readers' ability to remember what you've written and keep their interest.  This is because we put information into groups of three, in order to recall it more easily.

Pay Attention to Your Writing Tone

As a writer you assume that all your readers can pick up on your tone.

That's easier said than done.

You want them to see what the intent is in your writing.


Sweetheart, please.

Does this sound like I'm rolling my eyes and annoyed? Gently teasing? Being sarcastic?

You have no idea as a reader unless the words around that phrase cue you into my written tone.

Make it Easy

Forget long winded, chunky paragraphs.

Make your work easy to read.  The simpler it is the more people will understand and enjoy what you've written.

Reading from a tablet or computer screen can be tiring.  So keep it straight forward, simple and less of a strain.
  • Keep your sentences short and to the point
  • Add bullet points and subheadings to guide people
  • Make your font size clear and legible so that your reader has no need to strain their eyes
Keep on Topic

I do this myself sometimes and have to make sure I don't wander away from what my main point is.

By adding lot's of points readers get lost off and confused.

Try building an outline.  From there you can decide on three main points you want to get across.  Always make sure each point ties in with what you're writing about.

So there it is.  A quick guide to becoming a better writer.

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