9 Simple Writing Tips to Improve your Content
9 Simple Writing Tips to Improve your Content. If you are looking to improve your writing as a copywriter, blogger, press officer or simple enthusiast, these nine simple writing tips could help you achieve your goal (and overcome the writer’s block).
The biggest difficulty for someone can be to find the right idea to start from, for someone else to put their ideas in order, for others to find their own style.
Whatever the difficulty you encounter in front of the blank page, these tips will be a useful starting point.
1. As soon as an idea arrives, write it down
Ideas are invaluable, you cannot allow them to roam freely within your mind without giving them a secure foothold. This means that always having paper and pen with you to write down ideas is the first point to start from.
Even the strangest or most twisted ideas (or those that seem to you pindaric flights unrelated to reality) must have a place in which to land. Write them, read them again and try to turn them into a project.
2. Writing is easier if you have already done research
Trying to understand where you are going while you are on the road will end up making you lose.
Start like this: once you’ve chosen the topic, do a targeted search to include all the elements that should not be missing from your piece. If you do not have in-depth knowledge of some topics, this is the time to study and expand your skills.
Finally, draw up a list at bullet point (the famous “ladder” , remember?): It will help you trace the way in which your writing will unfold.
3. Do not change while writing
You’ll spend more time and make more mistakes. This happens because you will be constantly forced to move from the creative phase (writing) to the analytical phase (editing) and these two phases involve different hemispheres of the brain.
Each step of the phase takes place only in a tenth of a second but considerably interrupts the concentration (whether you are writing or editing) and at the end of the day it can make you lose up to 40% of productivity.
Let the creativity flow in the first place, without worrying too much about form and style.
4. Don’t get involved in the details
In the first phase of writing a content, try not to interrupt the creative flow by trying to insert details that are not needed at that time.
Numbers, dates, facts, exact names , eg if you are writing that “according to a study to insert here the name of the university on XX% of businesses fail in the first 5/6 /? Months,” this is just what you have to write .
5. Call a friend
The terrible writer’s block comes to everyone. When you’re in the middle of it, don’t get angry, put despair aside and call a friend. Talk to him about what you are writing and what area of the content is giving you problems (not the generic fact that you are blocked).
When you finish the phone conversation, you will have lots of ideas and additional incentives to face the sheet (or screen) again.
As Seth Godin says, “No one ever gets the block of the speaker”.
6. Writing needs at least 500 words a day
500 words a day is a small enough target to be reachable by anyone. No matter what you write, what matters is having the constancy to do it, without procrastinating and without interruption.
500 words are written in an hour – if you are accustomed to the task – or in two, if you are neophyte.
The more you write the more you learn to write better , the more you correct yourself and the more you are ready to avoid new editing. And most importantly, know that nobody writes for eight hours a day. Who says, mind.
7. Get rid of mistakes and misprints
Small guide to remedy the problem:
- Read what you have written aloud.
- Review and correct the draft. Twice.
- Review and correct the draft. The third time, have a friend do it (choose it carefully though!).
- Escape any doubt with the help of a dictionary.
- Avoid repetitions, synonyms are precious allies.
- If you are dealing with particularly long texts , divide them into portions of 1000 words. At the end of each pause , move away from the writing and then return to a clear mind with an even more critical eye.
8. Read more than you write
For anyone involved in writing, reading is essential. Let’s read, first of all, just to write better.
Reading a lot helps us to take possession of a varied and diversified vocabulary . The more words we know, the more we are able to put nuances in the language, reducing for example the use of adverbs and adjectives. Being original depends both on the syntactic construction we choose to use and on the use of certain words.
A “heavy” writing, which uses extremely common terms or trivial thought associations, which abounds with adverbs or adjectives in an attempt to be relevant, will end up being devoid of consistency.