Sometimes we get so carried away with marketing plans, search engine optimization, making offers, and keeping our writing short to match even shorter attention spans, that we forget one of the most important aspects of communication: good writing. This isn't something we necessarily learned in school, though we could have. And it isn't necessarily self-taught, although it could be. Much of the best writing comes with practice, and an understanding if what, why, and to whom you're communicating to begin with.
If you're feeling like you need to get back to the basics with your writing skills, or even that you want to reconnect with words on the page whether for business or pleasure (and it should be pleasurable), read on for my list of tips, and see if they resonate for you. They apply to all types of writing, including blog posts, books, business writing, letters, etc.
1.Start At the Beginning
2. Be Specific
3. Express Your Unique Voice
4. Be Relevant
5. Be Organized
6. Find Your Fluidity
7. Vary Your Sentence Length
8. Use Words Your Readers Will Understand
9. Avoid Cliches
10. Read and Writing are Connected.
Read A Great Article, Blog Post, or Book, Often
11. Edit and Proofread
12. Appeal to the Senses
13. End at the Ending
14. Create A Sense of Urgency
15. Be Clear
16. Read Your Writing Out Loud
17. Unplug and Find Quiet
18. Have A Great Story
19. Create Suspense and/or Mystery
20. Enjoy Yourself and Don't Think of It As Work
21. Observe Everything
22. Discover What Inspires You
23. Be Surprising
24. Take A Risk, or Several
25. Take A Break, and Come Back
These are just some tips that have helped me over the years.
What about you? What writing tips can you share, and what are your greatest writing challenges?