Tuesday, April 30, 2013

25 Ways to Improve Your Writing Now

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?

-Carrie Jaffe-Pickett
writer, editor

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