People who consider themselves non-writers, and must write for some part of their jobs often tell you they’d love to pass their duties on to someone else. These individuals believe they lack the fundamental skill with words. Let’s be candid; writing is not easy. It feels awkward and unnatural a lot of the time.
Oops, that’s me too.
So, what if I said you could be a capable writer with a few pieces of advice? It doesn’t matter what your profession or background is. Anyone will benefit. You could learn to produce more effective resumes, emails, letters, and proposals that win higher response rates, and increased recognition. Think about how powerful your words can be. A simple rearrangement on your resume could be the difference between an employer hiring you over someone else.
Don’t think you’re exempt. All of us write every day even if we’re typing text messages.
Well, let’s be awesome at it then.
I’ve been writing my entire life. I’ve failed many times figuring out what works and what doesn’t. I’ve written for my blog, magazines, websites, and in academia. The process of rejection can be an invaluable learning experience, but you don’t need to go through that to make immediate improvements. Ah, fellow writers will hate me for this.
Let me show you what I’ve learned. We’ll skip the guessing games, blank white pages, and headaches. I want you to imagine yourself writing with confidence and flair, while smoothly arriving and hitting that final ‘send’ button. Envision how that feels.
Ok, you with me? Let’s get started. Here my best advice for becoming a highly skilled writer:
Practice (EVERY DAY)
Establishing a daily writing practice and maintaining this routine can be challenging when you have other obligations. However, this is how you’ll see results most quickly. A small amount of time you know you will commit is all that is required. Ten minutes every day is better than four hours of brilliance two days a week.
Consistency is a must. When you are consistent, you have momentum. The words flow with ease, and your voice shines through with conviction. Don’t worry about what to write about, just start.
Disclaimer: Don’t skip this step, it’s the most important of all.
Take a course
Your writing can be improved dramatically online through Udemy or a similar platform. You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on college courses to be a writer. Ten bucks is a small investment for skills you’ll carry the rest of your life.
I started with “Writing with flair: How to become an exceptional writer” by Shani Raji. I highly recommend this course and teacher. The content is straightforward and easily understood. You’ll see improvement right away assuming you do the work.
When I first started writing blogs, I tended to get overly excited about the subject I was on and would spill out more sentences than I needed to get my point across. We are accustomed to thinking more words on the page is somehow better for the reader. This idea is 100% wrong. The culprit for this habit is our experience in universities, where ten to twenty-page papers filled with jargon is encouraged.
When it comes to professional writing, people don’t want to read long essays with words they don’t understand. Keep it short and concise. Use everyday language.
Tell a story
Humans have an affinity for storytelling. We have been sharing our tales since the dawn of campfires. If you have a story lingering in the back of your mind, then tell it. Don’t be shy. Write about your walk home from work and what you saw, or how you met your best friend. Stories entertain the reader and make your topic more interesting and relatable.
Know that people are self-interested
No, we’re not all selfish pigs. That’s not what I’m saying.
What I am saying is that you should give people a reason to click on your article or blog. You could have a fantastic story, but no one will read it if there is not a compelling title to draw in the reader. People often want to know what’s in it for them. Make them curious, offer them the knowledge that will improve their lives someway. You’re not selling cars; you’re getting people to resonate with what you are saying. Continue offering value in your content once you’ve hooked the reader.
People are bombarded every day by material on the web. You are a pebble in a vast ocean.
Why should someone take five minutes to read your work over someone else’s?
Give your writing plenty of breathing room. If you’re stuck and can’t think originally, then do something else; take a walk, read, go for a hike, or meet with a friend. Better yet, take a vacation if you have the means.
We forget that our subconscious minds are continually collecting information about us even when we’re doing nothing. Allow yourself to step away and come back. You’ll be amazed by the results. Writing is a process, not a marathon.
Study a new medium
Writing as a profession and application is broad. There are many routes you can take with significant demand for people who write well. After writing blogs for my website, I began studying copywriting for websites, sales letters, and emails. Since acquiring this skillset, I market myself more effectively and produce more engaging works for readers like you.
There’s no “wrong” way to go. Study and implement as many mediums as you can. They are all interrelated and work well together depending who you’re writing to and the choice of content.