Not everyone starts out as a great content writer, but everyone can become a great content writer. Here are ten tips to start you on the path toward greatness.
1. Learn a lot. The more you know, the more topics you’ll be able to write knowledgeably about. It will make your articles more interesting, and your writing process easier.
2. Write like you talk. Too many content writers have styles that are overly formal, or sound awkward, or are hard to read. But few people have these troubles when talking. So listen to how you talk, and write the same way.
3. Write fast. Write a lot, and don’t get hung up on small details. You’ll get more practice this way, and that will make you a better writer.
4. Be descriptive. People like descriptions of exactly what they are reading about. Make sure that your writing includes lots of detail and description, so that people can image what you mean when you are writing about it.
5. Tell stories. Stories are an important component of description. Make sure you use anecdotes in your writing. Use lots of these stories, and learn to tell them in an interesting, engaging manner.
6. Inject humor. There are lots of ways to make your writing engaging, but perhaps the one readers enjoy most is humor. Humor is fun for the writer, and fun for the reader. If the reader gets the sense you enjoyed your writing process, it’s more likely they’ll enjoy your writing.
7. Keep your sentences short. Your writing should be easy for the reader to understand. Long sentences become confusing, and they force readers to go back and reread to understand your meaning. Avoid confusion and keep sentences short.
8. Break your articles into sections. Not every reader will read your entire article, but you’ll have something interesting for almost everyone. Use sections and section titles, so readers can quickly pick out what appeals to them.
9. Plan out your articles. Too many articles sound like they were written in a rush, with no plan for where they were going. Write with a plan, and your writing will read better.
10. Use more exclamation marks. Strange, but true: Research shows that readers find sentences that end in exclamation marks more interesting. Use this to your advantage, and throw in a few more exclamations.
What could be added to this list?? Does writing come easy to you?