Writing well is a joy for some and a chore for others. Anyone who can communicate can write. Here are tips on how to write well and polish your prose.
Remember your audience
Make sure your text is appropriate for your audience. If a doctor is writing an article for a medical journal, his language will be much different than if he's writing an article for his patients.
Keep an idea list
Whenever I have an idea for a blog post, I enter the title in my WordPress blog and Save Draft. That way, when I'm ready to write, I can go straight to that draft post and start writing. I literally have dozens of empty blog posts… so I'm never without something to write about. If I'm not near my computer, I'll send myself an email. I'm all digital… but hey, if you carry around a small notebook, write your ideas in there!
Add ideas and notes
I typically don't write an article starting with a blank page. As I research a topic, I'll copy and paste blurbs and ideas into the draft posts. That way, when I'm ready to write, I'll have enough information to compose a solid article.
Keep it short
Sentences and paragraphs do not need to be long. There's no need to write a 15-word sentence when a 6-word sentence will do. In fact, a short sentence can help emphasize a point. A long, rambling sentence will merely lose the reader's attention.
Use the correct word
There's a difference between there, their and they're. There's also a difference between it's and its, as well as you're and your. Make sure you know the difference and use them correctly.
Check your spelling
Don't depend on your word processor to check all spelling errors. You might use the correct spelling of a word but you use the singular instead of the plural. Chances are, your word processor won't catch that.
Use a dictionary
Make sure you know the meanings of words you use and are using the correct word for the message you want to convey.
When in doubt leave it out
This applies to several items. Look for words that do not add anything to the quality of the writing. Words such as very and really don't add anything to your writing except add to the number of words. Leave them out. Look for other words that don't contribute to the meaning of what you're writing. Also, look for punctuation that doesn't serve a purpose. How many commas have you included? If you have a comma every third word or so, chances are you don't need most of them. If you are not sure when to use a comma, then take it out. This also applies to semi-colons and exclamation points.
Do not wait to write.
You have an idea… sit down and just write. Avoid editing yourself. If you plan, and outline and take too many notes, you won't actually get the blog post done. And if you take too long each day to post an article… eventually, you'll burn out. Read about how turnitin works to detect your text on plagiarism.
Embed video or images
If your blog post is not going to be used for mass distribution or back links… then you can simply embed a video or interesting image and write a few paragraphs about it. This is the easiest way to create fast and compelling content
Read it aloud to yourself
This will help you edit it and take a good, hard look at your own writing. You'll catch more mistakes if you have to read it aloud.
Reading will help train your brain how to write well. You'll start picking up word patterns, syntax, spelling, grammar, and mechanics. It's a great mental workout.
The article was prepared by Edusson writers.
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