Let’s say you have managed to become a full-fledged article writer. You’ve registered at a reputable agency or company, and you’ve even completed a few writing assignments that resulted in a bit of additional income. And now, you’ve gotten the hang of doing your research and then condensing all that you’ve learned into a neat 500-word article or thereabouts.
Still, there is always room for improvement. Even the best article writer out there could benefit from the following tips for upping your writing game:
- Read great articles. Virtually all the best writers started out by reading someone else’s great work, forming a template inspired by such, and then eventually finding their own style or voice. The truth is, you will not be able to create good articles without first knowing what they look like.
The Internet is littered with great material that you can read for free. You can try reading blogs that have quite an impressive following, free electronic books (E-books) written by renowned authors, and even news articles that crop up on your search engine.
Whatever you choose to read, don’t just focus on the content. Analyze the author’s writing style and flow as well. You may just find your work significantly improving almost effortlessly after you’ve spent a few days reading some very good material.
- Develop your own writing ritual. Particularly, discover when you are able to write the most productively. If you are a morning person, you may find that spending an hour on the keyboards shortly after a healthy breakfast generally results in better output. If you are a night person, by contrast, you may find it easier to focus on your work without the usual bevy of distractions that can hound you in the day.
The sooner you can find the most opportune time to write, the better you can condition your mind to get into “work” mode and the easier it will be for the words to flow.
- Remove the distractions. Even the most conscientious article writer can get tempted to procrastinate. Sometimes, a particularly complex writing assignment can prove overwhelming and you may look around to find something else to do in order to put off actually working on the latter.
To help you focus better, you can do a few simple steps to declutter your work space. Turn off the television (or better yet, work in a room without one), put your mobile phone and email alerts in discreet or silent mode, clear away your desk so you can deal with all the piles of paperwork later once you’ve finished.
- Strive for brevity. Long sentences filled with jargon are often frowned upon by clients. They tend to muck up the overall message, so stick to using a few well-chosen words instead.
Opt for shorter sentences with stronger verbs. Use fewer words with more impact. This is not to say that you should get rid of longer sentences entirely (you do need them for variety and they are necessary in some cases), but you should also train yourself to keep things simple and concise on the whole.
- Go for a strong beginning and end. For any article writer, hooking your reader from the first word and leaving them mulling over your last sentence are equally important. For a reader to get to the point where they want more of your writing, they need to get hooked first so make sure that your first sentence (and those succeeding it) will entice them to move on to the next.
Conclusions should provide closure, but should also leave the reader with something to wonder about or question long after they’ve read the article.