How to become a better writer

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Hello Warrior Nation,

I'm looking to start a blog to provide content for my market but to be honest when it comes to writing I'm the worst to write something, when I begin writing about a topic my mind goes blank. And I can't finish the post. Any recommendations on how to write posts or just in general writing.
Thank You
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Meaney
    There's a function in Google Docs to transcribe your voice.

    Hit the mic button and pretend you're talking to a friend.

    This will feel really awkward and strange at first, but when you get into it, things will start flowing naturally and you'll end up with good content.

    Go through it and edit it, smarten it up and remove all the 'uhhh's' and 'umm's' (there will be lots).

    And you could also install the Grammarly app on your browser so it catches your typos and mistakes.
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    • Profile picture of the author sharminlaila
      I think its a effective suggestion. Definitely I will try it.Thank you.
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  • Profile picture of the author ramtar
    Read a lot first about a topic and then start writing. As you read about the topic try to understand it deeply. It works for me.
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    • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
      Good note here. Reading as much as possible gives you confidence and clarity in covering the subject matter.
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
    Practic as much as possible

    Before you start write key notes you want to cover in your article

    Just leave it unfinished and come back to it after some time
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    • Yes I fully agree, practise and key notes is everything!
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    • Profile picture of the author LaurenceBergen
      You said it correctly ChrisBa, that's my thought to, the best writers in the world were not always the best, they kept writing until they became the best.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    Write like mad.

    Open a Word document. Write 1000 words daily. Trash the doc after you are done. This detaches you from your writing and improves your writing skills too.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rose Anderson
    Read a lot and write a lot.

    Create a brief outline of your post. What do you want to explain? List the steps.

    Think about one person you want as your audience. Write like you're talking to them.

    After you write, read your work out loud. That will help you spot where your writing doesn't flow or sounds stilted.

    Here is a writing book I enjoyed - not an affiliate link.

    https://www.amazon.com/You-Writer-St...ite+well&psc=1
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    • Profile picture of the author Tom Addams
      As always, gold advice from Rose:

      Originally Posted by Rose Anderson View Post

      Read a lot and write a lot.

      Create a brief outline of your post. What do you want to explain? List the steps.

      Think about one person you want as your audience. Write like you're talking to them.

      After you write, read your work out loud. That will help you spot where your writing doesn't flow or sounds stilted.

      Here is a writing book I enjoyed - not an affiliate link.

      https://www.amazon.com/You-Writer-St...ite+well&psc=1
      jcmunoz1,

      I won't tell you how to become a better writer; though I do find that writing about alcoholic monkeys and buttucks works a treat. Instead, I'll give you a piece of marketing advice: if your writing is weak, then you either need to deliver strongly desirable information or know how to hurl traffic. If a blog post has information I need, the chap slinging words could have the writing chops of Stephenie Meyer, for all I care. I will devour that information. Bad spelling, grammar, and punctuation? If the information is needed - toss . . . not . . . given. Imagine, for instance, that your blog post contained education about a desirable business model. That business model could earn me thousands of pounds a month. I just have to read and understand and give it a bash. Do I care if the writing is poor? Do I mind if I have to spend 4 hours deciphering it? No, toss not given, because the information is strongly desirable to me. Failing all that, mate, just write "buttocks" a lot. Never fails me.

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      • Profile picture of the author jcmunoz1
        Thanks Mate.
        Great Advise
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      • Profile picture of the author discrat
        Originally Posted by Tom Addams View Post

        As always, gold advice from Rose:


        That business model could earn me thousands of pounds a month. I just have to read and understand and give it a bash. Do I care if the writing is poor? Do I mind if I have to spend 4 hours deciphering it? No, toss not given, because the information is strongly desirable to me. Failing all that, mate, just write "buttocks" a lot. Never fails me.

        - Tom
        I always wondered why you never entered the weight loss niche
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  • Profile picture of the author eplanellas
    Of course, the best way to improve your writing is through practice and feedback. I learn a lot simply by reading content that I wrote years ago and observing how my skills evolve. Reading my own writing helps me to identify strengths and weaknesses. It's best to let your writings sit a while before trying to critic them.

    During the writing process, I find that following a process helps. Start by doing a bit of research on the subject. From that, create an outline that's at least three levels deep. Next comes another round of research, enhancing the outline further. Then write according to the outline. I like to check my writing with the Hemmingway App and Grammarly, although I don't always agree with all their suggestions.

    For the sake of your readers, always try to make the first line the most interesting - it's only second in importance to the title. Try to write succinctly. That means using no more words than is necessary to convey an idea.

    You might consider getting a writing coach. If the purpose of the blog is to boost your income, you might want to consider hiring a professional to do the writing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
    Sounds like you're self-editing as you write. This could be why your mind goes blank. You're trying too hard to write perfectly.

    When you sit down to write a first draft, just write, just puke those words out onto the page regardless of typos, syntax and diction errors, etc. Just write. You'll edit your thoughts later.

    After following this process of writing and then editing, you'll get better at subconsciously self-editing as you write.

    Also, read great writers. Think about what you liked about their styles and incorporate that into your own voice.
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    Read a lot

    You'll be able to see how others write about the topics you want to choose

    You'll also be able to spot shortcuts

    Alternative: write outlines and have a pro writer flesh them out
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  • Profile picture of the author Nina Petrov
    The truth is people don't care anymore about any sentense structure, misspelling or any of that. Getting it all perfect is not necessary. Just has to be somewhat interesting. If you look up: Gary halbert letter you'll find his archieve of sales letters online. Then you can read some of them to get a sense of his writing style. But again, u don't need 2 wry about spelling, or grammer or any of htat. YOu seem to be fluent in english. That puts you far ahead of most who don't posseess fluid english. Then there's one simple thing that goes: tell em what you're gonna tell em, tell em, and then tell em what you've just told em.
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  • Profile picture of the author LaurenceBergen
    I'd say to just keep writing, you get better the more you write. The best writers in the world just kept writing, you should do the same and you will become a better writer.
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  • Profile picture of the author quadagon
    Dean Koontz rewrites every page 20-30 times.
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  • Profile picture of the author WarriorWasim
    Read a lot about your topic and find out the top bloggers and authority bloggers who are writing a great article on the same topic. Try to understand their voice, way of writing and catch the pattern. Now create unique patterns for your articles. Divide the whole article into multiple parts.Be a master and crafter of each part. Keep working and improve and optimize. Thanks :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author mikeydub
    I have to agree with Michael. Using google docs to transcribe your voice works very well with me.
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  • Profile picture of the author vishwa
    I advocate the tips provided by Ryan. Write 1000 words daily. Practice will makes you perfect. The more you write, quickly you will learn. You can also take help of some proof readers like Grammarly etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jack Albany
    Write every day. I try do an hour at the beginning of every day as that's when my mind is clearest. Helps a lot.
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  • Profile picture of the author tyronne78
    The best way to improve your writing is writing everyday and reading as much as you can. It's really that simple.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    How to become a better writer
    Rent someone else's talent...spend your time doing what you're good at.
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  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    I read a book on writing once and one of the best suggestions they had was to read the Op-Ed section of newspapers.

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  • Profile picture of the author hsahadath
    Keep in mind that a good reader can be a great writer. So read more and more that related to you or not to you. Then you will be a good writer.
    When you try to write something, at first read some article about your topic. Then start writing. You will be OK day by day.
    Thanks, Mytechgoal.
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  • Profile picture of the author Adrianne_
    Originally Posted by jcmunoz1 View Post

    Any recommendations on how to write posts or just in general writing.
    Thank You
    Start by reading something of interest in the topic you want to write about.
    This will generally get your mind thinking, and you will be prompted
    to add something to what you read.

    For example if you are reading an article about how to burn fat naturally,
    the article may mention to drink more water or work out before breakfast.
    If you know that people can also eat grapefruit or drink green tea to burn
    fat, and this info is missing from the article, then you have the makings of
    a new post.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kurt
    A little off topic, as this isn't a writing suggestion, but more a content strategy. If you're starting a blog I suggest you come up with 5-10 articles that are killer content related to your main topic. These will be the foundation of your site and will help you promote it. These may even take a week each to write.


    Then make the rest of the articles on your blog shorter and less intense, just to fill out your blog and keep it updated.
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    As far as how to write better, there's some pretty decent article templates out there you may want to check out to help you get going.
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  • Profile picture of the author ZephyrIon
    Read others posts. Understand the rhythm of their words. You'll get better through practice.
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  • Profile picture of the author TiffanyLambert
    Originally Posted by jcmunoz1 View Post

    Hello Warrior Nation,

    I'm looking to start a blog to provide content for my market but to be honest when it comes to writing I'm the worst to write something, when I begin writing about a topic my mind goes blank. And I can't finish the post. Any recommendations on how to write posts or just in general writing.
    Thank You
    Here are my tips:

    1. Eliminate distractions (they contribute to writer's block, which can really be attention zappers)

    2. Brainstorm using outlines or mind maps. Brainstorm the main ideas for the blog post, then sub-ideas - one or two per main idea. (Ie: Blog post: 5 Ways to Lose Weight - Main idea: Drink more water. - Subidea: Drink a glass before each meal, flavor your water, what counts as water, etc.

    3. Do a "Look inside" on Amazon books to see if you're covering everything that should be covered. (Ie: You may have thought about eliminating desserts, but what about a book that has a chapter on sneaky calories like bubble gum?)

    4. Write the basic information. Many love a Who, What, When, Where, How and Why approach. It's thorough.

    5. Go back and add personalization - introduction thoughts, conclusion and some sort of storytelling in the middle.
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  • Profile picture of the author AnnettedG
    Write for your reader. What do they want to know, experience, feel? Remove your expertise from the answer. Take a walk down memory lane to when you first started learning your subject matter and write from that point of view. Your writing will be relatable and understandable. Write 300-500 words per day; even if you'll never use it. Practice, practice, practice really does makes perfect. And start reading a book pre-Gutenberg. It will make you a better writer. Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author Word Genius
    Hi, JC. You've already gotten some great advice that can really help with increasing writing quality and making it easier. There are a couple things I would add.

    Remember that blog posts don't have to be long to be great quality writing. They can be anywhere from 300 words to 3,000, but it depends on your subject. I suggest sectioning off your posts.

    For example, if I were writing about the five benefits of eating bananas, I'd break them down into five sections. This helps both with writing and readability. If you write in chunks with sections and sub-headers, it's not nearly as overwhelming as writing one long blog post or article.

    You also have some great tools suggested above. I also use transcribing with Dragon for the computer and for an iOS device like my iPad. The one for the computer varies in price, but if you have an iPhone or iPad, you can download the free Dragon app. This is more convenient for me and can help when you're away from the computer.

    Sometimes you just have to step back from the computer to find writing inspiration outside.

    WG
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    Do you have 7000 words of practice writing completed by now? Just checking in
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  • Profile picture of the author LodestoneCS
    Start with an outline.

    My typical blueprint for a product review is:
    Intro
    Features
    Pros/Cons
    FAQs
    Conclusion

    I research what people are asking in the niche and that goes under Q&A.

    There are some other good templates out there like at ezinearticles that I'll use depending upon what I'm writing on.
    And sometimes you just want to wing it. Write up what points you want to hit and then just go for it. You'll sound more authentic, and it will be easier to read.

    If you're worried, use something like grammarly and hemmingwayapp to boost your writing quality.
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  • K, so you got 4 KEY factors here.

    1) WHAT

    Your prospective audience demands a certain kinda sumthin'.

    Get au fait with that if'n you wanna influence 'em.

    2) WHAT?

    K, so now ur au fait with shit already happened inya niche -- why repeat alla that?

    Point about content is how it desires UNIQUENESS an' SUPERTARGETED APTNESS before it THROWS ON THE SUPERHERO CAPE an' MAKES WITH THE SUPER ALLURE.So mebbe your researched WHAT reveals stuff to target, an' ALLA THE GAPS in WHAT IS OUT THERE pull on your UNIQUENESS.

    3) WHAAAAAAAT?

    K, so here is the math.

    Evrythin' known about shit evah + sum noo twist = CURIOSITY SO ON A STICK YOU GOTTA JAM IT IN EVRY HOLE SEE WHAT IS GOWIN' DOWN.

    4) WHAAAAAAAAAAAAT?

    Lemme repeat...

    "
    Your prospective audience demands a certain kinda sumthin'."

    So they seen what is bulgin' out offa the enda your stick, an' insteada lettin' 'em play around at random, you show 'em how

    THIS HOLE

    is

    THE ONE

    u gotta

    STICK THIS THING IN

    for

    MAXO WHAT U WANNA!


    Summary -- proffer exactly & only whatya peoples wanna see happnin' in the fyoooture c/o a contemporary twist on archetypal shit.

    Get clear on the CONSTRAINTS limiting your CREATIVITY & your material will WRITE ITSELF.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jessica Ambos
    Hi there! I'm not much of a writer myself but I research a lot when I do need to write something. It's best if you let your thoughts flow first before you ever think about your grammar and spelling mistakes. Make a rough draft and edit it when you're done. If you are unfamiliar with using a particular word, look it up. Find some synonyms that works perfectly. If you are unsure with you work, obtain assistance from people who has more experience that you before you finalize your draft.
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  • Profile picture of the author faiz7869
    To make good amount of money via content writing niche, you simply need to understand your clients requirements.

    1. Which audience your client want to target.

    2. Ask sample articles, he might already have some contents to show what exactly he is looking from you.

    3. Once you have done the research, it's up to you how to describe the stuff on the content but do not forget to cross check content's points with him/her

    Meanwhile, you can even ask him/her some seo keywords / or niche relevent points which he/she want to add into the contents. That's it
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  • Profile picture of the author Dabby Rouse
    1. Start with a story.
    Begin your piece with a fable that illustrates your point and shows the reader what it is that you're talking about. Develop a scene and a scenario where people can nod their heads and say, yes, I see, that happens to me.
    2. Start with a question.
    Much of life, and blog posts, are paradoxes, not answers. Starting with the answer first can be terrifying (and worse, inaccurate or incomplete).
    3 Talk it through.
    Start with the communication vehicle you're most comfortable with. Most people get stuck writing because they haven't done it enough. They haven't sat at the computer and made writing a habit, and each time they do eventually get to the screen, they agonize over each word choice and sentence until they've beaten the poor essay to death, 500 words and 2 bottles of wine later, declaring, "I'll never write again, no, not me!"
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  • Profile picture of the author Risktaker89
    One easy tip.

    Go to youtube.

    Type in the topic you want to write about.

    Make notes of what is presented in it.

    And you will have one post with good content

    Combine notes from a few videos and you will have an article with thousands of words
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    I would suggest learning researching as much as you can about the topic and then start writing. This should help you concentrate for sure.
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  • Focus on a specific point you want to make. Write short sentences. Explain your point in detail.
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  • Profile picture of the author iwantbreak
    In order to start out simple, you should refer to EzineArticles that provides articles on every single topic with language very much simple to understand...just create a free account and start writing for Ezine!
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  • Profile picture of the author agumbs1
    Hi, you need to take a copywriting course and I am not talking about the old school copywriting. I mean copywriting for digital marketers. This is the best way to get started.
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  • Profile picture of the author DABK
    Buttocks? What happened to heaving bosoms?

    Originally Posted by Tom Addams View Post

    Failing all that, mate, just write "buttocks" a lot. Never fails me.

    - Tom
    OP: Practice. Practice. Then practice some more.
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