So many people new to writing articles or blogs worry about whether or not they're good enough. What one tip can you give a new writer?
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fishing Premium
My two cents....when I write content for my site or SA.....I think of who is this going to help, (my audience), and is this article really going to help... make it real....everyday folks I don't think want to read a university grade paper...they want something easy to read that gets the message across....and if I can I do try to add in my product but in a totally natural way....but I try to make them totally useful in someway or another.....I did not always do this....so sometimes I fall into old habits....But I try to put my personality into my writing....
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BIS Premium
Hi Tim
I agree you certainly don't need a university grade paper. And yes it's very easy to fall into my bad writing habits. Mine are sentences which are far too long!
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IveTriedThat Premium
Solid advice. I always tell people not to write a "book report." I like to keep my writing style conversationally.

As always, know your audience and write accordingly.
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Kyle Premium
You hit a very important point here. English majors will frown upon a lot of the writing that is out there, but the way that someone with perfect grammar and sentence structure would write is often times not what your particular audience is looking for.


Write for your users and engage them based on what they are interested in and they will love your content. It doesn't have to be perfect, in fact perfection does not exist.
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fishing Premium
It would take me hours to even to try and write a paper with perfect grammar if I could...I do not even try...I for the better part write very much the same way I talk...more or less...:)
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Kyle Premium
Same here, I usually write once...review it once...then publish. Yes, there are spelling issues sometimes and yes they are not perfect, but working in this way allows me to produce WAY more content than fearing my content not being perfect.
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IveTriedThat Premium
1. Don't write for a search engine. Write for a person.
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BIS Premium
Good advice as always Steve!
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Kyle Premium
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Kyle Premium
Write often. There is one way to get better at anything in life and that is to practice. As you write, you naturally get better and as you have people reading your content, you will naturally get a lot of feedback (which will help you then improve even more).
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BIS Premium
Hi Kyle
One definitely needs to write often because it's easy to become rusty and yes the more one writes the easier it becomes.
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Kyle Premium
And one other thing I forget to mention is READ often as well. The more your read about your niche, the easier it is to come up with ideas as you are writing. Your brain seems to be good at pulling ideas out of thin air if you read often.
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BIS Premium
Couldn't agree more. I often hear people say they don't have time to read. My reply is that you don't have the time not to. It's so important.
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Kyle Premium
Well said Beverley. Doesn't it sound ridiculous when someone says this. It is essentially saying, I don't have time to advance my knowledge. What are you here for if you are not constantly attempting to know more?
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stadium Premium
When I first started this I didn't realize you need to read what your planning on writing about first. I thought that many things I would write about, I could wing it. And this simply isn't true. After I tried winging it... I realized you do have to read and research what you're writing more than a bit, even if you do have some knowledge already. When you read first, you not only increase your knowledge but you also find different angles of approach that you would never realize without taking the time to first read up. I could write 5 articles not researching at all but I could read up on the subject and write just one article that outperforms all 5 I wrote without reading. And I also realize after you do a good amount of reading you will also save time writing in the long run.
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Kyle Premium
Excellent points Jeff. I share the same thoughts. Writing becomes easy and effortless the more you know about a niche...also topics to write about and your ability to interact within comments becomes much more effortless.
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stadium Premium
Not the greatest writer here but as a reader I think an article that grabs the readers attention in the first sentence is very important.
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Carson Premium
Couldn't agree more Jeff. When people land on a webpage, they quickly scan the page for relevant information and in many cases do a quick scan of the first couple sentences. They will look for a relevant title too. If you can engage your readers within the first 5-10 seconds, then they will likely stay on the page to read further.

A lot of great writers out there are avid readers and they write keeping in mind what they would like to read themselves.
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BIS Premium
Hi Jeff
Although I would agree with you that the first sentence is important, as a writer I would advise new writers it's the headline or title that is even more important, because it's that which will lead readers to move onto the body of the text. Too often writers come up with one headline and then leave it at that, which in my view is a mistake.

Beverley
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Carson Premium
Hey Beverley,

I have two tips that I would give people who are just starting out with writing.

1 - Write with the AUDIENCE in mind. Too many people focus on writing with a sales pitch in mind and this is not what you want to do at all.

Write with the intention to inform your audience. Help them, give them info that they are after, help them learn something.

2 - Write naturally and don't worry about being perfect. Anyone who can write an email to a friend, can be highly successful with Internet marketing. When your audience finds your content online, the last thing they want is to be bored reading. Write as you would write to a friend, and do not be afraid to use your own voice. Introduce yourself, tell people your story, and write freely. The best writers out there make their content fun to read where the audience is engaged and interested.

These two writing tips will really help make the content fun to read, and highly valuable to the intended audience.

Carson
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BIS Premium
Hi Carson

I agree with both your points -you should write with your audience in mind and you shouldn't worry about being perfect. However, I would probably add two small caveats to the second point

1) No one has to write 'perfectly' but if you have problems with literacy or language and that interferes with the understanding of your writing- it's a problem and one that you should address.

2) Using your own voice is really important but there are times when that could actually come into conflict with 'write with your audience in mind'.

I write as I speak in very long sentences with a lot of less well known vocabulary. That is my 'authentic voice' and yet I have had to temper that in order to ensure that I don't put off my readers and make my content easier to skim read. So although I would always say to new writers use your own voice - I'd also add you may have to tweak it slightly.
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