If you’re interested in writing as I am, you’ll always be on the lookout for any writing tips to help you improve your writing. A quick search on the internet and you’ll find hundreds of examples. Of course many of them are very similar, just written in different ways but I still find them fascinating and use them as a guide to the way I want to write.

The three examples below are from Jeff Goins, a writer and blogger . I chose them because it's been one of those weeks when I've seen some very poor examples of writing and I thought they were particularly relevant. I’ve added my own thoughts on them.


This is an obvious piece of advice, but sadly it’s one that not everyone follows. Don’t copy other people’s work. It’s dishonest, it’s a simple as that. You’re not being fair to the person you’re stealing from and you’re not being fair to the readers who are reading ‘your ‘content.

Of course you can quote from other writers but you need to attribute it.

It’s also unwise to try and ‘copy’ another writer’s exact writing style. It doesn’t work. Develop your own style of writing and let your personality shine through.


it’s not exactly a novel tip but that doesn’t make it any less important. We’ve all been disgusted by so called gurus in internet marketing making ridiculous promises but they are not the only ones using unethical tactics.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re creating training materials, writing articles, writing blogs, writing landing pages, newsletters, press releases, adverts... you shouldn’t
  • Promote products you don’t believe in .
  • Try and up sell your products and imply that people are stupid if they don’t sign up.
  • Use inaccurate data in your writing
  • Make completely unsubstantiated claims
  • Write headlines making wild and inaccurate promises
  • Write headlines that don’t match the content
  • Create bogus records showing financial success
  • Claim you have experience when you haven’t
  • Claim other writer’s work as your own.


This tip made me laugh. I’ve never seen it written like this before but it’s a great piece of advice. How often have you read something and struggled to either understand what they’re talking about because they either use words or jargon that you understand?

Remember not to...
  • Use too many adverbs
  • Use two words when one will do
  • Use too many long words
  • Use too many long sentences
  • Use jargon without explanation
  • Go off topic
  • Write articles with multiple topics
  • Write content that offers nothing to the reader
  • Write to show off how clever you are.
  • Pad your writing with extra words or sentences just to add quantity rather than quality
‘Word vomit’ your audience and they won’t listen to you.

As I said at the beginning there are many writing tips out there, but I believe that these three are ones you’d be foolish not to follow.
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Carol U Premium
words to live by; thanks Beverly, you truly are an inspiration.
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BIS Premium
Thanks Carol. I appreciate the compliment.
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Shaquinho Premium
Great article, Beverly! And...well...yes, a great headline! Thanks again for sharing your knowledge:-)
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BIS Premium
My pleasure. Glad you enjoyed it.
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DIGGER12 Premium
Great Tips! Thanks for taking the time to share them
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Thanks Digger. Glad you enjoyed it.
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Adi2008 Premium
I now have a new term in my vocabulary: "Word vomit" - I love that!. 3 awesome tips Beverley, thanks for sharing.
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BIS Premium
I love it too. It's one I shall use a lot! Thanks Adrian
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Shawn Martin Premium
LOL< my thoughts exactly! :) Nice post Beverley :)
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BIS Premium
Thanks Shawn
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The Crazy Guru Premium
awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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BIS Premium
Thanks!
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zakki Premium
Great.. Thanks for this.. You're the best! :)
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BIS Premium
Thanks Amr. Nice to see you.
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jeff2011 Premium
Thank you again. Always reading your posts
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BIS Premium
Thanks Jeff
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teacup Premium
Great advice we all need to keep in mind
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BIS Premium
Thanks for taking the time to comment
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Jaialoha Premium
On point, thanks!
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BIS Premium
Thank you.
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dreadless19 Premium
Thanks for the tips Beverley
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BIS Premium
My pleasure Teresa. Thanks for taking the time to read.
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cacaoboy Premium
I think a lot of people take license to re-write other peoples works thinking that they can change it enough to make it their own but they are just limiting their own creative potential. Unique content is King. If you are just trying to avoid a duplicate content slap from Goggle then all your doing is training the algorithm to recognize concept infringement down the line, potential making it harder for everyone.
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BIS Premium
You're right a lot of people do take liberties with other peoples work - some more subtly than others - but it's a foolish path to take.
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kalg Premium
Everybody gets the information from somewhere!

Kal
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@RICH. Premium
Perfect. :P R. x
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BIS Premium
Thank you!
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jespinola Premium
I really Love your post. i bookmarked this post :)
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BIS Premium
Thanks Jorge. Glad you enjoyed it.
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jespinola Premium
=D
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caylynn Premium
Excellent. Writing is best digested in threes.
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BIS Premium
Thank you!
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Marcus WFHW Premium
I do like that, "Don't just word-vomit on your audience".
Something I have been guilty of doing when trying to make an article a minimum of 500 words so you meet the criteria to post.
Neil.
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BIS Premium
Thanks Neil. It is a great expression isn't it. I think most of us have done it to get to the correct work count. - I certainly have.
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DomW Premium
point number three is a great one, something I have been guilty of in the past, but hopefully won't suffer from too much in the future. Great tips as always Beverley
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BIS Premium
Thanks Dom. I think we're all guilty of point three at one time or another.
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kiya05 Premium
Great article. I also read through some of your Street Articles, and loved them. I'm actually going to start training Monday, been procrastinating too long now, but I'm good and comfortable now, and this helps to motivate me to take that first step. So many good tips and ideas, thanks, I'll have to read more as I have time, you don't sit down and read 300 plus articles at one sitting. I only hope I can write half as well someday.
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BIS Premium
Thank you. That's really kind of you to say so. The best advice I can give you is just to write. Some articles will flow very easily and others you'll struggle with. But you can't improve unless you practice. And sometimes you have to accept something isn't perfect but it's good enough and move on to the next one.
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djlv Premium
Finding your own unique voice & sharing it with world ultimately leads to greater treasures for all concerned!
Good article.. thx ~)
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BIS Premium
Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it.
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kalg Premium
I love the vomit principle.
I used to use this alot when people talk and it is meaningless and they are just vomitting every time they speak. Usually referring to folks telling tales, fibs or or not following thru.

Now when it comes to writing! Now you're scaring me!
First, I'm not writer!
Second, my punctuation is all ova da place!
Third (com'on everything comes in 3's), what's an adverb? who cares? :)

Kal
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BIS Premium
Hi Kal
I think we probably all know someone who 'vomits' when they speak!

By the way...
Firstly - the moment you put pen to paper (or equivalent) - you are a writer.
Secondly - it's mostly the purists who get offended by poor punctuation. Most people are skimming too quickly to notice.
Thirdly - As above the majority of people won't care - but adverbs often add to your word total rather than to the quality of your writing.

Beverley
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kalg Premium
Hi Beverly,

So how do you write and feel that your grammar is "acceptable" or does it really matter since your words are "encouraging" I am just asking?


Kal
PS. I know you would be able to tear my sentence apart and karate chop it! haha
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BIS Premium
Hi Kal
You just have to start writing. You won't know until you do it.

When you finish a piece of work trying reading it out loud. If you're stumbling to read it - then you know there's something wrong with your sentence structure.

It's only with practice that you'll get better. Concentrate on offering quality content first. Only 16% of people read every word on a page. Everyone else will be skimming. If there's lots of mistakes then people won't read but from what you've written here I'm sure that won't be your problem.

Just believe in yourself and give it a go.

Beverley
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kalg Premium
Thanks Beverly,

I won't think about it anymore! I'll just do it and give it a go!

Who cares about perfect anyway! Right? :)

Kal
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L7 Premium
Great advice! Excellent.
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BIS Premium
Thanks Lewis
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MarvH Premium
Interesting that you compared this to applying for a job. I remember when I was in a position of hiring that you could also usually spot the spinners. Thanks Bis.
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BIS Premium
You're right you can. It's funny how often the people who try to spin don't realise that.
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Shields Premium
Sorry, I didn't mean that as a criticism. Need a delete button quick! Help!
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BIS Premium
Don't worry. I wasn't offended. It's good to get feedback on how people view what I write. Thanks for taking the time.
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Shields Premium
Did you notice, Beverly, how those dense, bright colors were aggressive and shouting?--Just a thought; I think I prefer your caring, concerned messages. Keep them coming.
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BIS Premium
I'm sorry if you felt shouted at - but yes the colours were a deliberate choice. I chose them to make them stand out, hoping that some people might just read the quote even if they didn't read the rest of what I've said. And there are some that really need that message.

I'm sorry if you prefer my caring and concerned messages but on this occasion that wasn't what I was trying to convey and clearly I succeeded on that point.
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wtbee2013 Premium
I have seen the others but not yours, Thank you I will look for it.
Kymee
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wtbee2013 Premium
Put this in doplr looks like one I will go to often. Thanks again.
Have a great day
Kymee
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wtbee2013 Premium
Being new to writing, I really needed this, thank you.
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BIS Premium
Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it. You can always find some training materials on article writing by myself and others in the training area.

Beverley
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Divine23 Premium
It was a great tips BIS...thanks for the reminder,surely follow!
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BIS Premium
Thanks Divina. Glad you enjoyed it.

Beverley
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Always a good reminder. Thank you for sharing Beverley! A Hannah hello to Linus.
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Thanks Meredith. Linus sends his love!
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kipper30 Premium
Thanks Beverley. Good blog and advice, as always. I might also add that, although it would seem obvious, to proofread what you've written. How many times have we all read interesting material that ends up leaving us with a negative impression because the author apparently didn't bother to check for spelling and other errors.
Kip
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BIS Premium
I agree with you. Was that a hint? You're absolutely right, but I know from experience that you can read several time and the brain is wired to ignore it. I think readers will forgive the odd mistake - but not a lot. As you say it's not good for people to be left with a negative impression.
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kipper30 Premium
Absolutely NOT a hint! :)
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Kathy1952 Premium
Hi Beverley! This is awesome material. I love to write and try to make it unique because it's fun to do it that way. I take your advice seriously. Thanks!
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BIS Premium
Thanks for taking the time to comment Kathy. Glad you enjoyed it.
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MarvH Premium
I agree with your comments BIS. When I read an article that obviously is a bunch of bull I can see it right away and close the article. So I try to use that as an example for myself. After proofreading for errors etc,. I read it again to see how it sounds as if I were reading it for the 1st time as I do not want my readers turning me off..
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BIS Premium
Thanks Marv. I tend to do the same - if the article is rubbish I stop reading it. But I think there's a problem that some writers put a 'positive spin' on their articles in the same way that they do when they're applying for a job - but it's not good practice and it's very unfair to the audience.
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golf1800s Premium
Thanks Beverley - Great tips for writing-foundations! I especially like the second one - readers are not stupid and one little fib in the first article read will set a sour disposition for any author. [ 'Word-vomit on your audience' - yes that made me laugh too!! It makes one want to stop reading, literally, and get a shower! ]
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BIS Premium
Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it. It is foolish for people to fib but you see it all the time.
The word vomit quote is awful - but it's one that's going to stay in my mind for a very long time.
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Hudson Premium
Great post Bev, we all need reminding of these especially the last point.
Regards
Hudson
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BIS Premium
Thanks Hudson. Glad you enjoyed it. I couldn't help laughing at the last point. I certainly hadn't heard it describe in that way before and it certainly caught my attention.
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