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18 Jul 09 5 Tips To Better Writing

Whenever you’re writing any sort of internet content, whether it be for a blog or otherwise, you always strive to write better content.  Writing is a business of trying to constantly make yourself grow and flourish in different ways, to improve your writing, and the overall quality of your content.  Writing is a hard thing to do well, and takes an awful lot of practice for you to get better at, but there are a few tips you should be aware of as you make your way down that road.

  1. Know your audience
  2. Avoid common grammatical errors
  3. Focus on your readers
  4. Chop off useless sentences
  5. Don’t preach

Know your intended audience, as you will be writing for them.  So if you’re writing a piece of information about cycling for example, you would want to include some insider knowledge involving the latest bicycle tech or other equipment.  Showing that you are in the know regarding your topics validates your opinions to your readers, and keeps them coming back for more info.

Avoid commonly made grammatical mistakes.  Nothing frustrates a reader like their inability to quickly skim through your writing because of grammatical errors that should have been caught before the final draft.

Put your focus to your audience.  If you are trying to demonstrate a point, or act as a guide for any topic stay away from using the word “I” in favor of “you”.  For example, you wouldn’t want to write “I do this, so you should too.”.  You want to gravitate towards more of a “you should do this, and here’s why” to create a dialogue with the reader, and show them why what you’re writing is important to them.

Never rephrase the same sentence a few times in one of your works just to act as filler.  That’s repetitive and will put your reader to sleep.  You want a short concise, well edited, grammatically correct piece of work.  Get to the point, but make sure the road to that point is engaging.

Never preach that your method is the best because it’s your method.  That will turn off a reader faster than you would think.  Nobody wants to read a self inflating brag fest that does little more than bloat your own ego.  People want to read how what you have to say applies to them, not that they should follow your example because you’re so awesome.

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