How to improve your writing Skills 101


11 Tips to improve your writing Skills

Even if writing is not your area of expertise, you can learn how to write clear and accurate information.

1. Know why you are writing and your topic specialty.

Ask yourself what you hope to accomplish by writing the material.  We generally write to inform, explain, persuade, instruct, entertain, or document.  Once you know exactly why you are writing the material, you can develop your ideas and gather the information needed to write it.

2. Know your audience or target market.

Before you start writing, find out as much information about your target audience as possible. What are their ages, occupations, gender, interests, needs, and desires? How knowledgeable are they about the subject?  This information will help you write materials that your audience can relate to and motivate them to take the desired action.

3. Write your materials from the audience’s or target market’s perspective.

If you want to grab and hold the attention of your audience, you must let them know what benefit they will gain from reading your materials. Will they have the opportunity to buy a product that will make their lives easier? Will they save money by using your service? Will they be better informed about a topic of importance to them? Your message must speak to the needs and aspirations of your reader or audience.

4. Write clear and straightforward sentences.

Avoid wordy sentences that cloud your message. Long sentences can confuse and distract readers.

5. Keep your paragraphs simple and efficient.

Long blocks of text can be perceived as time consuming to read.  When I get to a website or read something I do not want a lot of text to read.  Readers may have little time to devote to reading your material. Any perception that reading your material will be “drudgery” will turn them off. Therefore, short paragraphs that read fast and flow well will hold readers’ attention.

6. Keep typeface simple and easy to read and follow.

The use of special typefaces such as bold or italic is a great way to grab readers’ attention and emphasize important information. However, if used too much, these special attributes lose their impact and make text more difficult to read.

7. Guide readers through the document.

By using headings, subheadings, and white space, you can visually guide readers through your document. Headings and subheadings give readers valuable information at a glance. They can be used to transition from one topic to the next and connect information. They enable readers to focus on information that is of greatest importance or interest to them. White space breaks up text and makes it easier to read.

8. Ask someone to read what you have written.

Enlist the help of a friend, relative, colleague, employee, or someone else capable of providing constructive criticism to read what you have written.  I have done this with a couple of my friends and online colleagues and this has been the most helpful to me in my past.

a. Does the information come across clear and to the point?
b. Is any important information missing?
c. Did you find any misspelled words, punctuation errors, or problems with the format?
d. Would you change anything?

9. Editing

A sure way to catch errors, inconsistencies, and formatting problems is to take a break from reviewing the material.  By putting it aside, you will clear your mind and be able to re-read the document with a fresh set of eyes.

10. Reference guides.

Dictionaries, college style references, website resources and thesauruses.

11.  Always use a copy write creative commons is one of the  proper methods for self publishing your articles.

HINT: Hit the ALT KEY and then HOLD DOWN ALT KEY THEN HIT 0169 gives you © then add the year 2011 and whatever you want on your articles.

The primary reason for creating written communication is to connect you to your target audience and get them to take the desired action.  If you are not in a position to write your own material please feel free to contact our Team.

For professional writing, editing, and research services that meet your needs, contact  me at jackiepaulson8@yahoo.com

Jackie Paulson

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9 Responses to How to improve your writing Skills 101

  1. reneeboomer says:

    Thank you Jackie for this wealth of information. I am still new to blogging and learning as I go. This is terrific advice. 🙂 Renee

  2. Imogen Shepard says:

    Jackie you are a Genius!! I have wondered and wondered for ages on how to get that troublesome little copywrite symbol up and finally someone (you) was gracious enough to tell us how to do it! THANK YOU!!! xx

    • To Imogen – I am so glad you found on thing helpful today. I had that bugging me forever. The ALT © symbol. It is so important to add it as it is the official code or what I believe makes a professional document. It tells your readers that what you write is important. Thanks for reading my articles and telling me what you have learned.

  3. It is a pleasure to write for such an audience, it is so nice to see others help us edit our writing at times. Their observations of our writing can be an eye opener. I read that when you write a post, don’t publish it right away and to save it in draft. Then go back and re read it and make changes then hit the Publish. That is also great advice. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. brittany220 says:

    Great advice! My oldest brother helped me edit one of my blog posts one time. He was good at making my sentences more succinct and precise.

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  6. cocomino says:

    Great idea. I think that the most important is no.1.
    The strong motive is energy to write something:)

  7. Katie says:

    This is great advice! Though I must admit I’ve been getting a bit sloppy in my writing.

  8. Good tips, especially the one about writing clear, straightforward sentences. I hate cluttered word-slinging. 🙂

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