Last Updated on February 9, 2021 by Calvin C.
Background of writing skills
The ability to accurately express your ideas in writing partly requires you to avoid common grammatical mistakes. In this article, I look at 10 ways to improve your writing skills and become confident with your writing.
You may write a brilliant post but if it is full of grammatical mistakes your readers are quickly put off.
Trust me, it only takes one click to navigate away from a page, and to captivate your readers you need to avoid common errors.
If your writing does not cut it, readers are less likely to remain engaged.
In the end, this means fewer leads and fewer repeat visits.
So how do you write skillfully?…
These are the 10 ways to write like a pro:
1. Do the research and structure your work
It’s easier to write a blog post after doing research first then lay out the structure of the post.
This approach helps capture all the important ideas you want to convey.
Also, you create a smooth flow of ideas from one main point to the next for easy comprehension.
Writing without research is a recipe for producing half-baked material that has only scratched the surface of the topic.
Readers want answers and if you don’t do justice to the subject, they look for answers elsewhere.
If you carry out good research, you have covered half the ground.
2. Write regularly
The more you write regularly, the more you master the skills involved in writing.
Your brain tries to automate everything and if you produce quality content frequently, it becomes second nature.
If you want to be a pro-blogger, the last thing you want is to struggle with grammar.
Blogging frequently is not only good for SEO, but you start to make fewer mistakes.
3. Welcome feedback
Feedback comes in many ways and the commonest is through comments.
You get comments directly from your blog or social media.
Usually, they are straight-forward and the rule of thumb is to pay attention to negative comments.
If a reader points out that you have made a grammatical mistake in your post, correct it immediately.
Fortunately, you don’t have to do all the hard work thanks to the resources highlighted next.
4. Use an editing tool
You don’t have to worry about making grammatical and spelling mistakes anymore.
There are tools on the market that can check everything for you on the fly.
One tool that I use is Grammarly and this tool has set the bar high for others.
Apart from highlighting your mistakes, Grammarly also shows you how to correct them.
It flags any wrong tense, extra space, punctuation errors, spelling mistakes, and more.
If you want to eliminate grammatical errors and focus on delivering high-value content, I advise you to get an editing tool.
5. Simple language
When you are composing a blog post, you have to keep in mind your target audience.
For example, suppose you are running a fitness blog.
You need to break down concepts so that readers can understand what you are writing about and avoid complex, medical jargon.
The language you use should be easy to understand but at the same time convey the intended message.
Like what has been highlighted before, ideas should flow and a reader must not be left confused at the end of the post.
Keep it simple and write for the reader.
6. Read what you write
One mistake new bloggers make is a sense of urgency to hit the publish button without cross-checking their work.
Don’t make that mistake.
It is a good habit to go over a blog post before it goes live.
That way, you correct obvious mistakes that stick out or rephrase some of the sentences if there is a need for more clarity.
Remember that once a post is live, any visitor who is on your site can see any mistakes.
Make sure you have a standard procedure so that you only publish what you have read yourself.
7. Drop filler words
Filler words are meaningless words used in everyday speech usually when we are deciding what to say next.
Examples of such words are:
- In my humble opinion
If you use these words excessively in your posts your readers don’t take you seriously.
8. Use transition words
Transition words also called connecting words, are important because they link your ideas in your post.
Examples of transitional words are:
Although they are needed to create a flow in your ideas, avoid using transitional words excessively.
If you use SEO tools like Yoast, one of the metrics that is analyzed by the tool is Reliability Analysis.
Yoast recommends that you use at least 30% transitional words in your post.
9. Limit use of passive voice
A passive voice distances the subject from the action in the sentence.
This removes the urgency and clarity in the statement.
Here’s an example:
- The food was eaten by me
- I ate the food
Whenever possible, avoid using a passive voice in your writing.
10. Short sentences
Nowadays, it is important to write with mobile readers in mind.
This is because about 53% of web traffic worldwide is from mobile users according to 2019 data compiled by Broadband Search.
If you write long sentences or use long paragraphs, these appear as large blocks of text on a small mobile screen.
Short, concise sentences are easy to read and you get the point across quickly.
My blog posts have one or two sentences per line so that they are easy to read.
These are 10 skills you need to master so that your writing can be consistently brilliant.
Some of the corrections can be done automatically by a grammar checker.
As a blogger, you want every article you post to be of high quality.
Blogs that have the highest engagement put significant weight on good writing skills.
Are you using the right techniques? Leave comments below and share the post with your fellow bloggers.
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