One of the most important skills that an aspiring writer needs to master is the ability to write something that someone else wants to read. This seems like a no-brainer. However, the difference between a piece of content that someone actually reads, comments on and shares, and a piece of content that ends up being passed over is often found in how well the article is written.
If you begin to digest a bit of content and you have to wade through a sea of errors and grammatical garbage, you are most likely going to set it down and walk away. It’s really that simple. So, if you are an author, having a good idea in your brain is only half of the process. In order to really get that idea out there, you have to be able to communicate it as well.
Stefanie Flaxman from Copyblogger, provides us with 3 excellent tools for increasing our writing ability. These three items all focus on crafting a better sentence which really is the core of a good article. As one sentence builds on another, your content will come to life. I will list the three items here but I definitely encourage you to head on over to their page and check out the full description. It is worth your time.
3 Advanced Ways to Craft Better Sentences
No Sentence is an Island (avoid overusing words)
Writing Skin Needs Exfoliation (Go over each sentence for improvement)
“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” (Avoid using words that you don’t know the meaning to)
So, check it out. You might already be a good writer but these three things are something to consider. I think we could probably all benefit from improving our writing skills. Take these suggestions and add them to your writing routine. Sit down every morning and start putting pen to paper. Use these suggestions to guide your writing and see what comes of it.
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