In order to write quality content, you need to be an effective writer. However, that is not the case for every writer. That’s why writing quality content is appreciated the way it is. Writing quality content is a challenging process. After completing the challenge, writing quality content becomes much easier. By exhibiting all 7 of these habits, you will become an effective writer.
- Write often. Practice, practice, practice. As you keep on writing, you learn new things along the way. You get to see what went good and what went bad. Soon, you will have more things that go good than bad. By writing often, writing will become easier. You may be able to go from writing 200 words per day to writing 2,000 words per day. The more you write, the easier it gets.
- Be motivated through tough times. There are going to be many moments in the beginning when there are numerous mistakes in your writing. Writing blog posts every day is different from writing the weekly essay at school. Quality blog posts require good insight and quality content at the same time. In a weekly essay at school, the minimum word count is where most people stop. For a blog, there is no minimum which extends the boundaries. You need the motivation to write often, get better at writing, and ultimately become an effective writer.
- Be an active reader. By becoming an active reader, you will be exposed to numerous writing styles. These writing styles can have an impact on how you write your content. In addition, you can get ideas for your next blog post by reading a few pages in a book. By reading more books, you will expose yourself to more vocabulary words which will add more flavor to your writing. Just be sure to avoid using big SAT words that the average person does not know the definition of.
- Don’t focus on the money. When some people think of writing, they think of their book becoming a bestseller, their blog making $100,000 a day, and speaking at events related to the book they wrote. That does not happen overnight, and the people who do focus on the money will not be able to get the second habit which is being motivated through tough times.
- Write in a way people want to read. The giant block of text is something that no one wants to read. Instead of writing a giant block of text, break that giant block of text into small, bite-size blocks of text. Although some people would define these are 5-8 sentence paragraphs, some of the small, bite-size blocks of text are less than that.
- Get to the point. Why are you writing? You need to be clear what your book or blog post is going to be about within the first paragraph. If someone continues reading a book without knowing what it is about, that book will become confusing. Quickly tell people what the point of your writing is, and do not use any fluff.
- Support the point you can make. I could say that aliens invaded Earth. However, I would not be able to support that point very far. There are no UFO’s or intergalactic civilizations in touch with Earth. I could say that Abraham Lincoln was an effective president. However, that’s just a fact. Effective writers ask the “why” question and then answer their own question. Abraham Lincoln was an effective president because he reunited a nation torn in Civil War.
Those are the 7 habits of highly effective writers. Do you any other habits you would like to add to the list? Please share your thoughts and insights below.