How to write well: 10 top writing tips for bloggers, authors
‘Content is king’ is perhaps the best rule that has ever been told to a writer. It has become a cliché but its value has only increased with the advent of the world wide web.
How to write well, and write beautifully?
Here are the 10 simple but very effective writing tips for all whose hobby or profession is writing, including bloggers, columnists, guest bloggers, creative writers, web content creators... Bloggers who know how to write well have a great advantage over others because once the blog posts are of good quality, the entire blog's quality gets a boost: in the eyes of people as well as search engines.
Choose the article topic with care.
You need to carefully select the topic for your article. This is especially important for bloggers and contributors on news/ current affairs portals.
First, the topic must be current. For example, if you have a news blog, you cannot be writing on a subject that has gone out of public memory. Even in very personal blogs, you need to select a topic that resonates with the reader's current memory. If you are dying to tell something from the past, give it a current intro and introduce the past event in flashback.
Second, choose a field in which you have expertise, special knowledge or extra-ordinary experience.
Third, if you have a general blog, write on a variety of subjects or the blog would turn monotonous. Of course, you may need to remain within a limited field if you have a specialized blog, e.g. a blog on food, clothing, old furniture, medicine or architecture. On there too, you'll need to bring variety. Too narrow a field (=niche) - such as 'migratory birds of the upper reaches of Naini lake' - would not only exhaust your own knowledge soon, it would interest a very small number of readers.
Writing well starts with giving an attractive heading to the article.
Be original: the most important of all writing tips, yet most ignored.
There is a saying in relation to literature that nothing is original as everything has already been written. That may be true for fiction, but you still can be original in blogging – very original. If you have taken some idea from somewhere, and have seriously put your thought over it, experimented with it and refined it, what would come out of your keyboard is your own thought. It has your ‘original’ contribution.
Put your heart into the article in hand and your writing will come out beautiful!
Advise only if you are an expert; don’t try to fake your expertise.
Talk to humans, be a good human - and your writing will turn beautiful.
Write like a journalist, and you will write really good.
Do not waste space on introducing the topic or telling why you wrote the post. Come to the subject straight, like a good newspaper reporter. Unless, of course, you're talking about technical or rarely known subjects.
Compose the article or blog post well.
If you are writing for a big media house, its sub-editors will probably play with your article to match its own style, whether for better or for worse. However, if you are guest-posting or submitting an article to a not-so-big website, you will need to compose the article as nicely as you can.