If you are looking for ways to improve your writing skills there is one surefire way to accomplish this. Every time we sit down to write an article the intention should be to try and keep things short and sweet. Good articles are short articles that get a point across with the minimal amount of words used. All too often however we find ourselves going off on tangents thereby increasing the length of the article. Effective writing skills include the ability to write less and say more but without repetition this skill can be hard to develop.
The recent past evolution of web 2.0 on the internet has now given article composers the chance to frequently practice their writing skills. Blog posting, social networking and even emails now offer the opportunity for many to practice writing ‘content without fluff’.
Here are 3 ways in which participation in social networking, blogging, or composing emails can make you a better writer.
Consolidating Your Thoughts
Why say something in 100 words that can be said in just 50? Your readers will greatly appreciate this.
It is always a good idea when writing articles to let them sit for a while upon completion. With a little thought and a fresh perspective you can always edit out words, phrases, and even paragraphs that aren’t needed. Getting your point across using as few words as possible will give those words you do use more impact.
Blog posts, emails, and even interacting at social networking sites will quickly ‘train’ you to quickly make your point. In fact Twitter, one of the most popular social network sites online limits your posts to just 140 characters.
Sticking to the Subject
Your ability to stick to the subject and get to the point is something every reader will appreciate. A common tendency for most writers is to sometimes deviate from the point of their articles. In fact, meandering away from your intended subject can irritate readers to the point where they don’t even finish reading what you wrote. The additional content doesn’t necessarily add any value to the article itself and therefore should be left out when possible. In fact as an author this is a time saver you will appreciate, especially if you submit articles frequently!
Once again when posting to blogs or emailing you want to get right to the point since these type readers don’t expect to be reviewing anything other then brief messages.
Learn to write so everybody understands you and don’t try to impress them with your vocabulary. The need for a dictionary is not what your readers are looking for since this takes additional time and is inconvenient.
When sending quick emails, or writing short blog posts you have to focus on making your points quickly and in an easy to understand fashion.
Always write to and for the general audience and never assume that they have an appreciation for 25 cents words. This only makes their reading all the more difficult and less enjoyable.
The best way to improve your writing skills is through repetition. One of the most effective writing talents a person can develop is the ability to write less and say more. This is particularly true especially when you write an article since you want to capture the readers’ attention without boring them. As a rule of thumb good articles are short articles and this is why. So next time you ‘tweet’ somebody or sit down to write a blog post or email realize you’re also improving your writing skills as well.