Since Living was born, I have received several messages from readers who have a blog or want to start one by asking me for tips to improve their writing. As it seems that writing is something that interests more than one, today I want to share with you some of the things that helped me (and continue to help me) to go from writing never to publish in this blog two articles a week .
First of all, say that I am not a great writer like Rafa or Marina. I am a freshman who has just started and is still in the process of learning. For that very reason, I think that what I am going to tell you next could be useful to you if you are a beginner like me and you want to know how to write in a blog without dying in the attempt 🙂
- Write every day
When I started writing my first post I used to end up frustrated. I would sit in front of my laptop, open a Word document, type phrases, read them, reread them, and erase them because they did not convince me. I repeated this process over and over again and 3 hours later I had only written 2 paragraphs and still were not “good enough”.i also used some tool to check what I am written its 100% unique or not I mostly used this this tool to detect duplicate content.
Here is a Link:http://seotoolnetwork.com/plagiarism-checker
Fed up with this situation, I decided to seek advice from a super-writer. His answer was clear:
“Angel, the problem is that every time you write you pretend that a masterpiece comes out of it, and that is impossible. You have to give yourself permission to write the biggest trash in the world, because only then can you write great articles as well. “
Marina put me as homework to write 1000 words a day for a month, trying to reread and erase as little as possible. It did not matter (I could write if I wanted what I had eaten the day before) or the quality (no one was going to read it, just me), but they had to be 1000 words and I had to do it every day. Writing to weight, come on.
This exercise was key to my training as a writer. Here are some of the benefits I received:
- I incorporated to the day to day the habit of writing
- I learned to let go and ignore the internal censor who wanted me to make each of my posts a bestseller
- I generated backup material for the blog. Although many of the texts I wrote were terrible, others ended up becoming posts
I ended up maintaining the 1000 word routine for almost 4 months until Vivir al Máximo became so popular that I no longer had time to write every day, respond to e-mails and comments from my readers and enjoy my trip . Now I only write the 2 weekly posts.
BRICONSEJO: Before starting your blog (or even if you have already started it), propose to overcome the challenge of 1 month of writing to the weight. When you complete it, you will not only have leftover material and ideas for your upcoming posts, but you will also be a better writer.
- Eliminate Distractions
How to write a blog is to write directly on a computer, you have many advantages: it is fast, articles can be easily edited and misspellings are corrected automatically. However, it also has one major drawback: the Internet.
Writing a post with open mail and Facebook is like dieting with the freezer full of ice cream. You can not find more dangerous distractions, especially if you’re just getting started.
The most common behavior is to get on the Internet when you get stuck with an article. If you do not get a phrase, check the email, Facebook and read the news “for inspiration.” It does not matter that you did exactly the same thing just 5 minutes ago; you expect to find something new that solves all your problems. I, for example, recognize that there have been times that I have checked email and Facebook more than 20 times in 1 hour. A disaster.
The easiest way to avoid this is simply by not doing it. That is, if you get stuck you face like a brave to the problematic paragraph and you keep staring at your Word document, instead of letting you get carried away by the siren songs of Facebook and GMail. Unfortunately the meat is weak and is easier said than done, so I prefer to attach myself to the ship’s mast as did the good of Ulysses and that is why I use these two tools:
Freedom (PC and Mac). A very simple program that allows you to block access to the Internet for a set period of time in advance. Once it is working, the only way to recover the connection sooner than planned is to restart the computer.
WriteMonkey (PC). A fast and minimalist text editor that has a full screen mode in which you can not see menus, buttons, or status bar; just the words you’re writing. Perfect to focus only on the most important, content, and do not distract yourself with minor things like formatting or spelling to the editing stage.
This combination is usually enough to stop wasting time and finish what I have to finish, but when I’m not even able to concentrate what works best for me to unclog it has been to go to a coffee shop with only a notebook and a pen and write by hand.
BRICONSEJO: Avoid all kinds of distractions when you write. Disable the Internet, turn off your mobile and use the simplest text editor you can find. Ultimately, take out paper and pen and write the post by hand.
- Publish frequently
- There are millions of blogs on the Internet, but very few end up active over a couple of months. Usually the author starts very strong, posting several posts a week, but after a while other priorities arise and he is postponing more and more writing until he completely deserted it.
- For this reason, from the beginning I was very clear that the main factor for the success of Vivir al Máximo was to have names and surnames: consistency.
- I had to be able to write new and quality content frequently, because if someone came into the web and saw that the date of the last post was 3 months ago, I was probably going to stop reading myself at that very moment.
- My way of getting it was by committing myself to my readers to post two posts a week, every Monday and Thursday at 9 AM, no matter what.
- That means if the previous night I still do not have an article ready, I’m not going to bed until I’m ready.
That means right now my friends are in the temples of Nikko and I in the hostel writing.
That means that not all the posts I publish will be excellent, but that of the 104 posts that I will publish at the end of the year to some good force will come out. And they will be the ones that people remember me for.
The funny thing about this practice is that it will not only prevent your blog from ending up in the graveyard of abandoned blogs, it will also make you a better writer because:
It forces you to write frequently
It makes your mind unconsciously continually looking for ideas for the next post, especially when the deadline is close
The reaction of your readers to each post shows you what works and what does not (and will give you the strength to keep writing)
BRICONSEJO: Commit yourself to your readers and to yourself to keep a regular publication frequency. It may be from a weekly newsletter like David Bonilla or from a daily post like Carlos Bravo, whichever comes best, but choose one and compliment it rajatabla.
- Read books about writing
Writing, like cooking or math, is a skill that anyone can develop with enough practice.When someone wants to learn how to cook, he asks his grandmother to teach him, buy a cookbook or take a course. However, for some reason I still do not know, it is not so obvious to realize that you can learn to write well by reading books about writing.
These are my favorites:
- As I write, by Stephen King
- The joy of writing, by Natalie Goldberg
- On Writing Well, by William Zinsser
- (Do you have any other recommendations? Share it in the comments)
Obviously, for many books that read your posts are not going to be written alone, so the most important thing is still sitting down to write. However, if you read any of these books and immediately apply what you learned in your next article, you will grow quickly as a writer.
The last two books on the list are divided into short chapters, each of which explains a particular concept. A good way to put into practice what they teach is to take a text that you have written in the past and rewrite it taking into account what has been learned in that chapter. Try it and I assure you that you will see results in a short time.
Finally, simply reading frequently will make your writing better, because you will unconsciously use some expressions and structures of the authors you have read. Read a lot of your favorite writers, those you admire for how well they write, and while you do pay attention to their style. Because you like it? What makes it so special? What resources do they use? Start incorporating all these features into your own style.
BRICONSEJO: Get a book on writing and read a chapter every day after writing your 1000 words. Just finish, edit what you wrote applying what you learned. If you are able to do this with all the chapters, your writing skills will greatly improve.
- Learn to write for the Internet
Writing a blog and writing a book are completely different tasks.When you sit down to read a novel, your intention is to read this novel only for a time. On the contrary, when you read online you are usually looking for something shorter and lighter, and you do not mind jumping quickly from page to page if you see something that catches your eye.
The Internet is full of distractions, and this is something you should always keep in mind when writing your posts. Here are some style tips that will help you write better on the web:
Use titles that attract attention. The only purpose of the title of a post is to get the viewer to read the first paragraph. If your titles are not attractive, just like you write the best post in the world because nobody will bother to read it, so give them the importance they deserve. You can start with these 10 formulas to write titles that work.Divide your posts into sections. Avoid brick posts that look like chapters of a book. They impose too much and are difficult to navigate for your readers. Divide them using captions and pictures.
Use short words, short phrases and short paragraphs. What do you do when you arrive at a blog and you find a post whose first paragraph occupies the entire screen? I’m going to tell you: to get out of there. That is why it is essential that your articles are as simple as possible, structured in short paragraphs that do not scare.
Use lists. It may sound silly, but the lists work. They allow you to structure the ideas of a post in a clear and orderly way, and make them read very well. That’s why you’ll see posts in this blog with titles like 7 tips for young people in times of crisis or 17 brave men reveal the moment that led them to live to the fullest. Seize it!
If you want to take your posts to the next level, I recommend that you read some books on copywriting, for example this one. It is an area that is more related than it seems with the world of blogs.
BRICONSEJO: Start writing your posts using a style more suitable for the Internet. Pay special attention to the titles and try to write a type article ready to see what the result is. If you know English, read this great article about the 14 most common mistakes when writing online right now.
Blogs from my readers
Finally, I would like to close this article with a list of blogs that have just opened some of the readers of Vivir al Máximo. To all of them, I wish you the best of luck with your new project.
- Different Trips, by Judith Tiral
- Manu R. Aliau
- Your financial library, by Pablo Souto
- Question of proposing it, by Raquel Peña
- Carpe Diem, from the great Caro Chan
- Psychology Mundana, by Mario IG
- Fiction No, by Jose Blogging
- Digital Evolution, by Jaime Tagle
- From behind the camera, by JesúsFernández Sánchez
- Your business on the cloud, by Luismi Delgado
- If I have forgotten yours, I’m sorry! Write me a message to add to the list.
And to you, what resources or strategies have helped you write better? What advice would you give to someone who wants to know how to write a perfect post