Tips On How To Be A Better Writer

Tips On How To Be A Better WriterThroughout my writing journey, which started eleven years ago, I have learned a lot about writing. Since I have been working on getting published, I have learned even more. And I want to share with you what has made me a better writer.
Here are 10 Tips on How to be a Better Writer:
1. Be open to criticism.
Criticism, when given in the writing industry, is often given to help you, not criticize you. If an editor or agent scribbles a note on your query letter or in the margins of your story, pay attention to what it says because the fact that they took the time to actually jot it down for you is a big deal. Not many will do that, especially on a story they don’t want. And if you passed your story onto a trusted friend to read, listen to what they have to say even if it ruffles your feathers. After you cool down, you might realize that what they said was true and very helpful.
2. Never be afraid to rewrite.
We may hate it, but rewriting is how we expand and perfection our writing skills. If something doesn’t feel right about a certain scene you were writing, take a step back, picture the scene in your head, and make notes. Then rewrite that scene from the beginning using your notes and the trapped imagine in your mind. I bet it will come out better!
3. Don’t ever let anyone discourage you, especially yourself!
I am my own worst biggest critic when it comes to my writing. I read books by other authors and sometimes slam it shut on the first page and say, “Jeez! I don’t write like that!” Then I get all full of anguish and start to doubt myself and my writing ability. But I am a talented writer. When I go back and reread what I have written, I often am amazed that I had written it… You have to remember that you won’t sound like other authors because you are unique and what you write is amazing in its own right. When it is someone else who is discouraging you, brush them off because you don’t need them anyway!
4. Write every day! Or at least try to write every day.
Pick a time of day that is best for you to write, and tell yourself, “This is my writing time! Nothing is going to stop me from writing!” Make it a rule that you are off limits during your writing time. No kids, husbands, pets, phone calls, tweets, or status updates will interrupt you! Once you get into that mind frame you will have a much easier time writing.
I usually write every day, but sometimes I just don’t feel like it, or life gets in the way. The thing with writers is that we don’t really get a break from our job. Workers can clock out at 5:00pm and go home, but writers are always on the job.
“A writer never has a vacation. For a writer life consists of either writing or thinking about writing.” -Eugene Ionesco
5. Read, read, and read some more. Definitely read outside of your genre.
Aside from writing, reading is the best way for a writer to grow and learn. Read books by authors you love. Even pick up a book from an author you say you don’t like, because their books are now movies and you’ve decided to boycott them. You may be surprised, or you may read the first page and see you were right to not like them after all. Definitely read books in your genre, but most importantly read books outside your genre. You can learn so much about writing by reading different types of books.
6. Avoid cliches and passive voice.
If an editor or agent sees either of these things in your story, they will most likely pass on it if there is too much to fix. Save yourself time and rejection by cutting out as much as you can now!
7. Keep learning about the craft of writing.
Nothing can make you a better writer than continuing to learn about writing. You can pick up books from libraries like “Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life” by Anne Lamott or Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg. There are many books written by authors about writing and the writer’s life. Joining a writer’s group or association can also teach you a lot. Obviously, writing classes can also benefit you in honing your skills. Even when you’re published, don’t stop learning about writing!
10. Write outside of your comfort zone whenever possible.
Writing outside of your comfort zone strengthens your writing and can even reveal skills that you never thought you had. I don’t just writer thrillers or stories laced with the supernatural, and the subject matters in my stories are also vastly different. I have even written in the first person. If you try your hand at many different genres, subjects, and point-of-views, you will a better writer! Guaranteed!

Writing Out Of Your Comfort Zone

Are you willing to write outside your comfort zone, or do you refuse to consider working with companies outside your sphere of experience? Many copywriters needlessly restrict their income when they don’t consider that *every* business is a potential market.
If you’re a copywriter, you can write copy for any business, even if you know nothing at all about that specific industry. For example, I regularly write copy for a heavy equipment manufacturer and a national hire company. I know zero about their businesses. I’ve also written for chemical manufacturing companies, medical supply companies, real estate developers — and I don’t know much about their businesses either.
As their copywriter, this is good. If they can explain a product or a service to me so that I can understand it, then I can explain and sell it to others. Knowing too much about something when you write about it can be a problem. You assume that your audience knows more than they do, and your copy goes right over their heads. If you think I’m saying that ignorance is good for a copywriter, you’re right.
Take your courage in both hands and write outside your comfort zone. Approach manufacturers, local politicians, government departments — any and all LARGE local businesses which need and can pay for copywriting services.
You will find this difficult at first. You will naturally feel you need to know about their business. You don’t. You need writing skills, and you’ve got those.
When you’re looking for new clients, head for your local manufacturing area, or industrial park. I guarantee you, that you will come away with several new clients each time you do this.
=> Here’s how to proceed
At each business, ask to speak to the marketing manager. If he or she is unavailable, in a meeting, or on vacation, ask for the individual’s name and complete title. Take careful note of this, so you can follow up with a phone call later. Leave your business card.
If the marketing manager is available, and has a couple of moments to spend with you, ask to see a sample of their marketing materials.
Tip: don’t be tempted to show your portfolio and talk about yourself. At this early stage, avoid talking about yourself. Ask questions, but listen more than you speak. When you see the sample of their marketing materials, ask if you can take the sample with you.
Ask about the kinds of communications material they need. Again, listen. People are busy, and they’ve got their minds on all sorts of problems. They need some time to work out for themselves what they need, that you may be able to supply.
This initial meeting is simply an introduction, and that’s all it is. At the end of five minutes–ten minutes maximum–shake hands and leave, with a promise to be in touch.
As soon as you leave the business, pop back to your car, and write up everything you learned about the business. Within a week or so, send a brief letter, or make a short phone call, to remind the marketing manager that you exist. You can also offer a couple of ideas or proposals, if you want to.
If you spend a couple of hours once a week making visits to businesses in your local manufacturing areas and in industrial parks, I promise you that within a couple of weeks you’ll have more work than you can handle.
All it takes is a willingness to move out of your comfort zone. You can do it.

How to Make a Living Writing Articles

A lot of the job opportunities of the past have given way to automation, but there are some things in life that computers just cannot do better than humans. Writing content is one of these things, and that’s why article writing has a huge potential for making a living. Article writing does however require sufficient knowledge in order to be able to pull it off correctly. Learn more about it below.

As an article writer, you always need to remember the audience and create content that relates to them. Entice readers to the site by providing relevant and current information. Try to understand what types of readers visit the websites and give them the information that is important to them.

Design inviting content that is tailored to individual readers. If the content peaks their interests, then they are more likely to continue exploring the site. You then have the opportunity to turn the visitors into buyers and that will ultimately lead to more revenue.

Be bold and powerful with your words. Readers want to know that the writer is really speaking their mind. To influence them even more, use strong wording to prove your point. Use a bold font to highlight your most powerful words, and use bullet points to draw their eyes to the places you want them to focus most.

Not everyone is talented when it comes to writing. It is very possible that you write skillfully and have great punctuation and grammar skills. In fact, you may even recognize literary techniques, such as alliteration. Writing requires you to be good with words. It’s more than just book intelligence, but actually deemed to be an art.

Get auto responders set up for all of your articles. Setting up a master auto responder lets you get out the word of what you do, without taking up your precious time. An auto responder is critical in the article marketing field. For maximum effect, make sure that you have all of your articles set up on one. Automation gives you the ability to activate a series of articles on various platforms, resulting in more readers to be converted to customers and thus enhancing your revenue streams.

When writing articles as part of an article marketing strategy, make sure they are informative. While it can seem like article marketing has more to do with placement and linking than with getting potential customers to read the articles, you must treat every article like a sales pitch or a one-time opportunity to gain a customer’s trust.

Make sure each article you write has unique and original content. A reader should not be able to search for a similar topic and come up with a word for word copy of your supposedly original article. Provide your own insights and personal ideas and clearly express them throughout your writing.

Adding images and a picture in your article makes it more personable and unique, and viewers like both of those features. Just remember that you need to either take the pictures yourself, or legally attain the rights to use that from someone else.

As you begin to learn more about article marketing, you will inevitably see that you can carve out a path to financial success by applying solid and working tips one at a time. As one method begins to work, it then opens the door to another variety of tactics in order for you to make a living through writing articles.

Ways To Repurpose Your Articles And Get More Traffic

Are you using these methods to repurpose and promote your articles?

The savviest marketers know how to re-use content they’ve already produced…

If you aren’t using these techniques, you are missing out on two simple ways to leverage the work you’ve already done and increase your traffic in the process.

1. Repurpose Articles Into A Free eBook

A fantastic (and incredibly easy) way to get more traffic and interest in your content is by taking your articles and compiling them into a free eBook. Even better is to take only your best articles and apply them within this scenario. This provides your readers with your very best content from the beginning, which increases trust and rapport (a critical piece of any business).

Keep in mind that you shouldn’t solely add articles to your eBook body and then call it a day. Add a few elements (or even remove a few unnecessary pieces) so the eBook flows a bit better and is more like a fresh piece of content. Every eBook or product you make should be slightly different from the last (at the very, very least). You should never only be repackaging things; this is a waste of your time and certainly that of your subscribers.

As with any free content of massive value, you should ask your viewers for their email address before you provide the gift. This is a win-win; readers are getting high quality content for free, and you’re getting an email address through which to keep in touch.

Make a simple squeeze page with only one option once viewers arrive: subscribe or close the window. If you leave more options than this, people are far less likely to subscribe at all.

2. Repurpose Articles Into A Free eCourse Or Autoresponder Series

The second best way to repurpose your articles is to turn them into a free eCourse or autoresponder series.

When people sign up for your email list, they’re expecting whatever you outlined in the email subscription form. What’s even better is going above and beyond and surprising them with free content they had no idea was coming. Creating and sustaining trust early on in your business is vital, because potential customers want to know you care about them, not just getting their money.

Building a real relationship with subscribers is often about providing more than they’ve asked for (or given) in terms of money. When value exceeds cost is when you’re on the right path.

To be professional and safe, remember to include an unsubscribe link at the bottom of all your emails. This keeps you free of the hassle of spam complaints.

How To Capture Your Readers Attention

Lazy Minds Miss The Mark

Is it that our minds have gotten lazy or do we really have different learning styles as research has suggested? Are we more inclined to read a post or article when a video or picture is attached? As Writers, often times we lose our captive audiences due to lack of creativity.

BUT here is the probing question: who needs the healing and help? Is it the Writer who is sharing the message or is it the reader who is missing out on important information that can change his or her life?

Let’s Get To The Point

This is why we get straight to the point when transferring written information to our audiences. One rule of thumb is to immediately present what we want to address. This is called THE TITLE or HEADING and it helps the reader determine whether this article is something they want to read.

Depending on the length of your post, you might need to have sub titles in each set of paragraphs. An example of this can be found in this posting. The next script should capture within the first line of the insert, what the passage is about. The rest of the body should further explain your message that you want to convey to your readers.

Your article or post must NOT be written in uppercase as it connotes shouting. Imagine someone shouting at you. Would you stop to listen to them? FULL CAPS is only relevant and acceptable when writing a title to a post or briefly highlighting a word of short phrase for emphasis.

Salutations or Closing Is Important

Finally, your closing should be as important as your opening as it emphasizes your script and brings closure to the post or article without any ambiguity or misunderstanding to the reader.

As I have indicated in the previous paragraph, breaking your article or post into 3 four line paragraphs segments, could make your work appear less clustered and more legible to your readers.

When you have completed your work, use a spell checker or get someone to edit the content before publishing your work.

Now that I have shared these tips on how to capture your readers’ attention, did I also get your attention? Was it effective throughout this post? I did not attach a picture to this posting because I want to see how many persons actually learn from this short exercise.

The key to capturing your readers’ attention is to create rich content that evoke reactions. The more responsive your views are, the greater the possibilities for desired successes. All of us have different views on topics and subjects but when we can connect to everyone in all genres through writing, that says a lot about your creative writing style.

Your Articles Must Convince Your Audience You Are An Expert

I remember receiving the advise that to be an expert, all you have to do is claim that you are an expert. That’s OK if you have a big ego, and believe that nonsense statement.

Another problem is to be found at the opposite end of the spectrum. People who are truly knowledgeable, do not like to display their knowledge for one of two reasons:

a. they do not want to appear boastful, or

b. they are afraid that others may steal their best “secrets.”

I personally feel that you should do your best to offer as much helpful content as you can, because most of your audience are going to be beginners who will welcome any information which addresses their specific questions. They need answers to move forward.

When you offer content that’s really good, and you are giving it away for free, you will establish such a strong feeling of appreciation on the part of your beginner readers, that when you offer your quality product for sale, they will practically feel obligated to buy it. Plus, they will know your product for sale is worth every penny you’re asking for it.

You should not hesitate to offer free value because it will come back to you 10 fold from those struggling beginners who will become loyal followers, and loyal customers.

So, don’t be greedy, and provide shallow articles, while you hold back all your best content. The fact is that no matter how much free top quality content you give away, beginners will still be in pressing need of additional help.

There’s too much to learn when you are starting out online for a beginner to get beyond your expert level just by reading a few emails, plus an eBook or two.

It’s in the execution that problems and roadblocks crop up, and your beginner followers will be anxiously seeking your help.

Offline you have to offer a product that’s exceptionally good to overcome your competition. Online it’s no different. People will only follow someone who is knowledgeable and shares expert knowledge.

And if you don’t have expert knowledge, you best educate yourself so you possess bona fide expert knowledge.

When you write from your own knowledge, the writing is easy, smooth and fast. It’s enjoyable for you to write and enjoyable for your audience to read.

Also, you do not have to spend hours in research because you carry all this knowledge and experience in your head. Your articles will just flow naturally, and much faster.

If you wonder how some people can write an article in 15 minutes, this is how it happens. They are pouring out the knowledge in their heads.

If you manage to write 4 to 6 article per day, and you get even just 25 readers per article, and you do this for a whole month, or for a full year, you will have an avalanche of targeted traffic to your blog or website.

Discover How to Write High Quality Articles Fast

If you are working on driving traffic to your website by writing and publishing content such as article marketing, you will need to learn how to write quickly. This is a skill that is absolutely essential for you to master.

For instance, successful article marketers are usually able to write several articles in one hour. But if it takes you a whole hour to write just one article, you are at a considerable disadvantage.

What can you do about it? How do you increase your writing speed? Here are a few different methods you should make note of.

Write About a Topic You Know Inside Out

Never try writing about topics that you don’t know anything about. If you attempt this, you will find that your writing will be slow. You will need to double-check your information, and may even feel confused about some statement you’ve written. Thus your overall writing speed will suffer.

However, when you write about topics that you have full knowledge of, you will be able to write articles much faster.

Learn How to Type the Right Way

Many people develop poor typing habits which end up being very inefficient.

While this may be may be good enough for people doing casual work, it will kill your productivity as an article marketer. You need to type fast in order to make as much money as you can.

Make sure to get used to placing all of your fingers on the home keys, which can feel strange at first if you’ve never done it before. However, you will start to get used to it after a month or two.

If you find that you need to look at the keyboard while you type, you can break this habit with some practice. A good trick is typing in a darkened room.

Use Various Keyboard Shortcuts

Many people refuse to use keyboard shortcuts, because they think they are unnecessary. They don’t realize you can increase your typing speed considerably by using different keyboard shortcuts, such as CTRL+S (save), CTRL+C (copy), and CTRL+V (paste). This will also reduce how many times you will need to use a mouse to complete some of your work.

Write as Fast as You Can Without Editing

Compose an entire article as fast as you can without having to stop and make any edits to your work. Once you finish the entire article, then you can go back and make all of the necessary corrections.

This will ensure that you are able to maintain your typing speed by letting the words flow without any concern about errors which would slow your typing speed.

As an article marketer, you have to focus on producing content in large volume for great results. Your writing speed is a key ingredient in this process.

How To Improve Your Writing Skills And Write Effectively

How To Improve Your Writing Skills And Write EffectivelyI sincerely believe that as an affiliate marketer, the basics of writing effectively are a must, even if you may outsource your article writing. Once you have a website or blog, you will need to do some writing one way or another, so you might as well make a concerted effort to improve your writing skills. Writing effectively is not such a difficult feat to master if you can put in some effort and seek help from those who know better.

You don’t have to be an award winning writer to write effectively to the extent of having your own original articles published on article directories on the internet. The secret of writing effectively is to know exactly what you want to convey in your writing. So, mastery of the subject matter you are writing about is a must.

Secondly you need to write as simply as you can. How do you do this, you may well ask. Always try as much as possible to write in the active voice. For example, instead of writing: ‘the chocolate was eaten by John”, it is better to write: ‘John ate the chocolate.’ As you can see, the second sentence is shorter, simpler and direct to the point. Of course, there will be instances where you will be compelled to write in the passive voice such in the following sentence: “It rained heavily yesterday,” Trying to write this sentence in the active voice would be impossible and silly to write: ” the rain rained yesterday.”

Another important aspect of effective writing is making sure you avoid ambiguities in your sentences. For example, the following sentence could have one or two meanings: “Peter asked Paul whether he could play midfield.” This sentence is ambiguous since we cannot be sure whether the antecedent “he” is Peter or Paul. So in order to clarify this statement you could rewrite the sentence in two different ways that will make the reader sure of what you really mean. You could perhaps write:

“Peter asked Paul who betwen them should play midfield,” or alternatively:

“Paul, can I play midfield?” Peter asked.

In these two last sentences, we are quite certain of who is doing what.

Poor spelling is no excuse for any would be writer. If not sure of how to spell a word, have a dictionary handy on your desk. A spell checker on your computer will also be of invaluable help. Punctuation is also an important part of effective writing. Remember that writing is an unnatural form of communication, hence punctuation helps in relaying mood, pause, interjection or end of a sentence. It will be advisable to have a good grammar book from which you could learn to master the basic rules of grammar.

Lastly, writing improves with practice and perseverance. The more you do it, the better you will become. Also it is a good idea to read the articles of other writers as much as possible. This way you will soon internalise the art of writing good articles and have them published all over the net in article directories.There is nothing as satisfying as seeing a message from someone from another part of the world commenting about the good content of your article.

It can only mean one thing: that you got your message accross and someone out there was impressed becuase your writing was effective.

Tips On How To Write An Excellent Memoir

Ever felt that you had a story to tell? Have you ever thought: “One day I will write my story. But how do I start? What shall I tell about and what shall I not? How do I tell it? Do I tell it in the first person or in the third person? What is the purpose of me writing it? Is it for my own benefit only? Can others benefit from it? Who would read it? Who would be my audience?”

Well, these are typical questions that one would ask, and they are good questions. It is a good idea to answer them for first.

There are two ways one can approach this dilemma:

1. You can start writing your story without planning and see where it takes you; just flow with it. Don’t think too much. Just write what comes to your mind as if you were telling this story to a good friend; one story leads to another, and one story may remind you of something else etc.

2. Plan ahead. Determine what your purpose is for writing your memoir. Once you formulate your purpose you have some ground to start with and a direction. The next step is how you are going to achieve that purpose. If there is a message or messages you want the reader to have, then make sure you weave the messages you want to get across throughout your story.

Make a list of memories you want to share. You can list them in a chronological order if you choose to. Once you have the list, start writing about them one by one. Very important: don’t write about your whole life. Choose a period of time that was important to you and concentrate on it. Better you tell us more about the characters so we get to love them or hate them. You want to concentrate on a few main characters so the reader really gets to know them as well as you did. Don’t worry about your other stories. You can write another memoir about a different time period.

Don’t bother with how to the start and the end of the book. Just start writing and once you told your story, then tackle the “book ends” issue. The start and the end are a separate project.

It is good to create a mystery just from the start with added mysteries along the book.

Ensure each chapter has a start, middle and an end, and preferably each chapter should end with some kind of a cliffhanger–a hook.

The most successful action for me was to sit in my room uninterrupted and actually put myself AGAIN in the scene. Be that girl or boy you were, put yourself again in the same situation and try to recall more details, such as clothes, feelings, colors, smells, surroundings; be that child again. By doing it you first re-experience a memory… which is a lot of fun, whether it is joy or grief, you will benefit from it.

Second, you have a vivid picture that is easier to describe when you are IN the scene. Be like the actor that gets all engrossed with the character he portrays. Let yourself feel again, think again and describe in detail all that you experience. This way your writing will be vivid and the reader will be able to experience what you went through–that is the effect you want to create. A readerReaders that will laugh with you, cry with you, get angry with you, dream with you and get inspired by you.

Don’t criticize your writing. Just write! Put your stories in the drawer for a week or so and then re-read them and edit them if you see the need for it.

Read other books and memoirs; see what you like about them and adopt it. Read them from a viewpoint of a writer. Notice where you lose interest and see why, so you don’t repeat the same mistakes. Notice at which point you ceased reading as a writer, and what made it so gripping that you became a reader and forgot your writer’s hat.

I personally don’t like to read long chapters so I ensure mine are not too long, easy to read and make the reader curious to find out more.

Remember that you are unique and your story is unique. Believe in yourself and in your writing. Don’t get too many opinions and definitely, don’t listen to those who criticize you. Find a good friend that knows how to encourage you and push you along in achieving your goalspower.

Good Luck. Good writing!

Learn To Write Copy In Minutes With These Five Secrets

 I’m hoping you know the basics, but I’ll break it down for you. Read and research the product your copywriting for at least five times, (great copywriters usually do eight to ten times.) While you read write down bullet points about benefits or features about your product. These bullet points will practically do your copywriting for you. Use your bullet points to develop three headlines and then test and pick the best one. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg and not even the first page of “Begin Copywriting Today”.

Secret 1 – Create Hope
People want a product that will fix all their problems. You are basically telling people what they want to hear, promising them the world. Don’t go overboard or you’ll be seen as fake. Also offering a money back guarantee helps out greatly here. A good example would be after you read my begin copywriting today five secrets you’ll easily earn six figures. Over the top, but it’s just an example.

Secret 2 – Cause a Sense of Urgency
Notice how every product online is either going up in price tomorrow or only has five more seats left? People really don’t want to risk missing out on a deal or great product.

Secret 3 – Appear as an Authority
You need to be the guru of your subject. Your the guy who made $5 million in five sales letters and are sharing your copywriting secrets with the world.

Secret 4 – Appear Unbiased
Appear as a third party, just promoting it with an honest review. Your just the nice guy trying to help out. This can be greatly helped by pointing out a negative aspect or two. Some of the greatest copywriters actually start off their sales letter with a negative aspect.

Secret 5 – Encourage Fear
Make them feel as if they buy a similar product, it will be a horrible scam or a waste of their money. This can tie in nicely to causing a sense of urgency if you know how to word it right.

Extra Secret – Be Very Unusual
Everyone has been sold to the same way over and over again. If you can be creative and unusual, even in an off the wall way, you will be able to write great copy.
To better writing