Whether you have been writing for your own blog over the past few years, or even if you recently started a new blog and you only have a few posts under your belt, you have to come to the realization that not every single post is going to be perfect.
But if you find yourself constantly worrying about the quality of your posts and you feel that it’s holding you back from writing excellent content, there are numerous ways you can not only improve your writing, but write in a more time-efficient manner as well.
Here are four easy writing tips every blogger should be aware of before they click on the publish button:
1. Read Everything Out Loud
Believe it or not, whenever you read something silently in your head, your brain has a nasty habit of automatically correcting all of your grammatical errors so they tend to be overlooked.
Because of this, you should try reading your article out loud so that way you can hear the errors.
2. Write How You Talk
The next time you find yourself struggling to think of the right way to word a sentence, try to write down what you want to say word for word as if you were explaining the subject of your article to someone face-to-face.
Make sure you punctuate correctly if you are a more colloquial speaker.
3. Answer All of the Important Questions in the First Paragraph
Because readers tend to scan over the first few sentences of an article first to see if it interests them, you should realistically be spending the majority of your time focusing on the first few sentences of each blog post.
If you truly care about capturing your reader’s attention, then try to introduce all of your main points in the first paragraph and then elaborate on them later.
4. Remember: There is No Such Thing as Writer’s Block
And last, but certainly not least, if you find yourself struggling to write good content for your blog, try taking a break for a few minutes, hours or even days until you feel you are in the right mindset to continue your writing.
Some writers sit in front of a computer screen for hours on end just because they feel the pressure of writing a good article, but realistically writing shouldn’t take that long at all.
Remember, instead of wasting several hours writing mediocre content, wait until you’re in the right frame of mind so you spend several minutes writing excellent content.
Over to You
How do you overcome writing challenges? Let’s hear them in the comments area.
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|Guest Post by Maria Rainier|
Maria Rainier is a freelance writer and recent graduate of Elon University. She is currently a resident blogger at a college degrees resource site, where recently she’s been researching different business administration degrees and blogging about student life. In her spare time, she enjoys square-foot gardening, swimming, and avoiding her laptop.