Here are my 7 tips, which though are related to each other, but have had a major impact particularly on the way I write. I hope you find the content useful. Let’s roll!
- Use shorter sentences.
The shorter are the sentences you use, the more is the opportunity that you give the reader to stop, grasp what the previous sentence tried to convey, take a breath and then continuing to read ahead.
The exact opposite happens when the sentence is too long which makes reader stop in between to take a breath. That breaks the momentum. Thus, avoid using too many commas, or connectors like “and.” Rather, use that full stop. Write shorter sentences.
- Avoid writing big paragraphs.
It’s a time when most of content is read on smart phones. And, no one likes to read content which completely fills up the phone’s screen from top right corner to bottom left one.
At least most readers don’t prefer that. So, adjust according to the changing times, and the comforts of the reader. Don’t change the content. Change a little bit of how you structure your content.
- Daily practice is important.
So, fix a daily minimum count of words that you must write no matter how busy you may get. Be judicious and only make a commitment that you are you can write up to every single day.
Later keep incrementing that upper count from time to time as you grow comfortable. The more you exercise a muscle, the more ripped it gets. Similarly, the more you exercise your writing habit, the sharper and smoother it gets.
- Tackling writer’s block.
When we talk of daily practice, it is easily said. But, not all the time does one feels like writing. At times, no ideas come to fore to get started to write about. In those times remember this quote by Robin Sharma, “If your life is worth thinking about, it is worth writing about.”
Given we spend a considerable chunk of our time thinking about our lives, especially about the past and the future components of us, so we have enough content to write about daily.
Hence when you can’t come up with anything, then use your life as an inspiration to write about. But anyhow, the daily practice should be done.
- Bring in some discipline.
It is tough to make and meet commitments about writing daily if you are not clear about how and when are you going to do it. So, fix a time every day when you will do nothing, touch no phone, read no book or newspaper, go nowhere, but just sit down silently and start to write.
For example, though I write multiple times a day, but I have made a rule that every morning after walking up, I would dedicate at least an hour to writing, and the same stands for every night, but the duration comes down to half an hour.
Fixing a time is basically like dedicating a fix place to your habit in your daily schedule. It brings in discipline, and discipline brings in productivity and improvement. That is a fact well established and proven.
- Read a lot, silly!
If you are not good enough at writing in English per se, then here is an advice which transformed my writing long time ago. Freaking read a lot. Newspapers. Blogs. Books.
It doesn’t really matter what you read more and what you don’t read at all. But freaking read. And, do it a lot. The more you read the works of different authors, the more you learn to present an idea/thought in sundry different ways.
The more you read, the more you explore and observe. The more you observe, the more you learn and grasp. The more you learn, the more you experiment with your writing in your daily practice. The more you experiment, the better you get.
- Posture dude! It’s damn important.
It may seem unrelated and not as important as far as writing goes. But trust me, it does play a big role. It surely does for me. Ergo here is the suggestion number 7.
Sit on a chair and use a table to place your laptop/copy on when you write. Now this is a suggestion which won’t directly impact the quality of your writing. But, it will still help you a lot with your writing.
This point basically talks about the posture in which you sit when you write. If you lie on the bed resting your body weight on your bum and left arm, and are then typing out your thoughts, you are bound to get tired sooner than later. Also, that tiredness distracts you.
And, thus the writing and the output get affected. However, when using a chair and a table, the body is in ideal or near-ideal posture. And, thus, you don’t get affected much. You don’t feel much tired even if much time has passed by. And, that is a big plus when one strives to write quality content.
Taking my own example to cite here, when lying on bed next to the laptop and typing, my writing session hardly stretch for over 45 minutes. However, when sitting in the ideal posture, I often end up writing for 2+ hours at a stretch. And, the quality and the quantity that come out of that speaks for itself.
Phew! That’s all for now. I hope readers find this answer of some help to them. Best wishes and happy writing. Also, here is a golden bonus tip. Drink lots of water. It’s hot out there 🙂