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7 Tips to Writing Better Content

Updated on August 8, 2014

How to Become a Better Writer

Have you ever wondered, how you could become a better writer? As a writer, you should be constantly growing and improving writing skills. How do you do this? The old adage, "practice makes perfect," is a start. You may not be a great writer yet, but there are ways to improve your skills.

Good writers read different genres, and authors all while perfecting themselves. If you want to know more about fiction, read fiction. If you want to explore love novels, read that. As you read, you will begin to internalized the styles and flavor of other writers and they will begin to shape your own style.

It is also important to develop your vocabulary and the proper used of words to paint a picture or invoke an emotion. Words are very powerful and when you master their use, you will become a better writer.

Another step to better writing is to write, and then write some more. Then read what you have written and critique it honestly. Do the words flow? Does the sentence make sense? Do you find what you have written interesting, or are they just a bunch of meaningless words?

Your Article Introduction

The first part of your article or hub should begin with your introduction.  An introduction tell you audience what you are about to tell them.

It gives them a little sneak peak into what is to come.  Write you introduction in such a way as to entice them to want them to read more. 

Can you remember going to a book store and reading the jacket cover, to determine whether or not you wanted to buy the book?  This is the purpose of an introduction.  You want to introduction to make people want to read more of what you have to say.

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The Body of your Article

The body of your article is where you begin to tell your audience in full what you want to tell you, or the expansion of your introduction. Most people write for the purpose of imparting something of themselves to their readers. What do you want to do in the main content of you article? Be serious, make them laugh, make them think, provoke them, or teach them something?

The body of your article is where you will go about relaying your message. Help your audience to see what you see and feel what you feel or teach your audience something you feel can help or change their lives. The body is the meat of your articles and where you will expand the original ideas in the introduction.

Your Why

In my introduction, I gave an example of a friend who writes, deep and scholarly things that average people may difficult to understand. This is where you have to know your audience. If people can not understand what you are saying or are not interested in what you have to say, you will never have an opportunity to reach them.

If you really want to have a greater impact with your audience, write not just to inform but to transform. Leave them with something that will add to or help change their life. I have read many articles that I put in my favorites, why? Because they articles that will help me, teach me or change me for the better.

Your Audience

If you want to reach your audience, you have to be able to understand, who they are and what they are looking for.  What is your target audience? 

Pick your target audience either by age, gender, lifestyle, location purchasing habits talents or interests, etc.  Once you know who you are talking to them you can fashion your article to that audience.  If you audience is new moms, then you would write about anything that a new mom may be interested in.

The Venue

Use the proper techniques for your venue. When you writing for a magazine, blogs or article content, you approach may be a little different them of you are writing a novel. When producing articles, you have a short amount of time to capture your audiences’ attention. So when creating a hub or article, offer you reading bite sized portions that are easy to digest.

When people go online to look for information, they tend to scan the material, ranter then read each line. When you keep your paragraphs short, it is more likely the entire article will be read. For example, when reading an article that has no paragraphs at all, or 15 or more lines in a paragraph, it appears too long and people won’t read it. Remember paragraphs and keep them about six to seven lines long. Keep you paragraphs in nice bite sized portions easy to be read.

Your Conclusion

The only way to improve is to work at your craft often. Even if it is not as good as you would like. Writing is a skill that can learned, developed and with experience, developed day by day, month by month and year by year. The conclusion of your article is when you tied in all that has been written and challenge you readers to change. It can be your call to action.

In your conclusion, you are basically telling your audience what you have already told them. What ever your reason, writing is a wonderful way to inform people, help people and challenge people to action. Write to your target audience, write to be understood, and write to impart something of yourself to others and then publish what you have written.

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    • 2besure profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Lipscomb 

      7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Foundational basics are always good for review.

    • pennyofheaven profile image

      pennyofheaven 

      7 years ago from New Zealand

      I have learned much from this hub! Thanks!

    • 2besure profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Lipscomb 

      7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Psalmist4M,I was just thinking about you today. As always, thanks for you kind comments!

    • Psalmist4M profile image

      Psalmist4M 

      7 years ago from the Shelter of His Wings

      Great write, loved the lead in, the detailed points and the closure. Even enjoyed some of the comments. We do sometimes need a reminder of the fundamentals to help us stay or get back on track.

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      CMHypno 

      7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Interesting Hub on writing articles 2besure, we all need to be reminded of the basics.

    • 2besure profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Lipscomb 

      7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Thanks Om, these are great basics to keep in mind when writing.

    • Om Paramapoonya profile image

      Om Paramapoonya 

      7 years ago

      Great advice. I totally agree with everything you mentioned, especially the "venue" part. To be a good online writer, we should know how to use different writing techniques and styles for different types of articles and target audience. :)

    • 2besure profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Lipscomb 

      7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Hey BobbiRant! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

    • BobbiRant profile image

      BobbiRant 

      7 years ago from New York

      Very useful and very understandable. Principles we can all put to good use. Thanks so much.

    • msorensson profile image

      msorensson 

      7 years ago

      Every useful reminder. I do not write like this anymore, actually.

      I am so used to writing this way when I wrote scientific articles. Now I just write what comes. I think of a topic, think about it ...then type.

      Once in a while I the gap between thinking and writing the topic and the hub or blog or article is very short.

      Thanks so much. I will come back to this hub.

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      Marliza Gunter 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      Some wonderful tips here..I should remember some of those.. :)

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      jasonycc 

      7 years ago from South East Asia

      I think you have demonstrated the 6 steps in this article itself. I just have to read this article and it's all there. Great job in presenting your thoughts and ideas in a clear manner easily to be understood. Rated up!

    • 2besure profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Lipscomb 

      7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      buryshane Thanks for visiting my hub and fo your kind comments.

    • 2besure profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Lipscomb 

      7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      A lot of time we take for granted that everyone knows what we do. I have often found this not to be true.

    • 2besure profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Lipscomb 

      7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Thanks samsons1. I'll do the same for you!

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      Sam 

      7 years ago from Tennessee

      up & useful! Thanks, I needed this...

    • singlmomat52 profile image

      singlmomat52 

      7 years ago

      All great tips and many of us should know these things from our classes in school. But I know I have been out of school many years, lol, and have forgotten much. So this is a nice refresher. Thank you for sharing!!

    • 2besure profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Lipscomb 

      7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Hey Sage! Yes these are only a few things I remember learning while in school. Hope it helps.

    • Sage Williams profile image

      Sage Williams 

      7 years ago

      2besure - This is a great refresher course in article writing. I think we all learned the basics at some point but over time I think we tend to forget some of the basics. Needless to say, you have outlined 5 very important steps.

      that will be most helpful in the future.

      Nice Job! Sage

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