Content writing isn’t a easy task. You can’t grow up to be a charming content writer over a night. It is a “on-going” and learning process as you advance with time.
In my last post, I shared that I wasn’t much of a content writer in the initial days. I still don’t call myself a good content writer, however I’ve improved a lot.
In this post, I will share some of my time tested methods you can use to improve your content writing skills.
Improve your content writing skills using these five methods
Build up your Vocabulary :- To be a good content writer, you should know a wide range of words.
A good content writer is known for its extensive dictionary of words. As a content writer you need to have a really good vocabulary to be versatile.
Building up vocabulary isn’t an easy task. The task is not to learn 100 words from dictionary and forget them all. Instead, learn a few words and remember them for use.
It takes time but it surely worth the time. Using dictionary for this purpose is beneficial but I find it quite boring. I used a weekly magazine that published 10 words along with their meaning. Use a thesaurus to find out antonyms , synonyms of the same word.
Get rid of distractions :- Just like any other work, to be a better content writer, you need to get rid of distractions while working.
Distractions vary as per work nature. In online works, the distractions as “Facebook”, “Youtube” and other sort of websites.
While compiling a post or writing up an article for advertiser, get rid of these websites. If you undergo a hard time controlling yourself accessing those websites, there are couple of tools available to help you out.
If music doesn’t distract you, you can listen music while writing to stay focused. Don’t format or style your text while writing. Write up the whole text, and then format it later. Styling fonts, changing colors can affect your creativity while writing.
Use Online tools :- There are couple of tools which can make your life easier.
Below mentioned are some of the tools I use to improve my content quality.
- BuzzSumo – For Getting Ideas for Content Creation
- C0-Schedule headline analyzer – For Writing and Analyzing Headlines
- Grammarly & Hemingway Editor – For Improving Spelling, detecting typos, fixing grammar mistakes.
These tools work really well. After producing a piece of content, you can surely “fine-tune” your content using the above mentioned applications and tools.
There are number of other tools for writers as well. But, don’t let these tools give you a “moment-of-break” while writing, because that break mostly turns out to be a great distraction.
Use these tools wisely in combination to improve your content quality.
Pay Attention While Proofreading ! :- Content writers write quite fast. This makes it easy for a tiny typos to get through in their article.
This is why proof-reading is a must to do thing.
You should be more cautious while proof reading then while writing the post itself. Read every sentence. I’ve seen co-bloggers and friends, skip a lot of sentences or even paragraphs by assuming that everything under is OK.
Even if it is ok, you should read it once to get a reader’s point of view.
When it comes to proof-reading, there are number of tools like grammarly. But these tools can’t sense the meaning of a sentence. For example if you write “Sun rises from the north” , the tool which check its grammar and spelling and mark it correct. However only a human brain can tell that the statement is wrong.
Read a lot :- While once talking with Neil patel, I asked him How he produces such awesome quality content on his blog.
Neil patel is well known blogger and marketer. His posts are quality stuffed and the reader engagement speaks for the quality.
His answer was pretty simple. He replied that he reads a lot. Reading and learning is pretty important if you want to be able to consistently produce content.
If you stop reading and learning, you’ll sooner or later came across “Writer’s Block“. Reading newspapers , magazines and novels won’t only provide you with new words but would also unlock you new ways of presenting a sentence.
Be Strong on Grammar and Punctuation :- Slipping in a Grammar mistake or punctuation error can be a nightmare for a content writer.
As a content writer, you need to be strong on side of grammar.
I have seen bloggers writing about SEO or similar technical topics with horrible mistakes in posts. These mistakes don’t only turn off readers but also grow a “black-dot” on your brand name.
One should consider using the tools I mentioned to avoid any grammar or punctuation mistakes. I never had to care about Grammar mistakes, but I made this point as it was highly important.
Conclusion – These are the methods or “tricks” I have used to improve my content writing over the time. You too can deploy these basic techniques to improve your content writing.
If you are a content writer, it would be awesome if you share some tips in the comments section about how can one improve its writing skills.