November 28, 2016
How to become a successful writer: Quick Tips
We all have had some frustrating moments when we are expected to produce more yet creative content. No matter how much we squint at our desktops, we are unable to come up with something unique and path-breaking. It is not just writing more, it is also about writing effortlessly. It is a common problem not just for authors but also professional writers as a lot of marketing roles now require you to show off your writing skills at one point. And to amplify this, the pressure of a deadline is always looming over your head.
To become a more productive writer, here are a few quick tips
1) Find adequate tools to measure progress
Setting the right tools can shape the productivity and measure the writing efficiency such as putting a timeline of the amount of hours spent to write. Such tools also make it easy to set the benchmark, track your progress, and understand your productivity metrics.
2) Identify the prime time to focus on writing
Identify the best time to write in a day and focus on writing. So first figure out when your optimum output would be – both in terms of quantity and quality. For instance, no need to wake up early if your best work comes out a night.
3) Extensive research
Before you set out to write something new, do thorough research on your topic such as ongoing trends. Get insights and data as a daily practice of production.
4) Set deadlines
Almost everyone procrastinates, particularly, when it comes to things that have no set deadline. There are things that you always wanted to do, but never got the opportunity to do such as traveling, or setting up a new business, or getting your body normal in shape, or writing a book.
To become a better writer, the importance of deadlines should never be undermined. According to research, self-imposed deadlines can help you push through work and hit goals time and time again. There are teams set up to work directly with the marketing department to come up with a goal-oriented checklist of things to achieve to secure the role.
6) Well-structure your task
After committing to creating a blog post structure, designate 20-30 minutes to plan, and focus the structure on capturing three essential indicators:
The audience and their perspective
Follow best practices powered by research, SEO and supporting material
The actionable inference
There are different ways to approach the structural outline. The vital thing is that you’re putting a plan of action before you get started, as this step can prove wonders to enhance your productivity.
7) Timely feedback
It is always a good idea to get timely feedback. As a writer, having someone else look over your article or blog can be one of the most tiresome things when you’re starting to feel stuck. An opinion can help you identify gaps in your post that you’d otherwise likely overlook. Getting this genre of feedback early on could mean the difference between putting out something impressive and putting your post in trash entirely.
We mostly use this three-step editing and analysis process that works well particularly for putting out high quality content:
Structural round of edit
Identify core content and insight
Spell check and grammar, the last round
As a team, we dive into these processes and review articles as a team in a weekly editorial meeting. We thoroughly screen for quality, accuracy, identify opportunities for improvement, and so much more. It is that granular level of detailing that makes it easier for our writer’s to complete a piece of work that they’re proud of, in the shortest span of time.
So always ask for that feedback, upfront and promptly. Trust me, it's worth it.
So all set to writing master blogs?
Writing better content doesn’t have to happen right at one go. I’ve been optimizing my writing skills by experimenting with an array of different techniques for more than six months. And its only now that I feel like I am near my best.
You can get going with any of these techniques listed above and incorporate them into your day to day content to improve your writing skills that will make you more efficient as a writer.
About the author:
With more than a decade of experience in online marketing, Jucy Sierra is a veteran search, content and social marketer, and blogger at Span Global Services. Having worked with some of the world’s biggest brands, she focuses on driving traffic to your website to increase revenue and grow your business. In this blog, she is sharing some useful insights on how to become a more efficient and productive content writer to continually improve and maintain the quality of B2B email contact database. She regularly writes on Email Appending Services to fuel your campaign results and take your business from scratch to finish seamlessly. She enjoys working with a variety of entrepreneurs and small businesses in the USA and UK region.