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5 Tips to Improve Your Writing

5 Tips to Improve Your Writing

By Mel Mcintyre


Want to write more fluently? Here are five simple tips that can save you time and help you hone your writing skills.


Be Brief Never use more words than you need. Nothing smacks of the amateur more than excess. Write your ideas down, leave them for a day or two, and then go back and eliminate every word that's not essential. Then watch your copy jump off the page.


Make A List Lists help you organize your content. They make your articles easier to read. They give a natural flow to your ideas and allow you to highlight the most important points quickly and accurately. And they're popular with online readers.


Say It Simply A big word still only counts as one word. So why bother? Most people want information, not an essay. Make it easy to read and you'll keep your readers happy. Oh, yes, and your writing will also develop its own style.


Write A Letter Try to write articles or stories in the same way as you would a letter to your mother or an email to a friend. Be conversational and friendly rather than preachy or academic. Try explaining your article to a 10-year-old, and then write down what you said. It might sound strange, but it really works.


Write More Often Finally, write as often as you can. Write down words or phrases you like. Write down snippets of conversation you hear. Write a paragraph before breakfast. Whenever anything comes to you, write it down. The more you write, the better your writing will become.


Mel McIntyre is a freelance writer and the author of The Ultimate Copywriter and Travel Writing Secrets. Fore more info, visit his website at TopCopyGuy


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