How to Improve Your Writing – Simple Tips for Bloggers
As fashion bloggers we spend a lot of time concentrating on our outfits, images, and editing - but what about the written word? I know there are varying opinions on whether outfit bloggers really need to be good writers (or write at all), but personally I think it’s a must.
A well written post can elevate the quality of your overall blog, increase comments, and encourage repeat visitors. As much as someone loves your pictures, if there is nothing engaging on the page there’s no personal connection, or incentive to visit again.
Well written posts can separate a mediocre blog from an exceptional one. Ready to start dazzling with your words? Here are some of my top tips for improving the quality of your writing.
- Read your blog posts out loud before hitting publish:
I can almost guarantee that you’ll catch more mistakes, and improve your writing if you start reading it aloud.
- Read non-fashion blogs:
So many of us get caught up in reading blogs that only relate to our industry, this makes it almost impossible to create unique original content. Go on a fashion blog fast for a few days and explore the World Wide Web. There are some amazing writers out there.
- Have a goal in mind for your posts:
You need to present more than pictures. Is the goal of your blog or post to educate, inspire, humour, or something else? My goal is to give real everyday women the inspiration to dress well. It’s simple and easy to articulate in all my posts.
- Read – a lot:
This is sort of an extension of number 2 but goes even deeper. If you really want to be a better writer, you need to read a wide variety of work. I would suggest; autobiographies, self-help books, fashion reference, and even novels. As long as you are exposing yourself to different topics your writing will improve substantially.
- Create white space in your life:
This one has been the hardest for me. Sometimes we get so excited about our blogs that we spend way too much time online. I find that my best writing comes after a few days of stepping away and taking a break. I don’t do exceptional work when my calendar is full to the brim with commitments – rather it’s the opposite; when I have “free time”, and space to relax and unwind, the ideas flow naturally.
So many people believe that writing is a natural talent, you are either born with it or you are not. I disagree; writing is a learned skill. The best thing I’ve done for my craft is forcing myself to write everyday whether I feel like it or not. This daily discipline coupled with the steps described above has improved not only my blog, but has also led to freelance work with a variety of other sites. It was completely worth the effort!
Author: Raj via Pink Chai Style
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