Tips to Boost Article Writing Skills

tips to boost article writiing

 

Writing an article can be pretty challenging for those who haven’t had much experience. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea when it comes to the business, but it is an essential skill that you’re going to need if you want to prosper.

Articles come to a dime a dozen, so one average-looking article isn’t going to get you anywhere. What you need to do is make your article go above and beyond your competitors. It’s something your gonna need to learn to do if you’re gonna get somewhere as a blogger or make money as a freelancer.

First and foremost, the most fundamental tip that you can take away from this article is that you need to be reading more articles. The more you read, then the more you learn, then the more you can implement in your writing. When you read those articles, you need to make sure your paying close attention, focus on what they’re doing, and how they’re doing it.

Now, here are some tips to boost article writing skills.

Make it a Clear Concept 

Have you ever heard of the elevator pitch?

It’s really simple, all you have to do is explain what you’re writing in a minute or two, the amount of time you’d be in an elevator for. If you have a clear enough concept for your article, and you can explain what it is in that amount of time, it will make the writing process a whole lot easier.

For example, this article I’m writing right now is about giving other article writers tips on how to make their writing better. Keeping the concept simple is going to make your process simple, remember that.  Another example would be if you’re writing about OSHA compliance training – keep it on the subject os OSHA compliance and do not stray.

Give It an Outline

Okay, doing a complete 180, what do you do if your concept is a complex one, something not easily explained in a minute? Well, you simply give it an outline. Give yourself a road map on what needs to be done, then just go down the list until you’ve checked all the boxes. Even just a few footnotes would work, a few sticky notes reminding you of the key points needed.

An overly simplified example would again be this article. First, I’m going to write the intro, then I’m going to write all the tips you could need, then I’m going to write the outro, and say goodbye to anyone reading.

Don’t Overstay Your Welcome

This one could be placed in the Make It a Clear Concept section, but it’s important enough to have its little category. When your writing, you need to keep it simple, as I said before, but you need to make sure you don’t try and over-explain and muddle it with trivial details that they don’t need to know.

When I write articles like this one, for instance, I don’t add anything that would be unnecessary. I keep all the facts concise and to the point, that way I can keep the reader’s attention. You wouldn’t want to be reading about what type of font you need, or if you should use double-spaced sentences.

If you’re reviewing your article and you see that you might be doing this a little, then simply read it again, this time try and be a little pickier on what bits of information are important. If it doesn’t cut, simply get rid of it.

Try Not to Overdo the Prepositional Phrases

A prepositional phrase is a phrase that consists of a preposition, its object, and any words that could modify the sentence. That sounds a little complicated, but it’s easier to understand with a few examples.

She went on a walk before it could start raining.

 Looking at this sentence, you can probably see where the modification is. Essentially what I did is I added a little more information to the sentence. I could cut that modification off of the sentence and you would still know that the lady is going on a walk, you don’t need to know that it’s about to rain to understand.

Prepositional phrases are great, they make your writing more friendly, making it more like a conversation than just analysis. Though you don’t want to use them too much because after a while they make you’re writing a little bumpier, less elegant, and that’s not good when you want to inform or convince readers. If you notice that you have a prepositional phrase every 20 words, then that might be a sign that you should cut some of them out.

Also, a little friendly note, you can recognize prepositional phrases as they usually begin with to, about, at, before, of, after, by, behind, when, in, over, etc.

Pick a Time

I work best when I have a coffee in hand birds singing as the sun comes up. I give myself a little quiet time, a little solidarity to collect my thoughts and put my focus on the work that needs to get done.

It would be a big help to you as well if you found that perfect time for work. Get yourself in that right mindset and your gonna have a lot less trouble, you’ll be able to get that checklist done before twelve, if that’s when your work best that is.

Keep Your Wording Simple

I feel like I’m getting a little repetitive with how much I’m talking about simplicity, but you need to know. Your words, as you know, are the main ingredient to an article, and your gonna want to put in the best words you have so that readers like them.

What writers don’t usually know though; is what words they should be using. To put it bluntly, you need to keep your word choices simple.

There are three types of words, as John Grisham describes words we know, words we should know, and words that nobody knows. You need to keep the majority of your words in that first category, and you can sprinkle in some of the seconds. Do not use that third option, if you use words that nobody knows, then how are they going to understand it? A good way to steer clear of that third one is this; if you have to look up what a word means, then you probably shouldn’t use it.

Tim walked rapidly to the office; he was supposed to meet Jim on the eighty-fifth floor, to talk about that new shareholder.

Cut out those unnecessary and complicated words to make it clear and your message will come off loud and clear.

Research

 Normally people don’t just happen to be an expert on a topic, it takes time and effort to know any one subject, and as such, they need to research and study. The same thing applies to writing articles, you’re not going to know absolutely everything to write what you want effectively.

Of course, some are actual experts in their field and can write completely from scratch, but that is pretty rare when it comes to the average blog. So, you’re going to need to study up and get all the details necessary.

For example, let’s say you’re a theme park blogger, and you go to a particular theme park every weekend. You know the place like the back of your hand, and you can write about it for hours, night and day, to anyone who might ask, but you don’t have a clue on what that theme park has planned for its brand-new ride.

So, you have to keep going to the theme park, to get regular updates on what’s going on, so you can tell your readers about it. There are no two ways about it, you have to keep going to get the most relevant information.

You need to research your topic no matter what, to find new information, or to double-check that what you have is correct. If you write something incorrect, your readers will call you out on It, and you could lose credibility. So do your homework.

Use Contractions

Contractions, contractions are a lot of fun and your readers will enjoy them a lot more than the professor voice that you’re using. People want to have a conversation, they don’t want to be lectured, so write as you would normally speak to a stranger.

Without contractions:

A man that was named John did not have sufficient funds to purchase a new model of car.

With Contractions:

John didn’t have enough money to buy a new car.

You can probably see the difference between the two, your readers definitely will. There’s more fun and simplicity in the second sentence than there is in the first. Writers use contractions to make their writing more conversational and simpler, so it’s something that your gonna want to use in your writing.

 Speak Out loud

 You’ve studied your topic, you wrote the article, and now it’s time to review it and scrutinize it with your newfound knowledge on writing.

Before you go into a deep dive review of your article, you should read it to yourself, out loud. This isn’t a part of the editing or rewriting of your article, this is an analysis of your article. You need to find out what’s wrong with your writing and the way you do it is by speaking out loud.

Once you hear your words outright, you can hear if anything is wrong with them. You can hear if something is too clunky, or if you’re using too many contractions, or if your word choices aren’t working well, etc. You’ll know if something is wrong with it if you take the time to read it.

Once you get through reading it out loud a few times, and you’ve found the problems, it’ll be a lot easier for you to edit them.

 Review at The Right Time

 This is something that I do all the time, I start trying to edit my articles as I’m writing them. It’s a habit that I’ve had for years, and I’ve tried to kick it for a long time, but to no avail, I still do it even now. I’m warning you now that this is something that you don’t want to pick up, it is a massive waste of time.

As your writing, you’ll want to try and fix every little mistake as you go along, thinking that it would be faster if you just did it now, and then be done with it by the time you finish. You could not be more wrong. You’re going to be caught up in all the little details, and the word choices, and everything and it will take you forever to even actually finish the darn thing.

What you need to do is wait till your done with your article, I know it’s tempting to start editing early, but your gonna have to.

You can sort imagining it like a cake. You’re not going to take it out of the oven halfway through it baking, try it, then expect it to be done perfectly. You’re just going to have to wait until it’s done, then you can put the icing on, sprinkles, etc. Or you might just need to throw the entire cake out if you think that’s the best choice.

Practice

 

In the intro to this particular page, I mentioned that you need to be reading articles a lot more to imitate their way of writing. That is very important, and you need to keep it in mind, but you must not let it get in the way of actual practice.

You need to be getting up out of bed every day, sitting down, and writing your articles. You need to find your voice in your writing, the way you talk, the way you form your sentences, and the only way to do that are to write a lot.

If you put all of these tips into practice, then you’ll find improvement in your writing very soon. Just remember to keep a tight schedule, make it a regular thing that you do every day because the more practice you have means the more experience.

How to Become a Multi-niche Master of Writing

Multi-niche Master of Writing

 

More often than not, writers who are just starting out have been advised to settle on a niche and stick with it. Indeed, selecting a niche and writing about what you know is a safe and reliable way to work as a writer, online or otherwise. This plays a part as to why multi niche writing as been discouraged as a high-cost, high-effort, and all-around difficult route to take and, in all honesty, there is an element of truth to that.

Multi niche writing might be difficult, but what not many people grasp is that it is also highly lucrative. Even more so than single niche writing in some cases. By not allowing yourself to be pigeon-holed, you open up numerous avenues of income and opportunities which you might never have access to if you stuck to writing about the same topic day in/day out.

For that reason, this article aims to teach you how to become a multi niche master of writing, what are the benefits of multi niche writing, and how to find success as a multi niche writer:

Advantages of Multi Niche Writing:

In case you’re not yet completely sold on why multi niche writing is the better option, here are some of the advantages enumerated below:

  • More Content Options. One of the biggest challenges faced by writers, specifically those writing about a single niche, is trying to create newer and more exiting content. Often times, a writer or a single topic can find himself/herself running out of things to say. This is not the case for multi niche writers – a wide range of topics ensures that there is always something to write about.
  • More Readers. Because you get to talk about a variety of things, your site will lay host to a variety of readers. Multi niche writing is an effective way to generate traffic for your blog or website. This in turn gets your portfolio across to more and more people.
  • More Earnings. An increase in traffic can also lead to an increase in revenue. There are numerous ways to earn from your site like affiliate links or advertisements both direct and indirect. A large volume of readers can also increase the potential for collaborations with other writers, commissions or guest writing gigs for websites, marketing deals with online brands.
  • Social Media Friendly. For any writer, the ability to advertise yourself, especially through social media, can greatly improve prospects and job opportunities. With multi niche writing, the chances improve drastically as you are able to let your writing reach with a larger, more diverse group of people – people who are potential readers and visitors of your site.

How to Write About Different Niches:

Let’s cover some of the basics of mastering the art of multi niche writing. Writing is easy enough on its own, but a true writer of various topics knows how to sound like a professional no matter how obscure or technical the subject might be. Below are some of the things to remember and practice when working as a multi niche writer:

Choose the Topics You Can Understand

Being a multi niche writer does not necessarily mean writing about anything and everything under the sun. No one has the mental capacity adequate enough to be an expert on everything. As a multi niche writer, you will simply be selecting and writing on a number of niches you feel comfortable talking about. It can be concerning anything so long as you feel you can discuss it with relative ease and without getting bored or confused.

If for example, you worked in the financial industry before pursuing your writing, you might want to tackle subjects that fall under the financial blanket. If, in your free time, you enjoyed reading classic literature, then perhaps you can write about that too, and even find a correlation between the two – essentially creating a new sub-niche no one else has heard of. Situations like this sets you apart from the scores of other writers and gives you the chance to be an authority on a subject no often talked about.

Research

Even the most learned of academics do their research and you shouldn’t be any different. The people who will be reading your article will likely be skeptical, maybe even critical of the information and opinions you bring to the table. For your own credibility and the sake of being accurate, researching on the subjects you write about and citing them as references will go a long way in building a reputation as a trustworthy writer.

Be sure to use up-to-date, trusted sources for your articles. Avoid citing other blog posts, Wikipedia, and/or social media as a source as these are known for being unreliable at best. Consider using recent information that comes from news websites and Google scholar. The data and reports should ideally be only 5 years old at the most to ensure their relevance.

Try to Answer Common Questions

Always ask yourself what questions are you answering by writing this article. Study on the current trends, watch the news to gauge people’s concerns, browse through the internet and try to learn if there are issues or subjects not written about enough. As a multi niche writer, this comes with the benefit of being able to answer questions on a variety of topics – diversifying your portfolio and expanding your readership in the process.

Try to be a guide on actual concerns and answer the real-life questions people might have – this will turn you into a known source and ensure you’re the one people go to for trusted, easy-to-read knowledge.

Try to Be Conversational

With all the research and personal expertise on the topics you write about, the next big challenge you’ll face in multi niche writing is writing in a way that is easily understandable to the average reader. Write in layman’s terms, avoid technical jargon, and try fun and conversational as possible. Though your sources might be academic or technical papers, try to translate those into a voice that can be easily digested by anyone.

In making a wide range of complex subjects accessible to readers, you are actually building a reliance among your readers. You’ll become the one they’ll visit to lay it out in a way that they can understand.

Always Proofread Aloud

Proofreading your articles is just as an important a step as the actual writing of it. Clean, concise, and grammatically correct articles builds confidence among the readers and makes you seem like a professional.

Even if you’re the kind of writer that hires proofreaders to make the edits for you, by proofreading first out loud, you give yourself the opportunity to stand in the place of the reader. This will allow you to make the necessary revisions that’ll produce a more tightly written piece. You can also make connections to other articles you’ve written, thus tying-in your articles into a more unified portfolio – the kind of portfolio websites and commissioners look out for.

Success with Multi Niche Writing:

The things mentioned so far are only half of the equation when you’re a writer. For achieving success in your multi niche writing, a certain level of business acumen is also needed. Take some of these advises into consideration with regards to your multi niche writing business:

Carefully Manage the Topics

Space posts out ensure that the topics are not too similar but not too unrelated as well. When posting new articles, never do them in quick succession. Always allow an article time to generate the traction it needs before pushing it down with another article. For multi niche writers, it might also help to split your content postings to different days that are allotted for a particular niche. For example: post all your articles about finance on a Friday and call it “Financial Friday” And executive coaching on Tuesday as, “Coaching Tuesday.”

You also don’t want any conflict between your niches to occur. Having articles on different niches that appear to be similar in style or subject might get you accused of recycling. At the same time, having articles on totally unrelated niches though can also hurt your credibility with potential commissioners as your portfolio will come across as disjointed and lacking in direction.

Still Try to Bring Something New

The point of being a multi niche writer it to allow yourself the wiggle room to explore the subjects you’re interested in without being stifled. That being said, your main concern though is ensuring that with anything you write, no matter the topic, you’re bringing something new to the table.

It can be anything – a new perspective, a highlighting of a little known issue or subject matter, an unpopular opinion, or simply just writing about something in a new and funny way. What matters is you are offering the reader something that is inherently you in your writings.

Explore the Monetization Opportunities

There are ways to earn outside of just being paid to write an article. Your blog or website can be a viable source of passive income once you have an established readership. Explore ad options through networks like Adsense to earn a pretty penny form every visitor of your site.

If you’re doing a product review, consider getting an affiliate link and earn a percentage from each purchase of that product.

Use SEO

This is a no brainer by now. Any website or business operation online needs to understand at least the basics of SEO. Doing so can give you the tools to increase traffic to your blog or website, generate more buzz for your writing, and generally increase you chances of finding success as a multi niche writer.

To put it simply, SEO or Search Engine Optimization, are steps and tools – including some writing tricks – that helps ensure your articles rank high in the search results of people looking for info. When people search the web for a particular topic, the search engine’s algorithm sorts through the millions of websites and contents, narrowing them down by use of criteria and keywords, and displays the results to the searcher in a rank of most relevant to least relevant

The proper use of SEO can increase your chances of coming in high on the list of search results and, in so doing, generate much larger traffic into your site.

Market Yourself

Social media is your best friend when trying to make a name for yourself as a writer. Multi niche writing is nothing without readers therefore marketing yourself on the social media front – where a good chunk of the people on the internet hangout – is of the utmost importance.

You can select the platform/s you’re comfortable with but it is not advisable to open an account on all platforms right away. The reason being you wouldn’t want to spread yourself out thin by managing numerous accounts at the same time.

For writers, Twitter and Reddit seem to be the platform of choice though there are some writers finding success with their marketing strategy on Instagram and Facebook too. Study hard on the trends circulating the platform and try to learn some of the techniques on generating a following. You can do this by studying the way how writers who’ve found some success in your field manage their social media.

Making it in the world of social media is difficult, especially if you’re the kind of person who isn’t used to being active online constantly. But by putting in the work and marketing yourself with a passion, you will definitely see your efforts pay off when you see those readership metrics rise.

Conclusion

Multi niche writing is not for everyone. Its demands for a particular kind of quality and consideration is often more than what most writers are willing to give. In the end, writing should be a pleasurable and fulfilling experience and that should always take president.

If you do, however, find yourself willing and able to write about different types of subjects, enjoying the process of researching and writing on a great number of things. Than by all means explore this passion, become a master of multi niche writing and earn from doing what you love.