How to Improve Your Writing
“When I can’t write I read. When I can’t read I sleep. And when I can’t sleep I write.” – Jarod Kintz, Blogger
Writing Critique Checklist
- Use a strong verb
- Junk Adverbs
- Avoid repetition of Pronouns
- Word choice
- Over used words or repetition
- Wrong word choice
- Writing Style
- Active instead of passive voice
- Transition or Flow
- UK vs. US
“It is only by writing, not dreaming about it, that we develop our own style.” – PD James
- Voice – It’s your brand personality.
- Tone – Should reflect the vibe of your brand.
- Flow – Does your writing flow from one sentence to another?
- Rhythm – Don’t be monotonous & boring. Alternate short & long sentences.
What is your style/tone?
- Formal – Professional or Elegant
- Informal – Casual or Passionate
- Bold; incisive; sharp
- Factual; analytical; data driven
- Funny; humorous; witty
- Serious; sorrowful; sad
- Angry; raging against the world; rant or
- Preachy; nagging; “ I told you so” type
What is your writing type?
- Descriptive – Describe in detail places, people and activities you are writing about.
- Expository – Informing, explaining things or actions.
- Narrative – Telling a story.
- Imaginative – Imagining things. Fiction falls under this category.
- Persuasive – This is very useful for business bloggers. Ability to get somebody to choose a product or to change their mind.
What are your narrative voice preferences?
- First Person
- I, we; me, us; my, mine; our, ours
- Personal or autobiographical
- g. We can save you money
- Second Person
- You, Your
- Conversational, persuasive
- g. You can save money
- Third person
- He, him; his, she, her, hers; it, its
- Detached or neutral
- g. Mumbaikars can save money
“Writing helps you reflect on your life and changes you’re making.”– Leo Babauta, Blogger
A good blogger:
- Knows his comfort zone.
- Takes pride in professionally written content.
- Likes and shares quality content.
- Gives credit for images or content used.
- Distributes his content across various channels.
- Keeps improving and persevering.
- Motivates others.
- Are detail oriented and can follow my specific instructions
- Can meet my high expectations
- Avoid basic mistakes
- Make every sentence count – no fluff!
- Have basic SEO skills (keyword optimization, linking, etc.)
- Are flexible about topics they write
- Can provide quick turnaround on short notice
The University of Wisconsin – Stout has developed a rubric for evaluating student blogs. Check the link here – http://bit.ly/2ca4aj0
“You fail only if you stop writing.” – Ray Bradbury
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For lesson (11) – click here