One of the messages I keep getting is, “I don’t know how to write. I wish to learn, but I doubt I’d be able to write as you do.”
If there’s one thing being a writer has taught me, it’s that writing is a skill that, with practice, can be honed to perfection.
The different niches in the industry also attest to that, with more springing up as time goes by.
One of the best things you can do to make your writing easy is to “plan it before you write it.”
How do you do that?
1. Start by identifying the theme/topic you want to write on. It’s important to choose a theme for your piece and write on that specific subject.
2. What area of the topic will you be focusing on? Some topics are comprehensive, and you won’t be able to do justice to it all in one post. Narrowing it down to specifics not only gives you focus but also makes it easy for your audience to read your content.
3. Choose the number of words you’re aiming for. Is it 500, 1000, or more? Having a specific number in mind keeps you focused on your important points and reduces the possibility of moving to other parts that may not do your piece a whole lot of good.
4. Divide the intended piece into sections and subsections. Creating sections and subsections produces content that your target audience can easily scan through at first glance for the important points. take this a step further, go ahead to divide your total number of words and choose the specific number you hope to write in each section.
5. Use this to form an outline. List the topic sentences and points you would be discussing. Doing this ties together with the research conducted ahead for the piece.
6. All done? Pick up your pen and write! Once you have your outline, it is time to write your very first draft. Following these steps will not make you a professional writer overnight but it will make the process a lot easier for you.
Know that your first few pieces will suck! Yes, it will, but as you do it over and over again, you’ll notice a big difference between the first few pieces produced and the pieces you churn out consistently over time.
Besides writing itself, you need to acquaint yourself with the rules of grammar, upgrade your lexicon, and read wide. These will help with how you put your thoughts into words.
I hope you find these tips helpful.
I remain the humble CC-Creator