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How To Write Something That Can Engage Your Readers

How To Write Something That Can Engage Your Readers

Do you want to improve your writing skills? Even great writers choose to work on improving their writing technique and style, from authors to bloggers to lyricists. Excellent writing flows well and grabs the reader’s attention immediately, drawing them in and making them want to read more.

There are many simple writing tips that can make your writing more appealing to the reader – check out 7 tips that will help you to write well below.

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1. Be concise and avoid rambling

One of the most common mistakes made by new writers is writing overly long and complicated sentences. The writers don’t want to miss out any detail and they are trying to sound knowledgeable, but instead they end up rambling and losing the interest of the reader. Instead of focusing on describing everything, only write down the essentials to create vivid, high-quality descriptive writing.

2. Do your research before you write

A quick way to lose credibility as a writer is to write something inaccurate. Many writers simply forget to check their facts, or are in a hurry to publish their article, but it is well worth doing the research. You can often double check most facts on-line on reputable websites, or you can contact a company or person relevant to your article. This will help you to project an image of a professional, reliable writer, which could even get you new writing projects in the future.

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3. Use varied sentence lengths

Sentence lengths are an important part of creating a good piece of writing. Short sentences can be used to convey facts quickly, or to add effect to important messages, and long sentences can be used to describe a scene or build tension. Avoid writing a repetitive article and make your words flow with varied sentence lengths.

4. Find your own writing style

All great writers have their own, unique voice. Their writing voice allows them to create their own niche and gains them consistent, devoted readers. If you don’t feel like you have found your writing voice yet, look to other writers who inspire you. Compare all of the writers to each other and think about what you like about each writer’s individual voice, and then write down what you want to sound like as a writer. This will help you to find your own voice.

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5. Create a writing outline before you start to write

One of the biggest problems for all writers is knowing what you want to write about before you start. Create a writing outline before you start writing to help make the work seem less intimidating and more achievable. It doesn’t need to be complicated; simply write a framework for how many sections you will write, and what you will cover in each section.

6. Don’t use overly-complicated words to sound impressive

Many writers intentionally use long and difficult words to try and sound impressive while creating effect, but this rarely has the desired effect. Instead the writing becomes clunky and hard to digest, taking away the flow of the words. This leaves the reader disinterested and even patronized. Avoid this by using common, relatable words that don’t distract from your writing, with vivid descriptions to impress and add effect.

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7. Read your writing out loud when you have finished

Excellent writing flows like speech, and hearing your writing out loud will help to notice any poorly phrased sentences or repeated words.This easiest way to make sure your writing reads well is to read it out loud once you have finishing writing it. You can also use software programs on your computer to read your work to you, or you can ask a friend or family member to read the article out loud.

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Amy Johnson

Amy is a writer who blogs about relationships and lifestyle advice.

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Last Updated on March 23, 2021

Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

One of the greatest ironies of this age is that while various gadgets like smartphones and netbooks allow you to multitask, it seems that you never manage to get things done. You are caught in the busyness trap. There’s just too much work to do in one day that sometimes you end up exhausted with half-finished tasks.

The problem lies in how to keep our energy level high to ensure that you finish at least one of your most important tasks for the day. There’s just not enough hours in a day and it’s not possible to be productive the whole time.

You need more than time management. You need energy management

1. Dispel the idea that you need to be a “morning person” to be productive

How many times have you heard (or read) this advice – wake up early so that you can do all the tasks at hand. There’s nothing wrong with that advice. It’s actually reeks of good common sense – start early, finish early. The thing is that technique alone won’t work with everyone. Especially not with people who are not morning larks.

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I should know because I was once deluded with the idea that I will be more productive if I get out of bed by 6 a.m. Like most of you Lifehackers, I’m always on the lookout for productivity hacks because I have a lot of things in my plate. I’m working full time as an editor for a news agency, while at the same time tending to my side business as a content marketing strategist. I’m also a travel blogger and oh yeah, I forgot, I also have a life.

I read a lot of productivity books and blogs looking for ways to make the most of my 24 hours. Most stories on productivity stress waking up early. So I did – and I was a major failure in that department – both in waking up early and finishing early.

2. Determine your “peak hours”

Energy management begins with looking for your most productive hours in a day. Getting attuned to your body clock won’t happen instantly but there’s a way around it.

Monitor your working habits for one week and list down the time when you managed to do the most work. Take note also of what you feel during those hours – do you feel energized or lethargic? Monitor this and you will find a pattern later on.

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My experiment with being a morning lark proved that ignoring my body clock and just doing it by disciplining myself to wake up before 8 a.m. will push me to be more productive. I thought that by writing blog posts and other reports in the morning that I would be finished by noon and use my lunch break for a quick gym session. That never happened. I was sleepy, distracted and couldn’t write jack before 10 a.m.

In fact that was one experiment that I shouldn’t have tried because I should know better. After all, I’ve been writing for a living for the last 15 years, and I have observed time and again that I write more –and better – in the afternoon and in evenings after supper. I’m a night owl. I might as well, accept it and work around it.

Just recently, I was so fired up by a certain idea that – even if I’m back home tired from work – I took out my netbook, wrote and published a 600-word blog post by 11 p.m. This is a bit extreme and one of my rare outbursts of energy, but it works for me.

3. Block those high-energy hours

Once you have a sense of that high-energy time, you can then mold your schedule so that your other less important tasks will be scheduled either before or after this designated productive time.

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Block them out in your calendar and use the high-energy hours for your high priority tasks – especially those that require more of your mental energy and focus. You also need to use these hours to any task that will bring you closer to you life’s goal.

If you are a morning person, you might want to schedule most business meetings before lunch time as it’s important to keep your mind sharp and focused. But nothing is set in stone. Sometimes you have to sacrifice those productive hours to attend to other personal stuff – like if you or your family members are sick or if you have to attend your son’s graduation.

That said, just remember to keep those productive times on your calendar. You may allow for some exemptions but stick to that schedule as much as possible.

There’s no right or wrong way of using this energy management technique because everything depends on your own personal circumstances. What you need to remember is that you have to accept what works for you – and not what other productivity gurus say you should do.

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Understanding your own body clock is the key to time management. Without it, you end up exhausted chasing a never-ending cycle of tasks and frustrations.

Featured photo credit: Collin Hardy via unsplash.com

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