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10+ tips to improve your Writing

December 21st, 2010

Ten brief tips to improve your writing. I’ve presented them in the order they appeared in the original piece but in an easier to digest format for those with limited attention spans or those pressed for time.

  1. If you want to be a better writer, at some point you’re going to have to learn some grammar and read some good books.
  2. Short sentences have power!
  3. The two most important qualities to strive for in your writing are timeliness and timelessness.
  4. Writing is work, therefore if you want to improve, you have to work on your writing regularly.
  5. When writing for the web, the most important thing to remember is people don’t read online, they scan.
  6. The most important words you write in a blog posting appear in the title and the opening paragraph.
  7. People respond well to visual stimuli, so use images cleverly in your blog posts.
  8. Search engine optimization is not a substitute for good writing, content is still king.
  9. Learn how to use typography and whitespace if you want to write successfully online.
  10. Develop a mantra for your writing and editing; my mantra is Quality, Utility, Economy. QUE if you like acronyms.

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