Did you know that there are now more than a billion active websites and blogs on the internet today? It’s true — and guess what all of them have in comment?
Every site on the internet needs to have content in order to rank in the search results, provide value to users, and also convert audiences into paying customers and to generate revenue.
With that being said, it’s extremely important for all written content to be of the highest quality content at all times. And for this to take place, you either need to be a great writer, or have someone else writing the content for you.
Many people will often think they aren’t great writers, and this is something they have to live with. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth, as we can all become better writers.
Read on to learn about five exciting, unique and different ways to improve your content writing skills today.
1 – Use a Grammar Checking Tool While Writing
When it comes to content writing, most of the time this is being done online. For site owners and bloggers, content is often being written in WordPress. And if you are running a business or working from home, you may also be using Google Docs or Microsoft Word.
In either of these cases, there are free (trial) word checker tools like Grammarly, ProWritingAid and WhiteSmoke, that can help critique your writing as you are typing.
These tools and applications are great because they can help spot any spelling mistakes, grammatical errors, and also help you become more aware of ways to improve your writing skills.
2 – Get Creative and Increase Mindfulness Before Writing
In addition to using spell checkers and writing tools, it’s also a great idea to get the mind going before writing your next article.
Two excellent ways to accomplish this in a quick amount of time, is to color in your free time, or to play word games like Scrabble, or even some word games on your mobile devices.
Through the use of a word unscrambler, you can also create your own fun word searches and print them out for future use. This way, before you have a new article due, you can run through a quick game sheet and your mind juices flowing.
This also works well if you have a handy coloring book and pencils by your desk at all times. After all, it only takes a few minutes of mindfulness and creativity to really get the mind flowing.
3 – Break Apart Your Content Before Writing
Writing a lot of content throughout the day can really take a toll on your mind. When you write enough of it, you start to get better at formatting your content before you actually start writing.
An excellent way to do this is to open a word document and write out your title. After that, you would then write your sub-titles and category headlines. You should also throw a summary in there as well.
By having all of these sections in place before writing, it will actually help you in the content creation process, as you will have a much better idea on your word count throughout the process, and you also won’t be staring at a blank sheet trying to figure out what to write.
4 – Read More in Your Spare Time
Want a quick and easy way to improve your writing skills? Simply read more!
According to this MasterClass, there are five ways that reading can continually help to improve with your writing skills on a daily basis. These include:
- Reading helps you develop critical thinking skills.
- Reading exposes you to a variety of writing styles
- Reading allows you to study grammar in context.
- Reading helps you expand your vocabulary
- Reading inspires new ideas.
By spending just a few minutes a day reading articles, blog content and books, not only will you keep your mind flowing with creative juices, it will also help you better understand how professional writing looks as well.
When reading other material, be sure to keep in mind how that content looks, reads and relates to the content you write.
5 – Hire a Proofreader and Learn to Improve Your Writing
Last but not least, you may want to consider your options with hiring a proofreader to look over your written work.
This can benefit in two different ways.
The first being that your work will get a second look over, and will be provided to your audience or client in even better form.
The second being that a proofreader can help you with any common writing mistakes that you are currently making, while also giving you recommendations and tips to further improve your writing along the way.
It’s also important to note that proofreaders are relatively cheap, and can be hired on a single article basis through the use of a freelancer micro-job site like Fiverr.
Five Winning Methods to Improve Your Writing Skills
As mentioned at the beginning of the article, there are more websites and blogs on the internet than ever before. Each and every one of these sites are publishing content daily, in order to attract new audiences and generate sales. For this to happen, their site content needs to be the best possible.
Before writing your next article, be sure to consider each of the recommendations and winning methods above.
It doesn’t matter if you are writing for your own site, a company blog or even doing freelance work in your spare time — you will always want to make sure the quality is there, and to have your audience hanging on every written word.