by Laura Michelle Thomas
Whether you are a young writer who is still trying to get an article published, a wannabe novelist, a new blogger, or are writing copy for you business’ social media channels, these five tips will help you write more efficiently and boost your output of high quality material.
Use These Five Tips to Improve Your Writing Output
#1 Know your audience. Look at the writing you want to do, or need to do. Who is it for? Why would they read it? Be specific. Can you articulate in a sentence who you are writing for? If you are not clear on that, you will end up writing a lot of material that no one really wants to read.
#2 Write tight. Unless you are a professional, you are probably using twice as many words as you need to. The thing with writing is that unless you are highly skilled at it, you need to write in order to get to what you are really trying to say. My advice is to take your first draft and cut half of what you’ve written. If you are too attached to it, give it to a merciless editor.
#3 Respect your readers. Whether you are writing tweets or the next great novel, you need to remember that reading takes time and energy. Respect your readers by making sure you are entertaining, educating, empowering, or inspiring. When you start writing for an audience, their needs matter more than yours. If you want to write just for yourself, stick to journaling.
#4 Plan your writing time. If you don’t schedule time in your work week to write, it will be nearly impossible to produce anything of value. If writing is part of what you do and what you are as a human being, then a little respect for your writing time will go a long way. It will also save you from publishing low-quality first drafts at the last minute.
#5 Set up a publishing schedule and deadlines. If you are copywriting for your business or blog, set up a publishing schedule. If you are working on a novel, set up a deadline for each stage of the process. If you need to bounce ideas off someone on how often to publish or need someone to be accountable too, let me know. I am happy to help.