Writing is important as it is a form of communication. Many jobs involve writing like emails, reports, memorandums or creating content for the organization. The workplace is not the only venue that involves writing though. Organizations, personal sites and social networks involve writing such as Twitter tweets and Facebook postings. If you are not confident of your writing, then writing shall be a scary process. Bloggers are writers too as they update their blogs by posting articles. Some people blog for leisure while others blog for business. For those who already know how to write and want to hone their writing skills more to write like a professional blogger, that is possible because writing is not a mystical process. Anyone can improve their writing anytime.
Professional writers follow either consciously or unconsciously a general regular plan in writing. The detail writing process is planning, drafting and proofreading. Planning is where the pre-writing, outlining and research take place. Drafting is the writing proper where the writer just flowingly writes his ideas and thoughts. This process is when the writer is at his peak and should not be disturbed by other stuff such as research.
Nothing kills the writing momentum better than stopping to research an information and going back to drafting again. It is best to take notes of the information the writer wants to incorporate and after drafting, research them in batch. Drafting is also the part when non-professional writers get stuck. Proofreading is reviewing the entire draft, making alterations, spell-checking grammar-checking and finalizing the article.
Making writing as a habit shall surely sharpen your writing saw to eventually become a professional blogger. Just write, and write all the time. Do not procrastinate as the books say procrastination steals your time. Writing is an activity that requires a lot of energy. For the non-professionals, they can always procrastinate by cleaning their computers, surf the net, chat with friends or make coffee. Professional writers do not procrastinate. They are aware that by giving in a little effort each day can be valuable to finish even a project as big as book writing. They know that it is possible to write even if you do not expect you can.
Incorporate Some Visuals
Add images, pictures, charts or tables on your article or blog to make it more interesting. Pictures are attention-grabbers. They also tend to dispel the dullness of the post. A visual can attract even the impatient blog visitor to stop for a while and read. Visuals provide a “something” for blog visitors to glance at. Take the effort of incorporating relevant great-looking visuals to your posts.
Most writers skip this part. That is why proofreaders and editors are hired. However, it is good that you also proofread your work especially if you do not have an editor. Proofreading includes checking the entire write-up for smooth flow of thoughts, relevance of ideas, professional organization, correcting the typos, put the finishing touches and finalizing. It is good for writers to proofread their work. Even a simple email needs proofreading before submission. An email filled with typos does not give a good impression to a prospective client. Yes, even a huge block of business may lie in how good the composition of the write-up is.
Evaluate Yourself and Ask For Feedback
One of the differences of professional writers from amateur writers is that the former are more concerned with making their write-ups as good as possible; and this is not for their egos but for the sake of writing itself. It is good to evaluate yourself, then ask for feedback from your friends, colleagues, fellow students, co-workers or family members. Then be open-minded to correct the areas that need to be corrected. This is among the fastest ways to improve. See the feedback as an opportunity to improve, even the negative ones. Do not take it personally. Move on and make your writing better.
Never Cease to Learn
Professional writers never cease to learn. They keep on learning and practice their craft on a regular basis. They enjoy reading, discover new words as well as writing techniques. Professional writers keep a collection of favorite quotes and clippings which they find important. To learn all the time, look up the meaning of an unfamiliar word you encounter in reading. Read a lot of books about writing, take a writing class or course and read about writing on the internet. There are just tons of them.