Suck at Writing Quality Content…?

1. Use real words.

Is your website or blog littered with revolutionary, value-added, impactful, cutting-edge, best-of-breed, mission-critical words designed to leverage and synergize the current paradigm? Words like that are the chemical additives of business writing: Maybe one or two used sparingly won’t matter much, but too many will poison your content. Forget the buzzwords, and say what you really mean.

2. Avoid frankenwords, weblish and words pretending to be something they’re not.

Frankenwords are words weirdly bolted together to create stiff, bizarre versions of themselves, typically ending in -ize or -ism or -istic (incentivize, bucketize). Avoid nouns masquerading as verbs (workshopping, journaling) and verbs masquerading as nouns (learnings). And definitely avoid weblish like k, thx, and ur welcome.

Read: Create Content Your Readers Will Enjoy

3. Use your active voice.

The passive voice isn’t technically incorrect, but it tends to sound stilted and awkward. You’ll vastly improve your writing by making your verbs active. Active sounds zippier and more alive.

So, instead of “The video was edited by a guy named Hibachi,” try “A guy named Hibachi edited the video.” A simple but surprisingly effective change.

4. Ditch weakling verbs for more descriptive ones.

Bold action words will breathe life into your writing. Avoid generic phrases; use expressive language that paints a vivid picture in the reader’s mind.

Read: Can’t Keep Your Reader’s Engaged…? Here’s What Will

Instead of “It might seem like a good idea, but it’s probably not in good taste to put a QR code on a tombstone,” try “It might seem like a good idea, but it’s probably not in good taste to etch a QR code on your loved one’s tombstone.”

5. Lose adverbs, except when they enhance meaning.

Most writers use adverbs gratuitously, tossing them in when they add nothing. In the previous sentence, the adverb gratuitously is necessary, because it tells you how most writers use adverbs. Without it, the sentence reads “Most writers use adverbs.” Well, duh.

6. Use clichés only once in a blue moon.

Sometimes, clichés can offer a quick reference or shorthand (on the same page). But too many can make you sound just like everyone else– which is exactly the opposite of what you are trying to achieve.

7. Trim your words.

Say things simply, with empathy for the reader. The use of more words does not really help you sound more smart. On the contrary, it contributes to content obesity. Lol. So, instead of “in order to,” say “to.” Instead of “ways by which,” use “ways.” Trim “despite the fact that” to “although.”

8. Break some grammar rules.

It’s OK to start a sentence with “And,” “But” or “Because.” It’s OK to write a single-word sentence. And a one-sentence paragraph? Why not? We can safely break some rules we learned in school and when doing so, it adds energy and momentum to our writing. Grammar does matter. But readability, personality and emphasis matter, too!

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65 Comments
  1. kenyonaparlor 3 years ago

    Love this advice!

  2. teenstravels 3 years ago

    How to balance good content with a regular uploading schedule?

  3. Shannon 3 years ago

    Great post! Will definitely be using some of these tips

  4. mukul chand 3 years ago

    great post

  5. readbyroe 3 years ago

    This is great! As I am a new book blogger, I look for anything that will make my posts and reviews better!

  6. Olive Nakiyemba 3 years ago

    This is great help, thank you!

  7. carlavtaylor 3 years ago

    this was a very good post!! It helped a lot

  8. joninmariegargoles 3 years ago

    Great! I’ll definitely do this I’ll tag you ?

  9. roofbreaker 3 years ago

    This is so for me. Not an eloquent writer but that won’t stop me from trying. 🙂

  10. Jordan Ferguson 3 years ago

    great post 🙂

  11. SHE.LUXE.FIT 3 years ago

    I used to spend hours trying to start a blog post because I couldn’t decide how I wanted my content to read. I was trying too hard and thinking about it way too much. In the end I gave up and started writing how i spoke and naturally things started to flow better and I was happy with my content – because I was being me!

    Raj
    http://www.sheluxefit.wordpress.com

    • benjaminsaccaggi 3 years ago

      This has also become my strategy in writing; I just go with however I feel I want to say something, and spend time editing it ‘properly’ later on

      • SHE LUXE FIT 3 years ago

        Totally agree.. I follow the minimalists and they suggest a similar thing of getting what you want to say down on paper/screen first and then polish and refine til you’re content.

  12. martherainbow 3 years ago

    lovely! thank you so much for this advice 🙂

  13. joydemelino 3 years ago

    superb… The post helps a lot.. thank you..more posts please…..I want to learn from you since I am a newbie..

  14. Kaitlyn Mize 3 years ago

    Tese are all great tips. Thank you!

  15. Sarah 3 years ago

    I definitely need to start trimming my words.

  16. plutoniumkitten 3 years ago

    Ah, passive voice, my nemesis! And long, complex sentences, I have a love affair with those that needs to end. (Though I’m quite proud of being able to fit a whole paragraph into a single, well-phrased sentence that’s both minimal in its number of words, yet contains all necessary information. >_>)

    • benjaminsaccaggi 3 years ago

      Oh man you and me both, sometimes ideas (or emotions for me) can only really be explained by complex eternal sentences! My strategy is to write however the hell I want during the drafting phase with not a care in the world, and then have an editor help me neaten it up later

  17. Aanuolutomiwa 3 years ago

    good ones, i stopped writing for sometimes cause i want my writings to be perfect but i discovered you just keep learning everyday and now i’m getting towards being perfect

    • benjaminsaccaggi 3 years ago

      Lol yeah the post neglected to say: the most comprehensive list in the world won’t help unless you actually practice 😉

  18. Smiling Notes 3 years ago

    These are really great tips!! Going to keep them in mind going forward. Sharing it on Twitter ?

  19. sophisticatedhomes 3 years ago

    Thanks for the tips

  20. benjaminsaccaggi 3 years ago

    Thanks for the tips, there’s certainly a great need for better writing throughout the world at the moment

  21. jake 3 years ago

    This post was really helpful. Thanks

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  23. Italic Bookmarks 3 years ago

    Cliches – “Can’t live with ’em can’t live without ’em.” It’s helpful to have well known phrases/descriptions on occasion to help relate and capture what many readers might be thinking… But crucial to avoid the impression that you can’t create or describe something in a novel and original way.

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  25. Simply-Me 2 years ago

    Love the tips and yes I agree, short, sweet and simple equates to more readers and effectiveness.

  26. achaharrison 2 years ago

    Absolutely.. I cannot agree less with this post…

    http://www.thinkingacha.wordpress.com

  27. Chris 2 years ago

    Oh boy. I have a natural verbosity to my writing that I just can’t shake, but I’ve certainly been trying to kick the habit.

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  29. arfrederiksen 2 years ago

    I love the witty undertone of this!

  30. Priscilla 2 years ago

    Can’t stress enough about the last point! Personality plays a big role, so don’t be afraid to break grammar rules once in a while! As a copywriter, I salute you. This is a wonderful post 🙂

  31. jddsouthafrica 2 years ago

    love this post! I switch between the two, always try to jazz up my writing but the best aticles I’ve written have just been on the fly

  32. progchik 2 years ago

    Very, very good advice! Plan to share on my blog, ProofPerfectly.com.

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  35. Broken Crayons 2 years ago

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing 🙂
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  38. Dacian 2 years ago

    Interesting post! Thanks for the useful tips!

  39. MyPoems 2 years ago

    Loved this Piece and Learned a lot … 🙂

  40. collinscelticcrafts 2 years ago

    Good tips! It sometimes feel like I am trying too hard to produce content. I just need to be myself and write like I would talk to someone.

  41. WealthX 2 years ago

    Great article

  42. ZainabBaloch 2 years ago

    Amazing Article! thanks for sharing. Do check my blog please.

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  45. thesilence2017 2 years ago

    “But readability, personality and emphasis matter, too!”

    I try to do it everytime, thanks for the post. 🙂

  46. miss_ananya 2 years ago

    I don’t want to be a grammar Nazi in any way, but I hate it when people you thx ,ur, eeww.. I mean I don’t understand the need.

  47. caycommunications 2 years ago

    Great article!

  48. williwash 2 years ago

    Reblogged this on WilliWash.

  49. rasoua 2 years ago

    That’s so true, I see myself doing those mistakes ?? But thank you so much, it’s really helpful, especially for beginners like me!! ? Still have a lot to work on.

  50. Lord eBay 2 years ago

    Seriously, all these tips never end, yet writing never gets easier. I guess simplicity and originality is the key, whether that serves it or not. I write as I feel, someone would love it no matter what. So, I’m at peace with myself. Helpful tips though. Thumbs up!

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  52. effcaa 2 years ago

    Thx for the advice!

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