I’ve been asked by a couple of readers to write a blog post about how to improve your writing. As a pro-blogger and freelance writer this was the very first point of attack I had to tackle in order to further my new online career.
What many aspiring writers seem to forget is that there isn’t some complicated secret recipe to be a good writer.
It simply boils down to experience and daily exercise. Gary Halbert said “the key to writing is writing”.
And you know what: he was so damn right. Gary Halbert is the Rolls Royce of writers and if there is one thing you want to do by reading this blog post, then it is to visit his link and study the art of copywriting. See, Gary was a master of this craft and he continues to teach his disciples long after he is gone.
I couldn’t agree with him more. But to the heck am I do try anyway? From personal experience it is true however and I suppose you can all but try to aspire to be a good writer.
When I first got serious with my writing I suddenly realized that I had fallen in love with the craft without realizing it first. I guess it was a natural progression from my love of blogging which developed over the course of over 1 year.
Somewhere along the way it happened and the fact that I was passionate about the subject I’m blogging about made the transgression only easier.
Misconceptions of Writing Positions in the Market Place:
The common belief of many aspiring writers is to wait for a good paying writing job before accepting offers. After all, why should we waste our valuable time for a measly $5 and article?
In theory, this thought is correct, but unless you were born with a golden pen in your hand, I’m afraid this is one of the sacrifices you have to make to grow your ability and career.
Despite this obvious “downer” you need to be aware of a few important facts:
- even if you are new, don’t sell yourself short
- never ever write for less than $5/article. If you do, you only undermine your future self and all the other professionals in the market place
- as a newbie, the best way to get a feel for the right pay is to study your competition. Bid along similar lines and read their applications. Then go one step further and be better!
- always bid for the top spots first
- once you garner experience, move up your pay rate.
- be professional when dealing with clients and be courteous
- always deliver on time
Practice does make perfect. At the least you will become a better writer. What I noticed mostly with myself is that my confidence level has increased greatly.
This happened after a particular difficult job offer. I had to write about bathrooms. And I can tell you that I wasn’t happy at first, but hey who is to complain on the quest for better writing jobs. Now clients can hire me with confidence.
So I stepped right into it and came out on the other side as – a winner!
I had just learned to conquer my own personal devil inside. The silly little voice who used to tell me that I couldn’t do it.
Do you know what I mean?
That was month ago and it is amazing what happened in the time since. This particular experience helped me to move to another level.
What Can You Do To Awaken The Writer Inside:
You can do a couple of things to further your own writing abilities. For starters, if you are not a native English speaking person you absolutely need to
- read a lot! And I mean a lot, magazines, books, blogs, newspapers you name it, you read it. The more the merrier.
- If you struggle with grammar, then it might also help to study the dictionary.
- watch foreign movies with English sub titles
- write – write – write
It is simple really, if you have the passion to further your writing abilities you will find ways to do it. But if you are merely dreaming of a better life and wish you had what the other person has because it looks good, then you might need to reconsider your motivation.
In the end, if you are serious then write as much as you can. I have been blogging on this blog since April this year for a minimum of 5 days/week. Besides this I write every day for clients and I also blog on my other blogs.
I was trying to evaluate the amount of words I write daily and came up with something like 2,000 – 5,000 words a day!
My Parting Words Of Advice:
I’d like to tell you one thing: if I can do this, then so can you. Just in case you don’t know, I’m not a native English speaking writer.
Maybe the fact that I was always fascinated with other cultures, languages and travel has helped me a lot to better my English and I guess living in Australia also helps because I now speak and think solely in English and have done so for 17 years since I first met my husband working in the UK.
If things become hard, then remember that practice makes perfect!
I wish you a happy and successful writing career.