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How To Improve Your Writing And Get Your Reader’s Attention
I have been writing to earn money for a few years already. I admit though that writing is not my skill. But over the years, I have learned to improve my writing skills. I don’t claim to be a writing expert. I still rely on different tools to correct and improve my writing. That’s what I will with you in this post.
I came across the different writing tools from the different writing platforms that I have used and written for. Including the SEO tools in WordPress platforms. Here are some of the tools that you can use.
Having a catchy title doesn’t mean you are using clickbait. But your title must be engaging and catch the reader’s attention. The basics are having titles starting with:
How-to ... (Tutorial)
5 Ways To ... (List)
Why I Love ... (Question plus the use of emotional words)
Then you to be aware of the length of your title, the number of words, and the number of characters. If your title is too short or too long, it will have a negative impact, both on search engines and readers.
To help you improve your title, try one of these free online tools.
You may use them alternately and see where you are comfortable with them. Personally, I use Monster Insight. These online tools not only will rate your title but give suggestions on how to improve your title. After using it a number of times, composing a good title will come naturally. Always aim to get at least 70 points score.
I don’t use a sophisticated word processor. If I am on my Windows Laptop, I am using Focus Writer. It’s a Free distraction-free text editor. Meaning, I only see the workspace on my screen. No menu, no ruler, no pages.
If I am on my tablet or phone, I am using Google Docs. I tried some other free tools such as JotterPad before. But I stuck with Google Docs so I can sync my articles through Google Drive. Although with the paid version of JotterPad, you can configure it to access Google Drive.
Whether you are using your mobile device or desktop there is a Grammarly for you. For mobile devices, you can install the Grammarly keyboard. If you are on a Windows laptop or desktop though, you can install the extension for Chrome and other Chrome-based browsers. If you want to use Microsoft Word as your editor, you can also install Grammarly for Windows.
Grammarly checks, and whenever applicable- automatically correct, your spelling and grammar. This includes correcting the punctuation, spaces, use of the right words, preposition, etc...
In a mobile device, the Grammarly keyboard will automatically correct common mistakes and suggest corrections whenever necessary. If you are keen on learning, you will slowly improve your writing if you try to remember the corrections that Grammarly suggests.
If you are on Windows and using Focus Writer, you won’t have direct access to Grammarly. However, the next tool requires you to use a browser. Where Grammarly can be used altogether with the next tool.
This means the lower your readability score means, your text is difficult to understand. The higher your score is, the easier it is to understand.
What’s the implication? Put yourself on the reader’s side. Would you continue reading an article that you don’t understand?
If you get a score of 65 and above, this means a child in the 6th grade can easily understand your article. You should consider that your readers are coming from different parts of the globe. People from different parts of the world have different levels of understanding of English. Therefore, it is best to consider writing a more understandable article.
To check the readability you use one of these free online tools:
Oftentimes we want to sound highly knowledgeable by using sophisticated words. However, using such sophisticated words will make your article hard to understand. There use simple English words as much as possible.
I came across some articles with very long sentences and paragraphs. Avoid using compounded sentences. Compounded sentences may be composed of at least two independent clauses with related ideas, it is best to split it into two sentences.
In the same thought, a paragraph should express only one thought. As much as possible express that thought in three to five sentences. More than that might make your paragraph more complicated.
In an article that I read, active voice is more engaging, it is easier to read and helps you connect to your reader. It doesn’t mean though that you can’t use passive voice. But use it sparingly and only when necessary.
I hope these tips would help you improve your writing. These tips are based on what I learned from different teachings and leanings. Even if English is not your native language. Even if you are struggling to write straight English, don’t be discouraged. Keep on writing and keep on learning.
A child did not learn to write poetry in a day. (I still don’t know how to write a poem). A fellow noiser (https://noise.cash/u/MarSou) shared how she used to struggle in writing in English when she started posting online. But when I came to know her on another platform, it did not occur to me that she had that struggle.