1. Burn your thesaurus. Don’t use a fancy-schmancy word when a simple one will do. You might know pulchritudinous means “physically beautiful,” but someone else might think you’re talking about a disease.
2. Trim the fat. Being too wordy makes your writing hard to read. You don’t need to be Hemmingway, but cutting unnecessary words and sentences improves your writing.
3. Read a lot. Get a feel for different writing styles. Study your favorite writers. What is it about their writing that appeals to you? This helps you develop your writing voice.
4. Write from your own experience. It’s easier, it’s more personal, and you’ll have more credibility. You don’t have to work very hard to convince people that you know your stuff–because you already do!
5. Be conversational. Nobody likes stiff, formal writing. That’s for encyclopedias and dissertations. Try to write as if you were composing a letter to a friend.
6. Have fun. Enthusiasm is catching. You’ll get attention if you write about things you truly enjoy.
7. Write every day. The only way to improve is to keep practicing. Doesn’t matter if you do it by blogging, building Squidoo lenses, writing book reviews, or writing in your journal… just so long as you’re doing it. Thinking about writing and reading books about writing isn’t the same as actually writing.
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[Editor's Note: Digging through the Squidlog archives, we are uncovering some useful posts that are just as relevant today as they were when they were first published!]