25 better writing tips to print and stick on your, er, wall

You may have noticed that I’ve started sharing some new/updated ‘how to write better’ tips in social media and in my email sig file.

I thought you also might like to have the first 25 here in one hit, maybe to print out and er, stick somewhere? 🙂

25 better writing tips from, you guessed it: How To Write Better

1.If you write regular blogs and plan them right, they can be turned into a great book.

2.Hate writing, but have to? Try dictating instead. Then transcribe, edit & hey presto!

3.Writing for marketing? Remember, it’s always about what’s in it for THEM, not you.

4.Writing a shopping list? Save time: write things down in the same order they’re placed in the store.  

5.Want people to act on your email? Stick to one topic and write a powerful subject line.

6.Share your blog posts on social media using snappy abstracts to get readers clicking to your site.

7.You won’t be scared of writing a book once you identify your why, purpose and readers.

8.Don’t forget that getting published is not just about print books: there are choices!

9.Worried about grammar? By all means use grammar checkers, but also use your common sense.

10.Worried about spelling? By all means use spell checkers, but also use your common sense.

11.For most business, write as people speak, as if you’re talking to a friend over coffee.

12.Write what you mean; don’t waffle, and avoid pompous, fuzzy language.

13.Don’t write more than one idea per sentence. And keep sentences fairly short.

14.Always write so that one sentence flows logically into the next.

15.Use bullet points to list more than two or three items in a sentence.

16.When writing, avoid jargon. You know what it means; but do your readers?

17.Avoid clichés when writing: they make your ideas seem unoriginal.

18.When writing, avoid superlatives that feel phony, e.g. ‘best,’ ‘fastest,’ ‘exciting.’

19.Avoid writing long, unbroken blocks of text. They are uninviting, especially online.

20.Use plenty of sub-headings to break up your text and make it easy for readers to scan.

21.Don’t use long sections of technical or other detail with your key pitch: refer readers to read it elsewhere.

22.Proofread your writing backwards: it sounds crazy, but it works well.

23.When writing on screen, print it out to proofread: mistakes show up better.

24.When writing on screen with no printer, change the font to proofread: you’ll see mistakes more easily.

25.Don’t know what to blog about? Ask your readers what keeps them awake at night.

More writing tips to come: on blogging, marketing comms, books and eBooks, business letters and emails, personal letters and emails, plus a few

And please let me know if there are any other topics you’re like me to include.
Whaddya think of it so far? Please share in the Comments!

 

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