Writing helps you to become a successful content writer

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If you want to be a successful content writer then there are a few things that you need. Patience is a virtue when writing, and being able to manage your time really helps as well. But the one thing that can make the biggest difference to your writing is writing.

Yes, you read exactly what I wrote.

The best way to improve your writing is to write.

If you don’t practice the art of writing (and it is an art) then you don’t ;earn all of the things that will make you a better content writer, such as –

  • How to get the correct voice for your clients
  • What formatting makes the biggest difference to how a piece looks and feels
  • Where to insert headings, bullet points or images
  • What people share, like and comment on Twitter or other forums
  • What makes your customers (and their customers) smile

You know pretty much none of this the first time you sit down to write. I have written a guidebook on how to produce a blog, but the real magic happens when you actually sit down and write it.

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What do you have to do?

I find that the best way to learn how to write is to write. It might sound obvious, but unless you practice writing on a  regular basis you get out of the habit. If you have plenty of work from paying customers, then you can work on this to practice the art. Take all the feedback they give you in the right spirit. They are paying you and if it doesn’t sit quite right with them, suck up your pride, find out what they want and put it right.

If you don’t have paid work in front of you, then don’t worry. You can practice your writing in a few different ways that still get you in the swing of things –

  1. Get on a freelance website such as Fiverr to sell your skills. It might take time to get the first orders through as these are popular sites but stay with it and you can gain some success.
  2. Write for local businesses on a free or heavily discounted rate. This might sound like it goes against your belief in your skills, but you will need a portfolio to show future prospects. Having helped a local business with their content needs can open other doors. Be very clear that this is a short-term thing and to establish yourself. You shouldn’t leave them thinking they can get content for next to nothing forever.
  3. Write for yourself on a regular basis. No matter how busy I am, I always try to make the time to write for myself. It gets me in good habits and helps to promote what I do. If you don’t like the sound of giving your work away to others for free, then why not use it for yourself?
  4. Produce some samples to show your skills online or offline locally. Pick a few industries that you would like to work with and write some content that you think would work for them. Get it out there and see if it beings in some work.

There are always ways of practicing your writing to hone the skills you will need. If you want to discuss this then I’m always available. I love talking about writing and would love to connect, wherever you are in the world.

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