This is a guest post from my friend, Seth Layton.
I want you guys to know that I certainly didn’t ask him to mentioned my name here, but he did it on his own will.
He did it so much that I was wondering if I would want to post this or not on my blog, but finally, I decided that I would let Seth’s post as he wished and let it take its course. So, here we go, Seth…
Both apprehensive and equivocal, you attempt the seemingly unascertained and dreadful world of writing. So like an excited little baby covered in the forbidden chocolate ice cream, you pull out the 8th-grade reading level books out of your small and hidden compartment.
Shortly after opening the book & reading only a few sentences, you feel a drop of water trickle down your face shortly before finding yourself bawling in your own guilt, shame, and confoundedness of your lack of knowing.
Do you happen to be one of these people or at least come close to it? Do you find yourself pounding keys day in and day out only to find you just wasted your reader’s time with meaningless content? If you are, you may enjoy this exquisite piece on how to write like an expert.
For Starters, Do you Actively Follow the Right People?
I know Sylviane is both a great writer & writing teacher; hence why I’m on this site in the 1st place. I also know she knows things that can greatly help us with writing effectively, hooking our audience, and making many sales to our websites or local businesses. So do you use these resources to help yourself write like an expert? In case you don’t, a few notable resources to help you at least idealize the basic concepts and ideals behind writing like an expert are:
- How to Find a Writing Discipline that Doesn’t Hurt?
- Why is it Important to use your own Experience in your Writing?
- How to Never Run out of Ideas to Write about and Boost your Creativity?
I mean, it’s pretty obvious most of you have awesome websites that probably get quite a bit of sales on a monthly basis. I’ve checked some of them out myself, and I do have to say I’m kind of impressed.
But at the same time, I KNOW you can write better and on a more expert level than what you’re writing now. This I know because I’ve grown up and learned from people who know quite a bit about writing, despite my seemingly young age of 21.
People will actually flock to your sites like they just found there new lover if you write at an expert level. So without further ado, here are some important concepts for understanding how to write at that level.
The Basic Building Blocks to Writing like an Expert
Understanding who your audience is and the topic you’re writing about are key ingredients. If you don’t know what you’re talking about and you don’t know who you’re writing to, you have no business to write about whatever it is you’re trying to write in the first place. Do your homework son.
We as writers serve to be an understanding between the topic at hand and the readers. Does your audience know your topic well, do they sort of understand what you’re talking about, or do you feel that you have to spell out everything to them?
What experience do you have with what you’re talking about? People tend to trust what you’re saying when you write something; making your article more oriented towards the expert level.
You need to effectively weigh between the opposing viewpoints and the positive viewpoints. If your article is one-sided, people will think you’re racist or something and won’t want to read your article.
This pretty much means you can’t be close-minded. Even if you’re 60 years old and you know that you are an incredible writer, sometimes you just have to allow the kids to edit your article a little bit for fitting the magazine it’s going to feature in. This can apply to many other situations.
Do you know a lot of stuff? You’ll be one of the ideal people to choose for any challenging assignment if you’re an expert in more than one field of study.
But How do I Apply this to the Online World Today?
So now that you at least understand some of the basic building blocks to writing like an expert, you might be wondering to yourself how you can apply that effectively in the online world today.
There are many ways you can do this, whether it involves making a side income for yourself or just for fun. Some of the things you’ll need to learn in the process are:
- Building your Own Website
- Writing High Quality Content for SEO
Then in case you just want to do it for fun without spending any money in the process, there are a lot of free databases you can use for publishing your own expert level of writing. Some of these which are mentioned on cloudwards are free places you can use such as:
– Wix, MoonFruit, Webnode, Webs, Weebly, WebStarts, Yola, Jimdo, Web, & Blogger
So get in gear & start writing!
I can write content for your business that your potential clients will find irresistible!
51 thoughts on “How To Write Like An Expert With Sylviane”
Hey Seth Great Post and I am also impressed with Sylviane’s Writing thats way i personally emailed Her to A Guest post 🙂
BTW Nice post and thanks for share.
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I know you’ve requested me to write a post for your blog and I haven’t forgotten, it’s just that I’ve been so busy. But that’s a good reminder and I’ve got to come up with an idea this week. Promised!
I agree with you. If you guest post, they’ll need to be epic. Usually epic posts take about 2 days to write (half & half). For example: I made an epic post on Street Articles once, and now it has 110 comments & counting. It also reached #1 in the whole article directory at one point too. ➡ http://goo.gl/ESnoY
You’ve got some discussion going on there! That’s great 🙂
Are you two becoming an item? Just kidding but glad to have you back again Seth and thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.
I’ve known Sylviane for a short time now and I admit she’s a fabulous writer. She is always sharing such awesome content with us and continues to teach me about writing.
I think sometimes my definitions of certain things aren’t the same as what other people think. I definitely do not see myself as a good writer although I’ve had successful copywriters tell me otherwise. I guess you could say I remain a work in progress.
I’m always taking notes and I welcome any tips. I’ll be sure to keep these in mind as well.
Great post and thanks again for sharing your thoughts. Hope you two have a wonderful week.
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Thanks for your compliment, but I am not sure that I have something to teach you about writing as I think that you are doing pretty well yourself 🙂
If I do help anyone, however, this really makes me feel good and it’s all worth it 🙂
Thanks for coming by, as always, Adrienne, and you too have a wonderful week!
Hi Adrienne. When I said you all have awesome websites in that post, I was referring to people like you. I’ve visited your site before & it’s well done for sure. I like the layout of it quite a bit. As for your writing ability, I’m sure you don’t get yourself enough credit. 😉 I know there’s a big difference between writing “pretty good” & then on the expert/master level. HUGE difference really. Just read old books & poems by famous writers like Robert Frost, Anne Frank, E.E. Cummings, & Edgar Allan Poe.
I am glad you could join by Sylviane’s blog. She is indeed a great writer and there is a lot to learn from her.
As far as writing goes, I think the best way to improve writing is to be open (flexible), practice writing (just write – don’t plan, don’t think – free write) and learn from others. In blogging, there are many writing tactics that we could use to convince our readers to take action – whether it be sales or subscription. We can only learn those tactics by reading and observing blogs (which is another important thing in writing).
Another thing I would like to add is that we don’t have to be a great writer to make money from blogging – as long as we are providing something of value – at least to considerable amount of people (which means, we need to have a target audience), we are good to go.
Anyways, thank you for sharing your thoughts,
Jeevan Jacob John
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What you’re saying totally makes sense. Writing as you go without forcing anything and let it improve as your practice is a very good method and a natural one that does work.
Even though I have read many writing tips and tutorials for the past 6 years, my writing as improved over time not only by applying such tips and methods but with practice and maturity.
Thanks for your great feedbacks, Jeevan 🙂
I agree with you about sales. I think you’d be amazed at how quickly people would be willing to buy from you if you write with an expert or master type of level. The 1st thing people will think, especially if targeted at older well-thought people, are OMG – this person can write. Then they’ll be much more willing to stay on. This I know because my dad’s done it before to a certain degree (not trying to brag about him). If he was trying to sell a poetic book he wrote or something for say $9.99, I’m sure people would be willing to buy it from him. ➡ http://www.streetarticles.com/love/dear-dream-lover.
Writing like an expert will for sure get you a following.
The important thing is to flow and not loose the readers attention, while providing value. Staying on topic is critical while delivering what was promised to the reader.
Yes, not losing the reader’s attention is probably the most challenging part. In order to do this calling to their emotion is what works best. Emotion is a strong, strong button 🙂 But not always easy to to push 🙂
Yeah, :lol:. Staying on topic is highly important. There’s a lot of (I’ll be nice) “not so good writers” that tend to go way the heck off topic. ONLY TALK ABOUT WHAT YOU’RE GETTING ACROSS. We don’t need to know in FULL DETAIL the little details that don’t matter. It’s like the thesis statement. Only talk about what your thesis statement has. (your thesis statement should usually just be 1 sentence. Then if you’re pretty good at writing then 2).
Then if you’re like a beast at writing, you can pretty much convey the whole message in like 3 sentences. But of course online, you preferably need to have 400+ words & worry about your low audience (the audience that hardly knows anything about your topic). This is another important factor to consider when targeting certain audiences.
I would like to bookmark this. This is very helpful Sylviane! I am still learning the basic pattern on writing an article.
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Hope you will be keep on coming here to learn some of such patterns, then 😉
Hey Mika. Glad you liked the article & hope it helps you a bit with your writing.
Great guest post Sylviane and I would agree with Seth that you are a good writer already.
I totally agree about knowing your audience – otherwise you are writing for “everyone and no-one” which never works. I also think it is great to write about personal experiences – some of my funniest and most read posts come from when I have had something annoying or funny happen to me in my “online or offline career”.
Thanks for sharing with us Sylviane and for introducing me to Seth,
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You are right, Writing for anyone is just like writing for no one. Luckily for me I’ve learned about target marketing early enough, so I didn’t waste to much time that way.
Thanks for coming by 🙂 Nicky!
Thanks a lot Nicky for the compliment. And yes, I agree about personal experienced. I think people can relate to you better when you do that rather than just give the technical overview of it.
Great tips for writing! You hit one of the most important points at the beginning? Who are we following? One of the best ways to become a better writer is to spend time reading. Writing has always come easily to me (both fiction and non) and a big reason for that is because I have been reading a LOT as soon as I learned how to. There is so much to be learned about how to write (and how not to!) by reading.
I totally agree 100% with you. Reading is a must to improve one’s writing. As a matter of fact, that doesn’t fail, poor readers make poor writers.
Thanks for you feedbacks, Stacy!
Hey Stacy, that’s awesome you read a lot. 🙂 Thanks for compliment about it being great tips. Wish you the best.
Hi Seth, good to see you here. I am very big on personal experience. Not only does it lend authority to your writing but if you’re good at incorporating it into your posts like Sylviane is, then you have something much more compelling for someone to read. I think writers of all people know they have to be open to criticism, too! If there’s one thing we do well it’s nod along when someone gives their opinion.
Your personality is also important, and I think that has to do with experience. if you’re comfortable writing about your topic and get int the groove of doing it, you can inject yourself in ways that will make your writing much more enjoyable.
Thanks for sharing!
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I think that as humans we are naturally nosy, so to speak, so we love to read about personal experience of others, there is also the need to see if we are alone feeling this way or being that way…. so putting some personal experience in your writing is really a attracting factor.
Thanks for coming here again, Carol 🙂
Yeah, criticism is definitely important. That’s some really good advice Carol. Obviously to be able to do all this, it’s good to pick a subject you have some knowledge or would enjoy talking about it. I appreciate you stopping by as well.
I like the point you made about “Personal Experience” everything I write I’ve got experience off. If you write about things you don’t know people will pick up on this and loose trust in what you say. Staying true yourself is what makes people draw towards us I think.
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Hi Simmeon and welcome to this blog 🙂
You are so right, personal experience and knowing what you are talking about is really a must. That’s why it’s so hard to be a ghost writer and we get paid well for it…. we write a lot of things we have to research but don’t necessarily know about 🙂
Thank you for your feedbacks, Simmeon 🙂
Yeah, unless you’re strictly writing like a review site or something. When you aim for an authority site or something that builds itself over time, you definitely need the “personal experience” aspect of it.
Absolutely 🙂 I’m impressed with Sylviane’s writing from the first day I get to know her. I still remember how she made a topic that I consider as boring, quite interesting to read. Since then I’m learning from her. That’s why I stop by here always or new ones. I can’t apply all of them in sudden, but I’m taking actions gradually.
Now over to you mate 🙂 I believe, understanding is really the key. People who do what they say knows what it means. If Sylviane doesn’t follow what she says on her writing, I won’t stop by here. It makes sense, right? Also I didn’t believe adding personal experiences at first. I thought it just a show off. But now I know how much our readers value it. We are writing for humans 😉 Balance is quite a good point too. Some writers just aligned to one side and even at the comment section, for criticisms, they try to impose that their idea is totally right and other views doesn’t matter. It ruins them. I can’t agree more with other factors mate. They are true enough.
Thanks for sharing important concepts for writing and you never let down Sylviane mate. You are a great writer with inheritance 🙂 I believe many people will value this post.
Have a thoughtful week for both of you…
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Well, I sure remember the day we met you as well, and you cracked me up when you said that that topic was quite boring to you but you did like the way it was written. This will stay with me forever, Mayura.
As a matter of fact I was just thinking about you and looking for you because I did left a comment on your blog this morning but I just realized that I didn’t tweet it, so I will as soon as I’m done here 🙂
I felt like telling personal stuff was a bit boasting too at the beginning of my writing experience, but it’s really not. As a matter of fact, what we tell about us is not always something to boast about at all. Telling personal things actually help the blogger to be seen as a full blown human being, so to speak 🙂
Thanks for all your kind compliments, Mayura 🙂
haha, wow. that’s a huge comment. Let’s see… Understanding is definitely important. If people don’t understand what you’re talking about, then the point of you creating the site is gone. Personal experience is definitely important too especially if you’re aiming for an authority site, or something you’d want to build over time.
Writing was difficult for me when starting out a few years ago. I remember my first blog post sitting at the computer with a blank stare. What do I say, what if i say something and people won’t find it interesting or worse, think I am not educated enough.
I was lucky to find an online colleague (because i didn’t know Sylviane at the time!) that had a real knack for writing content that was interesting but also entertaining at the same time. Kept your interest, made you smile and also made you think.
So Seth I am glad you share these tips today because I know I am not alone when it comes to writing content. But as you point out, it has to be content that makes sense and is interesting and meaningful for the reader.
Great stuff — thanks Sylviane for sharing Seth’s article today!
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I think that writing is like anything else, it could dancing, playing a music instrument, learning a foreign language, swimming, or even math. Some people are better at them than others.
Some people may not even had do much learning in one area and lots of it in another.
So, I get it that writing is not the cup of tea of just everyone… however, just like swimming, playing a music instrument or math, it can be learned, and even though that was not your forte, you did learn and today you are publishing content on a regular basis 🙂 Can’t be better than that, can it?
Thanks for coming, Lynn 🙂
Haha, thanks. you sound a lot like my mother to be honest with you. She studied as an English Major back in college & did a lot of that stuff also. Content that is interesting & meaningful to the reader are 2 crucial aspects since the point of your site would be for naught otherwise. Thanks for stopping by.
Hey,You have explained awesome points for writing like an expert. I would say that Content is king and if your writing is good then you can get the visitors from all over the world. You can target as much as you can with your writings. Will read your others posts as well 😉
Hi Saif and welcome to my blog.
How did you find me? I don’t think I’ve seen you before.
You are right, content is king and good content always wins and attract readers. Yes, please come back and read more posts. I’m sure you’ll enjoy them 🙂
Seriously I did not know that how did i found you.lol
You have a great blog though.
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Thanks Saif. I think it’s smart to keep a back frame of mind for Google to & “work together” without harming your unique content. Just a couple small alterations for being SEO friendly. But yeah, content is definitely king. Thanks for stopping by Sylviane’s blog & look forward to seeing you more down the road. Good luck.
So great to read this fine guest post! I was happy to share this to all my Twitter and Facebook friends.
I agree that Sylviane is an expert writer! It is clearly something that she has invested much time, energy, and attention to detail! I have been a big fan of her writing ever since I was introduced to her wonderful blog because of a blog community we both belong to.
I think you provided some wonderful insights and actionable steps that anyone can understand and begin to apply in order to improve their writing style! Thanks for sharing this great piece with us!
Thank you so much for your compliment Cat,
What I can say is that you are an excellent writer yourself and have quite a bit of network marketing knowledge. I wish you had been my upline back in 2006 when I joined a company with a bunch of people who had no clue 🙂
Thank for coming, Cat 🙂
Thanks Alexandra. It’s good we both agree on that. 😉 Thanks for the kind compliment about the steps and insights into writing better.
Writing for the internet is not what used to be ten years ago, not even five years ago, because the competition for content writing is insane with billions of articles, new articles, published everyday, it is mandatory that writers learn how to write putting always their very best foot forward and make an impressive first appearance.
Thanks for sharing!
Yes, you are so right. Wow, I wish we were 10 years ago and know what I know that, but not a chance. 10 years ago I had not even a clue that I would be doing what I am doing now.
There is surely lots of competition out there, that’s why being ourselves is so important.
It’s not insane, but it’s gone up. If you’re an expert marketer, you’ll know there will always be unlimited options in the online world today. You just have to be a little smarter than people were around 5 years ago, despite how they were required to use a lot more coding in there website structuring. 😉
I have been kicking around writing a book for Kindle based on my network marketing/internet marketing experiences. There are some great tips here to help me out with that adventure.
Thanks for your comment and much success with your book on Kindle. Let us know about it when it’s ready 🙂
Hey, that’s awesome. Glad I could help you with that project of yours. I wish you the best with it. ❗
Hi Sylviane, it was really nice reading this article. Actually writing like an expert has its own benefits it makes people to have belief on you. And due this trust you can become an authority blog in just a shot span of time.More than authority it also gives you hundreds of loyal readers, and that’s what i think is most important in blogging.
Hello and thanks for coming.
Yes, writing like an expert would bring you lots of readers over time. Quality always pays off in the end.
Thanks for your feedbacks.
Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and I am glad that this will help in my blogging for my site. Keep it up.
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