Today, on this Monday Memorial day, I ‘m happy to present you with another guest post, from Seth Layton. So, here it is…
If you know much about the internet at all, you already know it includes a vast amount of information available to everyone with access to a computer.
My name is Seth and I’d like to fill you in on how I started out with learning how to write online both before and after along with actions you can take for improving your own writing.
My First Steps to Writing
Back in 1st grade, I had some serious problems with learning how to write and even speak for that matter. A mixture of both my immaturity and lack of discipline greatly contributed to me having to retake 1st grade again, not so much as a result of my grades but where I was truly at. This setback, or helping hand, for accurately learning how to read and write helped me in the long run for both my maturity and helping me overcome the obstacles of learning how to read and write early on in my childhood.
Later on, as I got older, I quickly took heed of the talents both my mother and father possessed with writing. Both my parents were big in literacy and uniquely expressing themselves through both pen and paper. My mother now currently works as a reporter under the Southern Newspaper in Illinois while my father is more of a professional writer if anything (not trying to brag about him, just being honest with you).
My father almost took his writing skills to new heights early on in his career, but he decided to direct those skills towards engaging audiences in terms of selling products with Terminix; eventually winning him a trip to the Bahamas in 1998 for being one of the top salesmen in the U.S.
Learning How to Write Better English with my Dad
Eventually my mother divorced my dad, resulting in me living with my dad (Don’t worry, I still see my mom often and my parents do get along well. They just can’t deal with living together). So even though my mom is also a pretty good writer, I’ve mainly taken after my dad with learning how to write better English leading to well written stories and poems by me throughout grade school and so forth.
Besides poetry being one of his strong suits in teaching me how to write affectively, he also used other styles to help me even further. I’ve watched how he writes over time, and try to take after him especially at times when I’m writing up a serious report on something. So I guess you can say I was one of those lucky people who had a parent willing to help me on a one on one level for enhancing my writing ability, even though I took it as a personal undertaking to learn how it worked on my own as well.
So, I eventually got him to write a little on Street Articles as time progressed. It seemed as though his comment section only blew up when doing so, especially at times after submitting them to an online group called Writer’s Secret Society.
Then during my freshman year in college, I wanted to take things to a whole new level. I felt like doing something that would always give me the ability to make money but excel in my own creativity whenever possible. Finding Wealthy Affiliate helped me do so, and I’m glad to this day I have.
Their online program has taught me how to affectively apply what my father taught me during my elementary and high school years for writing and blogging online with the added ability to make money doing it! Not only that, but it would allow me to meet many more people, but at the same time give me the opportunity to help so many people at the same time.
So with that said, I would like to talk about the 4 main people who helped me with my article marketing starting out as a beginner and now.
4 People in Wealthy Affiliate who Helped me a Lot Starting Out and Even Now
When I started trying to do Internet Marketing alongside primarily Article Marketing and other similar strategies, I was pretty much lost. It was like I was being thrown around in Wealthy Affiliate like a hot potato in a hot potato game (where people throw the hot potato all over the place to each other).
So eventually I came across 2 people named Richard and Bruce that helped me out a lot along with Sylviane and Kyle. Thanks to them and me learning from them on my own, I was able to build myself up to understanding how everything works & where I’m at now.
All 4 of those people I named off are great people and I highly suggest learning from them yourself and getting to know them better. But since you’re already on Sylviane’s website, you might as well take the chance to follow and learn from her first while you’re still here. Signing up to her guide in the top right corner is ideal since she’ll give you good advice about various information and products related to article marketing and blogging.
How to Improve your English Writing Style You Ask?
So now if you’re asking yourself, especially if you’re not a very good writer, how do I improve my English writing style? Well, for giving you an idea on how to improve your English writing style, it’s pretty simple. Learn from people who have been doing this for a while and practice, practice, practice.
A simple layout I like to suggest to people are to try and have a “spicy and eye-catching beginning” to hook your audience, an introduction paragraph along with your thesis statement (your thesis statement is highly important!), your body, and finally conclusion. But while writing, you have to write with the intention of effectively relating to who you’re writing for. Otherwise, people online will take one look at what you wrote and exit out of the browser. And trust me, they will.
The whole point is to write awesome content that everybody can benefit from. With that type of mindset, you’ve already made a huge leap in the right direction. Thank you for reading what I had to say, and I think it would be great to hear your own story or thoughts on this matter as well.
27 thoughts on “Learning How To Write Online And The First Steps I Took Starting Out”
You must be a inherited person 🙂 From your dad and mom. You can see how they’re doing it all and I think it’s such a good experience for you.
I’ve been learning and still learning from people I believe in 🙂 I mean people who has excellent writing skills. I can count them with my one hand and Sylviane is the most recent one. As I’m visiting this site, I’ve changed my writing styles with her tips already and I’m learning more. Thanks for your recommendations and I ll check out them too.
Going through an article about improving writing skills doesn’t makes sense if it doesn’t appeal to us. My believe is no matter how good someone in sharing tips, if himself or herself don’t follow it.
Thanks for sharing your journey of writing and it’s always better to learn with experience or reading real-world examples 🙂 It makes feel that we can do it too.
Have a great week for both of you, Seth and Sylviane…
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Thank you for your compliments here. I am glad if my posts are helping you in your writing. That really makes this blog really have a purpose.
Thank you for coming here, as always, and leaving your feedbacks.
Thanks for your compliment Mayura. And nah.. I sorta learned from my dad early on I guess you might say. Perhaps you are born with a certain thinking ability like an iq, but in really matters how much you learn it on your own I think. I know one thing to remember there’s a difference between a real article, and then a REAL article. It’s the little details, the connotations, the double & hidden meanings, your styling, and many other factors like that that make your article REALLY stand out & more oriented towards the professional side of things. I also think there’s a difference between “being personal” & “being professional” too. Affectively tieing the 2 together can be an awesome mix. Something that many great writers have done over the ages. I’m sure you get the point though, :lol:. I hope you’re weekend was great as well & enjoy your week as well. 🙂
Welcome back and thanks for sharing your story with us. I hope there wasn’t any pressure with you taking over the family trait so to speak. Not that your parents put any on you but I know a lot of times we put that on ourselves.
Sounds like you’ve been through a great process.
I know that finding a wonderful community once you take your skills online is so helpful. Just glad that Sylviane was one of those people who you connected with. We think she’s pretty great too!
Thanks again for sharing this with us and here’s to your ongoing success.
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Thank for your comment on on Seth post, Adrienne, and thank you for your compliment as well. I’m sure Seth will come by and say hello.
Thanks a lot Adrienne. I’m sure you’re a great person as well. I thought I’d get a little personal anyway. Thanks for reading & for your ongoing success as well.
First of all I want to say great blog! I had a quick question which I’d like to ask if you don’t mind. I was curious to know how you center yourself and clear your head before writing. I have had a hard time clearing my mind in getting my thoughts out. I truly do take pleasure in writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are usually lost simply just trying to figure out how to begin. Any recommendations or tips? Cheers!
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First off thank for coming by and welcome here.
I feel that if you spend the first 10 to 15 minutes unable to start writing is just because you are coming in front of the blank page not prepared, meaning, you seem to not know what you are going to talk about.
When that’s the case, I suggest that you just get up and do something totally different, until you find what you want to say. Taking a walk, as I mentioned on several of my posts and articles before, works wonders for me.
Thanks a lot Beryl. To add to what Sylviane said, doing “other things” like walking around or something is what works wonders for me also. What’s funny for me however is I seem to have most of my epiphanies when I’m taking my morning shower 😆 Just get creative & think of how your layouts going to be in all your articles. Then just write! It’s about as simple as that. If you know what you’re going to talk about in advance, you could write it in less than 20 minutes if you don’t waste time writing it.
Then if you still can’t write, you have what’s called Writer’s Block or you’re just too tired too write. If you get to that point, you have no business to be behind the computer or wherever you’re at writing anyway. Just lay down for a bit, relax your mind for a while, or do something else on your spare time anyway.
This is very useful and important as well. I would like to consider this as a great tool for beginners.
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I know links are great, but you need to read the post and write relevant comments which I noticed is not exactly the case with your comments. Comments need to bring value to the blog and the community as well, not only the person leaving the comment for backlinks.
I would never be so harsh to someone who does it once or twice, but you’ve been doing it quite a bit by now.
Thanks for you thoughtfulness 🙂
How was it useful & how do you perceive this as a tool ❓
Seth, I like your point about learning from others. I’m trying to learn to write better headlines. I should make a file of ones I love to really get the hang of it. I like your spicy beginnings piece. Sylviane is a wonderful writer to learn from. Thanks for sharing your process on writing better.
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Thanks for your nice words. I think that writing down headlines that you can think of or maybe read somewhere and could reuse in your own niche is a very good idea.
Thanks for coming and have a great day!
You mean h2 tags? Yeah. I try to target keywords for ranking in Google but at the same time offer highly relevant information to my readers. It’s something you get good at I guess over time. Eventually you sorta just get to the point to where you can add a h2 tag somebody types in Google & also have it at least good enough for your article body anyway for relaying the message across.
Thanks for the compliment over having a spicy beginning. I think we all know Sylviane is a wonderful writer. 😉
First I want to thank you Sylviane for your guest post with Seth.
Seth, I like the way you shared your story. I did get pulled into it and savored every word. Now I know who you are and why you are out here. How wonderful!
Sharing stories is a powerful thing. I feel that people learn more when something is written in story for as you have above.
Now, with a helping hand from a few friends, here you are writing and making friends.
It doesn’t get better than that!
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I’m glad you liked Seth’s story. I love to have guest once in a while, it give a little spice to my blog an allow me to rest a bit too 🙂
Thanks for coming 🙂
Thanks Donna. I got pretty personal in it & talking about my dad some so yeah. I feel good about myself now that you were pulled into it. 🙂
I thoroughly loved your article about your writing adventure! Sometimes we don’t realize that everyone has their share of struggle. I like your hot potato analogy…LOL I think the fact that both your parents are writers, you may have benefited from some writing genes! This article shows that you are an excellent writer and I enjoyed reading and learning from it.
I like the way you gave credit to the people who have inspired and trained you to become a successful writer. I will take your advice to get to know more about them. I’ve recently met Sylviane and she is a great mentor by example. Thanks for the tips and as you stated, “The whole point is to write awesome content that everybody can benefit from.” Very powerful.
Well, I definitely have more to learn. That’s for sure. I can write pretty well, but it seems there’s always improvement especially in the world of writing. I have no doubt you have an upper hand on me when it comes to writing, partly given our age difference. Thanks much for the compliment too. I appreciate it. 🙂 And yes, that last statement definitely has some connotations and meaning behind it. 😉
I’m glad you enjoyed Seth’s post. Luky him to have parents who gave him the love of writing.
I am certainly glad that we did meet, Raena and I really love your posts and style.
Thanks for coming by and have a great day!
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Thanks for sharing this wonderful article. It helped me gain a lot of info.
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I’m glad it helped and thank you for coming. Hope to see you here again soon 🙂
What info was that ❓
Imagine what would have happened if you had not repeated first grade, Seth. I bet you would never have had the time to develop to your potential and you would hate writing today. Things that happen early in life can really make a difference in how we see and do things later. It’s also great that you had role models in your parents.
I love to write but I’m not sure I would know the first thing about teaching someone how to do it. It’s definitely something you need to practice and it’s great that you found so many good people to learn from (especially Sylvianne, got my copy of her book, too, thank you…)
I think one of the things that makes you a good writer today is your ability to turn it into a story like you just did. It was enjoyable to read about your family and your history and the things you did. So you taught a lesson but it was also a little glimpse inside your life which makes writing much more personal. Thanks to both of you, Seth and Sylvianne for your insights!
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I’m glad you enjoyed Seth’s post, and thank you for mentioning my book 🙂 Always appreciate your rich comments on this blog and the others as well 🙂
Yeah, I’m glad I re-took 1st grade. I suspect I would’ve gotten in a lot of trouble if I didn’t take 1st grade again or had some really bad grades early on. Thanks for the kind compliment. Partly since I found so many great people to was because of Wealthy Affiliate. It gave me the ability to learn from a lot of other people who knew a lot about different things online.
For my parents, it was just one of those things. My dad easily writes better than me but I still learn from his writing style. Obviously since he’s my dad, I can do it 1 on 1. I know you can do a lot of the same things by reading books how to become an expert writer, or reading published works by often older writers that incorporated earlier forms of writing in there works.
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