Are you an avid writer? Do you make sure that you proofread thoroughly? That’s great, but there is more to this than just doing this to be a better writer. This article will dive into 10 unusual writing tips to be a better content creator. Whether you are a student, an author, or even an academic writer for a site like USEssayWriters, these will help you reach the top.
1. Push Yourself
When you are writing the first draft, challenge yourself to finish as quickly as you can. Set a deadline and start writing. When you challenge yourself, it will be easier to stay motivated to keep writing. You are also more likely to focus on the ideas rather than the punctuation and sentence structure. There will be time to focus on that while you are proofreading. For the time being, just focus on what you want to say.
2. Cut Out Unnecessary Words
One of the biggest mistakes student writers make is adding unnecessary (fluffy) words to a sentence to increase their word count. This is one of the worst writing habits that you should get rid of as soon as possible.
If you are short on your word count, consider doing more research or adding another paragraph that proves your point. This is more effective than fluffing content. It also helps you ensure that you get your message across. Think “adding value,” not filling words. It might be useful to learn how to structure a research paper.
3. Use Your Real Experiences to Get Creative Juices Flowing
Did you know that J.K. Rowling based the character Professor Snape off one of her teachers? When you are paying attention, everything around you can be a springboard for inspiration. Think about people, places, and experiences that you could incorporate in your writing.
4. Eat a Healthy Diet
Here, I have to confess, is a rather unusual writing tip, because it doesn’t involve the writing itself.
Coffee and energy drinks are not always the best choices before you sit down to write, especially if you’ll be writing long enough to experience that post-caffeine crash. Make sure you eat healthy, such as foods like Omega-3s and B-vitamins are good for the brain. You should also eat something sustainable like whole grains that will provide long-lasting energy for your brain. For example, tuna on wholegrain bread with a side of blueberries or eggs and wholegrain toast with avocado. Smoothies are another way to add a wide range of vitamins and provide your brain energy.
5. Worry About Ideas, Then the Format
When you try to fit your ideas to a specific format, they do not flow as easily. This inhibits the writing process. Even though it can be helpful to have an idea of the format, you should create a rough map of your ideas first. You can find samples of different formats of writing on academic and writing help websites. Use these to build a brain map as you research.
6. Check Verifiable Facts
When writers get verifiable facts wrong, they automatically lose credit. Take the time to double-check facts, even when they seem like they come from a verifiable source. Keep in mind that your source does not have to take responsibility if you get information wrong—you do.
7. Don’t Proofread as You Go
How many times have you stopped typing to go back and fix an error you noticed earlier in the sentence or in a different paragraph? Academic writing requires more creative thought than editing. Each time that you switch tasks, your brain needs a minute to adjust to what it needs to do. Make it a habit not to look for errors. Instead, wait until you are finished writing to proofread.
8. Skip the Introduction
Have you ever felt stressed out writing the introduction? Skip the introduction and write the body paragraphs first. Most writers already have an outline or a general idea of what they want to say. Stick to what you know and worry about the introduction and conclusion after you’ve written the rest. Another advantage of doing this is that it is easier to summarize what you are trying to say if you write the introduction and conclusion after everything else.
9. Keep the Message Simple
It is easy to overcomplicate things when writing. In academic writing, writers may complicate their message by adding irrelevant information or too many facts. In business communications, giving too many options can confuse the message. BY keeping things simple, you ensure the reader is interpreting your message the way you want them to.
10. Avoid Jargon
Some people include jargon to sound more experienced or increase credibility. In many situations, however, it creates confusion. Even when your audience is familiar with the technical terms, using them frequently in your writing comes across as arrogant instead of educated. Use the more commonly known phrases while writing. As an added bonus, keeping things simple leaves your message easier to read for a wider audience.
Becoming a better writer is always useful. Whether you are sending personal or business communications, or are a student, it is worth taking the time to improve your skills. I hope you enjoyed these 10 unusual writing tips to help you reach that high level of writing success that you are seeking.