Nothing strikes fear into the heart of a marketer quite like being asked to write a blog post.
With content marketing shaping up as one of the most important marketing skills to have on your resume, getting a handle on writing could really benefit your career.
Before you can start writing incredible content, you’ll need at least an intermediate understanding of the basic principles of writing. If you want to get better at something, you have to practice – and writing is no exception. If you want to improve your writing skills, writing on a regular basis will not only diminish your fear of the blank page (or blinking cursor), it will also help you develop a unique style. The best writers are also keen readers, and reading on a regular basis is an easy way to start developing your writing skills. The more you read, the more likely you are to develop an eye for what makes a piece so effective, and which mistakes to avoid.
If you work at a reasonably sized company, the chances are pretty good that there is at least one other person who also secretly harbors a desire to become a better writer. Talk to your coworkers (or friends) and ask someone if they’d be willing to cast an eye over your work – they may spot mistakes that you overlooked.
Most people balk at the idea of standing in front of a room full of strangers and baring their soul to the world, but joining a writing workshop can be immensely beneficial – and a lot of fun (if you manage to find a good one).
You don’t need to have an unfinished novel hidden away in your desk drawer to join a workshop. Most people read the same blogs or sites on a regular basis because the material appeals to them – but fewer people understand why their favorite blogs are so appealing. Let’s take a look at a particularly powerful (and memorable piece) from Copyblogger that serves as a great example of this. Just as you probably have a list of blogs you read often, you’ll likely also read the same writers on a regular basis. When I first started writing, I imitated some of my favorite nonfiction writers and essayists, such as Joan Didion, Truman Capote and Bill Bryson. The blinking cursor of a blank page is a considerable foe, even for the most experienced writers. So, you’re writing every day (or regularly, at least), and you’re feeling more confident about your work. Editing is a tough skill to learn for beginner writers, because they place immense value on the time and effort they put into writing in the first place.
Whether you’re trying to make the case for a content strategy to your manager or want to start guest blogging on your favorite sites, finding and working with a good editor is one of the best things you can do to improve your writing skills.
Allowing someone else to read your work can be brutally difficult for some writers, especially when they’re just starting out, but it’s crucial that you develop good habits from the outset and learn to accept constructive criticism about your work. Another common mistake among beginner writers (and some more experienced writers who should know better) is writing overly complex sentences in an attempt to “sound” more authoritative. Let’s look at another real example from one of my posts – my very first post for WordStream, as it happens. Writing should be fun, and along with the thrill of seeing your byline for the first time, seeing how far you’ve progressed is one of the most satisfying parts of being a writer.
Once you’ve started to discover your own “voice,” don’t be shy about sharing your opinions. Aside from plagiarizing someone else’s work, nothing will undermine your credibility faster than failing to do your homework. In their eagerness to be done with a blog post (or even major newspaper article), many writers try to take shortcuts with the facts.
Everybody makes mistakes, and you don’t need to spend weeks cross-referencing every last statistic (see the next tip), but common sense should prevail here – don’t rely exclusively on sites like Wikipedia, and use current, primary sources whenever possible. You should definitely take the time to write as well as you can, proofread and edit your work thoroughly, and ensure that your piece flows logically from one point to the next.
No blog post (or any piece of writing, for that matter) will ever be perfect – you have to know when it’s time to let it go. I suppose your point is indubitably unrequited, such are sentiments that oft divulge from the mouths of foul smelly folk. Dear that is really great post to uplift your skills of writing and nobody have born by smart writing constructing idioms and puzzles so still we have chance to improve our writing.
I landed here on your post because it was the second highest results on the first page of Google right after a paid result and I decided to choose WordStream, and I can tell you that I've made the perfect choice.
Thank you for this inspirational piece of yours as it contain guidelines that I never knew exists in the world of writing. Hallo Dan, i really enjoyed your writing and especially this 16-ways to improve writing skills.
I will use these points to improve my writing skills as well as to survive in the corporate jungle. The Sacrament of First Penance & Reconciliation is celebrated in Saint Madeline Church during the penitential season of Lent each year.
Each time we celebrate Mass, we enter into the same, one and only Sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross at Calvary. The Sacrament of First Eucharist is celebrated in Saint Madeline Church on the First Saturday of May during the Easter Season.
In late 2013, Adams launched the Natural News Forensic Food Lab, where he conducts atomic spectroscopy research into food contaminants using high-end ICP-MS instrumentation. In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply.
Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released ten popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.
Why is the US government suppressing this herbal breakthrough that can protect your liver from alcohol damage?

CDC investigation of Chipotle further supports corporate sabotage (bioterrorism) as likely source of E. The amateur photographer is bleeding to death, wounded by freshmen girls who think a filter makes them a “photog.”  When our parents were our age, taking a photo was a process. We've put together a list of highly successful people, from movie stars to scientists, who experienced massive failure before they found fame and fortune. Some marketers would rather wrestle with pivot tables (or grizzly bears) for days on end than write a blog post – but why?
Writing is intimidating to a lot of people, particularly those who don’t write for a living or blog on a regular basis. This doesn’t mean you need to enroll in a prestigious creative writing program at an Ivy league university, but you will need to know the basics of grammar and spelling. Unfortunately, there are few shortcuts that can transform you into an amazing writer overnight, and even the most talented writers had to learn their craft over a period of many years.
Although writing is typically considered a solitary activity, the best writers know when it’s time to get much-needed feedback on their work. These days, content marketing meet-ups and professional development groups are becoming wildly popular. Next, just like your high school English teacher did, take a red pen and highlight things you liked: certain sentences, turns of phrase, even entire paragraphs. Identify what it is you enjoy about their work, and see if you can use it to improve your writing skills. I also attempted (and failed) to imitate writers such as Dave Eggers and Dan Kennedy, but soon realized that I wasn't funny enough and gave it up. A simple framework of which sections should appear in a particular order, along with a few sentences about what each section contains, may be enough. I deviated from my initial outline slightly, but the overarching structure was always there to keep me on target.
However, a lot of writing is actually rewriting, and this is where the cold, hard eye of an editor will serve you well.
After reading a great post, it’s tempting to imagine your favorite bloggers effortlessly turning in incredible posts with minimal effort before spending the rest of their day reading obscure books in a quaint corner cafe somewhere. Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t create a masterpiece on your first attempt – chances are, you probably won’t, and that’s okay, too. I’ve worked with dozens of editors over the years, and in my experience, the best are those who show you why something doesn’t work, rather than just telling you that it doesn’t. Remember – writers are desperately needy creatures who need to be constantly reassured that they’re the creative geniuses they believe themselves to be, but you’ll need to develop a thick skin if you’re serious about your work, and a good editor is invaluable when it comes to toughening up. This lengthy sentence is a prime candidate for a ruthless red pen, even if my lame jokes were intended to give it a little more flavor.
When I look back at my early work, which I do every so often, it literally makes me cringe. Every now and then (but not too often), re-read your earlier work and marvel at how much better you are now than you were then. This is because far too many bloggers focus on regurgitating the same news as everybody else without bothering to add their own opinions. This can range from accidentally fudging a statistic out of haste to being lazy when it comes to sourcing or attribution.
This is especially important in content marketing, because you’ll rarely (if ever) have the luxury of crafting agonizingly beautiful blog posts full of poignant sentences and evocative imagery.
I think we've all wrestled with the idea of "selling out," but hey, we've gotta eat, right? I have been aspiring to be a writer for a while now and this article will give me the boost I need. I always thought that writing was just penning whats in our head but it turns out I'm wrong. I'm more than happy to receive critics because that is not my comfortable zone and I only want to improve. I would also like to have a few more tips on how to enhance writing an email to a customer or a business partner. I'm an english learner and improving my writing is one of my goals on the end of my course.
With this research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness. Many users of the popular two-year-old app think these features make photos better, but it’s quite the opposite from a photographic standpoint.
They had to manually set their exposure and focus, and then get their photos developed, which would at least take an hour.  Most of you don’t even know what I am talking about because today we have automatic cameras and iPhones that do everything for us. The good news is that writing doesn’t have to be agonizing, and almost anybody can hone their writing skills with a little discipline and a willingness to learn.
Every writer should have a copy of “The Elements of Style” by Strunk and White on their bookshelf, as this small but invaluable book is one of the most comprehensive resources on the correct use of grammar and other helpful topics. Expand your horizons to more challenging material than you typically read, and pay attention to sentence structure, word choice, and how the material flows. Join one of the many content marketing groups on LinkedIn to meet like-minded writers, or search for writing workshops near you on sites like Meetup. Examine why you like these elements, and see if there are any common threads in your favored reading material.
Over time, I eventually developed my own style, but reading the works of these writers and seeing how they constructed their essays and books was immensely helpful to me as a writer (see tip #3). If the topic you’re tackling is a little more complex, your outline might have to be, too – but having an outline before you write is like having a roadmap in the glove box of your car before a road trip. I’ve edited the sentence to show you how you could edit a similar line in your own work (additions italicized). Obviously you don’t want to fall afoul of libel laws, but that doesn’t mean you can’t (or shouldn’t) say what you think.

Don’t be contrarian for its own sake, and don’t set out to purposefully piss anyone off, but make sure there’s enough of you in your writing to make it a worthwhile read for your audience.
As you become more confident, the “writing” part of writing will become easier and faster, but never lose sight of the fact that deadlines, or editorial calendars, are just as much your masters as any boss or manager. Devising strategic highly descriptive content that seamlessly integrates a style of charismatic high class is seriously going to be the death of me - but this article sure will extend a good few years!! I received A's in 4 intensive writing courses one semester in college and my writing was "okay". Well, I never actually thought of writing as a thing I want to passionately do but lately I've got the urge to write. But thanks to this article, I got one of the boxes of my shortcomings checked- that of speaking my mind out.
I'm writing my personal blog for couple years and asking your permission to quote some of your words. Each and every point you made makes so much sense to me because I have been struggling to be write with authority. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. Many Instagram users may think that their photos are comparable to professional photography.
This is great and makes everything faster, but the automation of the photographic process can actually make photos worse because it takes away control from the hands of the user.
In today’s post, I’m going to share 16 ways you can start improving your writing skills right now. For quick and easy online resources, bookmark Grammar Girl and, of course, Merriam Webster. Very few – and I do mean very few – writers sit down to write anything without a solid plan in mind. If you start to feel lost, refer back to your outline and get back to kicking ass and taking names. Writing is an iterative process, and even the best writers have to spend a lot of time reworking material they were probably too embarrassed to show anybody. If we aren't willing to be flexible, it's hard to grow, learn, and challenge our own assumptions. Oh, and working in marketing is an excellent way to get used to deadlines!In hindsight, I should have added a tip about coming to terms with selling out. I started out with an entertainment-ish blog in Bahasa Malaysia and from there I think I can go further and write myself a good article where my 'voice' can be documented. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products to low levels by July 1, 2015. Photographers are taught that squares have an unappealing composition because when the viewers’ eye looks at the photo it has a very unnatural path. This theory threatens to dilute the public perception of good photography, and frankly just scares me. Most Instagram users never realize that their phones’ automatic exposures are not always correct and manual adjustments are often needed. Read the full post here, and see how Morris masterfully tells the story of a band named Death and how this relates to writing content.
Once you have that command, you need to learn some tips and tricks so that you can have an edge over others in this hard-to-succeed world of writers. The date of this letter is important because a pivotal Institute of Medicine (IoM) meeting on vaccine safety took place just one week later on February 9th. With the app’s preset filters that can’t be adjusted on an individual basis, few photos will ever get the proper coloring they need. Not only does the automation of the process hurt the visual quality of photos, but it takes away from the user’s appreciation of the photos. The first line of Instagrams “terms of use” says “Instagram does NOT claim ANY ownership rights in the (content)”.
I thought it sounded cheap and dull, but I gave it a try because I knew I was guaranteed to learn something new.
Instagram’s filters mimic actual darkroom techniques that used to be a craft 30 years ago, but are now just thrown on a stupid picture of someone’s lunch with no thought as to when the effect originated. Instagram users might not understand what’s gone into their finished products and therefore can’t appreciate their photos as much a photographer who has done the process manually.
And guess what - turns out marketing is cool, interesting, and challenging in ways I never imagined!
He explains "I will have to present several problematic results relating to statistical associations between the receipt of MMR vaccine and autism."He then goes on to implore Dr. The next line says that “By displaying or publishing (“posting”) any Content on or through the Instagram Services, you hereby grant to Instagram a non-exclusive, fully paid and royalty-free, worldwide, limited license to use, modify, delete from, add to, publicly perform, publicly display, reproduce and translate such Content.” which basically means they can have unlimited, free access to every photo that goes through an Instagram filter.
Gerberding to respond to questions that had been raised by "Representative David Weldon" regarding the integrity of CDC scientists working in the immunization program.
What if Instagram sold your photo of your burrito to Chipotle and you don’t get any of the profits? This conspiracy might not convince you to stop using your favorite photo app, but just wait till your photos are being used in advertising without any reparations to the original artist.
When a citizen journalist posted the facts of the story to a CNN iReport page, CNN quickly removed it to prevent the public from learning the truth about this extraordinary moment in medical history.The story has now been reposted at another CNN iReport page which will no doubt be censored and removed by CNN very quickly as well.
William Thompson, who stepped forward and revealed that he had partaken in cooking data attempting to minimize the truth about the toxicity of the MMR vaccine in infants and the increased risk of developing autism.Yesterday, on CNN's "iReport" page, the story was posted.
As of late last night, the article had 45,232 views, 178 comments,( mostly people literally begging CNN and other media to cover it,) and a staggering 17 thousand shares. This clearly is what we call "news worthy."However, CNN has now deleted the story, claiming it was "flagged" for being "in violation" of iReport's policy.

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