10 Habits That Can Make You A Better Content Writer

habits content writerEven if you were perfect with writing an essay or composition writing at school and university, it does not mean you are ready to write good and readable content for blogs and websites to please an average reader. We do not want to disappoint you, but good grammar and syntax are not enough for people to love your writing and find it really interesting and useful. When in school, you were able to please separate readers only (your teachers and professors), but when it comes to average readers, other rules and tricks appear. If your plan to write something more than novels or poems (where your feelings and impressions play some role of course), you need to understand one important thing:

What you find great and interesting is NOTHING compared to what a reader needs to find your writing great.

So, what can you do with that? What does a content writer need to create great and inspiring articles? Just try to imagine yourself a reader of your articles and answer the question: “What is in this piece of writing for me?”, “Why should I read it?”, or “What is so catchy in this article for people?”. Keeping that in mind, here we have 10 habits for you to cultivate if you want to become a better content writer. Once they’ve become your habits, the process of high-quality content writing will not seem Greek to you anymore.

1. Evaluate your abilities honestly

Yes, it may hurt your self-esteem much, but you should be honest with yourself and confess that you are a mediocre writer (if you actually are of course). No one can become a great writer if he does not have this talent. If you understand that, you may help others by hiring them to write some content for you. When you see how they write, what tricks they use to attract readers, it may help you understand what a really good content is, and improve your own writing skills in such a way.

2. Wake up early

Try to cultivate a habit of waking up early and start writing while coffee is brewing for example. It will help your head start working and cultivating new ideas.

3. Never think you have nothing to write about

Just write something. Then write something more. When you write, you start thinking, not vice versa. Never tell yourself that you do not know what to write about, what to start a sentence with, and where to get an idea for writing. The process of writing itself will help you here.

4. Write just like you speak

There is no need to think over difficult words, precious language, slang, etc. Do not try to impress your reader with a number of cool words you know, just write your article as if you told it yourself. This is the best way to make others understand you.

5. Write to your Ideal Reader

Focus on those people whom you write your articles to. Just imagine your reader and the benefits he will get from your writing. It will help you reach him and hold his attention.

6. Write a title after your article is finished

Many writers have problems with choosing a good and catchy title for their works. If you are not given any specific title to use, you may write it when the article is ready. Just re-read what you’ve written and sum up it in the title. Make it clear for a reader: he should understand from your title what information he will find if he decides to read your piece of writing.

7. Always finish your drafts

Write as if your dead line is in front of you. Such a habit is a great focus for your mind, and it lets you keep all your work finished.

8. Move!

Many writers think that mental activity is quite enough for them to cultivate new ideas and write better, but it is not true. Do not ignore physical exercises: they help you make your mind and thoughts clear, so, they will start cultivating new ideas faster and more effectively.

9. Live!

Do not shut yourself away from everyone in the name of your writing. Life experience is very important for writers, because it helps us improve our lives, get new knowledge and skills, transform into someone else, and start writing in a different way. Your life experience is a perfect chance to improve yourself not just as a person, but as a writer as well.

10. Beware of perfection

It may sound strange, but your perfectionism can kill your writing. Why? Because it does not let you start! You always think this or that idea is not good enough to write about, you believe that some words are bad to use, some sentences look sloppy, or a title is not eye-catchy enough to use. You do not even imagine how many good ideas were killed by such thoughts. Just write, and you will always have enough time to revise your writing afterwards.

The force of habits may be really powerful. Cultivate those of them that fit you most, and they will become your best weapon to struggle for good content writing. Good luck!

Be Ready When Someone Asks “What Do You Do?”

How many times you’ve faced this question, what Do You Do?

Whenever you meet any person first time he/she asks you is what do you do?

And you simply reply to him that you work as a freelance content writer. Then you kept a silence to your mouth by thinking that person got the idea about what you do.

Frankly, telling lots of people don’t understand the actual meaning of freelancers, they think that you work from your home in your pajamas. But as we all know that it’s only half definition.

The word freelancer is short by its nature but has a very long definition. You can’t assume that people will get the idea about what you do if you just tell him that you work as freelancers. You’ve to say it loudly, clearly and effectively, you can’t keep people in suspense guess what the hell I do. Who knows that he might be searching for your service?  So keeping people in suspense by giving incomplete and ineffective answer of what do you do question can make you lose out lots of clients and new business opportunities.

So it’s better that always keep yourself ready to tell him about what you do in such a effective manner that he really catch up the whole background story about what you do. So in future or in same instant if he needs your service then he can hire you.

But as we all know when it comes to throwing some words about ourself then the situation get too heavy and we can’t get the real words to speak about who we are and what we do. So today I’m just warping up some tips that will help you to reply more effectively and clearly when someone asks you what do you do?

Be Simple and Descriptive

When someone asks you what do you do? You simply reply him, that I’m a freelance content writer, Freelance Designer, freelance developer. It’s good that you went with simplicity but forget about descriptiveness.

Your answer is incomplete and not descriptive that the asker will able to know the full scenario of what you do.

Are you Freelance content Writer? Then it’s definite that you have a niche like SEO, social media, business news etc … then make sure you also mention it in your answers so asker is able to have the clear picture of what you do. So you final answer will sound same like mine that you see below with little word tweaks.

Example:

I am freelance writer and I write about blogging and How To’s articles for my several different clients around world…

What Kind Of Problems you Solve

It’s definite that if you belong to freelance arena then you defiantly solve problems of other peoples if not then you won’t exist in this arena.  Like if you are freelance writer then you help people to get the words that shine and define their business in well stated manner, if you are designer then you help people to get there company in online arena with cool style, if you are business consultant then you help people to deal with their business related problems.

It doesn’t matters whatever you do just attached it with your answer to make it more effective and attractive…

Example:

I help my clients by providing them content that helps him to shine their business.

State Your Specialty

You able to find competition in every field, even if you are street fruit seller, just lift your eyes and you able to find another person selling same fruits that you are selling. So how can you stop the new dump guy to eat your customers? Very simply by stating some specialty about your fruit, telling your customers about your fruits plus points, and most above of it that you’ve waste experience in fruit selecting  and selling etc…

So state your specialty whenever anybody asks you what do you do. Because it helps the asker to differentiate you from the other guys who does the same thing that you do like….

I’ve been in writing arena for long time and familiar with ABC and also Z of content writing. My written words are not like other peoples written words it really stands out…

Mention BigWigs if you’ve worked for him

I don’t know what makes people to think about that if you’ve worked with big brands then you’ve special talents. People feels like you are some kind of special person with magical powers that you can use to skyrocket their business.

So if you’ve experience of workings with some bigwigs then attach it with your answer like.

I’ve worked with ___ (Any bigwig player name in your niche)….

Mention Your Blog And Website

If you belong with online media then you defiantly going to have a blog or website that you use to catch the fishes from online ocean.  If yes you have!  Then tie it with your answers so that if asker wants more info or details then he can grab it from your website or blog….

So overall answers of the most difficult question

Based on all above tips here is my answer as a freelance content writing service provider if someone asked me what do I do? Your may be varies little bit if you belongs to other arena but you can use the tips to craft your answer based on your niche and expertise…

I am freelance content writer have good domain knowledge of Blogging and How To’s Article. I help my client to get the right words for their business that describes there business in pretty well manner to generate more profits. I’ve been in writing arena from long time show I know all about writing from root to top and I’ also keep update myself with latest trends of writing. I helped lots of bigwig players by offering my writing services. If you want to know more about me and what I do then you can just step on my blog to get better idea about what I do…

So above is the exact answer that you should give whenever someone asks you what do you do?(with little tweaks)  So now you have got the idea what you’ve to tell if someone asks you the same question. So now go in front of mirror and practice it.  Because the more effective and clear you explain what you do the hire chance you have to get clients for your business.