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10 Skills to Have to Succeed as a Content Writer

In the digital age, there is a constant overload of content. As a content writer, your content should have a goal. It’s great to be a writer and create pieces for various platforms online, but you must direct your content towards a purpose. Is your writing helping to promote a business or is it to give more information about a situation or product? Is it for entertainment or education? Whatever it is, every content writer wants to be successful. Here are ten skills to have to be a successful content writer.

  1. Great Writing Skills

A successful writer must possess good writing skills. Some people are talented writers, others learned how to write. Whichever category you fall into, you need to hone your skill. Learn how to write better. Read books and learn how others have used various forms of writing.

  1. Creativity

Writing may be simple, but getting people to come back to your work takes skill. Learn to be creative with your writing. Use storytelling techniques that create a relatable experience with your reader. Let your writing evoke emotion in your reader and teach them a lesson. Make reading your work and experience. Creativity is the key to becoming a successful content writer. It makes your work unique and memorable.

  1. Ability to Research on Various Topics

Strong research skills are important to be a good content writer. Research and get your facts from reliable sources to make your work credible. There are experts in various fields from which you can glean their expertise and experience. Good research adds value to your work and it is key to successful content writing.

  1. Good Communication

Communicate with your customer if something is not clear about the task you have been given. Be polite and official when asking questions. Make your client see that you want to deliver quality service so don’t be afraid to ask questions. Have a clear idea of what they expect and their audience that is to be addressed.

 

  1. Adaptability

A good content writer must be able to adapt to the style of various platforms and brands. Writing for health product will be different from writing for an educational institution. Your audience also matters. The tone for addressing teens will be different from those used to address young professionals. Learn how to adapt to the need of various customers. A content writer with a wider range of writing skills is sure to succeed.

  1. SEO Understanding

It’s one thing to write, it’s another thing to get your make sure your writing is seen. Content wouldn’t be effective if it is not found by readers. Understanding Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is necessary in order to give your writing the boost it needs.  Learn how to use keywords effectively. Learn how to craft the right titles and descriptions for your content. Check up on googles latest algorithms and ensure you are up to date.

Skills You need as a content Writer

Skills You need as a content writer

  1. Be Consistent

It is easy to get frustrated or not feel the need to put out content. It’s very possible to reach burnout and be overwhelmed by constantly writing. You may even want to quit. To be a successful content writer, you must pull through these times. Don’t give up. Someone out there is waiting for your content and is being inspired by it. Don’t quit. Look for ways to help you continue to deliver content effectively. Use calendars, reach out to fellow writers and keep going.

  1. Be Focused

We are in a world with multiple distractions. Social media can overwhelm you with information and trends. A successful content writer needs to learn the importance of focus. When it’s time to get work done, ensure that you are focused on the task at hand. Avoid any form of distraction. Create a list of what needs to be done and do your best to stick to that plan. Tackle each task well.

  1. Edit Your Work

Your first draft will have grammatical mistakes, so don’t be bothered by that. Take time to edit your work properly. Look out for grammatical, spelling and punctuation errors. Editing may take some time but it’s all worth it. There are apps that can help you with your grammar and point out overused words and redundant points.

  1. Make Your Work Valuable

Make sure that you deliver quality content at all times. Let your customer be pleased with your work. Being a successful content writer takes diligence and consistently delivering valuable work. Let your work speak for you.

Being successful also means being reliable. Let your customer count on you to deliver work on time. Make sure you meet deadlines and avoid disappointing a client. Keep writing!

 

10 Ways to Edit Your Writing Like a Pro

When you type in the last word of that manuscript or article, you sigh with relief. The writing is done. Another phase begins. Editing. This is another chapter of work that is important to give your piece of work the finishing touch. Editing is important else reading wouldn’t be fun. Here are ten ways to edit your writing like a pro.

Read Aloud

Reading aloud what you have written will help you take note of errors.  Hearing the words and phrases makes it easier to identify mistakes you skipped while reading silently. It’s helpful to record yourself reading, then listen to it and mark up your work. Saying the words aloud gives a different perspective to your editing.

Take a Break

Take some time away from your writing. You’ve poured a lot of thought onto paper, it’s time to take a break. Do something different. Engage in an activity that will take your mind off your writing. Play, cook, meet up with some friends and relax. Come back to your work after a few days and take a fresh look at what you have written. Your work will seem new but also familiar. Most importantly, you will be refreshed and your mind will be able to easily point out errors.

Use simple familiar words

Avoid using big words because you want to make a point. Words and phrases that are understandable and easy for the eyes to go over will help the reader get the message you are passing across. Complicated or long sentences will easily distract the reader. Keep it simple, keep them hooked. Edit those extra words out.

Check your Punctuation

This is a major task in editing your work. Wrong punctuation will cause your reader a lot of problems. Be mindful of the use of comma. Don’t over use them in long sentences. Punctuation changes the perception of the whole sentence. Use shorter sentences instead. Check your apostrophes and quotation marks. Punctuation errors disfigure your work. Be mindful.

Use apps

Thank you, technology. Writers have many useful resources at their disposal for editing their work. Use suitable apps like Grammarly to help edit your work. These apps are designed to point out grammatical errors, overused words and spelling mistakes. They are helpful and easy to use.

Remove Redundancies

This is an easy trap for any writer. Avoid unnecessary repetition.

e.g. He kicked with his legs repeatedly.

He kicked repeatedly

He blinked his eyes

He blinked

10 Ways to Edit your writing like a Pro

10 Ways to Edit like a Pro

Use a Different Format

Editing with the font Courier New is easy on the eyes. Seeing each word and spotting errors is easier this way. If you don’t like the font, use one that is similar and suits you. Change the line spacing too. Give the words room to stand alone. Punctuation errors are easily seen and the whole piece is easier to read.

Print it Out.

Print your work and patiently read through. Use your pen to strike through errors. Don’t hesitate to mark up your work. Indicate areas you want to rephrase, circle areas you are unsure about. Dissect your writing with your pen. The spacing gives enough room to make adjustments.

Edit in a Quiet Place

Stay away from distractions when editing your work. Ensure you are concentrating as much as possible. Don’t multi task while editing. Your work will thank you. Focus on making your work better before doing other tasks.

Re-read it

Editing isn’t over once you have read through. You need to read it over again and again until it is polished. Re-reading will help you find weak sentences and other errors you may have missed the first time.

Now get to work and let’s see those flawless pieces.

SM Writing Services, What We Do

Content writing and all form of writings are important for us to have a footmark in history. For your businesses, career and for you to build a personal brand, you need solid written contents that tell your story. SM Writing Services is here to help achieve this.

WHAT DO WE DO AT SM WRITING SERVICES?

You have a story to share? We are ready to help you tell it with words. Through our services, you can tell your brand stories, and get your products and services the attention they deserve. We can help you build a unique and imagined world with the bricks of words.

SM Writing Services, What We do

SM Writing Services, What We do

 Our Services

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  • Book Review
  • Product Review
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Business Writing

  • Business Plan
  • Business Proposal
  • Newsletter

Creative Writing

  • Content Writing
  • Short Stories
  • Script Writing
  • Copywriting
  • Essay Writing
  • SEO Writing

Book Creation

  • Autobiography
  • Biography
  • Manuscript Editing and Proofreading

Blog Management

  • Content and SEO Writing
  • Content Distribution

 

    ABOUT US:

Station Magazine Writing Service is the service wing of Station Online Media, a Media company that love promoting and creating contents and telling stories with the reality around us. With our remarkable freelance writers and storytellers, who are ready to give write to live, stories about you, your brand and product, we can guarantee your satisfaction and fulfilment.

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Seven Ways To Write A Compelling Introduction

The introduction of any piece is the most important part of a write-up. It’s like the package with which you present your thought to your readers. Because readers are not that patient to look into what you have written. Research shows that 55 percent of readers leave a page after reading the introductory part of a piece.

It is for this reason that it is important to learn how to use your introduction as bait for your write-up. Apart from the basic rules to writing with includes the deployment of short sentences as much as possible, and clarity in your introduction, you must be able to ensure that you hold your readers down with introduction that would make them want more.

Although you don’t want to seem too desperate by overselling the idea you are writing about, you want to be able to give them the assurance that they will get what they want. You must learn to keep short and concise.

The following are ways to craft a compelling Introduction

  1. Tell a Story
  2. Brew Curiosity
  3. Ask Questions
  4. Give Reason they should or should not continue to read
  5. Simplicity and Relatable Introduction
  6. Use Scenario
  7. Use witty Quotes from a luminary of the topic you are writing  about:

Tell a Story:

The use of anecdote for your introduction is very precious. it does not just win your readers attention, it makes your write-up unique. Nobody can experience what you have experienced. Your anecdote ensures that your readers see a form of reality in what you saying to them.

It’s not just the story about yourself that you tell your readers in the introductory part. Also story of people you know or have heard of. Give your reader a sense of what they are about to read about. Remember, the story must be relating to the topic you are talking about.

I started my article “Seven Lies People Tell You About Introverts” with this anecdote

“I remember my stay in the university, and how I was misconstrued for an unhappy person because of my love for quiet, and my frequent avoidance of social events. Not that I did not attend social events, but I didn’t attend as often as my roommate loved to. In fact, my roommate called me suicidal once, all because he met me at home when he went out to socialise.”

Brew Curiosity:

Curiosity is potent in winning the reader over. Your introduction must be thought-provoking and captivating. You can do this by bringing up a controversy on the topic you are talking about.

I started my Piece Being an Introvert In the World of Extroverts” with the sentence “My childhood years were not enjoyable.”

My readers continued to read because they wanted to know why my childhood wasn’t enjoyable.

According to freelance writer, Nicole Bianchi you can invoke curiosity “By directly addressing the reader, it’s as if you’ve crawled right into their brain and know the problems and concerns they’re facing. You stir up their curiosity because they now want to know how you will help them solve their problem.”

Ask Questions

You might decide to start your article with a question. Some of your readers might know the answer to your question, while others might not. Those who know the answer or think they know will follow through in reading your piece because they want to see whether you will answer the question wrong so that they can give the right answer. Those who don’t know will read to see the answer to the question.

Asking question gives your reader the sense of why they should read your piece. It like you giving them the objective of reading the piece.

Give Reason They Should or Should Not Continue to Read.

You will likely win the attention of your readers if you give them the reason why they should read your piece or not. For instance, “If you think you are a professor in Child-upbringing, please don’t read this. This piece is for imperfect parents”

Simplicity and Relatable Introduction

Readers get bored easily. It is for this reason that you go straight to the point. You definitely want an introduction that will ease the mind of your readers. You want to assure them that they are not reading for exams. You will want to give them the assurance that they will be learning something fun, and fun must be relatable and simple.

“I remember, recently, looking at my photo album right from the moment I was born to how far I have come. I couldn’t get enough of the laughter and Goosebumps I got looking at mere looking at the picture.”

That is an example for my write-up “5 Ways Photography Has Helped Humanity”

Use Scenario

You definitely don’t want passive readers, you want readers that will follow you mentally, and contribute to the discussion. Scenarios are good in getting your readers involved in the communication process. Think of scenario as a puzzle that your reader should solve while reading your piece.

This idea helps you keep your reader’s interest.

Use Witty Quotes

For my piece “Why Nigeria failed Africa and entire black race.” I started with a quote from Nelson Mandela; “Yes, Nigeria stood by us more than any nation, by you let yourselves down and Africa and the Black Race very Badly”

Quotes are important in staring up interest. Readers are usually drawn to the opinions of popular people. And they want to see how this opinion relates to what you are writing about.

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