Some bloggers seem to be naturally gifted writers. They deliver their Blog post using clear economical prose. Their Blog post readers love them.
Each new Blog post of theirs gets tons of comments and a loads of shares.
You’ve envied them from afar. You want to be as successful as them BUT you haven’t a clue what you need to do to make your writing technique better.
The good news is that there are 7 simple edits, you can easily incorporate into your writing which will improve everything you write. They will transform your writing forever.
Popular Writers Try To Hide This Unfair Advantage
Would you believe that your writing heroes write exactly like you do? There writing is no better (or worse) than yours. Their first drafts are just as flabby and difficult to read as any of yours.
Here’s what popular bloggers know. A Blog post is not finished simply because you’ve said all you want to say. This is merely the start actually.
Most popular bloggers hire an experienced, professional editor to transform their Blog posts from the ordinary to the sublime. Think of the first draft as a rough diamond. This needs to be cut and polished by a professional gem cutter to transform it into a thing of great clarity and huge value.
Okay so someone else is helping them. A tad unfair right?
Bloggers who do not use an editor have learned how to edit their own posts like a pro. Fortunately, content editing is not rocket science. Especially if someone shows you what to do.
7 simple editing rules that transform an unremarkable first draft into a polished gem:
#1 – Delete All Filler Words Within Your Prose
Many sentences may begin with the words, it, here or there followed by a form of the verb to be.
Common constructions being: It is, It was, It won’t, It takes, here is, there is, there will be . . .
The problem? Okay let’s look at an example, that’ll help.
There are some bloggers who seem to have . . .
There places the sentence focus on some nebulous thing called – there – when the true focus of the sentence is – some bloggers. Additionally, you (the writer) has to use another unnecessary word – who.
Hey! That’s three unnecessary words in one unfocused sentence.
Resolve to learn how to spot useless instants of there, here, followed by a to be verb such as is, are, was, and were. Re-write your sentences eliminating such uselessness.
Here are some helpful examples.
- It’s fun to edit – Editing is fun
- It takes time to write – Writing takes time
- There are many people who write – Many people write
- There’s nothing better than blogging – Nothing’s better than blogging
- Here are some things to consider – Some things to consider are