As a content writer, you have been through the motions of scheduling, writing, and publishing many times before. You receive an assignment, face the repeated struggle of the writing process, polish your work for publishing, rinse, and repeat. The issue may not be your inability to write, but the struggle to craft the right words and phrases consistently.
Many aspiring writers search for tips and tricks to do better, hoping for a magic recipe. Due to the varying and unique nature of writing, the problem cannot be solved with the snap of your fingers. Though you may read writing that feels like witchcraft, the craft of writing has no secret spells. In the end, what you know to streamline the process will be the best weapon in your arsenal.
With just a handful of tips, you can not only write your content faster but also in a smarter fashion. This not only makes your articles sound better but flow easier for the average audience and attract more overall.
How many times have you tried researching and discovering the perfect length for your content? You may be told different amounts like 500 or 1,000 words, or even three headers. Perhaps you have heard a specific number count for sentences, or the number of minutes in a podcast or video. Though different amounts fit different article types better, what will ultimately matter is deciding based on your article’s context.
Truthfully, there exists no magic number for writing the perfect page or article. Even if you do reach this number, you cannot stop just because you hit an arbitrary amount. You should end your article once you have given out the important information and closing feels appropriate. Rushing an article to its end not only robs the audience of information they want but hurts the article itself with poor pacing.
Contrarily, you also should avoid drawing out an article for the sake of a word count. A great content writer uses clear and concise language to convey their points without wordy construction. The average audience likes short articles and sentences to skim for the most valuable information. Shorten your words and abridge your content, all while simultaneously laying out the details the reader is here for.
In the stress of pouring so many hours into your work, writing the headline seems like the easiest part. Some writers might even put the headline off to the end just to focus on the meat of the article. After all, a headline is just a phrase to describe what your content is, right? While that can be the case, sometimes that phrase may not be enough to capture the audience’s attention. A headline’s purpose serves not only as a descriptor but as an eye-catcher to draw the audience in.
Writers accomplish attracting this attention for their marketing content through some wordplay and with strong statements. This can mean transforming a statement like “10 Tips to Write Better” to “10 Ways to Get the Top Page”! But you cannot rely heavily on these “clickbait” titles either. Eventually, readers will catch on when you exaggerate a headline for extra hits. The headline should communicate the truth, but also have an interesting spice that sets it apart. After all, the headline will be the first thing your audience reads from you. Even if the headline seems minor, you must make that first impression count.
If you find yourself reading this article as a content writer, it must be for good reason. But if no magical number exists for article length, is there no magic to writing quickly and efficiently? While there may not be a perfect, one-size-fits-all strategy for writing, there still exist many universally accepted tips. One of the simplest yet best methods considered is walling and blocking yourself into writing.
Many writers have experienced the dread of having to inevitably write their way through an article or webpage. Some spend more time dreading the article than they do just writing it. Despite the simplicity, the best way to finish any article is to simply sit down, block out any distractions, and write. In today’s world, we become easily distracted with social media, household chores, family duties, and daily activities. But by setting aside dedicated time to write, you will see more words fly onto pages than you would while by juggling everything and anything.
Adopting new habits and finding new focuses can flip your perspective of writing in new and unexpected ways. Acknowledging this not only helps shake off old, rusty habits but encourages you to adopt newer, better tendencies altogether. If your content marketing team is struggling to create the interesting content your brand needs, you can find help. Through services such as law firm marketing, social media management, and blog distribution networks, Actionable Agency can help. By offering many marketing solutions and web development for law firms across the country, we extend their reach and develop their business. At Actionable Agency, we can provide an analysis of your current strategy and website of your firm to help formulate new solutions. For more information, call us toll-free at (855) 206-9689.