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Seven Things that Can Make You an Expert Writer

Are you hesitant to share what you know because you don’t consider yourself an expert? Do you have to wait until everybody calls you that way?

Most people have great potential but are so hesitant to do something about it because nobody calls them an expert. But what makes a person an expert in any particular field? Read on and gain the confidence you need to do as much as you can starting today.

  1. Knowledge

You definitely know a lot. What particular things do you know which can help others? Can you show this in a way that can benefit them?

Your simple knowledge can add value to the life of others. When you show fellow moms how to bake bread, how to discipline kids, how to clean up their mess and organize their stuff, you become an expert. You will know it when they come to you and ask about how you do something.

Your knowledge may seem too small and insignificant to you, but once you treasure it and treat it with value and improves it, it becomes an expertise that people are willing to pay for.

  1. Focus

Of all the things you know, what makes you talk most of the time? A drummer will usually tap his fingers on almost anything and create rhythms and sound patterns. A parent will always talk about his kids. A lover talks about his dinner dates most of the time. A sales person talks about sales even while having lunch.

What do you keep talking about? What fuels your interest? What generates your enthusiasm? Your passion is the best thing you can be an expert on.

  1. Experience

No two experiences are alike. This is why we can learn from the experiences of others and likewise. What you have gone through are unique experiences from which perspectives, steps and tips can be drawn to help others. Treasure them. Formulate lessons from them. Observe how certain things were done successfully and what things failed. These can form guidelines for others to follow or get an idea from. And because your experience is unique, it makes you an expert.

  1. Action

Having all the knowledge and ideas is nothing if you don’t act about them. Your idea is no good until you act on it. A lot real good guys with very good ideas never succeed because of inactivity. It’s not knowledge that eventually makes you an expert. It’s knowledge that works both for you and your target audience.

Make your knowledge work by making it available for everyone to use. Make an eBook out of it, post it on a blog, tweet about it, and post it on social media, or make a video out of it.

  1. Selling

This is what most writers are afraid of. Sell your ideas and experiences. Sell yourself. Unless you let it out in the open, people will never know you have something worthwhile to offer. You may have noticed that a lot of people out there are not even better than you. The only difference is they sell their stuff and you don’t.

You cannot earn a following without first selling yourself. What you know to be very simple stuff can already be a big help to some people and they will be willing to pay for it.

  1. Value

Having an expertise is one thing. Adding value to it is another. How can you make your offer better? How can you make your readers feel you are giving them advantage and that you care for them? Continue to improve on your knowledge and skills and keep learning for better and better results. This will keep followers coming for more.

  1. Service

Helping others is what gives meaning to what we do. If you fail to make it a point, you will not serve your purpose. Your knowledge and experiences are designed to make the life of others better. Seek to find more ways to serve your followers and continually think of their welfare. This always works both ways. The better you serve your audience, the more they will come back to you.

Don’t wait until someone calls you an expert before you do something. Start acting now and write as an expert writer does.

Want to add something? Click on my comment link and shoot. Experts and non-experts welcome. Thanks.

Write Articles that Promote Relationship with Your Readers

While we all know that content is king and great content generates readers, engagement is what actually keeps them. A reader needs to sense that there is a real person on the other end who’s genuinely interested with him.

Do you want your readers to have a deeper sense of connection with you? Here are simple tips on how to  to do just that.

Make your article read like a letter from a friend

How do you react when you receive a mail from a dear friend? You get excited. You enthusiastically open the mail. You are happily devouring every single word you find. In fact you are drawn to the entire letter because you have a connection with the person who has written it.

It is vital that you write an article in a way that a person would write to a friend. The key is being personal, not academic in your approach. Of course you can do that with an academic paper, but if you would want long-term relationship with your readers, you need to loosen a bit.

I always would like to be replied in a personal and casual way whenever I make comments on blog posts. How does one become personal when making articles? Get excited when you write. Be expressive, animated if you will. Write your article in a manner which is nothing less than enthusiastic and your reader will read it the same way. You should honestly be convinced that you have something exciting and worthwhile to say. This does not leave out, of course, the need to ensure quality content. what I mean is you work on useful and well-thought information and present it in a manner that generates reading excitement.

Let your article tell a story

People are naturally drawn to stories of other people. We are naturally inclined to get curious about other people’s lives. Hollywood capitalizes on this. They never run out of stories that tell about what’s going on in artists’ lives. They use controversies and scandals to maximum advantage.

When you tell me a story you get scenes running in my head and that never fails to generate my interest. I have always been drawn to success stories of big bloggers and this usually applies to almost everybody and almost every thing. The story of human lives never fails to amaze. Don’t be afraid to tell stories from time to time, especially if such stories can bring value to your readers’ own lives.

Let your article speak your reader’s language

A message is nothing if it does not come across. If you write in a way that makes a conversation run in my head, then I will trust that you understand me and you are writing for my benefit.

Write in a simple manner which your reader understands and leads him to do something. If you don’t lead your readers to action then you are wasting your time. It is best to ask yourself why you would be writing an article in the first place. This way you will not be writing just for the sake of it, but you will do things on purpose and accomplish your goals. It will also ensure that you offer your readers not what you think they need because readers actually look for what they really want.If you give them what they want, they will keep coming back to you.

What are your ways to engage with readers? Please share them on my comment box and let’s discuss. Thank you for reading!

Important Characteristics of Writers Who Do More

Important Characteristics of Writers Who Do More.

Important Characteristics of Writers Who Do More

Why do some writers accomplish more? I have observed many great bloggers and writers do a few more articles, update much more frequently, and just accomplish a whole lot more. Gleaning from them, I have learned what it takes. Here are important things effective writers do.

Efficient writers store ideas big time.If you want to be great, you will not miss on any idea which comes to your mind. Just as illustrators and painters carry their sketchpad everywhere, writers should carry a notepad (IPad, net book if you want). It’s a given fact that writers capitalize on ideas. If you want to have lots of them and have them handy for any project, then be a bank of ideas. Never let a single one escape your mind. Some writers carry a small notepad with them.

Efficient writers test their ideas with time.They treat their thoughts as deposits which when allowed to stand for a while yield interest. Update whatever you have written on your notepad with more thoughts as you let them stand for a week or so. When you sit down to actually make an article, you will not run out of support information to use.

Efficient writers major on simple content.You will find that many great bloggers post simple articles and schedule for just two to three more complex articles in a week. You don’t have to stick out your biggest gun every time you post. Longer and more complex articles can be done twice or three times a week. Stick to simpler and shorter articles when you need to post daily.

Efficient writers know how to use research. This present age has the tendency to make us victims of information overload. Efficient writers don’t allow themselves to fall for such. They usually get just enough of what they need and spare other valuable information for future use. Just because we have much information at hand doesn’t necessarily mean we need to utilize them at one time. To better manage your research, do it before you actually write your article.

Efficient writers organize content quickly. Writers who accomplish more know how to go about their work in no time. Most of them use bullets and numbered lists which are great when categorizing and arranging thoughts. This makes things easier to group together. Bullets and numbers are more friendly with readers.

Efficient writers are great at using words. They know that one can only occupy just enough space for readers to keep reading so choosing their words properly is extremely important. Writers who do more use short and effective language to deliver their thoughts to their readers.

Efficient writers don’t stop. When one idea just doesn’t work, they make it a point to never stop. I know of one great blogger who finds other topics to write once they encounter the writer’s block. When ideas are stored for use anytime, writers won’t run out of topics to write.

These are but a few of the important things I have watched great writers do. These practices set them apart from the rest.

How about you? Share some of your own best experiences and observations on doing more as a writer. It would be great to learn together. Please write on my comment box. Thank you.

Writing Online Articles Can Be Done in Twenty Minutes or Less

What if you could go on vacations and never had to worry about article posts?

If you were like me, you may have experienced what I have gone through lately. I wasn’t able to post an article for almost three weeks. I have been missing like half of my life! So many things happened that I definitely learned so many lessons. Some of those I have written in this “come back post”. I made myself a promise never to miss a week again!

Do you want to be as updated as possible with your posts? Well, it is such a pleasure to share with you some of the hard lessons I learned.

  • Make storage bank of ideas

Stop spending precious time wondering what to write. Start making it a habit to write down little ideas whenever they come. It will be helpful to always carry a small note pad wherever you go so those precious thoughts get recorded all the time.

One great strategy to quick writing is expanding your idea and letting it stand for a few days. Once again, your note pad can be very helpful. Updates or additional information on any topic should be gathered whenever there is a chance. Then they can be retrieved any time you want to start writing.

  • Easy comes first

Don’t undermine the power of simple ideas. They will be the ones you can count on when writing time is never enough. Work on them first and do your best to present them in a well-written manner. You will be surprised at how helpful they become to those who need them. Deal with more complicated topics later. This will give you a sense of accomplishment and inspire you to continue writing online articles.

  • Don’t get caught up in too much research

One big struggle for writers is spending much time on research and coming up with too much information. This makes it almost impossible to write an article in 20 minutes. Select what information goes to your content wisely. You can always use the rest of your research for future work especially when you need to come up with multiple articles or longer content.

  • Use the power of lists

Cut organizing time by using lists. They will help arrange your thoughts faster. Bullet and numbered lists are usually friendlier to readers than the usual paragraphs. In fact lists are such powerful tools they make your presentation clearer and attract more readers.

  • Stay short and sweet

The wonderful thing about people who are writing online articles is their choice of words. Brief and concise is the rule of the game. Make interesting articles which offer adequate and valuable information but are readable in just a few minutes. This enables you to write more or less 500 words in no more than 20 minutes.

  •  Getting stuck is not a reason to stop

One recurring challenge in writing online articles is having a writer’s block. We will not talk entirely about it. It’s this thing when words just won’t get out of our brains and we get stuck. When this happens, push the article aside but don’t quit writing. What you can do is go on to your next article and start working on that. You can always get back to unfinished task when your brain feels like it. This will ensure no idle time gets in the way of your writing schedule.

  • Write before you edit

The writer’s most difficult habit is automatic editing. What I mean is allowing half of the brain to edit everything the other half writes about. Let your creativity work first. Write your article. Just write, no editing. Once you get all your thoughts on paper, edit and organize them. Sounds like something which needs more time but this strategy actually saves you from rewriting a single sentence over and over again.

More tips on writing online articles are coming next post. If you ever went through the same experience I had, please post a comment to share it with us.

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