A New Way to Think About Blogging
Breaking into a market that is bustling with creativity is not an easy feat once you have decided to share your words and your voice with the masses. Becoming an author you are choosing to write compelling stories that tell of heroism and out of this world adventures. As a blogger you cover beauty, inspiration, lifestyles, and other social woes that need a platform. Some writers are content driven entrepreneurs with classes, tips and workshops based on written curriculum designed to help you grow your business so presentation is everything.
Writers appeal to your senses and hope to gain respected audiences and followers of their works. Because writing is personal and is time consuming, there are writing mechanics needed in order to invoke your audience. You will gain a broader audience when you pay close attention to the five areas writers should focus on that will keep readers engaged.
Choosing a Topic
This may sound very easy, but sometimes writing takes on a mind of its own and very soon you lose your intended direction. There are a plethora of subjects to cover, but choose topics that you have experience in and can be looked upon as an expert. Start with your interests, hobbies, your career and look to your family. The most intimate and exciting parts of your life will help you create a list long enough to generate content for weeks or even months. Write from your heart. You can always revisit previous pieces and update them when new trends arise.
Hooking Your Audience
No one wants to read boring titles because that directly attributes to boring content. Asking an interesting question or making a strong statement will immediately grab your reader’s attention. The purpose behind writing is to hook your target audience and keep them hungry for your work. Command the reader’s attention by being deliberate with your words. Reader’s want to be exposed to new ideas, but will never know the greatness of a writer’s words if they are not drawn in completely. Don’t be afraid to push the envelope and say what everyone is thinking.
Provide Background Information
In order to provide background information you have to draw from your experiences. Readers do not want to hear from experts all of the time. Readers want to hear from everyday people, walking through life experiencing some of the same victories and defeats. They want to know what your experience was like when you tried online dating, they want to hear your quirky first date stories, and all of the other things writers dive into as their niche. I couldn’t possibly take anyone serious that had no experience in my areas of interest but constantly cranked out material on that topic like a sausage mill. So be true to what you like and be unafraid to share your feelings. Readers will always come back for the heartfelt messages.
Establish Your Voice
A writer’s diction is everything! Your word choice is what pushes as article, critique, review, novel, or blog post along. The more vivid your words are in your descriptions and explanations, the better your piece will read. Create a word flow that makes your writing distinctive. When writers find a format and style that attracts readers repeatedly, they have established their concrete voice. Readers will be able to spot their favorite writers by the words and tone used in each publication. Once you have established your voice, test the limits of that voice and you’ll be amazed at how your words come to life.
Ask yourself if your writing sounds natural? If your writing does not sound natural when you read it, it is not going to win big with your audience.The writing process is brutal! Be organized going into your topics that way all of your ideas are connected. Make the points throughout your writing you want readers to pay attention to. Your details should be specific and thought provoking. Planning, drafting, revising and editing is necessary in order to get the intended outcome of a written piece of work. Organize your writing so that it flows easily and does not leave your reader with questions at the end.
Insert yourself into your writing, not being afraid to expose your truth and lessons learned. Let your voice resonate in your writing. Push the envelope and say exactly what you want to say.