#1: Read Something – and Think About It
How did the author grab your attention on page one of that novel? How did the blogger keep you reading post after post on their site? What about the subject line persuaded you to open that marketing email instead of deleting it unread?
You can learn something from everything you read. Even if it’s a novel that you give up on after a few chapters, you can pinpoint what didn’t work, so you can avoid it in your own writing.
#2: Learn a New Word or Phrase (or Correct One You’re Getting Wrong)
If you come across a new word or phrase when you’re reading, look it up, and find out what it means. It might not be a word you want to use frequently, but the wider your vocabulary is, the more options you’ll have when you’re writing.
You may also want to make sure you’re using certain phrases correctly. Common mistakes like “for all intensive purposes” when the correct phrase is “for all intents and purposes” won’t do you any favours as a writer. Here’s a handy list of phrases that people often get wrong.
#3: Tackle A Writing Exercise or Prompt
#4: Write As Often As You Reasonably Can
You might not be able to write every day (and I think trying to write daily doesn’t work for many writers). However, it’s important to make regular time to write, ideally at least once a week.
If you’d like some ideas for creating time when things are busy, join the Aliventures newsletter. You’ll get a free copy of my mini-ebook Time to Write, which is packed with practical tips. Plus, you’ll get the weekly blog posts (Mondays) and short newsletter articles (Thursdays) to support and encourage you with your writing.
Step 3: Learn the Simple Secrets Behind Writing Great Copy
The most important skill you can learn first — and the one that will help you master any of the writing opportunities we just mentioned — is the one we’ve been talking about: persuasive writing.
Instead of trying to be cute, clever, or even blatantly obvious with vivid graphics and sales pitches, the job of a good writer is to craft a message that really connects with their readers.
Unlike news or editorial writing, persuasive writing is all about getting the reader to take that requested action. And we said earlier, that action can be anything, whether it’s to click a link in an email, fill out a form, sign up for a magazine, buy a lawn mower, or donate to a local charity. Any action at all.
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Hi I’m Elna and I’m a freelance writer and mom blogger. I help people just like you become a profitable freelance writer. Within 6 months of starting my freelance writing business from scratch I was able to earn a full-time living as a part-time freelance writer while taking care of my twin toddlers. Check out my free email course Get Paid to Write Online and learn the steps you need to take to be a freelance writer.
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