5 Simple Tips to Improve Your Writing

Do you love to write?

If you do, then you’re just like me!

If you don’t…. you’re not alone.

Whichever category you fall into, these 5 simple tips will help.

Before you take to writing that next piece of yours, whether it be a blog post or a business report, here are some quick tips to help you shine.

1) The Daily Habit

Get in the habit of writing each and every day; start a journal or a diary, write to a pen pal, just get yourself in the habit of writing.

It might seem like a lot of work but it isn’t.

*A really good way to practise this is to write 2 pages in a notebook each morning. Even though I am a writer,  I’ve just started utilising this tip that I learnt from a LinkedIn post and it is working wonders for me.

If you’re in business, chances are you’re already writing every day. You might not think of it as writing, but no doubt you send off countless emails each day?

2) Broadening your vocabulary

Get a word calendar or download an app on your phone like Dictionary.com.

Putting new words into your vocabulary is a great way to make your writing more powerful.

Often, when expanding your vocabulary you’ll also improve your knowledge on spelling and the correct use of words already in your vocabulary.

*I personally love learning new words and use them often to improve my personal writing.

3) Keep using those tough words.

Everyone has words they struggle to spell.  Don’t let that stop you.

I recently found a recipe book and I’d written one of the simplest words wrong.

I was mortified, but you know what? That’s just proof of how reliant we’re getting on the computer spell checking for us.

If you struggle with certain words keep pushing yourself to use them. Eventually, you’ll spell them so often that you’ll learn to spell them correctly.

*Whenever I misspell something on my computer before looking for the correct spelling I go back and try to spell it again. Nine times out of ten I’ll spell it right on the second try.

4) Don’t always listen to the computer

Microsoft Word is great, don’t get me wrong.

I’m always looking out for those red and green squiggly lines, but it isn’t always right.

Sometimes computers don’t understand the context of how a particular sentence should work, so it’ll underline the whole thing with a green line. This doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with the sentence.

Before taking on board the computer’s recommended changes always give it a second or third read over.

See if it flows.

If it flows and you don’t detect anything wrong there probably isn’t an issue.

Also, bear in mind that not every word is registered in the Microsoft Word dictionary. If a word is really old or comes from another language Word will just keep on telling you it’s spelt wrong, even when it isn’t.

5) Write it ALL down first.

I used to always edit as I went, so if I misspelt a word I would immediately change it and if a sentence didn’t flow I’d spend ages re-writing it.

However, that isn’t the most efficient way to write and edit.

The most efficient process is to write everything out and then do a re-read for editing.

Trust me it saves time.

A helping hand

If you need a helping hand with any aspects of writing or editing…

Simple emails, sales funnels, website content reviews through to book manuscripts, blogs and ghost writing are all in a days work for us at Dragon Sisters.

Need some help…..reach out to us.

To your success,

Sasha

Sasha Hanton – a graduate of Bond University with a Bachelor in Journalism. Sasha possesses high caliber skills across a wide genre of writing, editing and multi-media content creation. Sasha’s achievements include the Sally A White Award for Investigative Journalism 2013.

 

Building Your Email List

Building your email list is vital to your business.

Why?

Because it helps to famine proof it. It allows you to connect directly with your audience.

Sure, you can use social media, but if that goes away, you have no way of connecting IF you don’t have their emails.

When you write an authentic and helpful email, you make strong connections. You are building relationships in a genuine way.  But, you can’t write to people unless you have an address.

One of the best ways to gather email addresses is with a lead magnet. No doubt you’ve heard that term several times. But perhaps you’re not entirely clear on WHAT a lead magnet is.

What’s a Lead Magnet

In a nutshell…

A lead magnet is something you offer in exchange for the recipients email address, so it needs to be something pretty useful and of value to the recipient.

How It Works

Basically it’s an information exchange. You have something they want, and they have something you need – their email address.

It’s an old fashioned trade except it’s happening in the digital space.

They give you their address and you provide access to the promised lead magnet.

You’ll need a system to collect email address and a way to deliver the promised magnet to their inbox. There are many different options at lots of different price points and what you choose will depend very much on your budget and the features you require.

What makes a good Lead Magnet?

That very much depends on your audience, but the bottom line is that it needs to be of value/helpful.

For instance, you could have a closed Facebook group, a refer a friend program, an ebook, a tip sheet, a contest with a fabulous prize …you get the idea?

There are lots of different options – limited only by your imagination, knowledge and budget. It’s important chose the right one for your audience.

Most businesses use a few different ones and play around to find the best one for their audience.

Remember that audiences are savvy. People are wise to the fact that if they give you their email they risk getting email overwhelm.

So you have to be very strategic in what you offer. It all comes down to value. You have to be able to tempt them with something they will find useful. Preferable with a few actionable tips that are of value and can be put into motion immediately.

If you’d like some help brainstorming what to offer your audience reach out and we’ll help you through the process.

Fly like a dragon!

Michelle

PS – to check out some of our most popular Lead Magnets – click this link.