The following is a guest post from Evelyn of SmallishBlog.com:
Have you ever written a post—poured hours into it—only to discover upon completion that it seemed dull, like it was penned by a bot?
After investing your precious time, your writing sounds, well, “blah”? I’ve been there. Many times, in fact. I’ve been paying attention lately to some of the factors that result in high quality blog posts.
Here are five tips to take your posts from “blah” to “bam!”
Write to someone.
Not formally like a letter, but in your head imagine you are speaking to a friend. I find my writing sounds fresh if I have someone I love in mind who will especially appreciate the content. Write as if you’re creating the post just for them—your tone will read friendlier and more upbeat.
Write when you’re inspired.
My best posts come from those moments when I feel words or phrases bubbling up from inside and I must get them on paper lest they fade. (Fellow writers, do you know the feeling?!) In those sweet intervals I find that I can write outlines or drafts of 3-4 posts in one sitting, and usually they don’t sound stale at all! It’s not worth my time to sit in front of an empty computer screen and push words out just because I need to get something written. When you feel the inspiration, flow with it.
Include a personal anecdote.
We relate to posts when we can see real life come across in the words, when we can identify with the author. Connect to your readers through stories of life—in moments beautiful and moments crazy.
Edit, edit, edit.
Nothing creates cyber “ker-plop” like a typo. Write a draft and then leave the computer for a while. Return to edit in a couple hours and you’ll have a fresh perspective to see errors or “meh” paragraphs. If you have time, run it by your hubby or a writing partner. And then edit some more!
Pray through it.
Have something on your heart but it’s not quite coming across right on paper (or screen)? Take a minute to ask God to clarify the main point in your brain or to reveal how you could better state a hard-to-write phrase. He is faithful, and He will direct your words.
What are your favorite ways of keeping your writing vivacious and engaging?
Evelyn joyfully mothers two young boys and supports her amazing husband. When all is quiet she blogs about intentionally living small at Smallish.
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