Writing Tips for Beginners Are Everywhere–This One Single Tip for New Bloggers is the Best Writing Tip of All

November 21, 2014
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Writing Tips for Beginners

 

Do you find writing to be difficult?

I think many blogger wannabes never start because they lack confidence in their writing ability…they know they have something to say, but the thought of writing out their message makes them feel insecure and overwhelmed.

Then there are other bloggers who start but eventually quit because of writing. They set the bar way too high right out of the gate, thinking they must write like Hemingway or Harper Lee. For these bloggers, writing is an art or science full of rules, mysteries, and expectations. One must be excellent at writing immediately, they think. There is no room for mistakes or experimentation.

However you feel about writing, the thing is, a blogger has to write. No way around it.

Even if you only post videos on your blog, you still need to do some writing, like a tantalizing description for your video that gets people to click “play.”

Having a video on every page of your website with no copy won’t work.

Now here’s the good news: Although writing is not always easy, it’s also not as complicated as you might think.

If you are skeptical about what I just said about writing being “not as complicated as you might think”, let me ask you this…do you find it difficult to talk?

Unless you have a physical limitation, probably not.

If you are satisfied with your ability to talk, congratulations! My single best writing tip for bloggers is perfect for you.

Of All My Writing Tips for Beginners, Which One is the Most Important?

Here it is: Write like you talk.

That’s it.

Writing like you talk is really the best advice I could give you, especially if you haven’t done much writing up to this point.

Just write like you talk. Write like you’re talking to one person who wants to hear what you’re saying.

This applies to all types of blogs. Got something to sell? Write like you talk. Want to spread a new idea? Write like you talk. Feeling called to help others with your blog? Write like you talk.

I even recommend using voice to text dictation software (a.k.a. voice recognition software) if you’re more comfortable creating blog posts that way instead of typing a keyboard.

If you take this “Write like you talk” approach to your blog posts, the writing part to successful blogging will develop much more quickly for you. Your attitude about writing will transform from a chore to “more!”

Before you know it, you’ll have a slew of blog posts under your belt and in your archives.

Writing is a skill. Don’t get me wrong.

The more you write the better you will get at writing.

That is why I think “Write like you talk” is the single best writing tip I can give you. Because it provides a mental breakthrough for so many people.

Don’t try to sound like Shakespeare. Just sound like you.

Single Best Writing Tip Quick Illustration

Michael Cera (pictured at top) is considered a young actor who’s been working on his craft a few years, but he has a lot of potential ahead of him. He could try to act like Zac Effron or Daniel Radcliffe, but he doesn’t. He acts like Michael Cera.

As a blogger, you should do the same thing. Write like you talk. Don’t try to write like someone else.

You can develop more sophisticated writing skills and your “writing style” down the road. My main point here is not to wait till you’ve “mastered writing” before you start blogging.

Put This Single Best Writing Tip Into Action

If you are ready to put “Write like you talk” into practice with a new blog, you can today by using my blog setup guide. Roughly twenty minutes is all it takes.

If you have any questions or comments about the single best writing tip for bloggers, let’s talk about it in the comments below.

Photo:  Michael Cera by Eva Rinaldi    CC BY-SA 2.0

Author Bio:

Matthew Kaboomis Loomis is the owner of Build Your Own Blog. Connect with him on Google+ and Twitter

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  1. jessica Daniels says:    •   5 years

    Great post Kaboomis! Awesome tip! Story telling is crucial to become an interesting, successful blogger, so being yourself & writing the way you talk, IS great advice! Thanx for everything you do!

    Jess

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   5 years Author

      Thanks Jessica, you definitely do this tip well. 🙂

  2. Brandon says:    •   5 years

    The single best writing tip I recommend to beginning bloggers is to just be themselves when they write. Most people want to copy the way that someone else does it… just write what you know and feel because it’s that very uniqueness of your personality that people are going to be attracted to.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   5 years Author

      Hi Brandon,
      You said it well…thanks for chiming in. 🙂

  3. Rin Porter says:    •   5 years

    As a retired professor of communication, I have to jump into the discussion and point out that readers DON’T want you to write like you talk if your talk is full of “like,” “you know,” “know what I’m sayin”, “really”, “totally”, and other filler words that block the thought process.

    And short sentences are good. Matt, you pointed this out in one of your earlier posts about blog writing.

    I’ve appreciated you rerunning some of the “best of Matt’s tips” lately, but I’m hoping for some new and exciting tips in the new year.

  4. Karishma says:    •   5 years

    Great tip Matt.. I have recently started blogging for my business so these days i am really anxious and have lots of queries in my mind like what shall I blog about, will my posts get visitors? This post really boosted my confidence. Now I will ‘write like I talk’.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   5 years Author

      Glad to hear this has helped you so much, Karishma! Keep going!

  5. mark says:    •   4 years

    great tip even for someone like myself that loves to write, that single blinking devil can intimidate. thanks