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“Good writing is clear thinking made visible.” – William Wheeler
All employees, regardless of their role, use their written communication skills to better their business. Whether they’re drafting emails or sharing insights from detailed reports, they’re exercising these skills daily.
With today being National Encourage a Young Writer Day, it’s only fitting to highlight the elements of quality writing, how content contributes to businesses, and some bonus writing tips straight from our Content Team.
What Makes a Writer Stand Out?
Great writers are problem solvers, active listeners, and attentive employees. They possess the imagination and innovation to create content that’s inspiring to read. These writers articulate their thoughts in a clear, concise way that makes their content very palatable. With these traits, a star writer is able to share content that can be can spark critical thinking and action in their readers.
The best writing leaves an impression. Customers can interact with employees on a regular basis, but that what’s spoken isn’t always fully retained. When a customer reads about your business, it can be read over and over again. If your business is developed around high-quality content that’s relevant to your business, customers will be more likely to trust your business.
As important as it is to seek out talented new writers, it’s equally important to foster the creativity of your current employees. If work becomes filled with routine, creativity gets drained due to monotonous tasks. It’s essential to revive the trait within your customers so your business can deliver on its brand promises.
Some Helpful Tips from the Experts
To promote high-quality writing, spark creativity, and increase engagement – our Content Team at NetElixir came together to recommend our top tips.
- Start Your Day with Something Fun. Before you start writing anything for an assignment, let your thoughts and words collide onto a physical notebook or a word processor document. Stumped? Try a writing prompt. Haven’t worked on personal writing? Spend 30 minutes a day working on your fiction or non-fiction prose. (Write the next great American novel!)
- Conduct Research On What You’re Writing. This may be a give in, but you’d be surprised how many people write about a topic they have practically no idea about. Don’t write based on what you know, or even what you think you might know. Do your own keyword or general. See what others are saying about the topic. Use that information to make your piece stand brighter.
- Take Breaks. Never underestimate the power of a break. If you ever feel stuck on a project, take a breather and step back. Listen to music, take a walk, draw some doodles, do some breathing exercise. Walking away and then returning to your work can increase your overall productivity and can help refresh your creative juices.
- Utilize Feedback. Whether you’re starting out or a seasoned professional, it never hurts to ask for feedback from coworkers or peers. There’s always room for improvement when it comes to writing and another perspective might shed some light on those missing.
- Keep Writing. If you don’t know where to start, just write until you have something on the page. That first draft doesn’t need to be polished the first time around. And well, sometimes it’s easier to push out that first draft and branch words off that instead of staring at a blank screen for hours on end.
- Don’t Compare Yourself To Others: It’s tough out there but you have to remember everyone has a unique perspective and writing style. Statistically, there is always going to be someone better than you. That doesn’t mean you should give up. Understand your strengths and differentiators and work towards improving upon your weaknesses.
- Read. Great writing comes from great readers. In your spare time, pick up a book, read the latest industry articles, or conduct general research. Don’t limit yourself to reading one genre, topic, or even the same medium or device. The more content you take in, the more creative your output will be.
Value and acknowledge the writers that create the content that you consume from that latest TV show you’re currently binge-watching, Oscar-winning movies, the latest best-selling novel that’s sold out, the user-friendly and funny copy in your favorite app, to the simple yet eloquent email your writing team just sent your department just now.
Every single day, writers tell a story you want to read, regardless of the medium. Because of this, we celebrate National Encourage a Young Writer Day with the hope that you remember this:
“You fail only if you stop writing.” – Ray Bradbury