Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Perfect Web Writing 101 - Practice Practice Practice

"Success isn't a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire." -Arnold H. Glasow

If you think about it, when a writer only writes 15 minutes a day he is actually writing one book a year. But to start a real fire in your web writing career, what you really need to do is write every single day at least 30 minutes a day on something that you are really passionate about, regardless of whether you can sell it or not. That's why you started writing your blog in the first place, remember?


This is one of the most common phrases heard on planet Earth. It also is an important fact to remember as far as writing is concerned. Writing every singles day hones those skills needed to make sure you are on the cutting edge of web writing techniques that can change drastically every week. For example, I just started using the technique of making all of my headings all caps and all bold whenever possible.

That technique allows the reader to find out if he is interested enough in the subject matter to continue reading the following text, or if he just wants to read the last paragraph topic concerning keyword usage or whatever the last paragraph's main topic is on that specific web page. You should also try to highlight your main headings in a similar manner if you want to drastically increase the amount of web page hits to your website or blog site by allowing the reader to decide exactly what he wants to read in your web pages as well..


One of the reasons so many blog writers out there suffer from writer's block is because they are not passionate about the subject matter they are writing about. It's always good to remember that most readers don't actually care about your encounters with people we don't know anything about. No, most readers find your content compelling when you write about your true passions in life, including the smallest details about why you care so much about them.

When you write honestly about how you feel regarding horror movies, for example, you need to describe your favorite horror movie down to the smallest detail. You need to describe what it was like when you were fifteen years old and you were at a drive-in watching "Dracula has Risen from the Grave". You can describe your feelings when you marveled at the scene in which a female victim had her throat slit and the blood poured out into Dracula's ashes, causing his eventual rising up from the land of the dead.

If you think that scene might be too graphic to impose on your many readers, who cares? It's what you felt when you were fifteen years old, and if somebody is offended, they can always read another blog by you regarding the exquisite beauty of Picasso's great painting "The Harlequin Family", and how Picasso never really achieved the great success that other painters did when he was alive. The point is, you risk a lot more by NOT writing about your passions as opposed to offending that one person who is repulsed by horror movie gore. If you don't feel passion about your subject matter, there will be no fire in your words, which always leads to deadly dull content, a definite web traffic killer.


A writer's ability to edit himself is probably the biggest writing technique he will ever be able to develop. By editing yourself every time you write, what you are actually doing is giving your own unique voice to your written word.Think about it. When you first began your writing career, I'm sure that your sentence structure went on far too long and had way too many details dealing about topics that did not concern the main subject you started writing the article about.

Relax, even Hemingway started out like that, but he was able to edit his content to such perfection in his later years that he is today recognized as one of the greatest American writers of all time. Attempting to write like Hemingway is a lofty goal to be sure, but at least you should be able to emulate the editing style he used on his manuscripts. You owe it to yourself to read a biography on this great American writer to learn how he edited out entire pages from his classic novels by extracting every word not essentially needed in bringing his enthralling stories to their stunning conclusions.

By using writing techniques like editing yourself and never going a day without writing about something that you are truly passionate over, you will see your writing skills increase exponentially on a weekly basis, no doubt about it.

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