5 Best Practices to Take Your Writing to the Next Level in 2020

6 min read.

Do you want to be among the go-to writers in your niche?

Then you need to take your writing to the next level.

By enhancing your reader’s experience, you’ll eventually qualify as a go-to writer in your niche or industry.

Here are the five best practices that will take you there:

1. Show up every day

“[As a writer] you have to have the three D’s: drive, discipline and desire. If you’re missing any one of those three, you can have all the talent in the world, but it’s going to be really hard to get anything done.” ~ Nora Roberts.

There’s no other better secret of success.

If you want to take your career to the next level, just show up every day and do your work. Even if it’s just a paragraph.

Write every day until it becomes a habit.

There are no born-writers. Writers that produce a ton of articles do not have a special skill. To them, writing has become second nature through daily practice.

And you can, too.
Just write every day of your life. Choose to do it long term. And you will.

Make out time for it in the morning. Or evening. Even if it’s just one hour or 30 minutes.

Just write.

You don’t have to rack out 2000 words in a sitting. You can follow the 4- Day Content Creation System of Pamela Wilson from Big Brand System.

But never let a day pass without writing your thoughts down.

“Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens. Most of my friends who are put on that diet have very pleasant careers.”
— Ray Bradbury.

This is the #1 of the 5 secrets to becoming a consistent and successful writer.


2. Learn from the best

“Don’t reinvent the wheel. Just realign it.” — Anthony J. D’Angelo.

Do you want your writing to experience geometric improvement? So that readers keep coming for more?

Then learn from the experts.

It’s a hell of experience when you attempt to do it all yourself.

Your content has to be written in a certain way that aligns with the way a reader naturally thinks.

Over the years, some writers have figured this out. Go find their articles and learn from them.

You don’t have to reinvent the wheel.

All you need to be a successful writer is already available. You just have to find them. And save yourself the effort of trying to figure it out yourself.

Learn from your heroes. This is the secret of geometric growth.

  • Identify them.
  • Follow their sites.
  • Read their article.
  • Analyze each article. Break the content into its components.
  • And learn how one idea progress bro the next.

As you do this, you’ll find the proven recipes they use in creating those epic contents.

Prepare your articles using those recipes. And watch what happens.

That is the secret of geometric growth.


3. Be generous

One secret to getting what you want as a writer — more fans, followers, subscribers:

Be generous.

There are two parts to a successful career in content creation.

  • The first is providing value; and
  • The second is the reward from providing value.



Most writers focus on the second one. Not realizing that the first (providing value) is the prerequisite for the second (success).

That’s why most writers quit writing within the first 4 months into writing.

It’s easy to quit when you are more interested in the reward of success. Because Success in writing is unpredictable. but if your focus is providing value, you’ll succeed much earlier.

In the pursuit of getting what you want, keep this in mind:

Nobody wants to be sold.

So you’ve to make people willing to do business with you. And there’s just one way to do that:

Be trustworthy.

How?

Be the first to give.

Give your best before you ask anything from them. Else you’ll appear to be only interested in their money.

Hold your reader’s hand and guide him out of their problems at no cost.

That’s the basis of trust. Be the first to give. And give your best. You may never have a second chance to make a first impression.

If you’re worthy of trust, they will follow you, share your articles, and subscribe to your email list.

Value first and then success.


4. Learn to solve problems for your reader

“People are not looking for information. They are looking for a solution.” — Anonymous.

How will you feel? …

You open an article. Read from start to finish. And there was nothing that addressed your need.

That is exactly how you make readers feel when your article is not focused on the needs of your audience.

Remember: People are not looking for information. They are looking for a solution.

And that’s why they come to your blog. Reading your articles to find that solution.

If you take them to their next level, they will support you to yours. Because your success in life depends on your relationship with people.

Give them what they need. Be of help. Save them from the hell of debt, failure, defeat, and deliver unto them the salvation of financial freedom, success, and victory over life’s challenges.

How?

Do your homework. Research about their problem. Test what you find out. If it works, write a how-to article on it.

Write so they can easily understand. Use simple words. Use short comprehensive sentences. Each paragraph not exceeding four sentences.

Read your writing out loud. If it feels like writing, rewrite it.


5. Above all, remain a student of the craft

“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”
— Ernest Hemingway.

The easiest route to failure is to stop learning.

The only way to preserve what you’ve accomplished so far is to remain a student.

Never stop learning.

There’s always the next level. But you can’t get there if you refuse to learn.

What got you here can’t take you further.

No one knows it all. There’s always something you can learn from others.

Be humble. This is what you need to remain a student and learn.

“The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice.” — Brian Herbert.

In the words of Joe Bunting,

Learn everything but become an expert at nothing.

Writers should never become experts. Once you become an expert. You can no longer learn anything new. And if you don’t learn anything new, you’ll become stale and uninspired.

Be a novice in everything and you’ll never run out of what to write about.

Venture into areas you have little knowledge in. Push yourself and learn it.

You become a writer by writing what you know. And a better writer by pushing yourself to write stuff in areas you don’t.

The effort to learn takes you to the next level.

Never stop learning. Because learning never stops.


Conclusion

If you want to take your writing to the next level,

  • Write every day
  • Learn from the best
  • Be generous
  • Learn to solve problems
  • Learn everything but become experts on nothing.

If you’re a new writer on to Medium, check this out:

A Private Letter to New Medium Writers.

If you’re considering giving up on Medium, check this out:

Just 2 More Things Before You Quit Medium.

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Thanks for your time.

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