9 Simple Ways on How to Improve Your Writing Skills

So, you want to be a writer and make a living out of this.

I write for small businesses and I also am a blogger. So, I consider myself a professional writer since I make a living as a writer now!

If you’re interested in doing online writing, then it’s important that your writing skills are great…amazing..brilliant!

9 Simple Ways on How to Improve Your Writing Skills

It’s true though – that you can get started as a freelance writer with no experience. But, you are wondering, how to improve your writing skills.

Anyone from anywhere in the world can do this, but they need to be able to effectively write in English and be able to write coherently and for an online audience as well.

I’m not the greatest writer out there, but I do know how to write effective copy that my clients love. To help you as a new writer, here are strong writing tips you can adopt in your writing process to help you become a better writer.

How to Improve Writing Skills As a Beginner

1. Write Every Day

One of the best writing tips I can give you is to write every day. You need to practice writing to become a better writer. Can you write about anything? Well, yes, you can.

I own several blogs and write about various topics from parenting tips to pregnancy tips to freelancing tips to budgeting tips.

The fact that I’m writing online content in various topics helps me maintain my writing skill and helps me gain more experience writing for an online audience. As a new writer or freelance writer, it’s probably best to kill two birds with one stone by writing every day in your niche.

This can help you build your writer portfolio and improve your overall writing skill.

Other ways to incorporate writing every day is to write social media posts. If you have a Twitter profile or a Facebook profile, start creating a post a day and write two or three sentences on what you’re promoting or doing.

This can help you with copywriting techniques and paring down your words to fit a social media post.

2. Create an Outline

One of the best ways to improve your writing skill is to create an outline of everything you write.

This is especially true if you land a freelance writing job.

Clients want a coherent and complete post, so having an outline can help make sure you include everything your client wants.

For me, I think about what I want to write about and create subtopics and then other ideas I want to write about. For more help, you can see how other freelance writers and bloggers develop their writing process.

3. Read What You Want to Write About

Okay. Reading can also help with improving your writing skills as many of you know. This is the same for freelance writers. If you read what you want to write about – your writing niche – then you’ll effectively become a better writer overall.

Why?

Well, you’ll understand your niche better. You’ll also read from other bloggers and writers and marketers on their take on your writing niche. How do they talk about the popular health food called Keto bombs, for example?

You also get to read how these writers use their words and write sentences for an online audience. All of this can help you develop your writing skills.

When I began as a freelance writer, I read a WHOLE LOT about freelance writing and blogging.

I absorbed HOW each blog post was written, how they structured their sentences and the type of language they used into my own writing.

4. Choose Simple Words

Keep it simple, Sam (K.I.S.S)!

You may think you sound smarter if you use complex words – but that’s not true.

In the online world, you want your writing to be at a 4th-8th grade reading level.

That’s right!

There’s no need to write a blog post like your thesis paper for college. In fact, that probably won’t help you gain blog traffic or clients.

What’s better is to ditch those big fancy words and use simple, yet effective words when you write. It’s almost like you’re writing as you would be talking – just without much slang and ums.

5. Convey Your Message Easily

Clients want smart writing that’s engaging and will capture their message perfectly.

As a writing tip, you need to learn how to convey that message from your client easily in your writing. This means not being too wordy when describing things.

Now, don’t get me wrong – I’ve been known to be a tad wordy at times in my writing, but I think I make up for it with my ease of writing.

That’s why it’s important to have that first draft. Write and then let it sit.

You have to take the time to transform that first draft into the article you’ll submit to your client. This may mean cutting entire paragraphs, or changing ideas around.

6. Avoid Filler Words

Filler words like: that, very, just, really, etc.. are just that..filler.

There is no need to add those extra words in your sentences, unless it’s there for intention. I work hard not to have those extra filler words and I often do, but I’m still editing my work and trying to catch all those extra words before I hit publish!

I know I’m not the best writer. I don’t have an English degree. But, that hasn’t stopped me from making a living as a writer! If I can do it, you can too!

There’s a balance of using enough words to convey your message. This will take time to develop and help you improve your skills as a new writer.

7. Keep Sentences and Paragraphs Short

 

If you’ve noticed in this blog post, I’m generally writing one sentence paragraphs.

This makes it easy for you – the reader – to read my content. If you want to become a freelance writer and write online, then write shorter paragraphs and shorter sentences.

Online users don’t have the best attention spans, so make your writing easy on the eyes!

8. Invest in an Editing Tool

I personally use Grammarly for all my edits online. From blog writing to client pieces to social media posts and more.

It’s my go-to editing tool and has helped me fine-tune my writing. As a freelance writer, one of the tools you need is an editing tool. You may think you just need a proofreader like your partner or friend, but I also urge you to have an editing tool first.

For me, I edit my writing with Grammarly, proofread it myself and then have my husband read it as  final read through.

9. Just Write

The first step to help you improve your writing is to just write and keep on writing. Try not to edit while you work (I still do this) and let your creative juices flow. After I create my outline, it’s much easier to just write it all out.

Since I blog every day, I am used to writing a lot and it’s getting easier and easier to… just write!

Bonus: Spend Time On Your Headline and Introductions

One of the best ways to improve your writing skills is to take the time for your introductions.

Your headline and introduction will be the first thing people will see on social media or as soon as they click over to your post from Google or from other sites.

While there are amazing headline templates you can use, you don’t have to be soo fancy to have a really good headline.

What I like to do with my headlines is to:

  • Use Juicy Words (simple, easy, fast, brilliant, amazing, quick, etc.) – these are adjectives and superlatives that you can inject in your headline for more click throughs.
  • Highlight the benefit – What will people get out of your post? For this one, it’s improving your writing skills.
  • Identify a person – for many of my headlines I identify who this post is for – beginners, freelance writers, new bloggers, etc..

Additional things you can add to your headline:

  • Numbers
  • Year
  • Calling it an ultimate guide or comprehensive guide
  • Using top, best

Now, your introduction is what will hook a reader to keep on reading and you can do this easily with bucket brigades. A bucket brigade is keeping the flow and upping the curisotity factor.

So this might look like –

“I know what you’re thinking….”

Doesn’t this make your WANT to keep on reading? That is the power of a bucket brigade in your introduction. You can even use it as the first sentence.

Become a Writer Today!

Now is the time to become a freelance writer and get paid for your writing! How great is that?

Let me know your best writing tip to help other freelance writers become better writers!

Hi I'm Elna and I'm a freelance writer and mom blogger. I help people just like you become a profitable freelance writer. Within 6 months of starting my freelance writing business from scratch I was able to earn a full-time living as a part-time freelance writer while taking care of my twin toddlers. Check out my free email course Get Paid to Write Online and learn the steps you need to take to be a freelance writer.

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Thanks Elna. I have learned greatly, you have build confidence in me. Explain shortly about the editing tool.Reply to William
Hi William That’s great to hear! Enjoy writing with confidence!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, thank you for the tips! I’m still new to freelance writing, and I don’t feel confident enough in my writing yet. I’ll try implementing reading and writing as my daily routine and see how it goes.Reply to Eunice
Hi Eunice, That’s a great starting point for sure! Daily writing will strengthen your skills and help you better your writing! Have fun writing!Reply to Elna
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and your article helped alot too , am sorry but i feel i need a little more helpReply to Deborah
Hey Deborah, The writing skills I teach are for online reading. If your high school teacher wants you to improve your writing skills, it’s for print writing and that’s different from online writing.Reply to Elna
Am in 12 th grade, my teachers say my wriitng are good and great but i lack an excellent basic skills in writing and if i could work on that i would be fine. I need help.Reply to Deborah
That’s amazing. Hope I can write content with your suggestions. Thanks, ElnaReply to James
Hi James, Thank you and I’m sure you will with practice!Reply to Elna
Amazing article, I’m sure I will improve my writing skills with the help your valuable suggestion. Thanks ElnaReply to Deen
Hi Deen, You’re welcome! Yes, improving your writing skills will surely help you land some amazing freelance writing gigs!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna! Thank you for the tips. I’m a ESL. My native language is Spanish. I consider myself an excellent writer in my native language, and my goal is to be as fluent in English. Definitely, practice is the key to be successful. I will start working on my outlines and social media posts as you recommended. Again, thank you for inspiring me!Reply to Marchelli
Hola! Your English writing skills is good! Keep practicing writing in English and reading in English! You’ll go great!Reply to Elna
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Hi Tintin! I’m so happy to hear this! Glad you found this post to improve your writing skills helpful to become a writer! Good luck and have fun!Reply to Elna
I have read your post and I like this very much as it is in very simple language. Thank you so much to share a simple ways to improve writing skills. Though I am scared to write about any thing but I will try now with your extrema valuable ideas.Reply to Vicky
Hi Vicky, Thank you so much for stopping by! Glad you enjoyed this post on how to improve your writing skills. Yes, you don’t need to do hard things, just simple things like using simple language will go along ways!Reply to Elna
I am a begginer in writing and this article helped me a lot, thank you so muchReply to Sharon
Hi Sharon, That’s awesome to hear! Ways to improve your writing skills takes time and practice. Write every day and read every day!Reply to Elna
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Hi Felix! Thanks so much for stopping by! Glad my course is helping you succeed!Reply to Elna
Actually, I am a writer who can write short stories in my native language. what about when I come across a new idea and try to convert it to words In English. Nothing good is happening.Reply to Mohsen
Hi Moshen, It will take practice on how to improve your writing skills. Try to write every day and read other articles and blog posts to help you write!Reply to Elna
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Dear Elna, Thank you for compiling these tips, I am beginning my writing career and this is a very good start. I have done several email responses and I think critical readers have always found many errors… Time to start is now πŸ™‚Reply to Edmand
Hi! That’s great to hear! Improving your writing is important to show credibility as a freelance writer! Good luck!Reply to Elna
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Hi Louis, Spend the time writing and improving your writing every day and it will work! Have fun writing!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, I want to improve my writing skills, I am looking for a platform where I can grow. What advice do you have for me? GraceReply to Grace
Hi Grace! I would try Medium. It’s a free blogging platform. You have the freedom to write and improve your writing every day!Reply to Elna
This was the best advice I’ve received on writing. Thank you!Reply to Vanessa
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Hi Vanessa, Thank you so much! Glad you found some ways on how to improve your writing for your blog and clients πŸ™‚Reply to Elna
Just came across this, I’ m so sure it will help improve my writing skills.Reply to Yessy
Hi! I hope so too! Write every day and use these tips and after a while I hope you see an improvement!Reply to Elna
Hey there! Thank you for the blog. It helped me a lot. You have an easy-to-understand and helpful writing style that made things a breeze for me. I will now implicate all your tips and will let you how’s that working for me. Really appreciate the work.Reply to Shubham
Hi. Thank you so much. Am a beginner in writing and i want t o venture in academic writing. How do i start Help me thank you.Reply to Stephen
Hi! Wow! Thanks for your wonderful words! I’m glad my posts about writing tips or how to improve your writing is helpful for you!Reply to Elna
This post was well written, simple yet informative and very helpful. Your post sounds like listening to you more than reading as if you were talking to me one to one. I am inspired by your post and impressed by your writing. You changed my perspective about using fancy words. After reading your post, I see the difference that how easy writing feels more refreshing, light and relatable in reading. Thank you for sharing this. Cheers!Reply to Nikhar
Hi! So happy to hear this. Yes, no need to use big complicated words for your writing. Be conversational and write as if you’re writing to one person! Good luck!Reply to Elna
Hey! I am actually a content writer but I think I have lost the touch now and I do need to get it back. I love writing, your blog did help and the way you have written it’s amazing. For me, it’s hard to focus these days to read anything on the internet but yours I read it one go. Kudos to you!!Reply to Sonali
Hi Sonali, Wow, what a nice compliment! So happy my writing is easy to read and follow! I hope you do get back into writing πŸ™‚Reply to Elna
Hi, Elna. Very informative article. I read a lot of job posts and general descriptions of what content writing is, and invariably using tools like HTML and JavaScript comes up. How do content writers use these IT languages?Reply to Frederick
Hi Fred, I would just become immersed in this topic and writing in that language will become second nature. This is what I did when I became a digital marketing writer.Reply to Elna
I recently developed a new habit – write something every day, be it a sentence, paragraph or a simple idea. I got back to reading too. I hope to improve my writing so I can actually start to make a living out of it. These super tips will definitely help! Thanks!Reply to Maria
Hi Elna. I want to improve my writing skill. I don’t know how. Can you give me more advisor ?Reply to Zilola
Hi Ziola, It just takes time and a lot of practice writing! Start a blog and start writing posts to engage an audience! Good luck!Reply to Elna
Hi Maria, Great tip for new writers for sure! For me, I have to make sure to re-read my content as I type real fast and have a million ideas in my head that I want to share!Reply to Elna
Elna, You are very right about writing more to become a better writer. It’s true that practice makes perfect. I write for Nursingwritingservices.com and I must say that writing every day has helped me become a better writer over the years. Most people believe that writing is an easy task, but the truth is that writing is an art that one must strive to perfect with each passing day. Extensive research is also a very key point for anyone who might be an academic writer like me or might be considering to become one. Thank you Elna for the great tips!Reply to Lucy
Hi Lucy, I’m 45 year old first year student Nurse. I’m struggling with academic writing I wondered if you could give me any advice?Reply to Louise
Hi Lucy! Thanks for your comment! Yes, writing can be a challenge to figure it out. But, the best tip I can give you is to just write. Let it flow out of you and later you can tweak it and improve it! Thanks for stopping by!Reply to Elna
Elna I appreciate you and the simplicity of the post. It is the encouragement. I am keen to pursue freelance writing as I live between countries. Ireland and the USA. Financially things are difficult because of changes in my circumstances right now. I love free help. It is great and I am encouraged to pursue this freelance writing as a source of income.Reply to Noreen
Hi Noreen! You’re welcome! I want to help as many people start freelance writing as possible! I’m glad my blog is helping you succeed!Reply to Elna
That’s actually True what you said Elna, reading what you want to write about make you familiar with your niche, relevant topics and the style of writing . Same as writing everyday. Success is not only a result of hard work but consistency as well. What a Great Post πŸ™‚Reply to Emma
Hi Emma! Aww thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed these writing skills for freelancers!Reply to Elna
Great post as usual! I find number 3 super important and helpful πŸ™‚Reply to Andreia
Thank you Elna. I tend to read more. I should also make a point of writing more often, not just on demand.Reply to Andia
Hello Elna, I am trying to enhance my writing skills as well. I have been writing shirt stories and mainly just anything that comes to mind in a daily basis. I am interested in learning how to write scripts it screenplays. I have never took a writing course. I just started writing one day and have become quite fond of writing. I consider myself to be an artist. I am really wanting to find someone sort of like a tutor that can help me learn and improve my writing skills. Any suggestionsReply to Ethan
Hi Ethan, I’m not familiar with script writing. I know there are script writing jobs out there and you never know, they could hire you and you can learn on the job!Reply to Elna
Hi Andia! You’re welcome! So glad you found these writing tips to help you become a better writer! For me, writing more often has definitely made me a better writer!Reply to Elna
Consistency is key! Thanks for the reminder Elna!Reply to Kailey
Hey Kailey! Yup! You’re right! Being consistent with your writing will make you a stronger writer for sure!Reply to Elna