But today's meanderings were inspired by another boss lady I know, Ms. Marie Forleo.
So first and foremost, writing is something that comes naturally to me. Rarely is it something I struggle with. But even with that said there are some definite tips and tricks that help me to write better and faster - especially when it comes to business writing.
My #1 tip is to use a template.
I like it to filling out a form. That way your information centers are covered and you can go about your business.
Now if you're like me and you find yourself a little scattered sometimes, another tip you might consider is this:
Free write to brain dump all of your ideas.
Think of it like formal writing de-constructed. The last time I wrote up a sales page for Butterfly Phoenix Coaching I went with this method. It's great for when you have so much information or so many ideas that it's hard to mentally organize a good flow. You can write, re-write, scribble, doodle, or even cross out if you like.
Once you get on a roll with your writing this tip comes super in handy...
Always write in batches when you can.
While this tip isn't always possible, especially when I have time constraints. I've adopted it to how I work during the week for both of my businesses. The whole idea of batch working isn't new. It's very assembly line-ish and allows you to get a good chunk done at a time. I find when it comes to writing its even more affective because many times you'll get on that roll and the words will just flow after a point.
Ride that train!
Ditch the jargon.
Again, not a new thing but it does bear repeating. Whenever you're talking about something you're really knowledgeable about it's easy to slip into the trap of using industry terms. But you always must keep in mind to whom you are speaking. You don't have to sound stupid or dumb it down (and frankly I hate that phrase), but make sure the person you can talk to can follow you.
My last little tip is just an insider tool (not that insider) that I use when I want to make sure I'm being comprehensible.
Give Hemingway App a shot.
While I've seen it get mixed reviews, Hemingway App is great for creating simple copy. This is especially important when you're writing for business, but anything that is explanatory, or will reach a wide audience of varied educational backgrounds benefits from this.
Now that you've read this post, be sure you head over and check out what Marie has to say on the matter: How To Write Fast: 8 Secrets To Better, Quicker Content Creation.
But before you go I'd love for you to share with me in the comments below:
- What tip will you try to use in your writing?
- Do you have any other suggestions for people struggling with writing?
- What sort of writing do you usually do?
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