22 Internet Writing Tips That Work
Specifically *internet* writing tips to improve your blog posts, emails & more.
- Remove “that” when you don’t 100% need it. Overuse of “that” is the enemy.
- Same goes for “very” and “so”. Your words should be hyperbolic by themselves.
- Edit yourself brutally.
- Make sure every word is adding something new.
- If you’re able to cut out a word and have the sentence still make sense, cut it out.
- Look to trashy tabloids for tips on how to write a great headline. I’m serious.
- Alliteration is for amateurs.
- Switch up your sentence length. Some sentences deserve to be long and descriptive - like this one! And others? Punchy and to the point. Rhythm can take a piece of writing from mundane to melodic.
- Your opening sentence needs to be short.
- The catchy phrase or sentence you adore is usually the one that has to go first. I’m sorry.
- “In my opinion”, “I think”, blah blah blah. Get to the point.
- Simplify your words. If you can’t explain it to a 4th grader, you’re doing it wrong. (The Hemingway app can help).
- There’s a lot of content on the internet. Keep it concise.
- Write how you speak. If you wouldn’t say it in conversation, don’t put it down on paper.
- Read your work aloud. Anything you stumble on must go.
- Collect everything first. Every incomplete idea, thought, sentence. Then edit, edit, edit.
- Never use a long word when a short one will do.
- Save the semicolons for academic essays.
- Only publish things you’d actually enjoy reading. From start to finish.
- Minimise your number of exclamation marks. Your words alone should do the exclaiming.
- Make every syllable matter.
- Just write.
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