“Writing a piece is no different from solving a mathematical problem. Both have many ways to the end.”
Why should you have a writing style?
If you seriously want to build an audience, you should think of it. Because, no one would ever care about the just-another-piece-of-debris stuff.
At the store, from the hundreds of available books, I only pick out one, or probably two. From the millions of blogs, I seldom follow a dozen blogs hardly. I’ve subscribed to tens of blogs and I end up marking most of them as READ.
Because, I am looking for something unique.
Uniqueness can either be created -
- If you have something new to say
- …or something to say, in a new way.
Yes! Even when something-not-so-boring is written in a new way, people love to read it.
And, this is why you need a writing style. Because, you have to BE YOU!
I read a lot of fiction and only to some, I truly get connected. The others still lay in my cupboard. The same applies with every reader.
So, unless you have a writing style that connect readers, you may not call yourself a writer nor so, can you generate leads.
Write! Not Because You’ve To, But You Want To
The major part of a blog, is the content, right?
There are a lot bloggers beside me who write and publish content, because they don’t want their blog to miss the CONSISTENCY.
And, that doesn’t make sense as long as you write things that doesn’t make sense.
Didn’t get me?
If you browse through the posts at Copyblogger or such, you can’t find any article of less quality. And, you can’t even find something which is relatively less useful. Each of its posts is super rich in quality and use.
Such blogs, even if they miss publishing a post for some day, they will be back with an extraordinary article.
Because, as you’ve read on many blogs- Consistency is the key; never mistake it for granted.
Consistency is not posting articles daily. It is, posting useful articles, now and then.
Until you develop the passion of writing, you are not actually a writer and once you do it, your words flow flawlessly.
Always write with a passion and if you miss it, either develop or quit!
Read Blogs of Your Niche
Like me, if you’re blogging about blogging/internet/writing or whatsoever, there are thousands of others who do the same. This means, there are thousands of other styles to represent the same content.
The best example can be- How To Get Blog Post Ideas
I write it in my style and if you google for the same, there are tons of articles popping out. Each of them has their unique style of writing and no two articles look alike (assuming, they’re not from cheap blogs).
So, when you follow the blogs of your niche, you get exposed to different styles to represent your content.
Don’t Just Read Blogs of Your Niche
There is a world outside the window.
If you really want to improve your writing, start reading a variety of books and blogs.
Because, if you keep following those blogs of your niche ONLY, you will ONLY come across internet marketing, optimization, tactics, mistakes and such terminology. When you read the others, you find the difference. The difference that grabs your interest. Your interest being turned away.
Go to the nearest store and pick the best of the CLASSICS. I recently started reading MEIN KAMPF by Adolf Hitler.
You can’t find a better reference than this- 100 Greatest Novels of All Time
Get Inspired; Never Lift
Of course, you should always look for inspiration , because it keeps you moving, without breaks.
If someone inspires you the most, it is the natural human tendency to become the relocated replica of the person.
But, it should be something else! If you get so inspired, take the inspiration part ONLY!
I find a lot of people who instantly start rewriting an article which was already published on some top-notch blog. This makes you just-another-blogger from the herd and you can never be UNIQUE. Always be yourself!
Don’t Step Out, In-between
Once you start writing something, don’t leave it until you finish it. Little breaks should be fine, but something longer will just break the flow.
Recently, I started an article for my blog; wrote half of it and took a day-long break and guess what? It is still in my drafts folder. Because, your thoughts and creative juices keep changing. You may start in one way now, and tomorrow, you may want to restart it in another way. And, you finally end-up not completing it.
Always let the words flow without breaks.
If you’re not sure about your writing style, write a few posts with different writing styles each and publish it. Observing the audience behavior analytics, you should know by then.
If you remember, I once have had a lot of humor in my blog posts. Not now, anymore.
It’s your turn now. After all, this is all for the end-user, the reader. Tell me, what attracts you the most, in a writing?