What if I told you that becoming a professional content writer is as easy as the word ‘Boom!’
Sounds incredible, yes? Then you’re about to witness the magic. Every achievement started with a dream and your dream is well on becoming a reality. I know you are here because you desire to write great content and like many others who have gone on to become gurus; your journey starts somewhere. It starts right here. There is a lot of content on the internet and in prints out there. Some of them are really good, others…not so good. So what makes the difference? How do people pull off spinning words into breathtaking pieces and the others just seem to be tripping on their pens? You’re about to find the key to being in the elite class of professional content writers.
UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENT NICHES OF WRITING
Writing as a whole consists of different niches including academic writing, copywriting, and content writing, amongst others. Each of these niches has its own peculiar tone, style, and function. In a bit, I’ll be divulging the differences between these branches of writing, with more focus on content writing. Academic writing naturally adopts a neutral tone devoid of emotions or biases. In this type of writing, the writer compiles facts to inform the reader about a particular subject, while standing aloof. Academic writing also assumes a professional tone of writing and is guided by strict referencing and citation rules. Both copywriting and content writing are largely guided by the same rules. They do not necessarily require referencing of sources like academic writing. Good content and copies are often written with informal tones in short paragraphs of three or four lines. Also, these two types of writing make allowance for the writer to influence the reader with his desired tone, opinions, and emotions. However, while copywriting is often aimed at persuading the reader to take an action, content writing basically looks to educate the reader with information about a topic.
HOW TO BECOME A PROFESSIONAL CONTENT WRITER
To be a good writer, one must first be an avid reader. Developing a reading culture is important to your career as a writer. Reading books and content online will enable you to sharpen your writing skills and broaden your vocabulary. You also get to pick up tricks and diverse writing styles that can turn out handy for you. Furthermore, gaining a good command of whatever language you intend to write in, is very essential. Understanding colloquialisms, sentence structures, and punctuation will go a long way in embellishing your writing, making it richer and more professional.
Finally, get creative and never stop trying your hand at writing on a vast array of topics.
You should also hone your research skills. Conducting diligent research about a host of topics is another window that good writers explore, to stand out from the rest. Writing impressive content is no longer rocket science once you know the ropes.