Language and Grammar

Try to write as easy as possible.
You can surely attract more readers if your post is easy to read and understand. The bounce rate can decrease drastically if the posted content is simple and straightforward. As a bonus, you might gain good back links from popular websites as well as many shares on social networks.

Use active language.
You can easily figure out whether the subject is doing the action or being acted upon.

* Passive (subject is acted upon): Anything (subject) can be posted (action) by writers on this website.
* Active (subject is doing the action): Writers (subject) can post (action) anything (object) on this website.

Use Interesting verbs.
A word used to describe an action, state, or occurrence is called a verb. you can’t have a sentence or a question without a verb! syntax conveys an action (bring, read, walk, run, learn), an occurrence (happen, become), or a state of being (be, exist, stand). Use of interesting verb can make your content more effective and catchy. You can also use synonyms for verbs to create words variation if any verb is being repeated many times.

Use the thesaurus.
a thesaurus is a reference work that lists words grouped together according to the similarity of meaning (containing synonyms and sometimes antonyms. To find the word, or words, by which [an] idea may be most fitly and aptly expressed.

Eliminate unnecessary words.
To give more details to the sentence try to avoid the use of too many words that have common meanings. This will also shorten the sentence and the content will be easy to read and understand. Too many words with the same meaning used:
Incorrect: He is nearly almost finished with the financial statement.
Correct: He is nearly finished with the financial statement.
Correct: He is almost finished with the financial statement.
Incorrect: Despite leaving 10 minutes early, the worker arrived late nonetheless.
Correct: Despite leaving 10 minutes early, the worker arrived late.
Correct: Leaving 10 minutes early, the worker nonetheless arrived late.

Remove as many adjectives as possible.
they are usually positioned before the noun or pronoun that they modify. Adjectives are words that describe or modify other words, making your writing and speaking much more specific, and a whole lot more interesting. Words like small, blue, beautiful and sharp are descriptive, and they are all examples of adjectives. Because adjectives are used to identify or quantify individual people and unique things.

Learn to use punctuation.
Improper punctuation especially comma can spoil the meaning of a text. The semicolon marks the end of one independent clause and the start of another within a single sentence. Note that, if the two clauses are very wordy or complex, it is better to use period (full stop) and form two sentences instead.

Learn the difference between me, myself and I.

Writing Self Help

  • Stop procrastinating.
  • Write every single day.
  • Do Research Before Writing this will help you to write without stopping.
  • Make sure you have a dictionary and thesaurus available whenever you are writing.
  • Be your own editor/critic. Sympathetic but merciless! — Joyce Carol Oates
  • Become a good reader for inspiration and try to figure out the manner text is written. Remember, every writer is a reader first.
  • Use spell checker as you write. This will make you remember and understand the spellings and use of certain words you struggle with.
  • Read it aloud to yourself because that’s the only way to be sure the rhythms of the sentences are OK. For large documents, I use Word’s Speech feature to have the computer read the article back.
  • Subscribe to writing blogs on the Internet. Read them, participate, learn, share, and enjoy!
  • Edit your older articles and pieces. You will notice that great part of it will be crap, and it will allow you to refine your style and avoid mistakes that you used to make.

Captivating the Readers

  • Be persuasive.
  • Write it honestly, and tell it as best you can.
  • Focus mainly on your objective. What is it that I want to communicate, express, convey?
  • Know your reader- Writing from the reader’s perspective will dramatically change the way you write.
  • Think about what you want to write, then outline it. If it’s an article, jot down the subheadings. If it’s a web copy, write down the points you want to cover. This technique also saves a lot of time.
  • Use short sentences to make your writing more understandable. If one word will work where three are, replace it! Start the article with a short sentence, not more than 8 words.
  • Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you’ve been to college. – Kurt Vonnegut
  • Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose. — Elmore Leonard

Before Submitting

  • Do editing after finishing your writing.
  • Discuss your writing with friends and family.
  • Check online for plagiarism if the writing contains copied content.
  • Proofread everything at least three times before submitting your work for publication.

Sources: Ginger | DailyWritingTips | Testden