Every blogger must improve his writing skills with a series of practice processes. The goal is clear so that the content on the blog can continue to be updated regularly because the blogger’s job is often spent writing articles. Apart from that, it also makes blog owners better and more qualified writers. So it can attract more visitors and become an authority blog.
Unfortunately for beginner bloggers, writing is still something new. This is indicated by the ease with which they update their blog content by frequently using copy paste techniques. Of course, this habit should not be done continuously because it is very dangerous for the blog and its owner.
Therefore, it is very important for you to learn to write with lots and varied practice. The good news is that there are several writing practice tips that can improve your writing skills for the better.
Tips and how to practice writing articles
1. Create long statuses on social media
Social media has now entered a new and more intelligent phase. In the past, users of social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, etc. only focused on creating short statuses such as what they were doing, where they were, who they were with, and so on. So it is not uncommon for what is written to only express various feelings or just status with pictures or photos.
But now this method has begun to be updated. Many social media users now create statuses with long posts (minimum 300 words). Maybe it’s not something that is very important and urgent to know because there are also those who are just telling personal experiences. However, this is still a good and enjoyable development.
Of course, you can’t be inferior to other social media users when it comes to creating new statuses. You can turn this trend into a writing practice that is quite effective and efficient. Why is that? Frankly, many of these statuses get dozens of comments. These comments sometimes open up imagination and creativity in writing. So it is very useful for your insight into mastering the material.
However, I suggest that you create a good status that doesn’t cause conflict. It would be better if you could write a status that tells about your experiences somewhere, discusses the latest news, or writes articles about your disagreement with certain issues and so on.
Regularly updating your status can make you reach a new level in expressing your opinion or criticism by writing it down. Therefore, don’t hesitate and be embarrassed to write a new status on social media. This writing exercise will not make you stupid, so just be confident.
2. Provide comments on various posts
It cannot be denied that to become a professional writer you have to practice a lot. For this reason, it is impossible to achieve this in a short time without preparation and planning. However, by commenting on other people’s writing, such as on blogs, online forums, online news media or social media, you can shorten it.
Regardless of the various types of writing topics that you can comment on, there is no harm in providing input to the author. There is no need to comment at length if you are not yet able to do so. However, you can provide some short comments of 1-2 paragraphs as a form of communication.
What you need to remember is also don’t make short comments like thank you, very useful, bro, interesting article, bro, and so on. Apart from increasing your knowledge about the world of writing, this habit will not train your writing to be better and develop.
Apart from that, the reality is that an article is usually in the form of a conversation with the reader. So in conditions like this, your comments are very good for practicing your writing because you can get a response from the owner of the writing.
3. Practice Writing an Opening Paragraph
Writing practice will be easier and faster if you have completed the introductory paragraph. The introductory paragraph usually consists of 2-4 short paragraphs. The introductory paragraph is the opening gate to the main article. Therefore, successfully writing an introductory paragraph can make your steps more effective and efficient.
The mistake novice writers often make is not paying attention to the introductory paragraph so that when explaining the main part it is not optimal. So it is not surprising that the writing they produce is of low quality in the eyes of readers.
Therefore, learning to write an introductory paragraph is also part of intelligent writing practice. You can imitate other writers’ styles in delivering introductory paragraphs. I usually write with the 5W1H concept (What, Where, Why, Who, When and How). Even though in reality I didn’t apply everything, but only 3 points in the introductory paragraph. So, see my writing above only consists of 3 short paragraphs. If the introductory paragraph is satisfactory then visitors will be interested in reading the continuation.
4. Rewrite other people’s articles
Because writing is an activity that requires high levels of imagination and creativity, it should be done with regular practice. For this reason, an easy first step is to rewrite other people’s articles.
You can read articles in your home library, campus, place of worship or news in the mass or electronic media or on other people’s blogs. Next, you try to rewrite the writing you read in your own language. Don’t be afraid if you can’t achieve good and correct writing.
The purpose of this is to hone you in explaining existing writing and designing situations with your mindset. Therefore, don’t immediately use high standards in the hope of creating a unique article. Indeed, unique articles are the standard if you want to become a professional blogger. However, that doesn’t mean you have to be good at writing unique articles to enter the world of blogging.
In fact, many successful bloggers come as debut bloggers without any writing knowledge or writing courses. They only need routine training and focus on the targets they want to achieve. So it’s not surprising that they can practice rewriting for hours every day. A training process like this will teach you beautiful experiences.
As a note, if you have finished rewriting an article, you can immediately check its uniqueness. You can use the plagiarism checker tool on Smallseotool. This is only an initial option until you can rewrite an article with 95%-100% presentation. If you have gotten a positive percentage dozens of times then you can reduce checking the uniqueness of articles on the tool or ignore it. I also rarely use this tool.
5. Build a personal blog
Even if you continue to practice writing every day, it won’t feel perfect if you don’t have a personal blog. Basically, a piece of writing is produced with the aim of making it known and getting appreciation from other people. That way, you will be more enthusiastic about presenting new and quality writing.
The problem is that you will have difficulty reaching the level of a better writer if your writing is not collected in a document. Of course, it’s not a smart choice if you just save it in a Microsoft Word document or something like that. It’s not impossible, but authors who store their writing only in Microsoft Word have most likely planned to create a free or paid ebook (bought and sold so they can make money). For this, of course, you need writing practice so that the work to be sold is of high quality for buyers.
However, for those of you who are new to writing practice, you should publish your writing via a personal blog. Blogs can turn into profitable money machines for their owners through advertising business models. Besides that, the potential for getting responses in the form of comments will be more open from visitors to your blog.
To create a blog, you don’t need to worry if it’s still in the trial and error stage. There are free platforms for creating personal blogs such as Blogger, WordPress, Tumbrl, and others. From there you can create a simple blog that contains your various experiences such as when you were in the village, in the city, on holiday, at work, on a field trip and so on. It may seem simple to you, but the owner of the famous site Tehsusu.com is actually famous because of this. So, don’t underestimate the practice of writing using the method of creating a personal blog.
6. Send your writing to social news media
If you are familiar with the 4 ways to practice writing above, you can enter online news media by sending original writing. There are various online news media that you can consider, including Kompasiana.com, Viva.co.id, and others. This media is free to accept writing from anyone as long as it meets the applicable terms and conditions. So, you can experiment with writing exercises in this medium.
There is no need for long writing (up to 2000 words) to enter online news media. The important thing is that your writing is unique and original so it is likely to be accepted and published. Apart from that, don’t think that the writing you send must discuss a detailed review and be accompanied by data and facts. Indeed, this is highly recommended, but if you have written cooking tips, tips for using make-up, the benefits of fruit and vegetables and so on, then that is enough for them.
7. Attend lectures, seminars or speeches
Writing practice is not only limited to what you read, but can extend to what you listen to. Lectures, seminars or speeches are good media for you to practice writing.
Through this activity, you are required to understand what the speaker is saying. To overcome memory weakness due to long periods of time, you have to write it down on paper. You can use a collection of this writing to create a new article that tells what you got from the speaker.
It’s indeed an easy thing, but I’m sure if you do it often your writing will be better, correct and of better quality. Therefore, don’t be embarrassed to bring a notepad when participating in various public speaking events.
8. Make reviews of TV or online videos
Watching TV or videos can be an interesting and profitable habit. In fact, a great writer can review news on TV or online videos at length through writing. So it’s not surprising that they can write an article in a short time.
In this regard, you can use this media to create useful writing. There’s no need to review it at length. However, if you understand the intent and purpose and write it down, I think that’s enough.
To make it easier, I suggest you learn from listening to sports commentators or something like that. Their comments, which seem trivial, actually contain intentions that can make the audience feel entertained. Therefore, by understanding how to review problems, you can easily write them down in a book.
In conclusion, to support your success as a writer, it is a good idea to continue to increase your vocabulary. The more you master and remember it, the more your imagination and creativity can go hand in hand with the availability of vocabulary. You can choose one or several of the methods above so that you choose a fun way to practice writing . That way you are one step closer to becoming a good and quality writer.