How to write like an expert. A beginners guide

Most people write but very few enjoy the experience of writing. This is because many people lack the ability to finish articles that they begin. I will share with you 7 tips on how to write like an expert.

Tip #1: Create an idea bank

Idea banks are collections of random thoughts that may occur to you at points when you feel a sudden gush of inspiration or just in an idle moment. Most people want to make notes later and they forget to. Keep a journal or a notebook where you write down every brilliant thought that crosses your mind. Then, when you need to write, you could easily piece the ideas together.

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Tip #2: Discover your most productive time of the day

For some people, they are more productive very early in the morning. For others, it is late at night or just during the day. But if you are like me, my productive moments come like a storm. It could last a whole day or week or just a few hours and I am all fired up. Bottom line is, we are all different and though you could build early morning habits or whatever. But if you followed your own biological clock and work when you should, you will be alright.

Tip #3: Stop thinking forward

Most people don’t realize this but our brains start writing from the end, that is, we think of conclusions. This explains why many people are unable to write beyond a sentence or paragraph. The idea you are thinking of right now is the end. Simple ways to figure out how to arrive there is to answer the questions:

  • What am I saying? Then define it, its variables, features and types
  • Why is this important?
  • How did it come to be?
  • What can result from it? Then make your conclusion

If you learn to think backwards, you will master the art of writing.

Tip #4: Organise your writing in paragraphs

Paragraphs make your writing very organized. For instance, the questions from the previous tip can be addressed in a different paragraph. Each paragraph should have between 3 and 5 sentences and not more than 150 words. There should be at least four paragraphs: introduction, 2 body paragraphs and conclusion. Conclude your introduction by describing a through line, that is, enumerating all the subtopics to be discussed in the body of your work.

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Tip #5: Do some research

Writing can be tasking and a little help is not so bad after all. It is okay to borrow ideas from other authors as long as you acknowledge the authors adequately. Note that failure to acknowledge authors whose work you have borrowed ideas from is called plagiarism and is considered offensive. Don’t insist on only works that support your ideas. Your work is richer if you juxtapose opposing ideas. Study other articles, blog posts and researches and then make your own conclusions.

Tip #6: Keep it simple, logical and concise

Know that the easier it is for people to read what has been written, the better. Three things are important:

  • Every sentence is clear and easily understood by the reader;
  • New sentences are built on the previous ones, establishing a flow from beginning to the end.
  • All ideas expressed in the whole write-up are relevant to the topic. Any ideas which are not related to the topic are better off excluded.

Tip #7: Practice and more practice!

The only way to master the art of writing is by writing all the time. The more you write, the quicker you become an expert. Even when you think that you aren’t making a lot of progress, just keep writing.

Bonus Tip: Get a second opinion

Even when you think you have become pretty good at writing, it is a good practice to have other persons read your work. A good critique will help you improve your style of writing. It may be disappointing when we get a review and its not so good. Yet, never shy away from a review. They bring out the best in you.

Now you have it. Let us know in the comments section if you liked this post. Also, tell us if there are some tips that we missed out and if you have a question, do not hesitate to ask. We will provide feedback as soon as possible.

Michael Ukwuma

Michael Ukwuma

Michael is a Project Manager with years of experience in nonprofits and managing startups. He shares what he has learnt over time with like-minded persons. He gives classes to persons who plan a future in the nonprofits sector or as entrepreneurs.

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