27 Effective Ways To Ramp Up Your Writing Output

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27 Effective Ways To Ramp Up Your Writing Output

27 Effective Ways To Ramp Up Your Writing Output

There are many writing tools and tips that promise to help you increase your writing output. And some of them are really effective.

But sadly, a lot of them also disappoint and confuse us even further.

If you are struggling to reach the next level – welcome to this post – you are not alone. A few years ago, I was in the same shoes, and on a daily basis, I see budding writers unsure of their next move.

To eradicate the lack of guidance, today we will see in-depth instructions and strategies on how you can break into the next level.

With these 27 strategies, you will be writing content that clients and readers can’t stop gobbling up.

 Let’s get started:

1. Do solid groundwork

Everyone Can Be a Great Writer Grammarly Quote for Writing Output

Everyone Can Be a Great Writer Grammarly Quote for Writing Output

When you are starting out in writing, you are super pumped to crank out words that help you get clients, build your brand, or even just get your voice heard. I get it.

While there’s nothing wrong with enthusiasm (in fact, enthusiasm is one of the best traits of a successful writer), at the same time, you need to polish up your basic writing as well.

Elements like – grammar, punctuation, readability, and sentence structures.

And, to help you cover those, I’ve got just the resources:

“The Elements of Style by Strunk And White”

The Elements of Style Book by Strunk and White Best Seller in Amazon for Writing Output

The Elements of Style Book by Strunk and White Best Seller in Amazon for Writing Output

This small book is crammed with information to help you with your grammar and spelling.

You can also grab Grammarly if you think your grammar will take time to improve.

You can even go as far as to hire a proofreader to eliminate the bugs if you have the money.

For readability, you can pump your writings through WebFX, HemingwayApp and Readable and size them up to make them user friendly.

Hemingway App Editor Readability Checker for Excellent Writing Output

Hemingway App Editor Readability Checker for Excellent Writing Output

2. Read voraciously

Reading Voraciously Amazon Kindle Sold on Amazon for Writing Output

Reading Voraciously Amazon Kindle Sold on Amazon for Writing Output

Agreed – reading isn’t a direct writing practice, but it helps you improve eventually.

When you read a piece of writing, your brain subconsciously starts absorbing the nuances – the stellar words, sentences and frameworks used.

Every great writer’s path is paved by observation of the works of masters. Which means, there’s no way around this.

So, go ahead, take some time out and read amazing writing every day. And you will see your vocabulary expanding and improving over the course of time.

In this case, there are no shortcuts.

3. Put sentences under the microscope

Good writing equals to beautiful sentences parading together.

And if you want to put out high-impact writing (who doesn’t, right?), strengthening your sentences is inevitable.

And here’s the good news for you – you don’t have to create such sentences from scratch.

A ton of books and blogs by amazing writers can help inflate your arsenal.

If you prefer learning from only freelance writers (good move if you’re writing for web), you can follow Bamidele Onibalusi, Carol Tice, Jorden Roper, and Kristi Hines.

Writers in Charge Online Writing Jobs for Writing Output

Writers in Charge Online Writing Jobs for Writing Output

Creative Revolt Paid and Free Online Writing Class for Writing Output

Creative Revolt Paid and Free Online Writing Class for Writing Output

And when you encounter their work, press pause and observe. Because this is where the magic happens.

Read it out aloud. Again and again. Hand-copy it and you will burn it into your brain.

When you do this, you rewire your brain to write better.

Ask yourself – why is that writing so powerful?

  • Do you find it crisp and punchy?
  • Does it pack an amazing analogy?
  • Do you see abundance of power words?

Keep taking notes, and in time, you will be armed with a lot of writing power to express yourself.

4. Burn great writing into your brain by hand-copying

Hand Copying Example The Astonishing Power of Muscle Memory for Writing Output

Hand Copying Example The Astonishing Power of Muscle Memory for Writing Output

Did you know hand-copying does wonders to improve writing?

So much so that I decided to write an entire point on this.

Despite the solid improvement, most budding or intermediate writers don’t embrace this. And even if some do, they tend to give up soon.

I’ve personally found this painfully hard to continue. It just feels tempting to replace handwriting with reading.

But as I continued the pen and paper anyway, the rewards started to show.

So many sentences and words entered my brain so deep, they come out as I speak. And you can do the same.

First, it might not make sense or show effect. But continue for 3 days and I guarantee you, you will be experiencing solid improvement.

French psychologist Stanislas Dehaene says:

“Although typing is the easier option, learning becomes much more effective when you copy it by hand.”

You will find hundreds of such science-backed researchers advocating how hand-copying can improve your chops. So go ahead and do it.

5. Create an outline before writing

Liz Longacre explained this amazingly.

Writing Blog Post Bonus Tip Outline Before Writing for Writing Output

Writing Blog Post Bonus Tip Outline Before Writing for Writing Output

Just about all famous freelance writers use outlines to save time, increase flow, thereby, the overall quality.

A basic outline has three parts. Let’s see them below:

Intro – This welcomes your readers and introduces the topic. Tells them what your piece will cover, how it will benefit them, so they read on.

Meat – This is where you provide all the value. Tips, examples, analogies, citing other resources, personal opinions, images, videos, and everything you think will bring value.

Ending – Here, you wrap things up. Square off with a recap followed by a call to action. You can also ask a question if you want.

6. Take off your editor’s hat when writing

Editing when writing is a serious issue for us writers.

MUD Website Headline Take Off Your Editors Hat for Writing Output

MUD Website Headline Take Off Your Editors Hat for Writing Output

Writing and editing require entirely different approaches.

Doing them together will slow you down, damage your momentum, and cause self-doubts eventually.

Mauricio Vasquez Twitter Post About Writing Help for Writing Output

Mauricio Vasquez Twitter Post About Writing Help for Writing Output

Sure, writing and editing are both very close-looking, manual work.

However, the first draft is about jotting down ideas and thoughts. Sort of vomiting on the page.

And editing is more of constructive/analytical work.

If you do them together, it is like switching gears up and down constantly. Hampering your speed.

You are better off pressing the accelerator.

The editor’s hat equals to road bumps when drafting the first draft. So avoid it.

7. Keep your writing dead simple and breathable

Michael Brenner from Marketing Insider Group touched on this as well.

Michael Brenner Tweet from Marketing Insider Group Writing Output

Michael Brenner Tweet from Marketing Insider Group Writing Output

  • Avoid ‘utilize’ when ‘use’ would do
  • Avoid ‘close proximity’ when ‘near’ would do
  • Avoid ‘facilitate’ when ‘help’ would do

Use longer words only when you need to express something more specific.

Because your brain takes time to process complicated words.

For the same reason, keep your sentences snippy and digestible.

Here’s another tip:

Convey only one thought in each sentence. More will increase complexity and create confusion.

Here is a brutal truth I realized very late:

No client or reader clapped an eye about the tongue twisters or tooth-breaking words I knew.

They only cared how my writing could benefit them. So yes, stick to simple language.

And in order to keep the article breathable…

You can break down the writing into chunks, use bullet points, and keep a lot of white space.

And when you kill these distractions, it prevents your readers from exiting.

8. Trash corporate language

Derek Halpern explains this well in this video:

Unfortunately, in business writing, readers don’t usually care if the writer is an amazing scholar.

You have to connect and resonate with the audience. Striking a human bond is crucial for impactful writing.

According to The Language Magazine:

43 Million American Adults Have Low English Literacy Levels

Making it essential to write in simple words.

Simply put – throwing in complex words suck out the resonating power of your writing.

So, go ahead and eradicate:

  • Fluff words and sentences
  • Unnecessary adjectives
  • Complicated terms
  • Lengthy text blocks

Because these things take up your readers’ attention.

Let’s consider a comparison:

First scenario:

“Do you want to pocket an extra $10K every month importing products that you like? If so, read on. By the end of this premium report, you will have all the resources you need to build your personal importing empire.”

Compare that with:

“If you are extremely desired to acquire another additional $10k each and every month through the import of wide-ranging products that suit your taste, pay utmost devotion to this premium report delivering confidential, one of the kind information that’s not available elsewhere.”

Can you spot the difference?

Regardless of the reader, short and simple words always work better.

Also, use specific words to avoid ambiguity and express exactly what you want to. You can use verbs, nouns, pronouns, and names. Because being more specific means less processing for the reader.

For example, avoid writing:

Wanting to obtain an aesthetically appealing physic?

Write:

Want another 10-20 pounds of solid muscle in a year?

Specific, my friend.

9. Remove fluff

Express Writers went in-depth on this topic here.

Express Writers Your Content Writing Team Remove Fluff Writing Output

Express Writers Your Content Writing Team Remove Fluff Writing Output

Let’s take another comparison.

Which paragraph is easier to read?

“Want to brush up your copywriting chops? Not to worry. I’ll make you a cutting-edge wordsmith – slicing through any reader’s barriers and make them read every single word on your page”

Compare that to:

“Are you on the lookout for drastically enhancing your copywriting qualities? I will aid you in your endeavor. You will comprise and one of the kind set of skills that we empower you to get over about all objections coming from the readers, and drive them fanatic regarding your service”

Which one do you find effortless? The answer is obvious, right?

The first text leaves the second one biting the dust.

Can you guess why?

Because the second text is full of fluff words and unnecessary adjectives, ultimately, fogging up the message and idea.

Which goes to torture readers when reading, instead of spoonfeeding the message.

So, stick to what George Orwell says:

George Orwell's 6 Rules for Writing for an Excellent Writing Output

George Orwell's 6 Rules for Writing for an Excellent Writing Output

10. Frontload your sentences

Another amazing tip from ExpressWriters here:

Frontload Your Sentences Use Active Language Writing Output

Frontload Your Sentences Use Active Language Writing Output

Frontloading means starting your sentences and paragraphs with the “meat” of your writing – in an active voice.

It helps your writing capture attention.

Before:

  • The lamp was broken by John
  • The bat was swung by Carl
  • The books were thrown away by him

After:

  • John broke the lamp
  • Carl swung the bat
  • He threw the books away

Before the changes, the sentences were passive and the essence was very deep down.

After frontloading, they look more crisp and straightforward.

When you write this way, the reader can easily understand.

As writers, our job is to connect, resonate, and communicate with readers using words. They should be able to glide down the text effortlessly.

Frontloading is all about that.

11. Seize space in your reader’s brain

Ever thought of hijacking space in your reader’s brain? Sounds amazing, right?

It is.

If you can hack their attention, you can engage them better.

But the question remains – how do we do it?

Here’s how – by engaging the following senses:

  • Touch
  • Taste
  • Sight
  • Smell
  • Sound

If you can hit these senses with your writing, you can evoke powerful feelings that resonate with people.

You can do that with power words.

Let’s compare usual writing with writing that engages those 5 senses.

Usual writing:

“Our content writing program will make you an incredibly powerful writer. We deliver you everything you need to write engaging and exciting content.”

5 senses added:

“Our content writing program will have you shooting words that smack the readers into paying attention – eyes wide-open. We will arm you with everything you need to keep them glued to the screen until you wave them goodbye.”

In these scenarios, both paragraphs give the same message.

However, the second is full of emotion-evoking, vivid words that break into your reader’s head, command attention, and keep them reading.

12. Use analogies over cliches

SmartBlogger dedicated a stellar guide to the use of analogies.

Smart Blogger Uses Analogies Over Cliches Writing Output

Smart Blogger Uses Analogies Over Cliches Writing Output

Cliches are everywhere. So much that they don’t move your readers anymore.

Cliches draw out yawns from your readers and cloud your writing voice, style, and personality.

Sure – it is normal to jot down a lot of cliches when creating your first draft. It’s completely fine.

Just don’t let those cliches sneak into your finished piece – replace them with powerful analogies.

Ever heard the quote – a picture portrays a thousand words?

Well, analogies are pretty similar. It helps you highlight similar points between two stories.

They help you compress ideas and ‘paint’ them out. Making your writing more appealing, engaging, and unique.

Let’s compare again.

Before:

“We writers must break out of our comfort zones to get better.”

Analogy-packed:

“Just like caterpillars smash out of their cocoons and transform into butterflies, we writers must also crack open our comfort zones to level-up our writing.”

Analogies command attention, paint mental pictures, and deliver bland cliched messages as original, unique ideas.

So fit them anywhere you can in your writing.

13. Write conversationally with empathy

Enchanting Marketing explained this in detail. I highly suggest you give it a read.

How to Write Conversationally 10 Useful Tips Writing Output

How to Write Conversationally 10 Useful Tips Writing Output

If you write as you speak, you will engage much better.

Imagine talking with your best friend in Starbucks across the table.

You are not writing to an audience anymore. You are discussing with a friend who you trust with your life.

So normally – you will go the extra mile trying to explain it the best.

This mindset sets you apart from the generic-sounding writers.

Maybe that generic voice settled in you in school, or when you used to write formal papers in an office.

And if you’ve been writing that way so far, I hope you will start making it more talkative.

Use ‘you’ and ‘I’ spontaneously because that helps you connect with your reader.

Sure, that might be a bad idea for college essays, but audience-focused business writing craves that.

Maybe in school or office, you were taught to use the word “one” in such scenarios. For example:

“When one starts writing, one faces many hurdles.”

Please avoid this approach because it is old-fashioned, bland, and just not cordial.

You can put it like this instead:

“When I started out in writing, I faced a lot of hurdles. If you are also a budding writer, you will have them too.”

Stick to everyday language and cut bigger words wherever possible. Here are some examples:

  • Question = Ask
  • Profession = Job
  • Conundrum = Hard task

Unless you’re writing for a very niche audience that requires certain jargon, simple writing will have the most impact.

Lastly, if you are using acronyms, spell them out when you mention them.

Bottom-line: optimize your writing’s user experience as much as you can. And again – you can learn that by following industry-leading freelance writers – Carol Tice, Bamidele Onibalusi, Kristi Hines and Jorden Roper.

14. Hire an editor

Caroline Vincent's Tweet Why You Need Editors Writing Output

Caroline Vincent's Tweet Why You Need Editors Writing Output

Yes, I already mentioned editors before but it deserves a separate spot.

As you already know – the first draft almost always comes out garbage.

Sure, you can polish up your draft on your own, but it’s hard to find flaws in your own writing. You are just too close to it.

And that’s why – in the writing world, editing is seen as a brutal task. Sure, you can utilize Stephen King’s drawer method.

ProBlogger Blog The Stephen King Drawer Method Writing Output

ProBlogger Blog The Stephen King Drawer Method Writing Output

However, you don’t usually get such long deadlines in freelance writing – you have to move fast.

Therefore – an editor with a fresh set of eyes will help you understand your strong and weak ends in writing.

15. Invest in an editing tool

Grammarly Editing Tool Great Writing, Simplified Writing Output

Grammarly Editing Tool Great Writing, Simplified Writing Output

We freelance writers can always use a second opinion.

Sure – hiring a professional human editor is much better, but if you are not ready for that, you can start with a tool.

So – if you are concerned about your grammar, spelling and style, you can latch onto Grammarly. Veteran freelance content marketer Chintan Zalani strongly advocates you try out its premium version. Because as you keep writing, it will help you brush up in many aspects.

16. Write like it’s your job

Writing Like It's Your Job Don't Write A Lot, Write Often Writing Output

Writing Like It's Your Job Don't Write A Lot, Write Often Writing Output

Imagine you are a plumber or a car mechanic, and it is your first day at work.

You won’t just break in and perform jaw-dropping mendings, right?

Of course not. Because in every career, you come in a newbie. You get better over the course of time.

Writing is no different. You just have to keep doing it to improve.

So:

Write when you want to, write when you don’t.

Write like it’s your job and keep doing it every day.

Whatever happens – you don’t feel confident enough in your grammar, or punctuation, or some other aspect of your English – keep writing.

Look up words and use them if you need. Google translator and thesaurus are your friends.

Even native English speaking writers always rely on Google and a thesaurus when writing.

Just keep plodding, day after day, and soon you will become a professional.

17. Use verbs that force readers to pay attention

Verbs have a massive impact on how alive and impactful your writing is.

Using the perfect power verbs can light up your writing. These are mainly emotion-evoking words that complement persuasion and arrest attention.

The best verbs have only 1 or 2 syllables. For example:

Smash, stomp, destroy, hail, unleash, lash, and so on.

Let’s compare two scenarios now.

Without power verbs:

  • The children managed the house
  • He got very angry, very quick

With power verbs:

  • The children supervised the house
  • He exploded in anger

Astonishing change in the impact, right?

Sprinkling power verbs throughout your writing makes it much crisper, persuasive, and powerful.

Look at these 700 + power words from OptinMonster to grow your arsenal.

Optinmonster's 700+ Power Words That Will Boost Your Conversions Writing Output

Optinmonster's 700+ Power Words That Will Boost Your Conversions Writing Output

18. Do proper research

Inbound marketer and writer Jawad Khan laid down an amazing guide about this.

The points he made are extremely practical, so I urge you go through them once.

Content Research Things You Need to Know Writing Output

Content Research Things You Need to Know Writing Output

Many writers do shallow research. Sure, that’s normal when you are starting out.

But over time, you need to be willing to go the extra mile to find accurate information.

You might have to dig through law reports or medical studies to find valid insights and data.

You might have to email around people to confirm facts.

So be prepared for that.

Take information from valid sources only. Trust official government sites, university researches, and industry-leading blogs only.

If a lot of mediocre sources are saying the same thing, take everything with a pinch of salt, and dig further.

Because anybody can publish anything on the internet today. And even make it go viral with shady tricks.

So it is hard to distinguish accurate information from the fake.

Also, see if the information is recent or not. A study or survey dating 10 years back might not be relevant now.

In-depth research comes real handy for such cases. It is also essential for technical writing (that tend to pay decently).

So yes, as your writing career progresses, emphasizing research is essential.

19. Edit brutally

Jeremy Streich's Tweet about Editing Writing Output

Jeremy Streich's Tweet about Editing Writing Output

That’s a famous saying in the writing world. It means to edit your unfinished piece mercilessly. Regardless of how hard it is to erase the parts you gave birth to – you have to edit them mercilessly for the sake of the highest quality.

Because nobody ever writes a perfect first draft.

That first version is for letting your thoughts run wild. Simply slamming down everything that crosses your mind.

Once you are finished jotting down ideas, take a break. It can be 30 to 60 minutes. Or even a few days.

The longer you can afford to wait, the better. Because stepping away for longer helps you find flaws in your writing more properly.

After that, come back with a sword.

Not a literal one, of course. More like an editing knife.

And edit.

Keep rewriting, omitting and adding parts on that piece as you see better.

Do multiple edit rounds. By the time you’re in round 3 or 4, your writing will start shaping decently.

20. Write actionable content

Boostability Instagram Post Quote by Michael Janda Writing Output

Boostability Instagram Post Quote by Michael Janda Writing Output

Actionable content means information that can be implemented easily. ‘How-to’ guides, for example.

For companies, it helps generate more leads and conversions, thereby, more clients and higher ROI.

Here are some ways to make your content actionable:

  • Pack as much authority as you can
  • Add images and visuals
  • Inject personality
  • Don’t just advise, explain how to do things

If you can master creating actionable content, you can market yourself as an ROI-focused content writer or marketer.

And companies are willing to pay high rates for that.

21. Master your headlines

Master Your Headlines Rolls0Royce Ad Writing Output

Master Your Headlines Rolls0Royce Ad Writing Output

Your headline must reel the reader in. It can make or break the reading stream.

So it’s crucial to write effective ones.

Whether it is your blog, social media, or Google search results, headlines represent you everywhere.

Here are some quickies you can use to create optimized headlines:

  • Research the audience and pick headlines that have performed well in the past
  • Utilize proven headline templates
  • Jot down several headlines and pick the one you find most attractive and use it
  • Add the most mouthwatering benefit in the headline
  • Mention the topic you are addressing
  • Form it as a question

I hope this helps you understand which headlines perform well, so you can tailor yours accordingly.

22. Join a community of writers

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Writers Helping Writers A Community of Writers Writing Output Writing Output

If you have been a solo freelancer for some time, you can tell how lonely it can get.

And as humans, we crave connection. So loneliness can wear us out mentally.

Besides freelancing, if you don’t have a balanced social life, you might want to focus on that now.

Go join a writing community. It can be online or offline. Or both.

Surround yourself with writers on social media.  I suggest you join these Facebook groups:

  • Writing Revolters
  • The Copywriter Club
  • The Gary Halbert Copywriting Club
  • The Content Marketing Lounge

Roam around there, question, read, comment, connect, applaud – be a part of the community.

Connect with the right people and you will start feeling the support.

Personally, I’ve found a ton of kind and humble people there. Many from very successful writing career positions, who are willing to help. Go check it out.

23. Conduct detailed research on your readers

Addressing Your Audience Venn Diagram Detailed Research Writing Output

Addressing Your Audience Venn Diagram Detailed Research Writing Output

Where do your readers hang out?

What kind of content do they enjoy?

What are their biggest struggles?

What stresses keep them awake at night?

Roll your sleeves up, go out there and research.

Talk with customers, use surveys, polls, study high-performing content and copy to understand the audience better.

24. Learn from bad writing

Learn from Bad Writing Rerrible Writing by Great Writers Writing Output

Learn from Bad Writing Rerrible Writing by Great Writers Writing Output

Ever wondered how bad writing looks? How about learning from it?

Think about it…

When you are reading a stellar piece of content, it smoothly flows into your head.

But in terms of bad writing, it is hard to understand. Bad writing stumbles you when reading.

You can tell it’s not professional right away. Even people from other lines of work can spot bad writing.

The sentences are bloated. The flow is crippling. Punctuation is off. It makes the readers yawn.

Observing such pieces comes with a clever benefit. It increases your writing skills.

Because we tend to be around so much compelling written content, we might start comparing and questioning our capabilities.

25. Cultivate your brain with words

Vocabulary.com Website Cultivate Your Brain With Words Writing Output

Vocabulary.com Website Cultivate Your Brain With Words Writing Output

Did you know every professional writer is a voracious reader?

I know I was – often printing out quality writing and studying it carefully.

Circling and underlining words that lit me up.

That being said, did you know if you go through a strong reading session, the part of your brain responsible for receptivity of language charges up?

Well, scientists from Emory University have proved that.

So, why not go ahead and read for some time before you start writing next time?

26. Have a deadline

June Whittle shared some great advice on her article on Writers in Charge:

June Whittle's Advice on Having a Deadline Writing Output

June Whittle's Advice on Having a Deadline Writing Output

Nothing moves work like the urgency of a deadline.

Because without one, you will continuously want to scrutinize your content. And the right time to publish will never come.

But under pressure, most people tend to get it done.

Imagine a boss assigning you a presentation to be finished in 2 hours. Either you do it, or you’re fired.

In that situation, you don’t have the liberty or comfort to slack.

Apply that rule to your personal projects.

However, commitment is going to be important. And it is difficult to follow through.

If you’re suffering with that, you can get someone to hold you to account. It can be a family member, a friend, are some business mentor.

27. Start moving, keep moving

Start Moving, Keep Moving This Is Your Brain on Exercise Writing Output

Start Moving, Keep Moving This Is Your Brain on Exercise Writing Output

This might sound irrelevant at first, but please bear with me.

As you may have already experienced, writing isn’t an easy task.

It is a continuous creative battle for your brain to carve out quality words that compel readers.

To combat all that stress, you need to take good care of your mind and body.

That’s where exercise comes in.

Many of my writer friends rely on workouts to boost and keep up their creativity.

Research also shows that exercise lights up your neurons and turns your brain on.

When I’m stressed but have more writing to do, I walk for 20 – 30 minutes.

It helps me calm down, refresh my mood, and clear my clouded mind. It can do the same for you.

I’m not asking you to do anything rigorous. Simply getting your body moving by walking, or jogging, or even stretching can help.

Just get your blood pumping and you will have the capacity to write again.

Closing thoughts

Lastly, don’t try all these techniques at once.

Pick 1 or 2 and stick to them for some time.

All these practices are like building muscles.

Keep nurturing them and you will see substantial improvement eventually.

How do you go about improving your writing?

Let me know in the comments below.

Let’s talk, share, and communicate ideas.

Guest author: Mehedi Hasan Shoab is a freelance content marketer helping businesses skyrocket. Want him to handle your work? See his website here.

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