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Smart Tips for Brilliant Writing

Sounding brilliant in your writing is important to get people to notice, read, and talk about your work. Do understand there is no magic formula to make you sound brilliant. It takes time and effort on your part to accomplish this. But here are some tips that can get you started.

  • Read, read, read.
    • Continue reading new books, articles, or anything at all to improve your vocabulary, and so you may get new ideas and styles from other writers.
  • Thesaurus and Dictionary.
    • You must always have this with you when you write, preferably in a phone app so it makes it easier. You never know when you need to find a word replacement or even a meaning for a particular word. Do not be ashamed for needing it.
  • Keep it short and direct to the point.
    • Most people will just skim on articles, some might even be put off if it is too long. So just keep it short, simple, but to the point, do not overwrite even if you are tempted to.
  • Use simple words. Brilliant does not always mean complex and big words.
    • You must understand not every reader have a deep vocabulary, and you need to cater to as many readers as possible.
  • Paragraphs must be short. If you make it too long, people will be discouraged to read it.
    • Even in online forums, when you see someone post long paragraph, you will most likely not read it, but if it is separated into two or three shorter paragraphs, then you might. Same thing for most readers.
  • Sentences must be short too. Like the above tip about paragraphs, make sentences short.
    • Make it long and it will just sound awkward and might confuse the reader.
  • Don’t sound redundant.
    • If you mentioned something or made your point, do not repeat it later.
  • Sound friendly and fun.
    • Unless it really needs to be a serious article, you need to at least sound fun and friendly to keep the interest of the reader. Make the reader feels like he is listening to a friend’s story than a boring speech. In other words, don’t try to sound too academic unless you need to.
  • Keep writing, even if just for yourself.
    • Then after, read what you wrote and see what improvement you need without being too hard on yourself. It is a learning process, so even if you are not writing for others, keep doing it.
  • Learn new words every day.
    • Just like learning a new language, you should improve your vocabulary even if you don’t think you need it now.
  • Learn to proofread your own writing.
    • By doing so you will be more aware of your weaknesses and can improve yourself better next time.
  • Don’t get distracted.
    • If you are writing and in the groove, you must not let yourself get distracted, because your mindset might be different later on. Get rid of distractions around you, and if possible, write in a good peaceful environment.
  • Be inspired, get motivated.
    • Without inspiration or motivation, you will not get anywhere. Find inspiration on what you write, get motivation on why you write.