We all know that to become a successful content writer, you need to have certain skills. But do you know that some of the top bloggers and content writers have some unusual habits that have helped them to succeed?
Interested to know more about these habits?
Indeed they are because these skills are usually not directly related to their writing ability, but they do play a major role in their success.
First, let us know about some usual habits or skills that help in succeeding as a content writer?
- Originality – The ability to write unique content
- Writing Skills – The most important skill to be a professional content writer
- Researching ability – Ability to search for information in different ways
- Adaptability – The ability to understand the topic, understand requirements, and write content
- SEO – Basic SEO knowledge is mandatory
- Basic Computer Knowledge – Knowledge to use content management systems, online tools, and more.
- Editing Skills – The ability to edit and proofread English
- Communication Skills – An ability to communicate about the project requirements
and a lot more. The more you know…the better it is for you 🙂
Now, are these enough?
Well – these are the basic skills that you need, but that is not all. I have seen many writers during my career who can write extremely well but still, they are somewhat not successful in their career.
On the other hand, there are many others who started as junior writers and moved on to become project managers, editors and even Team heads. Some of them even started their writing agencies and have a team of writers working under them.
Okay, so, what are these unusual habits that can help you succeed?
1) Writing When in Mood and Not Writing Whenever There is a Blockage
Writer’s face this time and again. A writer’s block can slow down your work, reduce productivity and cause immense stress. I have seen many content writers have a strange habit.
Taking frequent breaks is a part of their writing schedule. Now, in many offices, this might seem to be an offence. Many employers consider this as a wastage of time.
But many people do not understand that perhaps this is a way to increase productivity. At times, when writing copies, especially sales copies or one which involves a lot of creativity, a writer faces a block. Now, how does one overcome this block? The best way is to take a break, come back when you feel fresh and with no ideas.
Instead of sitting over your desk and sulking, write when you feel productive and take a break when you feel something is not right. However, there should be a balance, especially when you are working in an office.
Taking too many breaks can be dangerous because you might miss your deadlines or you might not be able to meet your target. In my opinion, taking short breaks can help, especially when you have been writing for a long time.
2) Writing Early in the Morning
Do you know that many successful writers have mentioned that when they create content in the morning they are more productive. Thus, they divide their working hours. In the first half they simply create content and in the second half of the day, they choose to edit content.
If you are a freelance writer and you can work on your own hours and as per your own terms, you can start writing in the morning. As the day progresses we tend to have several issues in mind and need to solve many problems. Thus, creativity takes a back seat.
Successful writers believe that starting early when the mind is fresh is quite helpful. Give it a try because its a tested method to increase productivity and write better.
3) Put on Some Music and Let Your Creative Juices Flow
Do you often get disturbed with the noise or commotion all around you when you are writing? If you find it difficult to concentrate, try putting on some music. When music plays in your ears, all loud noises and banter might drown out.
This has been the habit of many successful content writers. I have seen many youngsters in my office as well. They just put on loud music and keep writing. Music helps in better concentration and does not distract the writer.
No, the music will not cause you any kind of disturbance in your writing. Instead, it is going to help in increasing your product. This this habit of some of the most popular writers. You are not going to regret it
4) The Proofreading Freak
All content writers are proofreaders and proofreading is an essential part of content writing. But, unfortunately, content writers end up with copies that do have typing errors and sentence construction errors.
Grammatical errors or typos can completely ruin any article and can be quite annoying for the readers. In a bid to save themselves from such mistakes, many content writers keep proofreading and revising their articles again and again.
They proofread their content not just manually but they use a number of tools. In fact, there are many writers who spend a lot of time checking, rechecking, editing and changing their work.
It’s tough to find any mistake in their content – isn’t that awesome. It does take a lot of dedication and effort to create such content.
5) The Research Freak
Many content writers are known to be research freaks.
We know that research is important for content writing, but do you know there are many successful content writers who spend hours on research. For them, it is not about finding information that can help them to create content.
The information they find does not make them happy.
Now, what does it mean? This means, they keep searching to find something better and more relevant. Yes, and thus, they end up spending a lot of time on research.
Now, it is never about wasting time. When any writer spends a lot of time on research and analysis, the content will be informative, engaging and useful to the readers.
6) Revising, Revising and More Revising
Never leave the habit of revising. As you revise, you will be able to improve your writing style, structure and bring changes in the article. It is true that with every revision, your blog will be better.
Many writers have tried this and have been successful. Thus, even after you have completely proofread your read, you should revise it at least once.
Revise and keep a not of all changes you make.
These were some of the very unusual habits of many content writers who engaged themselves in content writing. Do you have any such habit?
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