The Informal Writing Bug
In a world where we’re accustomed to 140-character Tweets, simple text messages, spontaneous emails, and casual blog posts, we’re familiar with informal grammar. It’s not uncommon to shorten a message by omitting certain parts of speech. This style of writing certainly has its place, but it doesn’t belong in your content writing!
In order to establish your credibility as an Expert Author, it’s important to maintain proper grammar and sentence structure. In other words, avoid using “weak wording” in your writing.
What is Weak Wording?
Weak wording is written like this:
“Going to store to get dinner. Will be back in 15 minutes. Please have table set.”
In this example, the subjects and articles are omitted from the sentence. The proper version reads:
“I’m going to the store to get dinner. I’ll be back in 15 minutes. Please have the table set.”
Let’s cover what’s missing.
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However, we know that sometimes mistakes happen. If you find yourself on the receiving end of an article rejection, the best thing you can do is read the email explaining why the article wasn’t accepted, fix the mistake accordingly, and move forward!
We’ve created this handy infographic that outlines the 10 most popular reasons articles are rejected. To view the graphic in a new window, simply click the image below and then click the image again to zoom in or out.
Superheroes to the Rescue!
Lately, superheroes are everywhere. They fill the pages of classic comic books, they grace the screens of big budget movies, and they can even be found in the world of article writing!
Yes, you heard it correct. There are outstanding article-writing superheroes who rise to the top with their quality content and ethical marketing practices. We are thankful for their existence because there are also devious article-writing villains who lurk in the corners of the Internet waiting to lure others into their scheming ways.
Are you playing the role of a superhero by giving your readers valuable, original content? Or have you fallen victim to the villains?
Let’s meet the cast to learn more about the superheroes and villains of article writing.
The superheroes ALWAYS win.
The Beaches May Be Calling, But We’ve Been Busy, Busy, Busy
Hello dear expert authors! We sure have missed you these past few months. You may have been wondering where we’ve been, but trust us when we say we’ve been VERY busy making EzineArticles.com an even greater place for you and our hundreds of thousands of unique members!
So what exactly have we been up to?
The thing that we’re most excited about is our transition over to a 100% multi-screen website design. You may have also heard this called a “responsive” website design. What does this mean? It means that no matter what device you’re on, EzineArticles.com will scale beautifully and be easy to read and navigate. Whether you’re on a smartphone, a tablet, a desktop computer with a 27” monitor, a laptop, even the digital screen on your fridge (oh, you don’t have one of those yet?) it’ll look great.
Why is this important?
Most People Mess This Up – Do You?
Whatever you want to get out of article writing and content marketing, there’s one thing you’re probably getting wrong:
You’re focusing on the result, whether it’s traffic, profit, or exposure in general.
When you focus on the result, no connection is made between you and the reader. You’re essentially just another article in a vast sea of informative articles on the Internet.
Discover where your focus should be, what you can learn from a coffee shop, and how you can create loyal readers.
I’ll Buy Why You Do It
We recently discussed how you must give before you take and the resultant rewards, such as established trust and the ability to meet the needs of your readers with solution-driven, fear-alleviating content.
There was one element missing from that post …
Making your article truly worth writing and reading.
Are You Asking the Right Question?
Content creation – no matter the type – can often feel like a one-sided relationship. You seem to give and give to your audience, but no one’s taking.
Before you nod in agreement, ask yourself one question:
Is what you’re giving worth taking?
You know what you’re giving is worth it when your audience is engaging and you’re networking with the right people.
You may find all of your writing efforts have been worth it when you look back at your year and see the changes in your traffic and exposure. But more importantly, you know it was worth it when you can look at the connections you’ve made and the feedback on how your articles, big or small, have positively impacted the lives of your readers.
But wait! Before anything else, ask yourself, “What have YOU done for your readers lately?”
Stuck on Old Ideas
As an Expert Author juggling your business and personal goals, it’s not easy to come up with an original article idea on the spot. Under the circumstances, you do your best with the resources and time you have. After all, you know the importance of maintaining a connection with your audience and you have an article deadline to meet.
Pressed for time, you stick to writing what you know: The standards of your niche.
But there’s one problem … Dozens of experts in your niche may also know what you know. Stuck, you exasperatedly exclaim:
“There are no new ideas! How am I expected to write anything new when everything has already been done?”
That’s a myth. There are tons of ideas waiting to be discovered. And you can discover them in the same manner Johannes Gutenberg rethought the printing press around 1440, which would influence the Age of Enlightenment and centuries later cause Mark Twain to say, “What the world is today, good and bad, it owes it to Gutenberg.”
You rethink an idea. You focus your creativity. You think critically. You problem solve. You use your own experiences to dust off old ideas, polish them into insightful articles, and make an impact that’s original and authoritative.
Achieve Better Focus for Powerful Levels of Productivity
Is a lack of focus costing you?
Focus can be difficult in this distraction-driven world. Who can afford all of that precious time to be wasted?
Here are 20 tips to help you maintain focus on writing great articles that will build your credibility in your niche, increase exposure to readers, and help you save time to do the things you want to do.
- Eat Breakfast: As they say, (a healthy) breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Not only does it prevent hunger pangs, it helps your brain function. Don’t skip it – eat it!
- Drink More Water: Dehydration will make you feel tired, irritable, slow, or sick. If your brain doesn’t have enough fluid, then it can’t operate at peak performance and you’ll struggle to remain focused. Stay hydrated.
- Improve Your Environment: Make your environment work for you. If you concentrate better with music or ambient noise, then plug in those headphones. If noisy coworkers or family are beyond “disturbing” your concentration, then address it with them or request help.
Are You Falling for This Myth?
You want to earn a spot in your niche with your incredible range of insights and experience. So you work diligently by squeezing content creation in between meetings, calls, emails, professional projects, home projects, family time, and much more.
You think you’re on a great track and you’ll never burn out as long as you keep up your momentum.
Eventually, you start to stay a little later working on projects and even work on weekends. You begin worrying about whether it’s working or if you should hedge your bets with this whole writing thing.
“Never mind,” you say. You still hold on to the idea that you will never burn out – giving up and in to burnout is for idle, non-dedicated people who don’t share your vision or passion. Short of an uncontrollable disaster, all you have to do is keep up this momentum and your hard work will pay off in the end … right? Wrong.
Heed These 5 Grammar Tips to Avoid Looking Pompous or Ignorant
Grammar is a touchy subject, especially for those who write professionally. After a lot of finger pointing and excuses, you’re either a member of the grammar police or an “I write in the language of my audience – grammar errors and all” rebel.
You don’t have to take sides. Think of grammar like this:
Language, with all of its idiosyncrasies from dialect to dialect, is the vehicle of your message.
You can get into the vehicle, but grammar is what drives your message to your intended destination.
When you come across an article about grammar, such as this post, don’t look at it as an accusation you’re failing at writing if you do or have done these 5 things. Look at it as an opportunity to get into the vehicle and deliver your message to your audience.
Let’s get started!
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