7 Ways to Improve Your Professional Writing

Professional writing is an indispensable skill in today’s connected world. You may not realize it now, but as you move ahead in life – school, college, work, research – and when things start falling in place, you will understand its power. As you grow, one of the most essential elements that you will require is the ability to express your ideas and thoughts in a professional manner. You can be a medicine student, a data scientist, or an ethical hacker – mastering professional essay writing will help you carve a better impression on your friends, colleagues, clients, and potential collaborators, and attain success on the way.

Professional writing is not exactly the college- or school-level formal writing skill that you think you can acquire by following the basics of composition, diction usage, and other auxiliary language parameters. It is more than just using the right words – it’s about taking care of the content and composing it in such a way that it is perceived in a certain manner by the readers. Creating accurate process reports, doctorate theses, enticing web copies for a startup, newsletters and press releases requires you to have an upper hand at concocting content that ignites a sense of purpose and makes the reader to get up and act. For instance, essay writers are lauded for their ability to make readers think, argue, and act, depending upon the precise information that he/she conveys through words. What works for them is constructive criticism, and the only way to get that is to ask for feedback. Aspiring writers and students can ask their friends, kin, or colleagues who have a knack in essay writing to help and mentor them. Once you get critical feedback and begin to improve yourself, things will be a lot easier.

So, what are the ways in which you can develop your writing skills? What exercises can you perform regularly in order to make sure that your writing is always crisp and to the point? Plus, professional writers should be able to write about anything regardless of the context, theme, and situation. Following these 7 proven ways as and when you write will help you become a professional writer or a better one if you already are.

  • Organization – You need to have your idea(s) organized before you even type that first word. Of course, different people write differently – some compose as they write, others organize before writing – but it is important to have a flow in mind so that the final result encapsulates what you had in mind before starting. Most pieces of professional writing have one or two principal ideas – and conveying them should be your #1 priority. Organizing your thoughts and ideas tremendously helps in this regard
  •  Verification – This is often considered one of the most essential elements of writing – professional or not. You don’t want your readers to be doubtful about your content, especially at a time when “alternative facts” and “fake news” are swaying in the air like dust in the wind. Ensure that you refer multiple independent, authoritative, and reliable sources, mainly when the subject is sensitive
  • Relevance – You must constantly check if your write-up is relevant. Talking about how some of world’s biggest economies are collapsing and then paradigm shifting your content to talk about realism is sure to make your reader move on. Understand that there is no shortage of content in this world
  • Concision – “Don’t use too many adjectives,” they say, yet they themselves use a determiner in a statement consisting of only five words. Utilize your vocabulary like it’s water in a desert and you will be all right. The key is to be as concise and picky as possible
  • Sampling – Use examples to strengthen your points. It can be an anecdote or a quotation, which you can use to make your readers better understand a topic. (See how we sampled one in the previous point?) Make sure you do not go overboard
  • Graphics – Had we created this brief guide in early 2000s, this pointer would have been replaced by something else. In today’s world where web pages of sites like Imgur, Giphy, and YouTube are some of the most-visited, it is important to understand that images and videos automatically improve your content’s appeal. It is always a good idea to treat your readers with a dose of graphics so that it stays with them for a longer time
  • Edit – Arguably, proofreading is the second most important thing to do before you hit the “send” button when communicating through mails. Creating a rough draft and then revising it multiple times as you improve your points will make your content more convincing, and will automatically give it an “initial trust vote” from your readers (No prize for guessing, but the most important thing is to recheck the recipients and their email IDs)

Having recognized these seven points, it is important to understand that acing professional writing is a gradual process and will require you to practice writing on a regular basis. But, rest assured that following these canons sincerely will make you a better writer than you were yesterday.

So, the next time when your friend asks you to write a thesis about the counterculture in Silicon Valley of the 70s and the 80s or when your mum asks you to write a short summary for her new gourmet startup, you can fire up your computer and type the best written content either of them have seen in a very long time.

What are you waiting for?

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