Get Ready for Adventure! Content Writing Tips from Mark Twain Are Here!
If you feel like Huckleberry Finn while trying to write online content, you’re not alone! It can be difficult to navigate through the SEO techniques, content ideas, and grammar rules. Regardless, once you get into the groove of writing good content, it becomes adventurous to captivate new readers.
But how exactly do you get into that groove? Trust the advice of the Great American Novelist himself! While our online content might not (won’t) become a literary staple like the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, we can all learn writing lessons from Mark Twain! Good writing is good writing no matter what the genre! When we apply Twain’s advice for good content, we make ours timeless like his.
First, remember that, “The time to begin writing an article is when you have finished it to your satisfaction. By that time you begin to clearly and logically perceive what it is that you really want to say.”
Basically, sometimes it takes us finishing a blog post or article to fully realize what our point is. Once we acknowledge the point, then it’s time to revise and make sure that we get to the point quickly and effectively. Fortunately, Mark Twain doesn’t expect us to over-haul the entire piece every time. Some revisions require minor tweaks while others require in-depth revision. No one likes the revision process, but it’s beneficial for us all!
“I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.” – Mark Twain
Indeed, it’s much easier to write 400 words of fluff than 200 words of optimized and useful content. Yet, it’s the latter that impacts audiences and establishes loyal readers. It’s important to spend the time brainstorming, planning, and crafting valuable content. If you want to be a trusted source of content, then provide the goods, not superfluous material.
“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”
With dictionaries, thesauruses, and other tools available at our fingertips, there is no excuse not to find the word that articulates your sentiment. Ever. If you’ve ever been guilty of this malapropism before, don’t worry – like Huckleberry Finn, we have a second chance. Just be sure your future content is as articulate as Twain himself – or at least aiming for it!