How to Take Your Writing to The Next Level

By Bamboo Forest

While there are multiple factors that determine whether a blogger attracts a huge audience, nobody will argue that producing great content isn’t an absolute requirement.

And let’s face it, producing great content is an enormous undertaking. If we were only one of few blogs on the interwebs, getting attention for what we write would be easy.

The reality, however, is there are multitudes of really talented and dedicated bloggers out there and we have no choice but to go toe-to-toe with them.

The following methods will help you better compete with the competition.

Let your writing stew

Could you imagine putting all the ingredients for lamb stew into a big pot and consuming it five minutes later?

It probably wouldn’t taste anywhere near its best.

Writing often follows this same formula.

The more days you can dedicate to a single post the better the final product will be.

I often write humor which is a great challenge because you aren’t just conveying information but you must also elicit laughter from your readers. I’ve discovered that spending multiple days on a single post makes the finished product much funnier.

When you write a single piece over a couple days you give yourself the opportunity to add and subtract information you otherwise wouldn’t have if you were to write and publish it in the same day. This makes your final product reach its ultimate potential.

Always publish your best stuff now

Never, ever save your best stuff for later.

If you don’t want to publish your finest material because you have a small audience then submit it as a guest post.

By committing to publishing your best material now you’re enhancing your writing capacity.

In the comment section of this Copyblogger post, Raul Sim wrote:

“Holding your best ideas keep your head stuck on that ideas. Without publishing them you can’t generate new greater ideas, because you are full. You have to let your brain flow for even better ideas. Don’t hesitate to publish your best ideas!”

Believe you’re a great writer

I have recently become very inspired with my humor blog and you know what I’m telling myself all the time?

I’m truly hilarious.

While it’s true I’ve occasionally had people tell me that my writing is hilarious (booya baby!) others may think my writing isn’t funny.

The truth, however, is all that matters is what you tell yourself. You need to get pumped up about your writing. You need to love what you do and believe in it.

If you begin to doubt your capability it will show in your attitude and you’ll lose motivation which will diminish how well you write and how much you write.

I’m not saying that believing you’re a great writer will magically turn you into one.

What I am saying, however, is that what you believe about your writing will impact the quality of your writing.

Anthony Robbins writes:

“Once accepted, our beliefs become unquestioned commands to our nervous system, and they have the power to expand or destroy the possibilities of our present and future.”

To put this another way, Henry Ford once said:

“If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.”

While it’s true there’s much competition out there, it’s also true there are strategies we can use to take our writing to the next level.

About the Author: Bamboo Forest created Tick Tock Timer, an online timer that helps you destroy procrastination and get serious work done.



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25 Responses to “How to Take Your Writing to The Next Level”

  • Ruth Lee

    Hi, “Believe you’re a great writer” you are so right about this one, believing is the first step, through the course of my years I have learn the hard way, if your mind is not set up positively, your results are going to be poor… you HAVE to believe you can be, a great writer, a great blogger, a great marketer and then results, positive results with shine.

    Thanks for the post and the blog… I love it!

  • corey m.p.

    I agree with publishing your best stuff now. No reason to hold back. The more we write, the better our writing becomes anyway. There is no reason to worry about what your next post will be, but there is always a reason to write. Great ideas happen to those who keep writing.

    I love Henry’s Ford’s quote, and just like you said, you have to believe you’re a great writer first. For how else will anyone believe in you if you don’t believe in yourself.

    • Bamboo Forest – Tick Tock Timer

      You write:

      “For how else will anyone believe in you if you don’t believe in yourself.”

      That’s a good point. Thank you for sharing that.

  • ScorpionGod

    Wooh Very nice tips. My blog’s audience is very low I wish to write some guest posts. I Don’t think I’m a Great writer because I started to write really ago 5 months. Before that I’m doing copy and paste job. Then I understand that is sucking So I stopped it and started to Write Really.!

    • Bamboo Forest – Tick Tock Timer

      Writing is like learning a musical instrument.

      The more you do of it, the better you get.

      And be sure to read plenty. Because reading, in my opinion, helps the most.

  • Bamboo Forest – Tick Tock Timer

    I agree. When you finish a piece and it’s out there, it feels great knowing the ideas in your head have been presented for an audience to absorb.

  • mark readal

    Writing is one of the greatest ways to express yourself, especially when it happens in a different language. It might take a long ride to get confident, but it’s always a great feeling when you have fine tuned an idea or expression. My writing gets def better when I start to visualize the words I write about. And, this is not only true for blog writing, but also for letters or emails. Thanks for your insights, mark.

  • Constant Writer

    I think the part about taking some time to put an idea together is definitely true. If you spend a few days instead of a few minutes or a couple hours piecing together a post or a piece of writing, you have time to think about it and rethink it. You can formulate it better and articulate what you mean and what your point is a lot better when it has time to percolate in your head over a little more time.

    • Bamboo Forest – Tick Tock Timer

      Excellently put. Agreed.

  • Mighty

    “The more days you can dedicate to a single post the better the final product will be.”

    It’s just that a lot of bloggers, including me, just write for today and have a compulsion to write as many blog posts in as less time as possible. ultra-efficiency, you know. So the posts sometimes suffer from ramblings and typos. that’s why, bloggers consider that what they’ve written right away is the always the best they can come up with.

    You’re right, allowing the article to stew can definitely improve a blog post. 🙂

    • Bamboo Forest – Tick Tock Timer

      And we need the best blog posts possible… if we want any hope of competing with those who already have a huge following.

  • cmdweb

    Excellent post. There’s definite value in not just taking your time to write a better quality page, but also in leaving it for a while before you edit and polish it. The result is always much better. I also love the enouragement you give to believe in yourself and the standard of your writing. A lack of confidence will always show through, so don’t let it.

    • Bamboo Forest – Tick Tock Timer

      Thank you for the nice comment.

      Cheers.

  • Jeff Goins

    Love that tip about publishing your best stuff now.

    • Bamboo Forest – Tick Tock Timer

      It’s an important point. And it’s something I thrive on. I love publishing my best stuff now. It’s almost as if by doing so I’m telling my brain that it will be no prob to come up with even better stuff later!

  • Justin

    I usually write my blogs when I am inspired to do so. I enjoy sharing useful insights and ideas with others even if the audience is small.

    • Bamboo Forest – Tick Tock Timer

      Your audience might be small now. But keep rocking the great content and that will change quickly my friend 🙂

  • Sean

    I really liked the part about publishing your best ideas now. It can be tempting to want to save them for later but what’s the point? You’re so right on not being able to come up with even greater ideas until you’ve expressed your other ideas.

    Thanks for this, was an awesome read 🙂

    • Bamboo Forest – Tick Tock Timer

      Thank you for the good words.

      I found Raul Sim’s comment rather brilliant. He nailed it.

      Yes, we MUST publishing our most genius ideas NOW. That way, they will continue to flow.

  • Marie

    Love this. Believing in your self is key – BUT being able to laugh at yourself is also key!

    write from your heart, don’t sway from your values and those that love you will love you regardless of the mistakes you can make.

    Thanks for the encouragement you alway give here!

    @spreadingJOY

    • Bamboo Forest – Tick Tock Timer

      I agree with you, the ability to laugh at ourself is valuable.

  • Togrul

    Hey Bamboo Forest,

    You are absolutely right about motivation and believing in yourself. We are our first and best motivators, that’s for sure.

    Great post, thanks for sharing.

    Cheers,
    Togrul

    • Bamboo Forest – Tick Tock Timer

      Well said. We must find our motivation from within.

      We can’t rely on any other factors.

  • Rison Simon

    Hi, great tips on being a good writer. But is it necessary that a blogger should be a great writer. I think even the mistakes help one to find his own voice.

    • Bamboo Forest – Tick Tock Timer

      I think the goal should be to be the kind of writer that attracts the most attention.

      That is if your goal is to make the bloody mula.

      Usually, perhaps always, this requires being a writer who is competent.

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