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10 Sexy Practices That Will Make You 10x Better Writer (Immediately)

Some stripping, some effing, & some nudity

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I know the headline borders clickbait, but, trust me, it's not.

Tantalizing? Hmm…Guilty!

Well, many people think to become better at something, they need to do a lot of things — learn, practice the trade for a long time, adopt many strategies, etc.

But as a writer, I am telling you, to become a better writer, you need to shed a lot of things and unlearn many things. Just like in the art of seduction —

Less is More over here.

Over the term of my writing experience, I have learned that as long as you have clarity and value for the readers, you are sorted.

Practice #1: Ditch Censorship

The best ideas are when you do not restrain your mind. That is when thoughts gush out with full force. Use that. Tap that potential.

From the moment you decide to write, remove all censors. And just write — unrestricted, boundaryless, and uninhibited.

What it means:

Harness the power of drafting. And then, after you have poured everything out, start editing.

Practice #2: FCuK ‘ly’ & relatives

No, I don't mean Bruce Lee or Jet Lee.

I mean the adverbs that sit innocuously in your story, devaluing your work. Don't clutter — keep the performance clean.

Look out for the 'ly' words — happily, excitedly, angrily, carefully, truly, really, etc.

Instead:

Use classier words.

Smiled happily>grinned,

screamed excitedly>was thrilled,

walked angrily>stomped,

really sad>downhearted.

Relatives? The unwanted phrases.

Remember? We often use them when we talk and think it's okay to write them too!

In order to, first and foremost, needless to say, end of the day, in the process of…

Please, shed them.

Practice #3: Enter the stage with a bang

Pay attention to the opening line of a thought/paragraph. Then, grab your reader by their ba**s. And keep them hooked.

Your objective as a writer to make your readers go to the next line. And the next.

Tips:

  • Try to keep them short and 'hooky'.
  • Try to incorporate something surprising/shocking/unusual — whacky trivia/quote/incident, a personal story, a question.
  • And remember to transition it to the focus topic.

Practice #4 Give your readers their money's worth

Time is money — the day you realize this, you are sorted as a writer.

If you are here to write for yourself, don't bother about this or, in fact, any of the practices. But if you write for readers, you need to get this.

Get this ingrained in your brain:

"What's in it for me?"

Imagine your reader is in front of you asking this. And then decide whether what you have written answers the question. Keep it only if the answer is a 'yes'.

Practice #5: Drop the skirt when they think you will strip the ribbon!

Have fun! Raise the 'oomph' quotient.

Do something interesting. Experiment with things. Spice up things a bit sometimes. Add some zing. Some sexiness.

Flex your muscles and do something tacky sometimes. Why so serious?

Readers don’t come to be respected. They look for excitement. Smack them, or else they will wander off.

That's what psychologist & journalist Daniel Goleman says — a typical reader's mind wanders off 20–40% of the time.

Practice #6: Learn to dance naked

Bring emotions and vulnerability into your stories.

Readers want to hear it from a human, not from Almighty God. Else they would listen to sermons.

Be yourself. Don't hide behind a facade of perfection, trying to impress the readers.

They are not here for you. They are here for themselves.

At some point, you will have to bare yourself.

Practice #7: Perform at different stages

Medium. LinkedIn. Twitter. Quora. Reddit.

Each social platform has its unique audience, tone of writing, mood, and setup. Like Medium is an all-in-one sort of place, LinkedIn teaches to write in a professional, lead-generation one, and Twitter is again about microblogging.

Writing on these platforms equip you better as a writer. Gives you more exposure to different environments.

Explore them.

Practice #8: Dressing for the show — not too long, not too short

Just keep it enough to engage the audience — the formatting.

This is an essential ingredient in your performance. Do it right, and the audience is yours. Do it wrong, and you lose them, no matter how great your stuff is.

Here are some tips.

Your audience loves to check out things before he decides to go for it. So, make it skimmable.

Practice #9: Make it a feast for the eyes

If you want your audience's time, you need to invest some.

Don't dig in the first image you think fits the bill. Take some time to explore better options. Pick an image that:

  • captures the essence of your story
  • is in total synch with what you are saying
  • is vibrant and eye-catching
  • & most important- avoid pictures that have been over-used. Go for something unique.

Practice #10: Scream, my love, when you reach the climax.

I can't tell you how many writers skip this step. And that's sad.

Reading aloud is the simplest and best way to ensure that whatever you have written is clear and understandable. It is the best tool to pluck weeds from the garden bed, making it more attractive.

Promise me you will not skip this part. Then, scream and tell me — YES!

Finally…

Well, well..here we are.

So, how are you feeling? Re-energized to make a second go at your writing?

I would say- go for it. Take a chance and dip yourself completely.

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