15 Simple Ways to Improve Your Writing

Pay attention if you’re writing educational, non-fiction content.

Sinem Günel
The Startup
Published in
6 min readApr 21, 2022

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I never thought of myself as a “creative person” or “talented writer,” yet here I am — writing online for half a decade, making six figures per year through my words, and teaching beginners how to do the same.

And surprisingly, I didn’t need any formal education or experience in writing to achieve any of that. I learned how to write online by reading and writing — a lot.

Yet, it took me more than two years to understand the differences between effective online writing and meh writing.

Here are the writing lessons I wish I had discovered (and applied) earlier:

Remove most of your “thats”

In 9 out of 10 cases, you can remove the word “that” from a sentence without changing its meaning.

Sometimes, I’ll still leave a “that” because I think it sounds better (at least in my head), but most “thats” are filler words with no value to the piece.

Whenever possible, cut other words too

Similar to “that,” there are many other (tiny) words that don’t add much value to your writing. If you remove them, your writing becomes cleaner and…

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Sinem Günel
The Startup

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