The One Rule of Writing You Need to Keep in Mind

Throughout my years as a freelance writer, I’ve come across hundreds of tips on how to write better. From these tips, I’ve developed my system, as far as providing clients with high-quality content is concerned.

However. I’d like you to know that all of these tactics are merely tricks to get the attention of your target readers.

Things like adding images to your content, breaking your text down into subheading, and using your target keywords multiple times within the content, among many others, are just cute ploys to attract readers. Not to mention, not all of these techniques apply to all writers in their respective industries.

However, if there’s a single rule that writers should follow that you ought to know, it’s this:

Just write.

Often, we get caught up in the details of writing that they prevent us from actually writing. Because we’re so concerned about the images that will be featured on the post or the keyword you want to optimize for, we end up not writing anything at all.

Here’s an alternative for you:

Throw everything you learned about writing out the window.

Pick a topic and just write about it. Let your fingers do the talking for you.

Do this for the next 20 minutes.

Do the entire process again the next day. And the day after that. And so on.

I say this because this process has worked wonders for me.

As a writer, I have been caught in a dry spell because I overthink it.

I want to make sure that the content is perfect in one go, which makes sense. I don’t want to comb back through the content because they’re filled with mistakes and errors, so I want to get everything right the first time. That means creating images, doing keyword research, finding for resources to include in the post, and so on.

Doing all these things, however, is a painstaking process. Instead of just writing, like any sane writer would, I’m left doing damn research and not saying what’s on my mind.

More importantly, I forget the very heart of the content, which is the message itself. It’s buried with all the research and fluff that’s put on top of the content that it feels synthetic and inauthentic. My voice as a writer has been disregarded because of the crap that needs to be done before the actual writing process.

So through Magical Tumbong, I can express my thoughts freely and without a filter. This is important because you take away the inhibitions that you need to overcome to write a piece. At the same time, you refine your skills as a storytelling that is crucial in developing a voice and building a readership.

Developing your writing abilities honed through constant writing helps you build winning habits.

How about you? Do you fancy yourself as a writer or blogger? What’s the best tip that you can share to your fellow writers? Feel free to chime in by commenting below!

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Christopher Jan Benitez

Freelance writer and content marketer by profession. CEO of GoSmrk, a boutique digital agency that focuses on helping online businesses by using the latest and best growth hacking techniques. Magical Tumbong is a place where he vents out about non-work related matters.

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  1. Throw everything you have learned out the window -sound advice.

    Really good and interesting blog. Thanks.

    I see myself as a writer I guess – I completely agree it is honed through constant writing

    • Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Nikki! Just like any other discipline, writing is all about practice to help sharpen your skills. That’s why writing for at least 20 minutes in this blog has been a godsend for me, in terms of getting more comfortable with expressing my thoughts through the written word.

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