You’ve heard this advice a million times, haven’t you?
“Study the texts of great authors to write better”.
On the surface it sounds pretty logical. Until you actually start doing it…
Seriously, how exactly are you going to work on good writing?
Should you simply read other authors and hope that their writing genius will somehow pass you by? Should you rewrite their text in handwriting and wait for a spontaneous brain-hand connection? Or should you do something more concrete?
Writing well is hard enough in itself, and the last thing you need is vague advice to complicate things even further.
What you really need is a cheat sheet… a roadmap to the successful writing tactics used by other writers…
Fortunately, you can learn a lot about successful writing techniques from just one place, the blog article introduction.
Let’s take a look at some examples below.
Revealing the Secrets of Successful Writers
The following text is the introduction to the article, quit your job and become an online writer:
Do you feel?
Do you feel that tiny flutter in your heart?
You don’t know what it is, but something is pushing you to change. It’s not a confession and a pure change. It’s the kind of change that invites you to change the direction of your life, to actually do what you’ve always wanted to do.
You sense the ideas that are ready to explode inside you. You can sense that they are forcing you to go out. You know what you have to do is set them free. It’s time you fired them like a bullet into this world that desperately needs your ideas.
But you are afraid.
You fear quitting your job and lacking a guaranteed income. When you say you’re going to drop everything and continue your life as a writer, you fear the anxious, even condemning, looks you’ll get. You are afraid of not being able to pay your bills and starving your family because of your persistent selfishness.
But most of all, you are afraid of being wrong.
Maybe that palpitation in your heart is an illusion. Maybe your ideas are just crappy ideas that do nothing. Maybe you’re just a fool with grandiose dreams; And this whole dream of being a writer is pure fantasy.
That’s why you don’t do anything.
You cling to your safe, unimportant profession. Occasionally, you scribble novels, short stories, screenplays or blog posts as a hobby. As you tell yourself you’re doing the right thing, your life buoyed by shopping, fast food, and alcohol slips by.
But are you really doing the right thing?
That little voice inside you says “no”. “No, this is all very very wrong”.
Pretty impressive, right?
It grabs your attention, makes you read, draws you in.
So what lies beneath its appearance in this text? If you know these, you can apply the same in your own writings.
So let’s start with the first of the three basic techniques…
1. Opening Question
Did you know that seventy-two percent of all articles by the author we quoted begin the same way, with an opening question?
With the questions he asks in the following parts, he tries to attract your attention and keep it alive all the time. I discovered several points in these questions:
He deliberately uses vague terms to arouse curiosity.
It talks about certain threats that instill fear.
He hints that he will share personal information about himself. Readers love to learn personal information about the author.
These questions create open emotional loops that must be closed. This need for closure makes you read the next sentence. This situation draws you into more and more articles. It’s sneaky, but it works.
The above quote begins with the question “Do you feel it”. When you read, you can’t help thinking “what am I feeling”. Thus, you feel the desire to learn the next sentence as soon as possible.
If you have any doubts whether this technique works or not, you can clear your doubts by turning off the TV in the middle of the final episode of your favorite show 🙂
2. Delaying Transitions
When connecting two ideas, sentences, or parts of a sentence, we use conjunctions, exclamations, or phrases. Most of these transitions are so ordinary and natural that it is difficult for us to express ourselves without using the elements we have already mentioned. However, we can delay the transitions by using these words like a writing art.
We can use the words or phrases that we provide the transition to at the beginning of the next sentence or even the next paragraph.
Thereforewe consider that the sentence is complete.
HoweverActually, the main information is hidden in the next sentence.
ThereforeWe can’t stop ourselves from continuing to read.
Advantages of using delayed transitions:
1. They allow us to write short sentences that are easier to read.
2. It is easy for them to draw the reader there, especially when starting a new sentence on the next line.
3. They give the reader the illusion that they are reading faster. Remember those unforgettable books you finished in one breath.
4. They look a little unexpected to the eye. Therefore, they have a somewhat stimulating effect on the reader. Just like giving your girlfriend your anniversary gift a month ago 🙂
Now let’s look again at how Jon uses delayed transitions on an example.
You sense the ideas that are ready to explode inside you. You can sense that they are forcing you to go out. You know what you have to do is set them free. It’s time you fired them like a bullet into this world that desperately needs your ideas.But you are afraid.You fear quitting your job and lacking a guaranteed income. When you say you’re going to drop everything and continue your life as a writer, you fear the anxious, even condemning, looks you’ll get. You are afraid of not being able to pay your bills and starving your family because of your persistent selfishness.But most of allYou are afraid of being wrong.Maybe that palpitation in your heart is an illusion. Maybe your ideas are just crappy ideas that do nothing. Maybe you’re just a fool with grandiose dreams; And this whole dream of being a writer is pure fantasy.Because you are not doing anything.You cling to your safe, unimportant profession. Occasionally, you scribble novels, short stories, screenplays or blog posts as a hobby. As you tell yourself you’re doing the right thing, your life buoyed by shopping, fast food, and alcohol slips by. ok but Are you really doing the right thing?
It’s no secret that transitions make writing more fluid, but it takes practice to determine what kind of transitions work.
3. Poetic Repetition
Poetic repetition or poetic repetition is the deliberate use of certain words multiple times to strengthen the impact of the text on the reader.
This type of writing style will tie together relevant parts of the text, creating an engaging rhythm.
It takes three repetitions for the human mind to perceive a particular pattern. In this way, the article becomes catchy, fun and interesting. From classical novels to historical idioms, this triple usage is encountered everywhere:
veni, vidi, vici (I came, I saw, I conquered)
by the people, of the people, for the people
Even the construction process of a story gives us the same tripartite structure: introduction, development, conclusion.
Continuing with the same example:
quitting your job and lacking a guaranteed income you are afraid. From the worried, even disapproving looks you’ll get when you say you’re going to drop everything and continue your life as a writer. you are afraid. From not being able to pay your bills or starving your family because of your persistent selfishness. you are afraid.
Take Action Now and Open Like a Professional Writer
As a writer and blogger, you must have put a lot of effort into improving your writing skills.
Maybe you’ve been making excuses for yourself not to work on the writing techniques of successful writers.
But you know how great writers were able to access their texts in simple ways.
Why don’t you want to try these methods in your next articles and see the result? Moreover, it is entirely up to you to develop this information that we share superficially.