8 Signs of Weak Writing that Turn Off Readers

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What makes writing “weak,” and are you able to identify the specific aspects of your writing that are weak?

Writers can be hard on themselves. They may think everything they write is lousy. But “lousy” is a vague word — and that general self-judgment doesn’t help you move beyond “lousy” writing.

Check out these eight specific signs of weak writing and how to strengthen each one.

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Vexed by Your Bankrupt Vocabulary? Listen to This

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You can spot a mediocre writer from miles away …

Flat verbs. Obtuse nouns. Lame metaphors. Absence of stories. Rough Draft host Demian Farnworth should know. He used to be one.

In regard to the mediocre writers, it seems that they’d want an edge. That they’d kill to get their hands on words that crank out power like a Floyd Mayweather right hook.

That they’d do whatever they could. Even read unorthodox books.

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Why Writers Need to Develop a Sense of Humor

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Who would you prefer to write for you: somebody with a vanilla personality or someone with an awkward, funny edge to them?

Someone who can find the unique angle that will differentiate you from the mob?

Rough Draft host Demian Farnworth goes for the awkward edge because, when getting attention and visibility online is so difficult but so important, Demian wants a person to look at what he does and say, “Hey, why don’t we position you as, like, the priest of web writing?”

That’s goofy. But it gets people’s attention. Let Demian explain.

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How ProBlogger’s Darren Rowse Writes

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New media pioneer and entrepreneur Darren Rowse — creator of both Digital Photography School and ProBlogger — joined Kelton Reid to chat about the opportunities that 13 years of blogging have provided, his new podcast, and the importance of having the right mindset as a writer.

This sage blogging veteran and educator has blazed an inspiring path for enterprising online publishers.

His step-by-step blog series — 31 Days to Build a Better Blog — went from zero to viable business in no time, and now it’s a podcast every content creator can listen to … for free.

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A Simple 5-Step System for Editing Your Own Writing

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In order to revise your writing effectively, you need to look at your work objectively.

You don’t want to just glance at what you’ve written, quickly decide it is perfect, and then move on … missing an opportunity to become a stronger writer.

But how do you accurately critique your own creation?

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A Question of (Writing) Voice: How to Strengthen It, How to Shape It

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Sonia Simone got a fascinating question on Twitter: How do I handle a mismatch between my writing voice and my company’s writing voice? Is there any way to reconcile?

Voice is one of those things writers obsess over — how to make it stronger, clearer, more distinctive. Voice is what makes your writing different from anyone else’s — while still getting your point across.

Your writing voice can be your greatest strength as a content creator, or your greatest barrier to successful communication.

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