Online writing tips

Some students had asked me some writing tips for online media. Here are those that I think are important.
  1. Write if you only need to write. If in doubt, don’t write.
  2. Write what you know. Don’t pretend, for it would show soon.
  3. Write what you enjoy saying. Your joy is contagious even if it is an online world.
  4. Don’t scold people.
  5. If you are angry, don’t write unless you want to injure yourself.
  6. Write with purpose. Don’t beat around the bush.
  7. Have a word count and stick to it.
  8. Kill the adjectives. No one likes descriptions these days. Say what you have to say and be off with it. Period.
  9. Remember – You are writing for the web. No one has the time to read voluminous articles.
  10. If in Facebook, don’t exceed 40 words.
  11. Keep sentences short.
  12. Always check your grammar. Bad grammar puts people off. They would think you are insincere.
  13. Checking spellings saves your reputation.
  14. Once you write a post, review it twice to cut down word count by a half. It works.
  15. Use pictures where you can. They enhance the visual appeal of your posts.
  16. Use active voice. Passive voice is for the British and nobody speaks the Queen’s tongue anymore.
  17. Post regularly. For that write regularly. For that read regularly.
  18. A post is your face. Don’t sully it nor allow anyone to do so.
  19. Never fight with readers. Everyone is entitled to his/her opinion.
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