How To Create Informative Blog Posts Even If You’re Not Good At Writing

Can you relate to this scenario…

You’re sitting in front of your computer, staring at an empty screen. The deadline given to you to submit the article is fast approaching, and you’re still fighting to start putting words down when you’re supposed to already be at the editing stage.

As you sit there, struggling to get started, a strange feeling of inferiority creeps in – before your own eyes, you see yourself transforming from a confident expert into a self-conscious amateur.

The good thing?

  • You’re not alone.

I used to dislike writing a lot. In fact, the thought of sitting down for hours and writing something that I didn’t even know if anyone would read was so demotivating.

Whenever I needed to write anything, I would procrastinate, thinking that avoiding the task would make it go away. Finally, the procrastination eventually led to lots of rushed writing during the 11th hour to meet my deadlines.

This usually resulted in substandard work.

However, my primary problem wasn’t about writing; it was about fear. I feared making mistakes, I feared that what I wrote would sound stupid to the reader, and most of all, I feared that I would not be worthy enough to be called a writer.

My Fear Was Causing Me Harm

My Fear Was Causing Me Harm
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So there I was, a guy with many years of experience who has won blogging awards and has been praised by major publications, afraid of sounding stupid.

It sounds preposterous, but my fear of producing mediocre content made writing a depressing experience for me.

I even tried compensating for my fears – I’d use big, irrelevant words trying to “prove” I understood what I was talking about. Unfortunately, all that did was make me sound like a fake jerk.

But then one day, I came across a particular piece of advice that changed everything for me. It was the best writing advice I’ve ever come across, and the best writing advice I can give to you right now:

  • Write the way you speak.

What an emancipating idea!

That sounds so easy, right?

That single piece of advice helped me eliminate my fear of writing. No more using complex, unnecessary words to impress the reader. No more fear of being inauthentic. And most importantly, I didn’t feel the need to procrastinate anymore.

I could just be myself, relax, and write exactly what was on my mind.

Now, let me make something clear: Writing the way you speak does not mean you should write content that sucks.

It’s meant solely to help get rid of the mental barriers of procrastination and fear that prevent you from being a more productive and engaging writer.

Let me show you how to use the “write the way you speak methodology” to crush your insecurities and avoid sounding like a pretentious idiot…

1. Assume You’re Chatting With A Good Friend

Great writing is like an interaction between the writer and the reader. So whenever you’re writing anything, imagine yourself explaining the topic to a friend who’s sitting next to you. Think of the easiest way you would explain this topic to them.

During that conversation:

  • How would you introduce that subject?
  • What kinds of words would you use to make the topic clearer?
  • What instances and real life examples would you give to make them understand your topic?
  • How would you make your story more relatable?
  • What questions might they ask?
  • How would you wrap up that topic so they feel satisfied with the discussion?

Writing this way will enable you to write great copy that better engages your audience, is more interesting, more informative, and exists in a conversational tone.

Simply close your eyes and imagine yourself taking with your friend. As you do this, jot down the interaction. That’s all there is to it.

2. Relax And Be Yourself

Relax And Be Yourself
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By writing the way you speak, you will also naturally inject a little personality into your writing.

After all, you’re writing in your own voice using straightforward and easy to understand English, and in a tone that makes you sound more like a human than a textbook.

Now, mix that with a few well-placed personal and relevant stories, and you have the makings of an irresistible piece of copy.

Just remember to make it natural. Don’t say anything that isn’t true, relevant, or unnecessary to the conversation.

Stick to the topic at hand and let the words come naturally.

3. Use The Same Language You Use In Your Daily Life 

If you write the way you speak, you’ll be more inspired to use regular, everyday words that you would usually use in general discussion.

This prevents you from sounding like a show off using obtuse and generally confusing language that makes your readers roll their eyes in disappointment.

Keep your writing very clear and simple without using artificially magnified language.

A good rule of thumb: If your average reader would reach for a dictionary to understand a word, then you need to change that word.

Here’s the thing, your readers don’t give a shit about your level in the English language (as long as it’s grammatically coherent).

You should not try to show off because all that will happen is you will embarrass yourself.

4. Throw Away The Rule Book And Just Write

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If all the rules about writing styles, passive/active voice, punctuation, and proper grammar are contributing to your insecurities about writing, throw away the “rule book” for a while, and just write.

Some people try to be very meticulous about the whole writing process, and they end up very carefully selecting each word as they craft a piece of content. This results in a very unnatural tone and an overall piece that comes across as too boring and too technical.

Just forget about everything you know about “how to write well”. Focus more on writing down the major points of your idea in your first draft, and don’t worry about any other thing right now.

When you’re done doing that, you can revisit what you wrote and edit the heck out of it.

The editing stage is where you need to focus on the nuts and bolts of the piece. Notice any errors? Is there anything that could be changed to add more clarity? I guarantee there are some things that need editing, and here is where you should do that. Make sure everything is clear, crisp, and free of errors.

Once you’ve made those corrections, abandon the article and look at it again the next day with fresh eyes. You will probably see some things that need to be re-edited. Now is the time to go and do that.

5. Read It Out Aloud

One of the best editing strategies is reading your writing out loud.

When you’re doing this, every awkward sentence and piece of bad grammar will become apparent. When you “write the way you speak”, your words should sound just as natural coming out as they did going in.

As you read your writings out loud, pay close attention to those places that seem to trip you up and leave you a bit confused — some extra attention for those spots is required.

Here’s the rule: If a particular sentence or paragraph doesn’t sound well on your ear, you need to rewrite it until it flows properly.

Write The Way You Speak And Overcome Writing Insecurities

For you to become an excellent and proficient writer, you must first conquer your fear of screwing up or sounding stupid. Just learn to write the way you speak, and you’ll be able to dish out your first draft effortlessly.

Once you get used to that, you’ll find that you’re actually a great writer and you’ll be able to get more writing done quickly without feeling like a fraud.

This same writing process has worked for me for many years, and I’m convinced it’ll equally work for you if you practice it.

Just write the way you speak and the piece becomes a conversation instead of a lecture.

So instead of having a handful of students listening to a professor talk about something boring, you now have a handful of friends who feel like they’re involved in the conversation.

This is how we create rapport and build trust with an audience.

And when those two things come, many more good things come, too!

What do you think about this writing technique? Have you tried it before? Have you noticed any difference in engagement? Let me hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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A Blogger, Author and a speaker! Harsh Agrawal is recognized as a leader in digital marketing and FinTech space. Fountainhead of ShoutMeLoud, and a Speaker at ASW, Hero Mindmine, Inorbit, IBM, India blockchain summit. Also, an award-winning blogger.

84 thoughts on “How To Create Informative Blog Posts Even If You’re Not Good At Writing”

  1. I have opened a new blog after getting inspiration from you. But, I face the problem because I am not a good writer, So, this article is very helpful for me. Now, I obviously try this process to write an article for my blog.

  2. Hi Harsh,
    Writing quality article is a problem that most of the blogger face at the early days of blogging.
    I think if you like the topic then writing is very easy. That’s why choosing a perfect niche is so important.
    Anyway this post will help beginners to enjoy writing.
    All the points are great
    Thanks for sharing.
    Cheers

  3. Hi Harsh, what a helpful post you have sent out! But a quick question please;

    What is your opinion in terms of relative quality and speed of delivery of these content options:

    1. Content curation
    2. Content aggregation
    2. Original content

    Cheers

  4. Hi Harsh,
    It’s an inspirational post. I always write what I usually talk an d have in mind.
    Thanks for the fantastic share.
    Have a good week ahead,

  5. What a great idea sir ji 🙂 . Earlier It was a big problem for me . But, after 3 years I have developed my writing skills. And, yes you Said the right thing that we should write as we are talking with someone.

    Writing naturally , writing my own thoughts helped me a lot.

    Great post, loved the content. Thanks,,,,, 🙂

  6. Harsh, I love “Throw the rule book out” and if your audience doesn’t know a word change it, they should not need to google it to find out what it means.
    I also think write about what you LOVE. If you are not passionate about something it will be harder to write about it.
    Thanks for sharing your tips on how you do it! Have a great day.

  7. I am also afraid to writing and feeling dumb when come to writing. I am searching and want to learn new ideas for writing. This post made my day. Really I am not alone. Your great tips give me confidence. Thank you for sharing your experiences. Please keep it up, you are giving life to new bloggers.

  8. When we write, we get the opportunity to express our thoughts and that release your stress an well as make you busy, so it increases your concentration.
    Of Course the biggest benefit of writing is, you can help others with your skill, which you are expert in.

    So writing has so many benefits and by writing again and again, we learn and avoid the mistakes, which we used to do in the past.

    What we do, what we learn, what we know, that’s what we can write and share good things with the world, which gave benefit to you and your family. Means we don’t have to find something special to write.

    Thanks.

  9. This is amazing tricks as if you just spoke my mind.
    I’m a slow typist. In my case, I record my ideas in a tape then replay it as i write them down. I don’t want as obstruction between my thoughts and writing – I allow the flow of thought by recording down.

    Thanks Harsh!

  10. Hi Harsh,
    Writing quality article is a problem that most of the blogger face at the early days of blogging.
    I think if you like the topic then writing is very easy. That’s why choosing a perfect niche is so important.
    thanks for sharing, Enjoy your day 🙂

  11. Wow! Harsh, you gave couple of Cool tips, well I am a slow writer and I just like to pen down my articles first and then analyze the whole article. I like the tip you gave that you’re just chatting with a good friend..
    Keep up the good work!

    Cheers!

  12. Harsh ji,
    This is my first comment to you. I was feared…

    I’m very inspired with your article. I used to read your blogs almost daily basis but I don’t have dare to write comments on your article because I have fear of about writing styles, passive/active voice, punctuation, and proper grammar as you wrote in this article.

    I love your inspiring tag lines such as “You’re not alone.” Shortly I will write article on my website.

    May god always giving you energy and power to write quality articles

    Thanks & regards

    A K Tiwari

  13. Like everything else we get better at writing as we write more is the fact. I remember during myself and my ability to write articles, but as I started to write, my writing skills got better and more refined. Very well written article Harsh as always.

  14. My english and writing skills are not so good, but after this post i am feeling motivated.
    Thanks Harsh Sir for this wonderful post

  15. I feel that whenever I go to write my article I feel very inappropriate about my writings. Well, this post helps me to overcome this problem. Next time, I will keep in mind about it.

  16. Hi Harsh Ji…I have become your fan..because i find good contents in you blog.Your article on content writing is excellent for new bloggers.I agree with you if the content is written in natural way it becomes easy for the writer and reader both.there is no point in writing in a language which is difficult to write and difficult to read.thanks a lot.

    harsh ji just let me know that do you accept article on any subject (good ones) or you have set rules ?

  17. Harpreet Kumar

    Probably, I can say this would be great tips to write an informative content sir. Thanks for writing this useful article.

  18. Kuddi Panjaban

    “Write the way you speak” it’s a great idea, I will surely use this tips for my blog, it will help me a lot because I can write fearlessly by this way and without fear THANKS SIR

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