If you run a Google search on how you can improve your writing skills, you’d get loads of information thrown at you by so many websites. Some of these information are targeted at professional writers, some to hobbyist and yet others to both professionals and hobbyists.
As you sift your way through the mountain of information at your disposal – thanks to Google, you are sure to draw out some helpful tidbits. However, there’s a subtle angle which you may not readily grasp that can prove to be an utmost benefit to your writing skills especially if you are a blogger or a potential one. This is where WordPress comes in.
Asides being a CMS platform on which you can publish your creative contents for the world to read, appreciate or even critique, WordPress has over the years evolved and proven to be a writer’s best friend when it comes to the blogosphere world. The good news is you can tap into the efficient, reliable and robust features offered by WordPress and channel them toward enhancing your writing dexterity. I have greatly benefitted from these features and consider them worth sharing.
They’re no-brainers, so you need not fret over understanding how they work. The truth is that if you’re already a WordPress user chances are you may be utilizing these features without being aware that you can maximize their benefits.
The Miracle of Plugins
WordPress allows you to focus on writing and content development instead of worrying about the technical tweaks you need to carry out on your website. But regardless of the awesome appearance WordPress gives to your website (depending on your choice of WordPress theme), the truth remains that what makes WordPress tick is the ability of [the] users to use plugins.
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One of the benefits I’ve derived from using plugins is in cross-checking my write-ups for any trace of plagiarism. Writers who are dedicated to the art deride plagiarism, as such if your proficiency in writing needs to measure up to par you need to publish plagiarism-free contents. While carrying out researches on the topic you want to write about, there’s a tendency to lift sentences and use them in your writing without properly adapting them such that they become original to you. Having a plagiarism plugin on hand to run through your work will help eliminate the risk of publishing a plagiarized article and having your website flagged or blacklisted.
For my content writing, I use Plagium. You can install Plagium directly from your WordPress dashboard or perform a manual installation. Upon activation, Plagium will be integrated with WordPress Text Editor granting you an easy way to check your texts for plagiarism just before you hit the publish button.
Other anti-plagiarism plugins that have received satisfactory reviews are Free Online Plagiarism Checker and WP Content Copy Protection. I recommend you install only plugins you need and also ascertain the plugin’s compatibility with your active theme.
Plagiarism is just one aspect, there are also plugins for thesaurus, readability of your post, foot notes, proofreading, copyright… name it, the list goes on!
Hands-on Text Editor
You may feel more comfortable to first type your blogposts in MS Word prior taking it to WordPress Text Editor. However, there may arise a need to quickly edit your article to effect a grammatical error correction or update an old post. In such a case, WordPress Text Editor comes in handy. It comes with the basic features that you’d need to effect the desired change.
Basically, this has helped me maintain a sought of flexibility in my writing because you never know when that new idea will come knocking and you have to get it down without much fuss.
Just like you have keyboard short-cuts in MS Word, there are also keyboard short-cuts which you can leverage upon to increase your writing speed. And yes! If you find all those buttons scattered all over MS Word to be a form of distraction to your writing, WordPress Text Editor gives you the opportunity to switch to a Distraction Free Writing Mode (DFWM). So you get enough space to focus and write. Combining this with the short-cuts can be a lot productive. To switch to the DFWM, you click the full-screen button below the visual/text tabs.
One way to measure how well you’ve improved in your writing is to get feedback from your readers. This way you get to rate yourself by understanding if your message was properly communicated to your targeted readers. While some readers are sensitive to how enjoyable your writing is, others may be easily put off by poor grammatical and lexis structures. To get all the feedback you need, WordPress comes to the rescue.
All you need do is to activate the comment box for your posts and read through the comments dropped by your readers. Not all comments will prove relevant, so you need to sift through them and find the honest criticisms or commendations that can thrust you further toward becoming a better writer.
Again, there is the opportunity to share your publication on any social media platform by just the click of one (or two 😉 ) button(s). This gives you a wider readership. Afterwards you can track the performance of the post and the reviews dropped on those social media platforms and use them to better yourself. Amazing, isn’t it?!
Save Draft and Continue Later
When the ideas are not forth coming, you can always save your draft and buy yourself some time to relax and think… or possibly engage in some other activity while your subconscious processes other ideas. This way you don’t lose any creative thought that comes knocking regardless of the time.
Saving your work as a draft is as easy as clicking a button.
In conclusion… the WordPress Ideology
A great writer is one who’s able to write in “is” and “was” and still awe the most learned. That’s the ideology on which WordPress was built – simplicity. To write well remember to write simple and therein still find a way to weave in your message in a strong and convincing manner.
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There you have it! Hopefully you can leverage these means offered by WordPress to become a master in the art of writing. It won’t happen overnight though, it’s all about taking the first step and staying consistent.
Which other ways do you use to improve your writing? Kindly share in the comment box below.
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