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Is there a magic formula to successful writing? What is it that successful writers do that unsuccessful or the not so successful writers don’t? One thing that is definite is they polish their copy. They try to say things in one or two words instead of long sentences. Most importantly, they know the subject well and when you know something well, you can write effectively on that subject. Good writers can add life to the most mundane of subjects and to be honest there are no mundane subjects, there are just dull writers. Which brings us back to our topic what should you do to distinguish yourself from the ilk of dull writers? Here are some tips from top journalists and writers on how to add punch to your writing :   Write like a pro— you may ask me what does that mean? Well, in simple words, write like an authority on any subject. People, who have deep knowledge on any subject, spend less time on selecting apt words, for them thoughts flow naturally. So, the bottom line is do your homework. Research well, and understand your subject and your article will flow naturally.   Stick to simple language—  Some people like to use difficult words but if they are familiar with its usage it is fine, avoid using words that you are not familiar with. Try not to make your writing deliberately obscure, just to appear knowledgeable, otherwise, you may be accused of being esoteric. If you are writing for the web, or in a publication that is not for a special reader audience, try to keep your language simple, and write in such a manner, that even obscure thoughts can be understood by all. The idea in web-writing is to make everything available for all. Make sure your thought flow is natural and logical—  Jumping from one subject to another, or giving examples that deviate from the main subject, will not just confuse the reader but also make the reader lose interest. It is very important, that your thought pattern flows logically and you begin by introducing your subject then build the article by giving more information about your subject and then you gradually draw a logical conclusion. Briefly introducing your subject or stating your objective, in the opening para, is a pattern that is followed in almost all forms of non-fiction writing. Avoid redundancies or repetition of thought and words most articles on web need to be 500 words in length and you are often paid per word, so, even if you are paid $1 per word or more try not to add more words just to increase the length of your article. Redundancy, or constantly repeating the same thing makes the reader lose interest and affects your credibility as a writer. Make sure your article is content rich and not word rich. Try to say things in as few words as possible. Effective writing is clear in thought and succinct. This way the reader will have lots to read about, in terms of subject- matter, rather than a mere play-of-words. Verbal flourishes are not desired in web writing. Organize your thoughts and words—  It’s very important to separate the grain from the chaff. To be an effective writer, go over your written work several times to ensure there are no errors, every sentence is not just grammatically correct, but, also clear in thought. See that your article has logical progression of thought and at this time try to wear your reader’s cap to see how much you are offering to them as a writer. To make sure your reader comes back to read your article, let it read like an interesting story where the reader is hooked till the end.  

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