– Online writing can be multimedia, so always be looking
for opportunities to enrich your article with images,
audio, or video. It can also be interactive. Linking out
to useful information and websites is a courtesy to
your readers. Since online writing is global, you may
want to avoid using colloquial expressions or relying on
cultural references that will only be understood by
people in your country.
One of the most commons mistakes people make while
writing online is using too many long paragraphs.
While five sentence paragraphs are the norm in
academic writing, online readers are turned off by big
blocks of text. When I’m writing for the web, I’ll rarely
use more than three sentences in a paragraph.
– Writing is a personal thing. You’re pulling thoughts out
of your head and putting them into sentences for
complete strangers to read.
This is part of the reason people suffer from writer’s
block: we let our thoughts about writing get tangled
up with our thoughts about ourselves. But your
writing isn’t a reflection of your worth as human
Cultivate a sense of detachment from your writing.
The more separate you feel from the words on the
page, the more freely you’ll be able to produce them.
BY STEPHEN OGUGU