The thunderstorm of words is hard to bear!
When I see a post, flooded with words, I feel like I am in a digital typhoon, hijacked by yawns.
I am 100% positive, most of you can relate to what I just said… (Keep on reading, this post is not a time-waster)
Do you remember the time when dizziness took over, and you slept right in front of your system while reading a blog?
That’s precisely what I don’t wish for you. If you want the eyeballs stuck on your blog, hold on to the cord of MINIMALISM.
Now minimalism doesn’t stand for Spartan writing where your writing piece is devoid of words that can make a difference.
The whole principle revolves around using less yet spellbinding words.
If you are not aware of what minimalism is and how you can use it in your writing, this blog will help you.
And if you are someone who already writes worth-a-second-read pieces, this writing piece will serve as a cherry on the top. (Wink Wink)
Minimalism- Get to know it more
Minimalism is all about using the approach “get most out of the least.” You must have seen minimalist designs that contain negative space, aren’t cluttered and offer enough space to breathe.
Minimalism in writing is no different- You get selective about your words, you try to convey the message in fewer words yet the message doesn’t lose its real charm.
Even now, brands are using the golden snitch of minimalism into their marketing strategy.
Ford has smartly used the power of minimalism. From a writer’s standpoint, you can say, it has shown the example of “fewer words, huge impact.”
If you, too want to succeed in 2020, Go Minimalism’s way.
How to write like a Minimalist?
Welcome to the school of “Minimalism Writing Wizardry.”
Jokes apart, I’ll help you in discovering the layers of minimalism. By the end of this blog, you’ll be able to do it the Minimalist’s way.
De-crapify your content
That, that, that!
The bombardment of the word “that” sucks the soul out of your writing. Don’t think you can’t use this word; use it where it necessary.
You need to CUT “THAT” OFF!
The best way to go about it is, once you are done writing the first paragraph. Read it and see how natural it sounds with the word “that.” Omit the word where you find it has no space in the paragraph.
Trust me, this tip works wonders and can fill in the real pearls in your writing piece.
Read and write – understand the real catch
Dig your collection of well-organized books in that beautiful oak bookcase. Pick up a book and take one paragraph at a time.
Read one paragraph and try to sum it up in fewer words. Make it a regular practice; in no time, you will learn the art of writing short and meaningful sentences.
In the midst of finding the real art of writing, don’t forget three essential things:
- Your words should have the most profound meanings
- Your chosen sentences should convey the real feeling
- Use fewer jargon; make it easy for people to understand your content.
Let your vocabulary log be stronger than your promises
“A good word a day lets you slay.”
Oh yes, you can genuinely win the clan if you have a sturdy log of vocabs. Now, don’t pick up the dictionary and start finding words. Instead, read blogs of your interest and note the meanings of different words in your journal.
Every day, make it a habit to use one word in your writing. This way, your vocabulary bank will keep rising. Moreover, you will never run short of words when you are to write something spellbinding.
Tweet and Tweet some more
One thing I personally like about Twitter is, “It gives me less room to write.” Since the platform doesn’t allow me to spit everything out, I try to break my thought into smaller chunks.
Twitter will help you in practicing this skill. When you run in a restricted mode, you will write like a Pro. The reason being, the sword of conveying message in fewer words will keep you on track.
In the above image, you can see, “Truelancer” didn’t go overboard with this. It conveyed the message in fewer words.
Squeeze your data
It’s good to mention the stats in your blog or article. Little do you know, sometimes you go a little extra.
Before start writing, plan a roadmap. Once you have collected the data, start writing. Suppose that you want to mention some stats. Now, mention it once and cut the cord.
Don’t keep repeating, don’t keep repeating I said don’t keep repeating the same thing.
Got annoyed? I did it on purpose. I want you to realize that just the way you didn’t like me repeating the same thing, your audience doesn’t like it too.
Take a note here: Your reader can see and read what you have mentioned, you don’t need to overdo anything.
Show your merciless side when minimalism is in the talk
Oh! Have mercy.
Remember, how Jesse got famous with this line?
You, too, can.
Have something unique about your writing pieces. Something that makes a reader say, “Oh, this writer is Monet of the writing world.”
Become your critic. Before someone gets hijacked by yawns while reading your blog, start finding the loopholes in your piece.
Once you are half-way there, stop writing. Read your blog and see if you can improve it. Don’t be hesitant while doing some extra work.
Things are going to take time, but eventually, you will reach the place where people will remember you as a True Wordsmith.
As a writer, say it to yourself, “For you, Minimalism, thousand times over.”
Feel your words, before penning them down. If your words don’t excite every cell in your body, how are they going to impress the audience?
Try to take one tip and time and make your way to the Minimalist Writer’s clan.
If you have some more ideas to share, I’d love to listen. Comment below.
Sara is a Wordsmith and loves to bring words to life. She is the co-founder of Allstartupthings.com. Her love for spreading digital wisdom takes her to the ocean of blogs, where she anchors her kayak and dives right into the world of digital wisdom.