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How to write like a 'Native'

Discussion in 'Copywriting & Sales Persuasion' started by elavmunretea, Jul 11, 2016.

  1. elavmunretea

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    Recently I was searching for a writer to cover my orders, as I am going away in a few days, and whilst searching I read a lot of sample articles from people on the forum. After reading around 10 articles it started to become incredibly obvious, as you may expect, as to which writers were native, and which were not. I thought I would give you all some small tips on how you can improve your writing, and elevate your content to another level.

    #1 - Do not directly use Google Translate.

    I know that most of you are fairly good at English, but I understand if you are writing thousands of words at a time it may be simpler for you to use Google translate, and this may also allow you to write more complex articles.

    There is no doubting that Google Translate is an incredibly powerful tool, and it certainly has its uses, however if you think that you can just bang 1,000 words into it and deliver the results directly to your clients, you can expect to be used as a cheap source of content only, and not respected for what you are.

    The main issue with Google Translate is that is uses some very strange terms, and although they do technically make sense, they are not commonly used and they simply sound out of place. Words like "Moreover" and "Conjointly" simply sound out of place, at least in my opinion.

    If you are using Google Translate to write the majority of your article I would strongly recommend going through thoroughly, and making slight changed to improve the overall flow of the text.

    #2 - Word Choice

    Almost every word has a whole host of synonyms ( "a word or phrase that means exactly or nearly the same as another word or phrase in the same language, for example shut is a synonym of close") and I would recommend having a look at these and seeing if you can include them in your work.

    The History lovers amongst you will be familiar with the Romans, and you will know that when they were alive, the Anglo-Saxons inhabited England. The Romans often referred to the Saxons as "Babas", and this was because of the simplistic language they used. A good example of this are the phrases "Cleverer" and "More intelligent". Yes, they both make sense, but by saying "More intelligent" you are increasing your content's quality.

    What I mean by that is that you should strive to include more sophisticated language (Remember to not make it too extravagant, like "Moreover) and this will really impress your client, and any readers.


    #3 - Grammar

    Whilst it is not incredibly important to have impeccable grammar, heck even I overuse comers, but you should at least understand some of the basic grammatical rules:

    • Apostrophes are used in two ways. One of those is to signify where a letter has been lost, for example instead of saying "They have", you can simply say "They've". They are also used to indicate possession. For example: "Janet's car was on fire"
    • Semicolons are used to join two or more parts of a sentence, and I cannot stress enough: DO NOT over use them. I have read many articles where every full stop, or period, is replaced with a semicolon, and this simply is not common practice. I agree that using them occasionally shows the reader you are a good writer, but they are to be used rarely.
    • Another common error amongst the articles I read was that when many nouns should have been plural, they were not. This is an obvious error to a native reader, however if you are a non-native writer, it is totally understandable. For example, "There was one man in the car", or "There were three men in the car".
    This is not a major point, but it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with some of these rules before writing any serious work. A good resource for this can be found http://www.grammarbook.com/

    #4 - Other techniques

    I love to include lots of analogies and metaphors in my content, and I feel these help to keep your readers engaged and interested. An analogy is basically a big metaphor, which can be used to help you explain something. For example when I was writing about Word Choice, I talked about the Roman and Saxon ways to say things, and I did this to provide an example and give the reader something to compare their knowledge with.

    Another great technique, although this does depend on the type of article you are writing, is to use anecdotes. Which is basically a personal experience or story about the topic, which helps establish a personal relationship with the reader.


    I really hope someone finds this post useful, and I hope that all of my waffling actually makes sense. I also look forwards to when you point out all the errors in my text ;)
     
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  2. neilbhabuta

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    Thanks for this, looks great
     
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    Thanks,I can write to you for free,ill give and learn at the same time,lets talk in PM.
     
  4. elavmunretea

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    No worries, Just thought I'd help some writers out :)
     
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    @hasa1015 it's a good guide, no doubt. That said, you cannot beat a native writer with what you learn from guides.
     
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    Also don't use the word sir in your content.
     
  7. elavmunretea

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    Very true, but you can sound more intelligent, and you can also charge more for your work.

    Yeah that is a big no! Very easy to spot someone doing that
     
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    Thank you for taking the effort to explain everything in detail.

    Keep up the good work and infos you are sharing with us Harry!

    Best of success :)
     
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    I will forward these useful tips to my non-native writers. Keep it up OP!
     
  10. elavmunretea

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    Thank you very much Finn :)

    Hope you seen an improvement in their work :)
     
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    I would like to add: just read articles that are very obviously not written by a native, list down phrases or mistakes you can spot, and then NOT DO THEM. :) Done and done.
     
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    How about "Dear" or "Kindly" ?
     
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    YES! Absolutely NO dear. Gawd.