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You are never too old — or too young — to become an expert writer. However, a few key skills and traits allow experts to stand out from the pack.

Top qualities and skills of an expert writer

To begin with, it’s essential to keep in mind that becoming an expert at anything isn’t easy. It will take time and practice.

Professional writers at the top of their field often have at least five years of experience in their chosen industry. Many have obtained formal education, such as a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a writing-related field. In some instances, expert writers have professional certifications or have undergone specialized training.

If you are at the beginning of your writing journey, here are four suggestions to help you get started:

  1. Read what the experts are publishing. Reading what expert writers are currently producing will help you understand what excellent writing looks like.
  2. Begin to write — a lot. Try to set aside a dedicated block of time every day to write, even if it’s just about ideas or conversations you overhear.
  3. Analyze your work. Look at how you’re writing, and see if there are areas you can improve, like adding more variety to your adjectives or utilizing powerful verbs.
  4. Get feedback, and revise. If you have a friend or know someone who is a great writer already, then ask if they can edit your work and give you tips to improve. Remember, the need for revisions is not an attack on you, and it doesn’t mean you’ve failed or that you’re not good enough. It just means there’s room to improve!

Besides having mastered these steps, expert writers also have certain skills and traits. Let’s explore a few of them.

A real expert knows they always have more to learn.

Extensive topic knowledge

While a wide array of writing positions is available, one skill that remains consistent is the ability to research. Writers are often called upon to be up to date on the latest trends in their industry, and conducting market research is often necessary to include the most accurate data. To be an expert writer, you will need to have extensive topic knowledge and be willing to research and investigate what is new.

Always learning

One of the most vital qualities in a writer is the constant desire to learn. This includes both the ability to accept criticism and use it to get better and a tendency to value insight from more knowledgeable sources. Professional and expert writers can often be differentiated from novice or casual writers by their willingness to continually learn new things, study recent trends and adapt to market needs. A real expert knows they always have more to learn.

Practice, practice, practice

Expert writers understand a crucial component to staying at the top of their game: consistent and constant practice. It’s true that writing can be like riding a bike — you might be unsteady at first, but once you get back into it, you’ll find your rhythm. But expert writers know that to create powerful writing, they have to practice crafting readable, audience-focused, compelling copy that demands attention.

Work with the best

Tempesta Media has more than just a pool of freelance writers. The experts who work with us are industry leaders, educators and professionals who have in-depth knowledge of their chosen field.

The combination of gold-standard talent, top-tier editors and all-inclusive service means that customers receive only the best work. Contact us today to learn how you can experience the Tempesta Media difference.

Anastasiia Lavrinenko is an enthusiastic team member of Tempesta Media. She brings extensive operations knowledge and experience. Certified in both HubSpot and Google Analytics, Anastasiia leads the company's corporate content marketing program.

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