Being a content writer
can be the most
fun job in the world. You are creative for a living
and get paid to experiment
with words. There is one problem, though …
In the same way that everyone
has their own personality
and way of talking, writers have their own way of writing, and they want their personalities
This is why most content writers have a bag of tricks
or go-to tools
they reach for whenever they want to add some personality
or a little something
to a piece. Stop everything and scroll on as media update's Alrika Möller lists four ways content writers add some sparkle to their pieces.
Emojis are like modern-day hieroglyphics
that form a language all on their own. Every
emoji has a meaning and a hidden meaning
, and we can have endless fun and conversations without
typing a single letter.
When it comes to content writing
, many writers love
using the added meaning and maybe the visual element to drive a point through — or just make it fun
Whether it is hearts to show romance
or a crying laughing emoji to ensure the reader knows you are joking
, we have all seen, and most of us have used an emoji in writing.
Thanks to social media
, the emoji is now an important part of human communication,
and writers are taking full advantage
thing to keep in mind is that a lot of emojis have different
meanings, and readers can easily
misinterpret what you're saying based on the fruit
you decided to post.
2. Bold, underline and italics
This one is definitely
growing in popularity,
and we wish
we could take credit for that, but sadly it is not exactly a new
concept. Content writers
have been doing it for a while.
The idea with this one is that writers often have a specific
way to read the piece in their head when they write it. It is natural
. Sometimes though, this causes the need for bold
in order for the piece to sound right
some words can make people emphasise
them in their minds, which will help with the tone of the article.
some words, it will add some attitude
and really give the reader an idea of what the writer had in mind
while writing it. Underlining
usually comes into play when links are used in the piece or when a source, brand or company name is extra important.
The key here is not to overuse any of these features as it can be a bit much. It can also make the piece look wonky if every second word looks different.
3. Block quotes
For those of you that don't know …
This is a block quote!
Block quotes are usually
one of those things we use during interviews
pieces, but some content writers
enjoy using them as emphasising tools
It's a great way to highlight
a specific quote from your interviewee
. Sometimes they say something that encapsulates the entire topic,
or they have a thought so profound
that no paragraph can do it justice. Queue the block quote.
In a normal
article or writing piece, block quotes can isolate
a single sentence in order to make sure the point comes through. If you don't read or remember the whole
, at least you will look at the block quote
This trick is sneaky but powerful.
the gif is all the rage
right now — and how can it not be? They are basically tiny videos
that have the ability to convey emotions
better than some people. Everyone
loves a gif, and some people have entire text conversations
by only using gifs. There is a gif for every occasion
and every emotion
are no exception
when it comes to the gif craze
. We love them, and we love to use them. There is something so satisfying
about finding a gif that perfectly
fits with your piece or topic.
Using gifs is not just
a way to add some pizazz
, it can also be a great way to break up
your paragraphs so that readers don't get overwhelmed
by the amount of content.
The other side of the spectrum is also
true. If you use gifs, you can make a piece look a little bit
longer than it actually is.
Something to remember: don't
overuse gifs, and always
ask yourself, "Is this gif appropriate for the masses
As you can see, we love gifs …
Have you ever used any of these tools when writing? Let us know in the comments section below.
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