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Some tips that can help you be a better writer

1. Reason: Why do you write? Is it because you want to make your mark as a writer? Is it because you are passionate about your work? Or is it just because you have something to share? Determine your reason for writing. Knowing why you want to write is always the first step in becoming a great writer.

2. Style: Have a style of your own. Don't try to ape another writer, because no one likes to read articles by someone who is merely a cheap imitation of someone else. Moreover, there are certain do's and dont's about the required format of a Sportskeeda article, which you can read in detail here.

3. Clarity:  Have a clear idea about what you are writing. Be precise. Stick to the subject of the article and provide examples if and when needed. Don't be ambiguous with your points - nobody likes to read an article which has no point to it.

4. Be unique: Write on something many haven't written about already. That way, the chances that a reader will spend more time on your article will be greater.

5. Be vivid: It's the age of short attention spans, so make sure your article is as vivid and as easy to read as possible. Use headings and sub-headings liberally. Throw in bullet points, tables and graphics wherever possible. Nobody likes to look at large, unbroken stretches of text, and it's your job to give the readers something that they are comfortable with.

6. Connect: Connect with the readers. Frame your article in such a way that they can relate to it. What would you have liked to read about if you were on the other side? Always question whether your article would be worth a second glance if a person stumbled upon it on the internet. Keep your language simple, write short sentences, and avoid using too many technical terms if you want an average fan to understand you. Of course, you can write for the elite population every once in a while - that could help enhance your reputation as a writer. The most successful writers are those that can strike a fine balance between the two methods.

7. Structure: Always remember to structure your article well. Have a definitive flow and direction to your article. Good grammar and a solid grasp of language will greatly help you in this area. Don't write lengthy paragraphs, split them into smaller ones. Use pictures and videos to support your facts and opinions wherever necessary. Not many would want to read a poorly structured article.

8. Socialize and Discuss:  Build up contacts over the internet who would like to read your work. A strong network of readers is often the difference between success and mediocrity in this line of work. Ask your friends to help out initially, and build a fan base gradually.

9. Network: Use your accounts on social networking sites generously. Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Reddit, Digg, LinkedIn are all good sites to gather readers for your articles. Create a Reddit account if you don't have one already, like the Sportskeeda Facebook page and follow the Sportskeeda Twitter handle, post your articles on Reddit as well as your Facebook and Twitter accounts, and request your friends to share them.

10. Effort: Finally, it would do a lot of good to realize that you can only be as good as you want to be. If your initial articles don't garner many hits, don't be disheartened. Remember that with enough effort, you can always write better. Wars are not fought in a day, legends are not made overnight. Always remember that the sky is not the limit, it is just the beginning.