Dr. Seuss: the legendary author who wrote timeless classics that are still enjoyed by millions of people of ages all around the world. In recent years, younger generations have been introduced to such iconic characters as Lorax who speaks for the trees, Horton who hears the Who’s and the Grinch who steals holidays from children thanks to Hollywood. However, long before Dr. Seuss made it to the big screen, a lot of his writings and quotes made deeper impacts personally and professionally.
For instance, did you know that applying 8 of Dr. Seuss’ engaging quotes can improve the quality and quirkiness of your content right away?
See for yourself by reading the list below:
“Simple it’s not, I am afraid you will find, for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.”
When trying to come up with a specific topic or title on which to write, you may spend countless hours with your train of thought riding a circular track. Meanwhile, a vast number of your competitors and other content developers are hard at work getting somewhere with their writing. Making up your mind on a topic is much easier said than done. However, it is the key to production.
“I’m telling you this ‘cause you’re one of my friends. My alphabet starts where your alphabet ends!”
According to The Economist, most adults have a vocabulary that ranges between 20,000 and 30,000 words. This may seem impressive until you realize that most 8-year-olds already know 10,000 words. As you examine your past content, pay close attention to your diction. Are there certain words or phrases that are used repeatedly amongst your content? Expanding your vocabulary can boost the quality of your content and make your work more appealing to the average reader.
In addition to being engaged by your message, they will also be able expand their vocabularies just by reading your work. This can easily be accomplished by using a thesaurus to consider synonyms for those commonly-used phrases that seem to pop up in your writing more than you realize.
“The writer who breeds more words than he needs is making a chore for the reader who reads.”
Once you start to expand your vocabulary, you may find yourself visiting the not-so-wonderful world of Word Cram. Your sentences may become much longer than usual (and necessary). Thoughts that you used to be able to convey in 5-6 words have apparently doubled in length. Your content may start to read like comprehensive passages printed on a standardized test for students more than the engaging, user-friendly content that you used to post and publish before you became more aware of your diction.
The bottom line is that simplicity is an art form. With the limited attention span of consumers today, it is more important to hit the target as quickly and precisely as possible. You can still expand your vocabulary by boosting the quality of the words that you use instead of jeopardizing the quality by just adding more words to the content.
“From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere!”
There is nothing wrong with adding a little comic relief to your content. Unless you are a comedian or specifically focused on comic writing, there is no need to overdo it. However, seasoning your content with humor will keep it engaging and entertaining for your readers. It will also increase the chances of your readers wanting to share your work with others.
“To the world you may be one person. To one person, you may be the world.”
It is easy to feel insignificant in any niche or market when writing content – especially if you pay too much attention to what your competitors have been able to accomplish with their own writing. That’s why it’s dangerous to focus too much on going “viral” and having millions of people read your work. When you think about it, you only need a relatively small audience of devoted readers to start generating buzz and gradually creating the traffic results that you have only experienced before in your dreams.
“So, open your mouth, lad! For every voice counts.”
This was basically covered in the above-referenced quote about being the world to one person. However, it further emphasizes the need to get your voice out there. Since most people are just rehashing what everyone else is writing, your original voice and perspective may resonate with more readers than you think.
“Everything stinks till it’s finished.”
Do not become too overwhelmed by the flow and feel of your initial drafts. That is why the editing and rewrite stages of content development are so important. If you dissect every word and phrase as you write it, you’ll never finish writing anything! Focus on getting your thoughts out and then go back to dissect, edit, proofread and rewrite accordingly. Trust us: You will not be as eager to throw your computer through a wall and may start to enjoy the overall writing process much more!
“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
It is easy to assume that everyone simply wants to read what others have already written. You may think that there is nothing “original” about your original content since the same topics have already been covered by a multitude of others. Do not allow this negative line of thinking to hinder your growth as a writer and content developer. Authenticity and honesty in content are essentially endangered species in today’s jungle of online content. Embrace that, because your readers will appreciate it much more and gravitate towards your content over some of your top competitors.