So I recently became an editor here on GAG, and to be honest I'm excited. I love writing myTakes, and I decided I should write a myTake on ways for others to improve their myTakes (unless you already do all of this, in which case this myTake does nothing for you). So here's some small tips to improve your myTakes!
One thing I notice with a lot of myTakes is the grammar. The myTake can be fabulous, in fact it can be one of the most brilliant ideas for a myTake I've ever seen! But the one thing that can make or break it for me is grammar errors. It could just be me, but I feel like when the grammar is correct it's cleaner, and more professional looking.
2. Pick A Topic You're Passionate About
If you pick a topic you're passionate about, then it's a lot easier! Trust me, there's tons of myTakes that I started writing but threw away due to the fact I had no inspiration or motivation for that subject.
3. Use Photos
Now you don't have to be like me and use a photo for almost every point, but using as many photos as you possibly can makes the myTake so much better and more complete! Just make sure the photo is relevant and you can easily understand how it connects to the myTake.
One thing that's troubling while making a myTake is the length of it. You don't really know what's too short. I actually think the longer the better, but I know a lot of people don't like to read myTakes that are too long. If it's a list you're making, then you can honestly have anywhere from 5-40 things on that list. It really depends on the take. If it's just a blog or something else, then it mostly depends on how much you need to say. If you have several unrelated topics in your myTake and it's starting to drift away from the point of the myTake, delete those parts! Back to point one- reread it to be sure!
5. Take Notes
There are some myTakes you will make that you won't be able to remember everything you need to get down. I know several other editors on GAG take notes on what they're going to put in their myTake. I've done this a few times just by writing the information in an app on my iPad. It may seem pointless, but it'll make your myTake run a lot smoother than simply relying on memory.
6. Read Other myTakes!
One thing that really inspired me to make more myTakes was seeing other people's. Comment on them and give them positive feedback! Tell them (nicely) what they could do to improve on their myTakes, and hey you might pick up a few friends on the way. Reading other myTakes, especially ones form more experienced GAGers, will help you understand what it's like to be the reader of a myTake. It'll help you learn how to grasp the attention and keep them interested. Also it'll give you a good idea of how myTakes work.
7. Do Your Research
Making a myTake can require a large amount of research. I don't know if I've ever made a myTake without having to Google something. Actually that's not true, but most myTakes require some sort of research, and if there's something you don't know JUST LOOK IT UP. Don't pretend to know what you're talking about, because if you're wrong the myTake will probably turn out terribly.
8. Don't Overuse Things
This kind of goes for just writing in general, but don't use the same word or phrase a million times. Don't worry if you do this, because this is a terrible habit I have also. In fact I decided to add this one after correcting myself from using the word "honestly" seventy times above.
9. There Will Be Haters
I'm not going to sugarcoat it- there WILL be haters. Almost every editor or pretty much anyone who has made a myTake knows that people can be jerks. But don't let them get you down! And if you are a hater stop it! People put a lot of time into making these myTakes and if you don't enjoy them, that's fine, but seriously just shut up if you can't say anything nice.
Anyways that was just a few pointers for anyone who wants to improve their myTakes! Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoyed! Don't forget to tell me what I should do next!