How to Humanize Your Writing

The Nielsen Norman Group found that most users stay on your website less than 59 seconds. That means you’ve got less than 1 minute to spark a reader’s curiosity and capture their attention.

The writing on your web pages determines how long a user will stay on your website. If your writing is too hard to read, your target customer won’t be sticking around. Think about it: we all have a cluster of thoughts going on within that same minute, and your ideas have to be what they choose to focus on.

Qualities of humanized writing can be implemented in basically any UX writing or design process, but let’s dial-in our focus on its implications in copywriting and content writing.

What is humanized writing?

Humanized writing is the practice of creating content that sounds like a person wrote it, using uncomplicated sentences using everyday words.

Pretty simple, hey?

You want everything on your website to be straightforward, easy to read, and direct.

People want to connect with your business before they invest in it. If your goal is to drive action on your website, you’ve got to keep it simple.

Users don’t want to connect with a website, but with an idea. Keeping writing short and sweet makes it sound like there’s a human being is behind a brand.

Photo of woman on computer with pink sticky notes.

Simple Copy is Not Stupid Copy

Top-notch writing (copywriting and otherwise) is sharp, short, and easy to read.

Think about some of your favourite writing. For me, it’s anything by Amanda Mull (honestly, go give her stories on The Atlantic a read.) Her sharply-dictated stories speak to complex concepts as clearly as possible.

Simplified writing does not simplify your ideas. It communicates them in fewer words, with the right ones.

Humanize Your Writing With a Copywriter

A strong copywriter can:

  • Connect with a user on multiple levels
  • Develop a voice and tone for your brand
  • Convert your users through well-crafted words
  • Tell the story of your business enthusiastically

Humanized writing can help you attract potential customers and take your business to the next level. If your website needs refined writing that inspires connection and drives action, get in touch here. Let’s make the most out of your marketing budget.