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My 9-step No-excuse Plan For Writing Articles
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Have you ever sat down in front of your computer, just like you're doing now, and told yourself you'll write an article today but didn't anyway?

Here is my fool-proof method on how to write articles, at least one quality article a day, every time I face the keyboard and computer screen.

The original version of this plan comes from well-renowned writer Angela Booth who has 30 solid years of writing experience, who willingly shares it upon subscription to her free e-zine.

I tweaked the process a bit to fit my own routine, so here goes:

1. Whip up a topic, idea, or subject from the top of your head - so much the better if it's something you're moderately familiar with, but it must definitely be something you're interested in or interested enough to learn more about if you need to research it.

In a sense, writing is like acting in that you have to act interesting in order for others to be interested in what you have to say. But writing becomes a lot easier and a lot more powerful if the gusto is already there.

2. Create word lists you think are related to your topic. Think of it as keyword research without the research. This can serve as a word bank for your ideas later on, or just to simply get your mind into writing mode.

3. Spend 10 minutes on research: just 5 minutes for finding the right websites, and another 5 minutes for actually gleaning the knowledge they have to offer.

Time yourself! One weakness creative minds have is the tendency to get distracted by all the interesting things they discover along their research that they end up farther from writing the article itself.

By putting time constraints, you're forced to focus only what you need to get, which is relevant info or ideas for your content.

Once you find stuff you like, note it, and move on. You can come back to it again if you want after you finish the article at hand.

4. Do your actual keyword research if you want your article to be optimized for the search engines. Use your favorite keyword tool for this, but Google Adwords seems to be favored even by long-time Internet marketers, and most of all it's free.

5. Do 5 minutes of free writing to get your creative juices flowing. Again time yourself. Just write whatever comes into your mind for 5 minutes. Go past typos, misspellings, phrases and grammar that doesn't make sense.

6. Make your outline. Don't skin this step as it gives direction to your article. Write down your main ideas for the intro, body, and conclusion, as well as any headings or subheadings. Don't title your article yet.

7. Do the KitKat dance. Have a break! Go get a cup of coffee, go outside, watch cartoons, play with your kid, listen to your favorite song, or do some stretching to refresh your brain.

8. Flesh out your outline. Just fill it in, writing along to your keyword list and free word list. Pay attention to quality writing but if you mess up or get stuck resist the urge to slow down or correct it. Keep writing, and write fast! Because the mind is faster than the hand so don't miss out penning down fleeting ideas.

9. Polish it. After you're done writing read your work once over from the top, editing grammar, changing words or phrases if you think of catchier ones, and adding or removing ideas as you please. And last but not the least, give a fitting title your article to capture the essence of your message.

There you have it! Just rinse and repeat this process to churn out good articles everytime you don't feel like writing. This method can actually be used to get started writing reports, fiction or non-fiction books, and for anything really.

Now that you know the process, why not start writing one right now?


Street Talk

I really got this! Its simple, to the point, and best of all it sticks... its good when things stick! Thank you!

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  about 5 years ago
bek  

Over and over again. I can picture the whole scenario, that's why I love your article. Write for readers, and write what you know! People, especially internet marketers forget that. Anyway, good stuff :-)

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  about 6 years ago

That's true! There's no such thing. The only perfect topics are the ones that get written about. Glad you've found them helpful!

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  about 6 years ago
bek  

Love it. Especially the kit kat dance part. Writers are notorious for over researching and procrastinating until they've found the "perfect" topic (which never happens.) These guidelines should help everyone

Reply
  about 6 years ago
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