Writing articles is easy, fun and profitable.
Here’s my process:
* multi-task – I usually write half a dozen articles at a time. That is, I think of the hook/ slant for an article, and develop a couple of points for one, then go on to another. I use this same method for writing all short material, anything from articles to blog posts, press releases, and advertisements;
* here’s a quick article format you can use – create a title which is the main point of the article; write an introduction; make two or three points with anecdotes or information; summarize; write a closing paragraph which refers back to the intro;
* vital – remind yourself WHY you’re writing any article – to provide information, or entertainment. When you’ve completed the article, ask yourself whether you’ve achieved what you set out to do. If you’ve been commissioned to write an article, read through your pitch letter, and the editor’s response, before, during and after you write the article. Many, many times I’m missed vital points in an article, and had to rewrite substantially because I forgot what was in the pitch. During the writing process you need to keep track of many pieces of information, and any article will tend to morph under your hands – reread the pitch, often ;
* write, even when you’ve got no idea what you intend to say. The act of writing will tickle your memory. You know more than you think; 🙂
* Writing anything is easier when you know the form – see this week’s ezine article for more on modeling forms.
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