Writing Articles – Creating Quality Articles Quickly

It is easy to put your thoughts on to paper, but the difficult part is getting your audience to understand you. As an author, you are the “expert” in whatever you are writing about. Readers believe that you are the expert in whatever you are writing about and usually think that you have researched your article well. As an author, a lot of responsibility rests on your shoulders to be accurate and authentic. Writing with flair takes practice and if you keep these points in mind your will do well.

Nowadays there are so many people writing articles that it has become an increasingly crowded space. One key success factor in this industry is to write great quality articles with great speed. There are several techniques that you will be able to learn in order to improve your speed.

A key success factor to writing articles with great speed is to have deep knowledge and understanding about your subject. My father used to say that I should only open my mouth when I know what I am talking about and I believe that this is relevant to writing. You should only write when you actually know something about what you are writing about.

Consistently writing daily is another key technique that will make you a prolific writer. Like anything in life, the more you repeat something, the better you get. Writing is not an exception to this rule and many pro authors say that you should be putting your pen to your paper every day despite not having a writing project. As they say, practice makes perfect.

There is a technique that I learned which has helped me tremendously whenever I write articles. It is a simple construct which helps my lay out my article quickly in my mind. It is: Tell your readers what you are going to tell them, tell them and then finally tell them what you told them. This is a simple construct that has never failed me in helping my readers understand succinctly what I am writing about.

At the end of the day, if you keep your article simple, you will definitely finish writing that article much faster. Complex articles only serve to further confuse your readers and slow down the speed at which you write your article. Making an article simple is key to writing articles at great speeds.

Writing: Seven Ways to Jumpstart Creativity

Creativity is a fickle creature. Some days, words and original thoughts flow like water tumbling down a waterfall and gathering in a pool of beautiful, clever prose. But on other days, the creativity stops flowing for no apparent reason.

Most writers experience occasional bad writing days. It’s frustrating, but normal. But how can you push through the occasional creativity road block? Here are a few suggestions designed to help you sharpen your creative focus and continue composing your masterpiece.

Shift Your Eyes – Move your eyes from left to right for thirty seconds. A study published in the scientific journal Brain and Cognition suggests that this exercise will increase the crosstalk between the brain’s left and right hemispheres, resulting in an increase in the number and quality of original ideas.

Change Your Writing Venue – Try moving your writing nook or computer to another room in your house for a few days. Write outside on a picnic table or go to a local coffee house for a few hours and write there. Write on a train. Write in a treehouse. Go to the library or bookstore and try creating surrounded by the wonderful smell of books. If you cannot move your workspace, consider changing your writing environment by moving the furniture around, painting the walls a different, livelier color, or placing some different knickknacks on your desk or shelf.

Take a Power Nap – Could it be that you’re mentally and/or physically exhausted? Try taking a twenty – minute nap in a quiet, dark place. When you rise, jump up and down for ten minutes, drink a tall glass of ice water, and try writing again.

Try a Freewriting Exercise – Isolate yourself from distractions, and write unencumbered on your topic for ten to fifteen minutes. Write quickly. Write down or type whatever comes to your mind in relation to your topic without editing or worrying about grammar or typos. If you get stuck, keep writing the same word or phrase over and over again until another thought pops into your mind. After the exercise, look over what you have written and highlight any ideas that are promising to your project.

Talk to Another Writer – Writers support one another. Sometimes it helps to talk about your writing obstacle with another writer and ask him or her for suggestions. If you don’t know another writer, try posting your writing roadblock on social media. You never know – sometimes it just takes one idea or word to unclog your creativity.

Try Bubbling or Mind Mapping – Write down your topic in the center of a large, clean sheet of paper and circle it. Next, draw several lines radiating from the center bubble. At the end of each line, jot a supporting thought or idea (subtopic) and circle it. Now draw a few lines radiating from each subtopic bubble, write down supporting ideas at the end of those lines, and circle them. Continue this process until you have filled your paper with ideas, then sit back and take a look at your diagram. You’ll see that some of your topics are keepers, while other thoughts are just orphans. Sometime simply viewing your words in a more graphic way helps restart the flow of creative juices.

Take a Creativity Diversion – When all else fails, stop writing and participate in some other activity for thirty minutes or more. Take a brisk walk without listening to music or podcasts and allow your brain to roam freely. Try painting or playing a musical instrument for an hour. Build something in the garage. Dance. Put a puzzle together. Complete a Sudoku puzzle. Do yoga. Write a love letter to your sweetheart. Clean out a closet in your house. Bake brownies. Wash your car. Just get up from your desk and do something totally unrelated to writing, and hopefully when you return, your creative juices will be flowing again.

Again, all writers – along with the poets, the musicians, and the artists of the world – have low – creativity and no – creativity days, so don’t freak out or beat yourself up. It happens. Just keep trying. You can push through the barrier.