Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Blogging Is Great for Developing Your Writing

(reprint from 2011)

If you want to be a writer and don't have a blog, start one.  Blogging is free and it is something that will help to develop your writing skills.  Actually, blogging accomplishes several very important tasks for writers:

1.  Whether you gain an audience or not, you will feel accountable to update your blog.  That will push you to write often.  

2.  Needing fresh content for your blog will stretch your mind.  You will think of new angles and approaches to tackling subjects so you don't repeat yourself.

3.  Knowing outsiders may see your blog, you will be more careful about sentence structure and grammar.

4.  Blogging is a little forgiving as far as errors go, and editing is easy.  Even professionals have spelling mistakes in their blogs.  They don't want to use up extra time or money by hiring a proofreader or editor to check their blog.  They like the natural flow of blog writing and they are able to publish their blog as soon as it is complete.  If you slip up on your writing once in a while, relax.

5.  You will feel validated by getting the art of your writing into public view.

6.  If you gain followers that make comments, you can enter into some great two-way conversations.

7.  Blogging can help get you noticed as a writer.  You might even be contacted by a buyer who'd like to buy one of your blog posts for re-publishing.

8.  Your blog can become your personal portfolio of writing style examples.

9.  Blogging keeps everything nicely typed and organized in an archive.  It is virtual and should stay safe for a long time.

10.  Blogging becomes a type of diary.  It's fun to go back and see your development over time.

If you're starting out as a writer or are a writer who wants to develop their skills, try blogging on one of the free online formats.  Doing so will help you become an even better writer and you never know where that may lead.

A Tip for Article Writing

(rewrite from 2011 article) 

Article Writing 

One way to grow in your writing career is to write articles. I started with posting free articles with ezine articles.  

Why write articles?  When I first wrote them, it was to promote my life coaching business. Eventually, I heard myself say I wanted to be a web content writer. With some online searching a little more than ten years ago I found Constant-Content.com. They give a new writer three chances to write successful articles before being allowed to sell with them. 

It's important to note why there is such a service. It's because there is a market for articles today like never before.  Website owners need articles and blog posts to keep readers coming back and to keep their sites optimized.  

People are Readers

People read articles online daily.  Articles are usually informational or inspirational.  They often set out to give the reader a new perspective or updated information.  

Simply reading an article can enlighten a person.  It can change their focus and their mood. Articles can be powerful tools to lift others up. 

What to Do 

Do you want to be an article writer? 

On one of the websites I sell articles with is Constant-Content.com.  One of the rules they have is when submitting, the writer must allow at least a third of her article to be shown to potential buyers prior to purchase.  Some writers have gone further showing the full article to potential buyers. 

A hesitant writer I know asked if I was not afraid of article theft.  By putting it available for sight, it could be snatched.  Of course, that chance is always there.  And, yes, I have had articles stolen, unfortunately.

My answer to her, however, was that I have so many new articles in me and ways to re-write an existing article that I don't fear.  I take the chance.  I regret the times I invest time in writing and don't see a sale or have it stolen, but it is a risk I'm willing to take.

Re-Writing for Multiple Sales 

Once you're an up-to-speed writer you too will see how easy it is to re-write the same article and potentially sell the topic more than once.  Now, I'm not talking about doing cheap article spinning where you flip things around for the sake of flipping them around, sometimes with a spinning program.  What I mean is, re-writing your article from a different angle.

Here is are examples:

Sample article on writing fiction:

Want to write a novel?  Need new ideas?  Put yourself in the story.  Picture where you'd like to go, what you'd like to see.  How might you see things differently than another person?

Same article re-written:

Are you in the midst of writing a novel and find yourself stuck?  Why not use this trick.  Dress yourself in the era of your novel and walk its streets or corridors.  That's right, put yourself right in there.  Smell, hear, taste, and see the environment.  Write about your experience.

Same article re-written:

Fiction writers have various ways of developing their work.  Many writers like to put themselves right into the story.  Once they've gotten an idea of the era and surroundings, they find it helpful to think about what they might see, where they'd want to go, what they'd like to do.

How's that for switching things up and making your writing go further? 

If you have questions or comments, feel free to connect. 

Happy Writing!

Monday, June 8, 2020

Managing Writing Inspiration

If you're an article writer who has the option of choosing your own topics to write on, there are a few tips that can help you collect inspiration:

1. Typically, a writer's mind is always writing in the same way an artist's mind is always seeing art in nature.  When an idea pops into your head, scribble it down or get to your computer to jot the idea down. 

2. When you read something online that inspires you, cut and paste it and save it into a special Word file perhaps changing the print colour so you know it is something you copied and not your own work. 

I named my file fodder (material that is used for a particular purpose). When I want to get some writing done to submit for pay, I look in my fodder folder for ideas. 

Finding Words for Your Story

I usually write non-fiction. In non-fiction, especially articles for web content, we need to write concisely. That means, we don'...