6 Steps To Help You Write Your First Article Today – Part 1
Creating quality content is more important than ever. In this post we are going to take a look at 6 steps to help you write your first article today.
1. Brainstorm a List
One of the easiest ways to write an article is to brainstorm and jot down a list your ideas. Set up about a 15-minute time frame and write freely. Take out a piece of paper and jot down 5 reasons why, or 10 tips to get. Your list will, of course, depend on your particular business but here are some examples: 5 reasons to take a vitamin supplement every day, 10 tips to get your child to eat his spinach, Top 5 ways to get in shape for summer.
Try not to over think when you are writing down your ideas. This process doesn’t have to be formal. Think of some ideas you would like to cover and supporting points for that idea.
2. Start with an Outline
Creating an outline is one of the best methods to use when you write your article. Having an outline provides a foundation of your article. In other words and outline gives you a starting point from which you can build into a story. An outline will make the article writing process easier and faster.
I usually sit down with a pen and a notebook and start jotting down outlines for articles before I sit down at the computer to write the actual article. I come up with a title, a basic idea for the introduction and then just make a list of the major things I want to mention in the article. I also make a note of how I want to close the article. Then I’ll sit down and type out the entire article, modifying my outline as needed to make the article flow.
3. Organize the Outline
When you organize your outline, identify and ensure the purpose of the article. The purpose of the article should help you figure out the introduction of your article. Then identify key points of your article. Now that you have a frame for that article, you need to come up with ideas supporting those key points. As you come up with more supporting material your outline will build and you’ll have an expectation of the length of the article.
4. Create the First Draft
Now you should have enough material for a first draft to write your first article. Your draft should be a similar process to your brainstorm. Just write. Don’t worry about being perfect. Think of it this way, no one will read your first draft. Plus, you will be refining the draft into an article. As you move through this process, you will see the article form. Always refer to your outline and let it serve as the central point to your article. From my experience, it is very easy to move away from the purpose of your article. Your outline will keep you on track to the purpose of the article (is you use it).
An outline doesn’t only provide a plan for your article it serves as a way to get started with writing the article. Your outline skills will be something you will refine with practice. You’ll build momentum to creating the first draft of your article. You will eventually trust yourself and become a very productive tool in writing articles quickly and effectively.
5. Record Yourself
If you’re more of a talker and love to tell others about your business, you may want to try recording yourself. Pretend you are telling a friend about a particular topic, maybe the benefits of using your product. Just talk until you run out of stuff to say. Then listen to your recording and transcribe what you want to include in the article. You can record yourself on you computer using Audacity or other recording program, with your phone, or use a MP3 player that records as well.
6. Interview Someone
Interviews make great articles as well. Find an expert on the topic you want to discuss in your article and either interview them in person (and record it) or email them the questions to send back to you. Add a paragraph at the beginning about whom you interviewed and a little info about the person. You can close by summarizing the interview or highlighting a major point the expert made and encourage your readers to take action.
Once you have completed your article you can add it to your website, on your blog, or publish it in your newsletter. You should also submit it to the article directories and other online publications. We will talk more about that in upcoming posts.
Congratulations! You can now write your first article.
In the next article, we will be talking about 3 simple steps that will dramatically improve your article writing.
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