AuthorsDen.com   Join (Free!) | Login  

     Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
   Services MarketPlace (Free to post!)
Where Authors and Readers come together!

SIGNED BOOKS    AUTHORS    eBOOKS new!     BOOKS    STORIES    ARTICLES    POETRY    BLOGS    NEWS    EVENTS    VIDEOS    GOLD    SUCCESS    TESTIMONIALS

Featured Authors:  Shirley Houston, iBarbara Henry, iBelle Ami, iScott Boyd, iBrian Hill, iTheodore Soderberg, iRobert Campbell, i

  Home > Publishing > Articles Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     
Steven E

· Become a Fan
· Contact me
· Articles
· 3 Titles
· Save to My Library
· Share with Friends!
·
Member Since: May, 2007

Steven E, click here to update your pages on AuthorsDen.




Featured Book
SMART is the New RICH ...Strategies
by Herman Yenwo

It is no longer enough to just be passive. You've got to constantly update your skills...Computer Skills, Business Skills & Mordenization...  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members


Featured Book
From a Shotgun Shack
by Richard Mason

Rags to riches story..  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members





   Recent articles by
Steven E

4 Steps to Improve the Editing of Your Own Writing
12 Tips for Generating New Ideas for Article Writing
           >> View all

9 Steps to Unique Articles!
By Steven E   
Rated "G" by the Author.
Last edited: Thursday, May 17, 2007
Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2007

Share    Print   Save    Become a Fan


Reduce your subject to a single core word and then brainstorm around it. For example, if you're trying to write about "Study Skills", expand your thinking to "School". Now jot down everything that comes to mind when you think about School, and when you run out of ideas start asking yourself open questions around the subject and noting your answers.

1) Remove your limits

Reduce your subject to a single core word and then brainstorm around it. For example, if you're trying to write about "Study Skills", expand your thinking to "School". Now jot down everything that comes to mind when you think about School, and when you run out of ideas start asking yourself open questions around the subject and noting your answers.

Examples:

What did I enjoy about school?
What scared me?
What did I wish I'd known from Day 1?

This will help you get back into the mindset of someone struggling with school issues of all kinds and you'll start to get a feel for their concerns and worries.

2) Restore your focus

Once you've started to understand the general feelings of your readers, allow your mind to focus back on your original topic of Study Skills. From your new perspective, what questions would you ask? What would you want to know? Is this really a "Studying" issue or is it more about Time Management or being able to work without distractions or being paralyzed by the fear of not doing well?

3) Be your audience

Write each question on a separate sheet of paper; don't stop until you have at least ten and preferably more. Stay in the mindset of your readers until you feel you've asked every major question that concerns them.

4) Take a step back

Put your pile of question aside for a few hours, overnight if possible. Don't consciously think about them; just go about your day as usual. Give your subconscious time to process them without any further prompting from you. If new questions come to mind jot them down somewhere safe and then forget about them.

5) Get out your pen and write

When you're ready, sit down with your pages of questions and simply start to answer them. Writing your answers by hand can give you access to ideas that might be missed if you type them. Don't edit yourself at this stage. Using Speech to Text software or a digital recorder can also be helpful in bypassing the internal editor.

Imagine someone sitting in front of you asking for advice and just talk to them. Keep your tone natural and conversational and stay with the question-and-answer format.

6) Edit lightly

Trust your first instincts. Proof-read and correct any obvious errors, but don't do any major editing until your piece has had time to "sit" for a while. Again, leaving it overnight will give you a fresh perspective the next time you look at it, but even if your deadline doesn't allow for that it's important to give yourself a break from it.

When you're pushed for time, writing several articles at one sitting can create enough change of focus to make you "forget" the one you've just written.

7) Polish it up

Short articles are unlikely to need major editing if you've written them as described here. They will flow easily and naturally already and having each Q & A on a separate sheet makes it easier to select only the ones you want. Your job now is to put them in a reasonably logical sequence and make sure they're understandable and that the reader is led smoothly from one question and answer to the next.

8) Top and tail it

Write a brief introductory paragraph as a "teaser" for the main article. Many article directories now put the first paragraph of each piece into RSS feeds which are picked up by other websites, so you'll want to make sure that your two or three major keywords appear at least once in that first paragraph.

Write another short paragraph to summarize the major points of the article and provide some ideas for the reader to explore the subject further. Don't of course forget your own resource box at the end of the article.

9) Submit it!


Around the world, steven e is known as a highly successful publisher, entrepreneur, speaker, coach, mentor, and best-selling author. The Team Publishers program, that he helped to develop, is the publisher of the Wake Up…Live the Life You Love best-selling book series with over 12 million stories in print. To find out more go to either www.wakeuplive.com or www.stevene.com today!


Web Site: steven e



Want to review or comment on this article?
Click here to login!


Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!





Publique Su eBook en DIEZ Pasos by Jacob Taylor

La guía más sencilla para los autores que desean crear, publicar y vender sus propios eBooks. El eBook que hay que tener...  
Featured BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members


Publique Su eBook en DIEZ Pasos by Jacob Taylor

La guía más sencilla para los autores que desean crear, publicar y vender sus propios eBooks. El eBook que hay que tener...  
Featured BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members

Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us


Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
© AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.