Monday, June 13, 2011

Improving Your Articles Part II

You can write better articles with some simple steps. Take the time to make your writing the best it can be.

Your Knowledge

One of the easiest ways to make better articles is to write about what you have knowledge in. Everyone has some sort of talent and it’s only fitting to write about things you are good at or have fun doing. You may be a gardener, guitar player, or like to fix things. Take your knowledge about these topics and turn them into articles or short stories. When you come up with new ideas make a list of them on your computer so you can draw from them when your stuck with not having anything to write about.

Reading

If you’re going to write you need to read all the time, especially when novel writing. You need to know as much about your genre as possible so read popular works. If you’re doing articles make sure to research topics fully to gain a batter understanding of the topic. This process will help you with magazine writing. When you’re not writing you should be reading something to gent an insight into how other authors approach various topics or stories.

Write All The Time

Your writing will improve if you are always writing. Look back at some of your early works and see how far you have come along. Write out a book, do more articles, create short stories, just keep the writing process going. Over time you’ll improve and it will show up in your work. You can’t become a great writer without actually working on the craft of writing.  Plan to write each and every day and keep it going week after week.

It's a  Job

Improve your writing by treating it as a job. Get u at a set time and sit down to write or if you work, plan to write after work. Take the time to treat writing as a job and you'll accomplish more. This will improve your writing over time since you're putting in the same effort you would for a regular job. Set yourself deadlines such as writing x number of words per day and work towards that goal.

Get Training

Take a writing course to improve your overall writing skills. Go for grammar classes, story writing, or just general writing classes. You don't have to spend a fortune just take the time to get additional training in writing  it will make you better and you'll learn more about the craft in general.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Eliminate Writer Procrastination

Some writers have a difficult time writing and put assignments on the side and leave them to the last minute.  A writer can suffer procrastination with their work and not produce what is required for them to succeed.

It’s Not Writer's Block


Procrastination when it comes to writing is not the same thing as writer’s block. When you have writers block you can’t come up with ideas even when you want to write. With writers procrastination you have those ideas in your head but keep putting off your writing in and do other activities.

Writing Fear

Part of your writer's procrastination is a fear of writing and not creating anything you think is good enough. Part of being writer is to accept rejection because it happens to all writers even established ones. Sit down and just start writing, about whatever is in your head and don’t worry about what is on the page. Just the process of writing can help you clear your mind and actually want to write more.

Get Organized

If you have a plan about your writing you have something you can be working on and not wasting time. Don't allow yourself to get distracted when you write. This is easy to do with television, the Internet, and cell-phones. Close your office door and turn off anything has the potential to distract you. Let your family know that you plan to write and tell them to leave you alone unless it is absolutely necessary to bother you.

Summary

Focus on your work and not the other things that are distracting you. To be a writer you have to actually write without fear of the result. Sit down and start the process of getting thoughts out of your head.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Write Then Edit

When you write you will make errors and you’ll need to fix grammar, spelling and other typos. Writers can struggle during this process spending too much time editing and not enough time writing the article or story until it’s done.


When Writing Books

When you are writing a book you should focus your efforts into writing the book. Don’t worry about errors just get your thoughts onto the computer screen and write the book. Don’t dwell over passages or dialogue since this just wastes valuable writing time. Stay focused on your writing until it’s done and then go back and look it over. Reading your work before it’s done will lead to frustration and you’ll be tempted to write slowly and nitpick at yourself. Spend time away from your book and go back once you’re fresh to edit it.  Work on it until you are satisfied with it but at some point you’ll have to submit it. It most likely will come back if accepted and need more work so be prepared for it.


Writing Online

If you write online you’ll see both great writing and articles that are poor. Your job is to make your articles great with some proper editing. Writing online can make your writing sloppy since your not working with an editor in most cases. Write your article until it is done then go back and edit it to fix errors and make sure the article or story reads well. Just remember that many people may read your work so do your best to present the best article you can when you submit it to the online world.

Summary


Write out your article, story, or book before you decide to edit it. You’ll accomplish more writing if you don’t stop all the time to edit things. Get the thoughts out onto the screen and then be an editor. You’ll save yourself time and get more writing done in the process.

Improving Your Online Articles

The Internet has opened up many opportunities for writers. As the web continues to grow there is a demand for written content and a writer can find work in many areas. Online writing requires a writer to make articles that are well written and of high quality. Since anyone can write on the Internet these points are often overlooked. There are several ways a writer can improve their writing online.
Writing Shorter Articles
Articles online are generally shorter than the average article found in regular print. You need to take larger articles and compact them to fit into websites, blogs and other sites. Articles should fit on one screen, yet contain all the necessary information. You will find larger articles if they are highly technical in nature, but most online writing will be short and to the point. A short article will grab the addition of readers online and publishers may even buy the article from you if it is good.
Check Your Spelling and Grammar
Most word processors have spell checkers so there’s no excuse for spelling errors in online writing. Take time to go over the article in your word processor using the spell checker and then again with your eye to pick out additional errors the spell checker missed. You should do this multiple times before submitting your work to the online world. A thesaurus can be helpful to change words and make the article more appealing and for variety in your article. For some articles you may need to repeat keywords and use SEO so the article can be picked up by search engines. If your article is for a client, make sure you know exactly what they want before you write.
Accuracy
Go over your article and look for any errors involving names, dates, and places. These common mistakes the spell checker won't pick up, it’s up to you. Be sure to double check arithmetic data for accuracy. If you quote any sources get the proper website address, email and other contact information.  Be sure to go over your article at least twice before you submit it.
Organization
Improve your writing with organization. Create folders on your computer for topics, keep contact lists, and set up reminders for what you need to accomplish in a day. Make backups of your materials so you don't lose work when your computer malfunctions. An external hard drive is perfect for this purpose.
Summary
Online writing can keep you busy and earn you money. Keep your articles short, check each article for accuracy, and other errors. Keep your writing organized and most importantly just write.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Write For InfoBarrel

InfoBarrel is a great website for writers looking to display their writing and make some extra cash doing it. The site has a good community of supportive writers who will help you find your way around the site.

InfoBarrel pays by Adsense, Chitika, and with Amazon. You’ll need to sign up with one or more of those services to make money through InfoBarrel. The site has an easy to use editor where you can add pictures, videos, and blocks of text. This writer content site is moving up the ranks of Alexa and becoming a popular site on the Internet so there’s growth here for new writers to get themselves established on the site with their articles.

As a new member, I have found the site to be an excellent place for my articles and well worth the time to keep writing there. The helpful community keeps me there and I’m making some money in the process too. Sign up for InfoBarrel now.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Make Income Writing Online

The life of a writer is usually thought of as one where the person starves and at one time this was the case, but now with the Internet it is possible for a writer to make income on a daily basis. The writer doesn't to wait for work to be approved and they can write each day tomake money. This is done by writing online articles for the web and getting paid for each and every one of them.

Online Writing

If you are struggling to make money as a writer there's plenty opportunities on the Internet to increase your income . Websites will pay you to write articles for them and may give you a small fee for each article or pay you a percentage of advertising revenue that is generated when your article receives viewers. The more articles that you are able to write the more money you can potentially make. The idea with online writing is to go for high volumes of articles with quality content. The best place to accomplish this is websites such as Helium, Hubpages, Infobarrel and many others.You probably won't get rich writing on Helium but you can make daily money on your writing instead of nothing.

If you are just writing to get published in magazines you are missing out on the many places on the Internet that will pay you right now for your work. These websites typically require articles that are under 1000 words and it's usually less. If you can write a clear article websites online will pay you for the work and many will share the advertising revenue with you. These opportunities alos give you the chance to build up large portfolio of work that may help you land an even bigger job down the road.

If you're a struggling writer, try the Internet for some steady income. While you might not make it rich you can make daily income off your work if you start online article writing today.

The Parts of A Great Article

A great article has three key parts to it and while it might seem simple, it can confuse many writers. Learning how to construct a proper beginning, middle, and ending to your article can make your work stand out from the average article.

The Beginning

The introduction to your article often called “the lead” gives your reader an incentive to keep reading your article. What is in it for the reader to view your article? Your introduction is usually short and to the point but makes, people want to keep reading. The whole idea is to hook the reader into your article. In magazine and newspaper, writing the hook or lead is very important since the reader has other material to choose from in the publication. The last thing you want to do is bore your reader or send them to another article. With online writing, the introduction might be very simple. It’s up to the writer to decide exactly how they want to approach their lead or hook.

The Middle

In the middle of the article, the writer gets down to work and explains what they are trying to say. The middle should contain the key points of the article and fully describe each point. Move from point to point and don’t ramble on when you are writing as you might do if speaking, since this will only confuse your reader. Make sure you include the proper names, dates, data and other information in the middle of your article and that it’s accurate. The middle of the article can have headings but often this isn’t necessary. When writing online it’s sometimes nice to have headings since reading tend to skim over articles and headings will make them stop at the key points they re interested in. The middle typical has a few paragraphs but don’t make it too long either. Write in terms ordinary people can understand unless the article is very technical and you’re only trying to reach that audience. Don’t use shortcuts without fully explaining what they are. So for example if you put something like LOL in your article make sure you write out (laughing out loud) so the next time your reader comes across it in the article the person knows what you’re talking about.

The Conclusion or Ending

You should end your article with a bit of a summary covering the key points in the article or send your reader to find other information on the subject which is helpful when online writing since you can link to some of your other work and keep the person reading your material. The ending isn’t as important as the beginning or middle of the article but provides a conclusion so the reader doesn’t expect anything else.

Write Great Articles

You can write great articles with a beginning, middle and ending. Make sure your beginning has a hook or lead and flesh out the bulk of the article in the middle section. The conclusion should summarize the article and end it. With hard work you’ll be creating articles on a daily basis that are easy to read and keep readers coming back for more.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Making Money As A Writer

Writers can use several methods to mmake money with their writing. It will take time and dedication to your craft to achieve success. Here are several tips to help you increase writing earnings.

Organize your work area so you can get more work done. With organization you can find things faster, write more articles, and get more done in less time. Keep your computer organized with folders for work you are doing, your writing contacts and other information. Start a "to-do" pile, and have a "finished pile." Use an organizer and write down all the writing asignments you want o complete ina day. Set deadlines for yourself and stick too them.

You can't earn income unless you actually write. Try to write each day and keep to that schedule. Take a notepad or electronic device with you  to jot down writing ideas. Make writing a natural part of your day and treat it as the job that it is. Write in your free time insstead of watching T.V. or browsing the Internet.

Keep sending out query letters to multiple places even when you receive rejection letters from editors. Keep your ideas flowing and the opportunities will come your way when you least expect them. The more queries you send out, the better the chances you'll get accepted and have an assignment. When not working on queries, try writing online with freelance sites or writing content sites for additional income opportunities.

Your local area may be a great place to start writing. You could write for local publications to get valuable experience in the business. This could open the door for you in ways you never expected.

Writing online can provide you with many opportunities. Many sites will share advertising revenues with you or upfront payments for your work. You can find jobs that are updated on a daily basis on  freelance websites for steady income. Writing online is becoming  popular and a great starting point for writers to start earning income.

If you are a writer you need to be an avid reader too. Read books about writing, visit websites, and be willing to keep learning. Read all the books and magazines on your topics as possible. Save clippings of articles you to stimulate your creativity

You can make good money writing but you must work hard. Get organized and write something each day. Send out queries and look for local area job opportunities. Go online and explore the options available to writers. Read as much as possible and always be open to learn as much as possible about your craft. Writing may be a struggle but the rewards can we well worth all the effort.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Reasons To Write Online

People write articles online for a variety of reasons. In the past a writer only had the option to submit articles tonewspapers or magazines which made it difficult for the writer to make money due to the competition from the established writers. The submission process took a long time and rejection happened all the time. With the internet, a writer has many new opportunities to get material to their audience in shorter periods of time.

Writer Exposure

Many writers use online articles for writer exposure. Writers can submit articles to sites such as article databases or web writing content sites and these articles may attract the attention of publishers or other web developers interested in material. Writing articles online allows the writer to create large volumes of work and have these articles submitted to many different sites which would be very difficult with traditional writing methods. There are hundreds of different article sites that a writer can submit work to. This exposure increases the chance that the writer may get better writing assignments from publishers. Other writers may submit articles just to get their voice and opinion heard by large numbers of people.

Articles For Income

With the internet there has been an explosion in the demand for articles and content. Many web developers require  articles to keep their websites current and competitive. Sites online now offer the article writer a chance to generate income from their articles without going through a traditional publisher. Many writers are using this opportunity to make money. When submitting materials to publications the time a writer waits for approval or pay once accepted can be quite long. Article writing online offers pay on a steady basis and payment monthly. While the pay can be quite low with individual articles, the potential to make money a large volume of work is attractive. Most sites offer a share of advertising revenue generated for the viewing of these articles.

Writing For Personal Improvement

Many writers use online article writing as a way to improve their writing and gain experience. These articles are often viewed by other writers which be an opportunity for a less experienced writer to learn more about writing. The writer can join online communities, or other groups, and friendships can be made. By writing articles online a writer doesn't have to feel alone in the wilderness of writing.

Writing articles online offers a writer  new ways to get information to a wide audience.Articles writing allows for greater exposure, income opportunities, and the writer gets paid while learning the craft.

Improve Your Writing With a Writing Course

If you want to become better at writing you need to take a writing course. This is important if you're a beginner writer because a writing course will give you the tools to succeed in the writing world. When I wanted to become a writer it was a course that got me on the right track towards my writing dreams.

Long Ridge Writers Group

When I joined the Long Ridge Writers Group I didn't know what to expect.  I send in a sample of my writing that they requested and waited to hear back from them. When I got accepted by them I was happy and it started my journey all for under $1000.00CAD. I received several writing books from them including a book on grammar editing, a magazine market book, an Internet resources book among others. Each student has a real life author assigned to them and not just a writing teacher. Each teacher is an accomplished author with multiple writing credits to their name.

The course consisted of twelve assignments and plenty of work. I am currently on lesson eleven doing a revision on the assignment. Over the months of my course I have learned so much about the craft of writing. I have learned the hook, the anecdote, how to write a short-story, how to craft an article, and how to write a query letter. My instructor has given me helpful advice and shown me where my writing needs work. Each assignment is sent back edited by the instructor so you can see how changing a few words or a different title would work better. it's tough to see your writing covered in ink but you learn so much from the process.

I would recommend that all new writers take some type of writing course because you will see vast improvements in your writing whether you want to write online or a book. You will become a better writer.

Writing Quality Articles

Writing Quality Articles

Writing a great article takes several steps and by following these steps you'llsoon write great articles for your website, blog, content site, or for magazines.

Write about what you know first. It makes sense to sit down and write about things you have knowledge in. This process allows you to quickly write your article while spending less time thinking about what you want to say. Make a list of things  you already have knowledge in and begin writing from this list. When you run out of ideas you can do research in other areas and get the creative process going again.

Draft out your ideas quickly and don't concern yourself with spelling or words, just get your ideas down. Focus on the thoughts in your head. Make a list of your ideas or points and briefly describe each. Later youcan form these ideas into paragraphs.

Make sure facts, figures and other information is correct. There is nothing worse then an article with misleading or information. Research and make sure you are clear on all your facts, dates, names, numbers and other data. This is important and makes you look professional. Spend extra time on topics you are unfamiliar with to keep your articles as accurate as possible. Check your article for spelling mistakes and proper grammar. Use the spell check on your computer frequently. Try not to overuse words, unless you are writing the article for keyword placement in a search engine. Watch for properly spaced paragraphs and avoid long paragraphs that are hard to read. Don't put words you want to emphasize in all caps as this looks like an amateur wrote the article. Read over every part of the article until you are satisfied with it.

Rewrite your article with proper form by starting with an introduction to the article, followed by the body which contains the facts and points of the article. Finish the article with a simple conclusion about the article content. This can also include links to further information if you wish. Writing like this fashion makes the article easier to read. Avoid going from point to point in a jumbled, ramble style of writing.

Check your article for spelling mistakes and proper grammar. Use the spell check on your computer frequently. Try not to overuse words, unless you are writing the article for keyword placement in a search engine. Watch for properly spaced paragraphs and avoid long paragraphs that are hard to read. Don't put words you want to emphasize in all caps as this looks like an amateur wrote the article. Read over every part of the article until you are satisfied with it.

By writing about what you know, paying attention to the article quality and content of your work. Follow these steps and you're are well on your way to creating professional, quality articles.