Write Articles Faster With This 5 Step Article Writing Process

By admin1 • March 30th, 2010

If you’re doing article marketing for any length of time you’ll find that you’re doing a lot of writing, writing, and more writing!

After a while you start to wonder, “Is there an easier, faster way to write articles?”

I think there is.

The goal is to write an article of excellent quality with minimal time and effort. Coming up with a standard writing process that you’ll use each time is very helpful at side railing procrastination and jump starting the writing process.

Here’s an effective writing method that I use that will help you write articles more efficiently:

1) What will your article be about?

I encourage you to think about writing articles that teach your target market something. The free reprint articles used in article marketing are educational articles (rather than sales pitches).

So, when you’re trying to think of an article topic, think in terms of teaching. ‘How to’ articles are great, and so are ‘Top Tips’ articles.

You might ask yourself, “What are the top 10 questions that customers frequently ask me?”

Or, “What are the top 10 areas of misunderstanding or problems that customers ask me about?”

From there, you’ll likely be able to pick out an area that should be covered in an article. If you’ve come up with 10 ideas, then each idea can become a separate article.

2) Make your notes.

After you’ve determined your topic, start writing notes on the points you’ll cover in your article.

These are just quick, brief notes–no need to try to craft an amazing sentence or paragraph (you’ll be doing that later).

What are the points you need to cover?

How many points do you have?

Is this topic generating too many valuable points to cover in the space of one article?

If so, you can always save some of the points for another article.

Note: If you do create 2 or more articles out of this same topic, please resist the urge to title your articles Part 1 and Part 2. Each article needs to be able to stand on its own, as a reader won’t necessarily be seeing all of your articles–they may be seeing just one of your articles. So, you shouldn’t mention Part 1, etc or say in your article body “This is Part 1 of my 3 part series”. Just treat each article as if it were your only article, so that it makes sense even if a reader stumbles across just that article.

3) Organize the order of your article.

After you’ve got all the major points you’d like to cover jotted down in note form, it’s time to get them in order.

If you’re doing a Top Tips article, then you might try the strategy of including 2 of your strongest tips as the first two items in your list, and one other of your strongest tips as your final item in your list. This is a little trick for leading readers through you article–by starting off strong you lure them into the body of your article. By finishing strong you lure them into reading your resource box (and leave them with a positive impression).

4) Create a rough draft.

After you’ve got your list of the points you’d like to cover and all the points arranged in the proper order–write!

Don’t over think things. This is your first draft, and you’ll have time later to polish things up. Right now you’re fleshing out your content and seeing how much valuable information you can provide in the limited word count of the article.

I always shoot for a 700-800 word article because articles of that size are most attractive to ezine publishers. That’s also long enough for a decent amount of information to be conveyed.

After your first draft is complete, take a word count and make adjustments as necessary.

5) Step away from your article.

Yes, that’s right–I know you’re eager to submit it, but patience has it’s rewards.

Put the article away for at least 24 hours and then read it over with fresh eyes. By giving your mind a break from the article, you’re better able to see any errors or awkward phrasing.

Make your edits, and then you’re ready to submit!

It may sound like extra work to do all this pre-arranging, but believe me it cuts down on the overall writing and editing time. This is how professional writers work–why not learn from the pros? By following a writing process such as this one, you’ll save yourself time, and you’ll produce quality articles more quickly.

Steve Shaw
http://www.articlesbase.com/internet-articles/write-articles-faster-with-this-5-step-article-writing-process-730138.html

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can help me edit my essay?help me correct the spelling, grammar or replace it with a better vocabulary

this is the question:
WRITING A LETTER (personal recount)

Write a letter to your friend to tell him or her about english lesson you had on ancient Egypt
In your letter, you should use the following points & add in other relevant details

– Activities carry out during English lesson:
– The most interesting activities and explain why.
– 3 interesting things you have learned
– how you felt about the lesson

You are advised to write between 200 and 250 words.

My essay:

The second English lesson I had after a long holiday was on ancient Egypt. Given the opportunity, visiting Egypt may certainly be enticing because they had a unique culture. I was very excited because I did not have to do my own research to find out the information on life in ancient Egypt. Our English teacher, Miss Brook showed us a powerpoint slide of an overview of ancient Egypt. I listened attentively to what she said. The first slide showed the "Book of the Dead". It did not look like what I thought, the book was colourful. Miss Brook asked us to do a mind-map of what had been taught, for examples the great pyramid Sphinx, religion, social class, etc. I learned a new word such as ‘hieroglyphics’. Miss Brook also conducted a short quizzes to recap the things that had been taught. Actually, I knew all the answer but I did not shout it out because I am quite a shy person.

Miss Brook presented a powerpoint slide about hieroglyphics. Hieroglyphics was a formal writing system used by the ancient Egyptians that contained a combination of logographic and alphabet elements. We went into more details on it such as the Egyptian did not really good at vowels so they replaced ‘E’ as ‘I’ due to the similar pronounciation. They were interesting because they used picture to describe things rather than alphabet. To engange us more, Miss Brook conducted a game called ‘Text Twist using Hieroglyphics’. We were given a chart containing hieroglyph and which letter it represent. We were working in pairs, my friend was the one who deciphered the hieroglyph into letters. I tried to form as many words as possible although that day I was tired so I might not be able to think clearly. In the end, our group won the second prize with score of 75. Before the end of the lesson, I did a reflection worksheet. I really found it useful because I learnt to do reflection on things that had been taught.

In the third lesson, I was even more curious and enthusiastic about the lesson that was going to be taught. It was about mummification. Before Miss Brook told us the steps taken in the process of mummification, she asked us to appoint a representatives from each group to come out to the front to write down the steps. We were given 5 minutes to discuss among ourselves.Luckily, I already read it in Internet the day before. Surprisingly, my answers matched with Miss Brook’s one. The next day, she showed us three different video about the process of mummification. It was really captivating. Out of three, I liked the first one about Herakleides.

I felt that the best lessons was on mummification especially the quizzes. When one person from our group walking to the front, time was running out so I quickly jotted down the steps that I remembered from the articles that I had read, on a piece of paper and handed in to my friend. Actually, the reason I liked this activities because I was interested in mummies and all kinds of undead creatures and I would like to know more about it.

From this lesson I had learnt some general points of how the life in ancient Egypt was. Through the ‘Text Twist’ games I learnt to move fast and think quickly within a limited amount of time given. I also gained some useful information about life in ancient Egypt. If not because of this lesson being conducted, I might not know anything about Egypt in detail.

I feel that this lesson was fun but also gave me a knowledge about history of other countries. I really appreciated the teacher’s effort who had planned this activities for us.

Condense your letter to the requested 200-250 words. Re-submit it.References : Teacher

You’ve not exactly written a letter, but more an essay. Write this as a letter to someone, like this…

Dear Pauline,

Thanks for your letter, which I received last week. It was nice hearing about all the stuff you and your brother got as Christmas presents! Did you have snow? We did here in London.

Anyway, I really have to tell you about what we’re doing in English. Our teacher, Miss Brook, is teaching us about ancient Egypt! It sounds so cool, and I’d love to visit there one day! (Blah, blah, blah covering all the things you are supposed to be discussing).

So, are you doing anything new in school? How’s history going? Is your teacher still giving you bad marks for spelling?

Hope to hear from you soon,

Yours,

Louise

Because you’re writing to a friend, you need to use a much less formal writing style. No one would write what you have written in a letter, unless they were writing to someone like their Aunt that they don’t see very often! Write it in the way you would post it as a forum message, and then tidy up some of the spelling and grammar (but not too much!).

The point of your assignment is to show you that different writing styles are needed in different situations. So go on, write that letter to me, in response to a letter I wrote to you last week, saying that it snowed, I had a great holiday with a new bike and my brother (he’s 4) got a play workbench with all the tools. Oh, and I hate my History teacher, because he deducts marks for my bad spelling (I used a spell checker to write my letter to you, so don’t pull me up on anything!).References :

 

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