Fourteen Ways to Create Multiple Articles on a Topic

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Having a good variety of writing options at hand will make you a more interesting writer. What are the different kinds of articles you can write to keep your writing fresh?

As an article writer, you’ll have more success when you produce 10 articles using different approaches than 10 with the same approach. This is especially true if you’re trying to become known as an expert in one particular area.

Bloggers can also keep visitors coming back by giving some variety to their posts. Varying the length of articles can be a good technique, but you’ll want some more.

Fourteen Ways to Create Multiple Articles

1. Lists

Ten Ways to Avoid Alien Abduction” or “Six Best Movie Trailer Sites” are a favorite type of heading for web surfers. Numbers in your article title increase traffic. Anytime you have a list of points in an article, it can be used as an outline for a list article. You may also be able to convert the headings in one article into bullet points for an article that looks at the topic from a higher level.

2. Zoom Out

Widen the focus on your topic. Take a look at the big picture. If you’ve been doing a lot of research on a topic, you will have a good grasp of the related material anyway. Move up a level and write about the context of your topic.

3. Zoom In

Look at the details of some areas of your topic. You’ll notice where you could put more focus when you’re writing an article. There are always sections of a paper that seem like they could be a paper themselves.

4. Cutups

A cutup is when you take a finished piece of work, cut it up and paste it back together randomly. This works best with paper but you can do it on a computer using image editing software. The experimental version stops there. I’d say continue on and make a sensible article out of the result.

5. Fiction and Nonfiction

If you normally write nonfiction, write a short fiction piece about your subject. If it teaches a lesson, that keeps it on track with your nonfiction site.

If you normally write fiction, how about a nonfiction article that deals with the genre you normally write in. Do you write murder mysteries? How about a list of the top poisons used in murders?

6. Wander the Field

Although you’ve narrowed the focus of your writing so that you can better demonstrate you’re an expert in a certain field, you don’t need to constantly write to your target. Throw in the odd article that’s off target. If you write about motivation, there’s nothing wrong with an article on creativity. If you write about video gaming, how about an article on games made into movies?

7. Change the Slant

Articles can be written with either a positive, negative or neutral view of a topic. If most of your articles are neutral, try one with a bias. If they all are strongly slanted in one direction, try arguing for the opposite view. If that doesn’t work, settle for a neutral piece that considers both sides of the picture.

8. Use Your Research Notes

Review the notes you’ve made while researching your topic. Are there some sections you haven’t used? Can you create more articles based on that information?

9. Split Long Articles into Two or More

If you find that you’ve written a long article, look for how you might split it into two articles. Is there a long list in there? That can be its own piece. Do you cover several major steps in a process. You can split it into an overview article and separate articles about each major step. An article that covers two opposing points of view could be two articles.

You can write a long article with the intention of splitting it too. Write an article with everything you know about your topic. Crank it out like you would the first draft of a book. When you’re done, decide how to break it into separate articles.

10. Informational versus Instructional

Switch to the opposite of what you have been using. This may lead to new versions of many of the articles you’ve written on your subject so far.

11. Markets

Consider all of the different kinds of magazines that could be interested in your subject. Now write some articles with those points of view.

12. FAQs

Have you researched enough to know what problems come up for people new to the subject? How about a Frequently Asked Questions style article? The question and answer format is one of the more popular article types.

13. FAQ

Write about one specific problem that came up a lot during your research. You may have seen several solutions. Go with the simplest solution that works.

14. Recycle

When you think you’ve written everything you can on your topic, look into recycling the earliest articles. Your understanding of your topic has changed with all of this writing. Re-write your earliest articles as new articles.

One last point. You may be tempted to break up the writing on your subject. If you write about a different topic and then come back, you will have slowed yourself down. There’s no good reason to limit your writing speed. Keep writing about the same topic until you can find nothing more to write. Like any job, you want to produce as much as you can in as little time as possible. Better get started.

Article by Ivan Izo.

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9 thoughts on “Fourteen Ways to Create Multiple Articles on a Topic

  1. Brian McCarthy January 4, 2011 / 10:05 pm

    Hey David,

    Great article, one of the things I like to do with lists is to create a number of titles (or tags) on a certain subject and write about each title or tag, releasing a new one each couple of days or each week. If your list has 9 points you can generate a minimum of 9 days of articles or on a really good subject up to 9 weeks of articles which can be setup to be automatically posted for you.

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  2. Carol Tice January 27, 2011 / 4:12 pm

    I’ve looked in vain for a Twitter handle for you, and I don’t see a button on here…but wanted to let you know I’ve included this article in my post Top 10 Articles for Writers for January 2011

    Great piece. I’m always blathering to my audience about reselling and retooling ideas…but this article gives great, concrete approaches to take.

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    • David Smith January 27, 2011 / 6:16 pm

      Thanks for the comment, Carol. I’ve added a link to my Twitter account in the sidebar. And thanks for including me in your list.

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  3. Jess January 27, 2011 / 8:03 pm

    David,
    I came across your article on Carol Tice’s blog. Thanks for sharing these awesome tips. I’m currently taking a class on writing and publishing short articles, & your article gives some great insight on how to stay current, prolific, and interesting – I will be printing this out for future reference.

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  4. Lindsey Donner February 4, 2011 / 9:14 pm

    I love this article, David. It’s important for writers to remember that if they spent 20, 30, or even more hours researching a topic for an assignment, they likely learned more than they could use– and should parlay their new expertise into other markets, angles and pieces.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Dianne Walker December 30, 2011 / 7:06 pm

    Great insights! Thanks so much. I write on career, nonprofit and job search. as much as I love the topics, sometimes writers blocks set in and I can’t think of another title to write about.

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  6. Lav Chintapalli January 3, 2012 / 7:43 am

    Great list. Thank You!

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