If you’re not producing enough articles, a different plan of attack can be the answer. When you always do the same thing, you get the same results. A new method can introduce some variety to your writing. Here are several methods that have worked for me.
1. The Perfect Writing Plan
This uses the basic multiple draft process.
a. Finish at least one article that’s currently in rough draft.
b. Work on your article ideas file until one advances to a rough article.
c. Write some new concepts into your article ideas file.
d. Repeat a to c.
If one of the steps is working good for you, stick with it. Your success depends on producing as much as possible.
2. Write Some Fast Articles
Fast articles are short in both length and information. Find one simple idea worth sharing, introduce it, explain it, and write a conclusion. Call it done and move on to another article. Save the re-writes for when you’re ready to publish.
a. Write a headline.
b. Write an intro paragraph.
c. Add the key points with bold subtitles.
d. Fill the information below each subtitle.
e. Write a conclusion.
3. Journal into Articles
In this kind of writing, you find you’ve started something that could be an article while you’re journaling. We’ve all done it by accident. Why not do it deliberately? That’s what I’m doing with this article. The first two tips were already at the bottom of my journal so I’d see them every day I opened it.
4. Write a Book
When you write a book about your subject, you will discover areas where you need to do research and others where you can start writing immediately. As you fill out the book, you will see potential articles everywhere. Write them.
5. Write Short Fiction
When all you ever write is nonfiction, you can become too academic, too technical and precise. University-style papers are boring. You need to be engaging and friendly as well as informative. Writing short fiction can help. At the very least, you will get better at writing short stories.
One paragraph anecdotes are a good way to spice up nonfiction. Instead of just the facts, you give your readers some stories. Everybody likes stories.
My preferred short fiction exercise is a one hour short story in pulp fiction style. A limit of one or two hours keeps the exercise from replacing regular nonfiction writing. These are the steps.
a. Introduce a hero who is strong and intelligent.
b. Introduce a villain who is strong and vicious.
c. Bring the hero and villain together.
d. The hero kills or captures the villain.
The story should have lots of crime and violence. Story problems should be solved by killing or destroying whatever people or places need to be eliminated to eliminate the problem. Smash through all issues. Write this story in one draft and call it done.
I’m not suggesting using all of these methods all the time. Pick one and use it until it starts to get routine. When the number of articles you’re producing drops, use a different method.
Article by Ivan Izo.