I’ve previously written about Places to Get Article Ideas. The following list suggests more ways to dream up and research articles.
1. Write about something that pisses you off.
2. Write an anti-article. For example, six ways to gain weight fast. The idea is that readers will use the tips in reverse.
3. Review your article ideas list for ideas you keep passing up and consider the opposite bias. Can’t get going on an article about how to proofread? Write one on when you shouldn’t.
4. Look for ideas when you are nowhere near your keyboard. While driving, shopping, working, or out with friends.
Since 2010, I’ve written many writing tips. These are the ten best.
How to Take a Break While Writing is about writing more by using two writing projects as breaks from each other.
Write More By Reading Yourself is about how pieces you have written in the past can be written again if you’ve continued learning your subject.
Cut More and Improve Your Writing emphasizes the importance of cutting your writing to improve it.
What Are Your Writing Limits? is about pushing your limits by exploring different writing types and working on your skills in the various writing tasks.
Write What You Know discusses the full implications of this concept.
Are You Using Swipe Files? is about using examples of good writing to improve your work.
Create Tension in Your Writing discusses the importance of tension in fiction and suggests some ways to build it.
Fiction Genres looks at 14 movie genres to give you an idea of the many possibilities for a novel.
Great Start – Better Start Over is about recovering from a stalled writing project.
Stages of the Writing Process outlines the full 11 steps that can be used to complete a piece of writing.
These articles cover a variety of writing types. You’ll have to forgive me if fiction writing seems to predominate. It’s my favorite type of writing. I hope this helps.
Article by Ivan Izo.
If you can answer a reader’s question in 500 words instead of 1000, you’re doing them and yourself a great favor. Most readers just want to know how to do something or learn something interesting about your blog topic.
That’s one reason to write short articles. There are others. It’s an easy way to start your day with writing because it gives you a feeling of accomplishment right away. Shorter articles also give you practice at cutting needless words and sentences.
There are several ways to write short articles.
The perfect article length is one that answers the question from the headline completely with no unnecessary words. That perfect length article could be 300 words in point form or 1200 words explained in detail. What are internet readers looking for?
Internet readers are looking for answers to questions. Most are not visiting to have a leisurely read. They want to read a quick article and move on. What do the writing forums say about article length?
Motivation is highly overrated. If you’ve set yourself a daily writing goal, you need to do it whether you feel like it or not. That’s what makes you a writer. This post talks about articles, but it could just as easily be about short stories or chapters in a novel or non-fiction book.
If you have many articles in progress, simply reading through them will lead to working on them. You’ll think of ideas and information you want to add. Keep cycling through article ideas, outlines, first drafts, second drafts, and final drafts. You know this works.
If you don’t have any articles in progress, make some up. Don’t worry about starting with sensible ideas. You feel like doing nothing. Waste some time with silly ideas. Write enough on a silly thought and some sense often comes out of it.
More on this, did you say?
As you’re writing an article, other article ideas will intrude on what you’re trying to write. Don’t let it bother you. Cut them out as soon as they appear and add them to your ideas file. An article should communicate one clear idea for your reader to take away.
Following this rule, it looks like this article is done already. But I have an out.
Since 2010, I’ve written many posts on how to write articles. Here are the best of the bunch.
Eight Article Writing Methods talks about methods for writing one article at a time, creating an article series, and maximizing your productivity on a topic.
How to Keep Generating New Ideas is about re-formulating ideas from others, keeping an ideas file, and how to search out more ideas.
Need More Articles? Write a Book encourages you to outline a book on your topic and then mine the outline for article ideas.
How To Write A List Article is self explanatory.
Quick Bonus Articles – Comment Posts is about turning long comments into blog posts.
Nine Places to Get Article Ideas offers help filling up your writing ideas file.
Speedy Article Writing talks about the six steps for writing an article quickly and then suggests a way to jump start your creative process.
Five Ways to Reboot Your Article Writing suggests some of the standard ways to write articles and a couple of wacky ideas.
Write High Quality Articles Fast discusses many steps that can help you automatically write articles fast.
Fourteen Ways to Create Multiple Articles on a Topic covers different types of articles, their scope, changes that refresh your writing, maximizing your research, and when to split a long article in two.
If you want to find inspiration to write more articles, you can’t go wrong with this series.
Article by Ivan Izo.
Picture this. You have an idea for an article and sit down to write. To get it written fast, you write plenty of material for the intro paragraph. Then you create the topic headings and arrange them into a focused article.
If you don’t see a focus, should you trash it?
How can book reviews be fun? That’s something you had to do for school? And profit? People give away their book reviews.
It’s not that kind of fun or profit.
I’m suggesting you write a review any time a book gives you something you can use. Books supply us with new information and ideas. A great idea that’s only in your head can get lost in the noise. Write it down and you will have it forever.
It may be something that gives you insights into your personal and social life or that demonstrates writing techniques worth imitating. With practice, you can find something that feeds your writing in almost everything you read.
This could just as well be titled Trash That Book, but it’s a little easier to think about trashing articles. Which articles? The ones that aren’t going to make it. Maybe it happens at the idea stage. Maybe you don’t realize the article is a fail until the final draft. Write enough articles and some are going to fail. How do you know when to give up on them?
First, know that everything you write helps you improve as a writer. Experience matters. Some writing for fun is okay. On the other hand, if you don’t produce writing you can share, you won’t look like a writer for others. You need to find a balance between writing for practice and writing for profit.