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How to Write a Great Article? A Few Lessons I’ve Learned

As a writer, I’m all time concerned about how to promote myself effectively and maintain a constant activity online. If I write too little, I feel guilty because I should do more to get adequate visibility. On the other hand, I fear publishing every couple of days would transform me into a throwaway writer, and my message would lose its credibility.

A clear intention makes a great article

First of all, what makes an article stand out? It depends on your target audience, of course, but there are some things that excellent pieces have in common. They’re clear, engaging, grammatically correct, and deliver a meaningful message to the readers. When an article includes such features, readers feel that who wrote it knew what he was talking about. It’s not that simple, though. You might be surprised that there are plenty of articles on the Internet where you can spot mediocrity. And I assume you don’t want to be a mediocre writer.

How to be more confident in your writing?

A writer is, first of all, a reader. What I’ve learned by greedily reading all the books that came into my hands is far more valuable than what I might have learned with an online course. I’m not against online courses, though. I’ve done some, and I believe they’re a powerful ally to boost your skills.

A few tips to effectively write a good piece

You’re staring at a blank page, ready to work on a new article, a little excited. That slight sense of turmoil is here again. You think you’re focused enough, but words don’t come out. You can’t get anything out of your head. Heck, you’re blocked.

  • Keep it simple! Less is better. If you’re in doubt about whether to keep a sentence in your text, ask yourself: does this sentence give an added meaning to the message I want to deliver? If not, don’t be afraid of cutting it off.
  • Your ideas matter. I know. I’ve been doing that for years. For some odd reason, we’re afraid of losing our readers by saying something wrong or that might offend them. Don’t silence your voice! This strategy is counterproductive. You will end up writing without feeling it, and you’ll risk losing your authenticity. If you don’t allow your opinions to come out, your voice won’t reflect what you want to express. The line between being yourself and exposing too much is thin, and it takes a lot of practice and experience to understand where you want to fix the limit.
  • One nailed proposal is better than applying to hundreds of job offers a day. That goes to those who’re looking for a job as a writer. When applying for a job, we mistakenly think that it’s better to send proposals like crazy. That’s statistics, after all: eventually, you’ll get an employ. Well, let me tell you, that’s not how it works. It could work if you’re on a transition and looking for something that can give you some earnings. But if you’re looking for the job of your life, I guess it’s not a smart choice.
  • Be aware of the message you want to send. I will never get tired of pointing out that you need to know what you want to write. Try to do proper bibliographical research before writing, and outline your article with a coherent structure. The quality of your pieces will likely rise.

Writer, blogger, lifelong learner with a specific goal: to inspire and motivate others by sharing deep thoughts and insightful stories.

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