Guest Post: How I Came To Know That Writing An Interesting Article Can Be Tough

I wanted to share a guest post by Robert Hunt with you today. As authors we often find ourselves writing articles not only for our own blogs, but for guest blogs, blog tours, you name it.  Mr. Hunt has graciously shared some tips that can help with just such a task.

 How I Came To Know That Writing An Interesting Article Can Be Tough

If you told me, a few years ago, that I would become a freelance writer at the age of 28, I would probably say you were talking nonsense. When I was growing up, I had no interest in writing at all. However, when I read various articles and blogs on the Internet, the interest to write slowly crept up inside of me. At that time, I wanted to see if I could write, so I began by writing posts for my blog, which I never found interesting. It was difficult for me to come up with an interesting topic to write about even though I knew there were plenty of exciting topics and things happening around me. It was quite overwhelming but the constant support from my family, friends, and followers made feel as if I had nothing to lose, so I gave it a go and ever since then, I have never looked back.

A question that many people around me ask is, how do I write an interesting article? As you already know, articles are defined as small pieces of details that appear in media such as newspapers, newsletters, magazines, and of course, the many websites on the Internet. These articles offer readers information, and at times, in-depth information, about a certain subject. Questions on a particular issue need to be answered and the answers need to be interesting in order to grab the attention of the readers. Writing an interesting article is not an easy thing to do because the definition of ‘interesting’ differs from one person to the other. Some topics may be interesting and engaging to a group of people, but strongly opposed by other readers. More often than not, the articles will only appeal to a certain group to whom the articles are targeted.

From my experience, in order to write an interesting article, the subject needs to be researched thoroughly. Next, you need to construct an outline for your writing

piece that contains:

Headline

Introduction

Body

Conclusion

And/or Resource Box

Headline

This is definitely the most important part of an article because it is the first thing that attracts readers. Without a catchy headline, you will fail to grab a reader’s attention.

Introduction

Your introduction needs to be appealing, as well, because those few lines will determine whether the readers will want to continue to read the rest of the article or not.

Body

The body of your article is usually filled with possible solutions to the question of the subject or with useful details or information on a particular product or topic. It is imperative that you break down the solution/details to separate paragraphs or points, and then, discuss them in-depth in the body. This will make it easy for users to access the targeted articles when they search for them using one of the many popular search engines.

Conclusion

This final outline of an article should contain a brief summary of the entire topic and it should call for the readers to take action. For example, if you are writing an article about the latest fall wedding fashion trend, you should conclude it by asking the readers to make a decision on which style to choose.

Resource Box

If the article you are writing is about medical issues or law and regulations, then you should provide links to websites that you used to research on the topic. This helps readers to access the websites and learn more about the topic that you might not cover.

Therefore, if you feel the itch to write an interesting article but you do not have the confidence to do so, my advice is to stop contemplating and just go ahead and write one. You might just surprise yourself, as well as your loved ones
Robert Hunt is a freelance writer and single father living in Seattle, WA. When he’s not contributing to online education resource DegreeJungle.com, Robert spends his time tutoring local high school writers and playing with his 3 year old daughter.

Guest Post: Hello? Is Anybody Reading Me? – A Guide to Writing Popular Articles

In a perfect world, every article we write would reach hundreds of thousands of people and generate a ton of feedback and praise. Sadly, this simply isn’t the case. Each writer has his or her own style of writing. Two people writing an article about the same topic, using the same facts will end up with two entirely different articles altogether. This isn’t to say that each writer follows different rules. We all follow the same punctuation, spelling, and formatting rules. There is just so much more that goes into formulating an article.

For that reason, it’s a bit difficult to have a one-size-fits-all strategy for writing a popular article. However, even though each writer’s audience differs like their writing styles and people write about such a wide variety of topics, there are six tips every writer can follow to snag the reader’s attention and keep them reading.

Use Simple Language
Your first instinct may be to go all out and show your linguistic prowess with pride. However, you have to remember that your audience may not be fishing from the same vocabulary pond you are. Who is going to read an article that they have to Google search every other word to understand? Keep it simple. If a smaller word will work, it’s almost always the best choice.

“You”
Don’t write as if you’re talking to yourself or simply writing because your keystrokes soothe you. Talk to your readers! Use the word “you” to let them know that you are referring to them and not just any random person that might be listening. Try to make your readers feel like it’s just them and you, carrying on a conversation.

Grab Their Attention
With the Internet, there is so much material out there waiting to be read. Why should somebody read your article and not the one that’s just another click away? You have about one line to answer this question. Start with an attention grabber, and make them want to finish reading.

Know Your Readers
No matter what topic you’re writing about, know who is going to be reading it. Realize where they’re coming from and what they want to hear. If you’re writing a review on a hot vacation spot, the people reading it most likely won’t care about the job or housing market. They won’t be sticking around. Tell them about the nightlife, accommodations, and attractions.

Show Authority
Do you even know what you’re talking about? Even if you don’t, you better make it sound like you do. If you seem unsure about your topic, why should they trust what you have to say? Always make sure your facts are correct and speak as if you are comfortable being an authority on the subject. Also, make sure your article is well written. It’s hard to trust somebody who is incompetent in their writing.

Use Keywords Wisely
Put yourself in the place of your readers once again. Ask yourself what people will be searching for when your article could prove useful to them. Implement these keywords and phrases throughout your article. Be careful, any more than a 5 or 7 percent ratio will affect you negatively. Remember, you want to sprinkle your article with keywords. Don’t overdo it.

If you follow these steps and make sure your article can be found, make your readers comfortable, grab their attention, and let them know you know what you’re talking about, your articles will be much more successful. After a while these steps will get much easier because it will become a habit. Good luck!

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Nancy Dard is busy being a mom when she’s not busy being a freelance writer, and she’s a contributing writer at http://www.homeinsurance.org.