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How to Write Articles, Blog Posts, and eBooks



   If someone like me who hated English could learn how to write for the web, then you can do it
too. Most people like to talk, but they’re terrified of writing. You may tense up the moment the
word writing is used.




  I want to change your mindset. Don’t think of it as writing. Think of it as talking on paper. Write
just as if you were talking to your best friend. And don’t worry if you make a mistake!




  You will make mistakes. That’s why the first copy of anything written is called a rough draft. It’s
rough. It has bad grammar. It has spelling mistakes. It doesn’t make perfect sense. You’ll edit it
later. The key is to sit down and write it in the first place. That’s the hard part.




 You can do it…if you just think of writing as talking. Just let it come up as the words come in
your head. It takes practice, and you’ll also find yourself editing a lot at first. But you have to get
started somewhere. Here’s my simple seven step writing system…




 Step One - Choose a Hot Topic.




 If you’ve been doing your homework up till now, you’ve studied a lot of the problems in your
client’s lives. Your article can easily be a solution to one of those problems. If you find a lot of
clients are asking the same questions when they first come to you, write answers to those
questions.




  Another good tool is to keep your eyes on the news and what everyone is writing about. What
is the big news of the day? What is really getting people talking? Take note and participate in
the ongoing discussion with your own article.




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 Step Two - Silence the Ghosts.




 When you first sit down to write you’ll hear your 5th grade teacher Mrs. Sourpuss in your head
screaming at you. Nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, participles, OH MY! You’ll remember the
misery of high school book reports…along with the poor grades you had on them.




  You’ll hear someone in your past telling you why you’ll never be able to write. You’ll recall the
day someone made fun of something you wrote. Tell everyone in your head to shut up and
leave you alone. It’s time to write.




 Step Three - Create an Enticing Title.




  The title of your article is your headline. It has to reach out and grab people’s attention. It has
to force them to want more. One of my favorite title formulas is, “7 Ways to Benefit…” This is
where you tell your reader you’re giving them steps to accomplish whatever benefit they want.




 Here are some examples: “7 Ways to Generate More Traffic Instantly,” “3 Insider Secrets to
Saving Money On Taxes,” and “5 Steps to Building Your Own Birdhouse.”




 Step Four - Outline it.




  It doesn’t have to be a perfect outline. Just research the subject and make a few notes on a
spare sheet of paper. Or put them on index cards. The point is to find and record the main
information you want to use. Write down 3 steps, or 7 steps, or whatever basic outline you want
to use.




 When you do your writing, just look back on your notes and make sure to include all the
important information.




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 Step Five - Write like you talk.




 Sit down and write as quickly as you can. Don’t think over your words. Don’t go back and edit
your mistakes. Just write. The reason most people never write is because they’re so concerned
about mistakes they never do anything. Forget about it!




 Like Nike says, “Just do it.” Write just like you’re talking to a friend. Spill it out. Don’t wait. Don’t
go back and read what you’ve written. Just go…and finish writing on the subject as quick as
possible.




 Step Six- Take a break.




  You’ve earned it. Take a break from your work and do something else. Go to a movie. Spend
time with your family. This period could last 1 hour to 3 weeks…whatever you have time for.
Work on a different project in between.




 You’re letting your mind rest on the subject so you can come back to your work with renewed
enthusiasm. Plus, you’ll come up with ideas during this period about what you forgot to say.




 Step Seven - Edit it.




  Read through it line by line. Edit it for grammar and use your spell check. Add in extra notes
where needed. Delete lines where you simply repeat yourself needlessly. Hand it to a friend and
have them read it to you out loud. Look for every place they stumble. Fix it until it is a nice
flowing river. If it sounds like “writing,” then edit it. Keep working on it until it sounds like
conversation. Make it simple, easy to understand, and useful.




 This is the one time you get to talk…and go back to make sure you say the right words. This is
where you take many of your rambling thoughts on the rough draft and polish them into
diamonds.



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