Writing Your Online Content, No Fixed Formula

Val MillsStarred Page By Val Mills, 6th Apr 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/9gulpywn/
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Tips for helping you let your online content reflect who you really are.

Improving Your Online Content Writing

Writing online content in various forms is becoming a more popular activity and everyone has their own way of going about it. I was reading an article on an online business blog the other day, about how to go about writing content or a blog post that best meets the purpose you have in mind when writing it. I confess I alternate between the two suggested methods, depending on where I am writing and what my purpose for writing is. Most of us want to improve the quality of our online writing, therefore I thought I'd pass on what I read. I no longer remember the location of the article I was reading, but here on Wikinut there are many guides to help you.

Two Major Approaches Depending on Purpose

There are apparently two major approaches to writing online content, pre-planning and spontaneous. They weren't actually the terms the writer used, but my interpretation of them.

It obviously helps to know the reason you are writing in the first place. Are you trying to inform, or simply want to entertain the reader? This will definitely influence the way you progress with the piece of writing you have in mind.

Pre-Planning Before You Write.

For many writers, pre-planning is the only way they can proceed. Whether it's through mind-mapping, lists or any of the other ways of organising their thoughts, some writers like to know where they are going before they start.

For a site such as here on Wikinut I do tend to pre-plan on paper, as my submissions hee are usually more of the informative kind. I love mind mapping in it's various forms, that definitely helps me organise my ideas and expand upon them.

Spontaneous Thoughts

It was pleasing to read that I'm not the only person who does much of my writing as if I was sitting doen having a conversation. Sometimes I start out with no idea where I'm going. If I'm writing content for a blog post or more casual knd of writing, I just go where my ideas flow. Trying to pre-plan in such cases would be prohibitive for me.

It is suggested that once the main ideas have flowed onto paper, you go back and elaborate, filling in any gaps or giving more specific examples where necessary, before the actual editing process.

Finding Your Own Style

We are all different. Writers are real people and should be true to themselves. The best online content comes across as being fresh and original. Think about the blogs and online writers you most enjoy reading. Those writers have found their own way of doing it and know what works for them.

We are all different and there is consequently no one way we should be going about our work. So, rather than look for the perfect way, study what others are doing successfully and align that with your own preferred way of writing.

We can all improve our content writing by letting our true writing style shine through.

Other articles by Val Mills:

Number of Views or Cents Paid - Which is Important to You As an Online Writer?
Why You Should Use an Online Editing Programme to Improve Your Writing
Achieve Your Writing Goal in Manageable Chunks
In Search of Good Sentences

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author avatar Val Mills
Self-published writer, coffee drinker, enjoying life. Also found at
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author avatar spirited
7th Apr 2015 (#)

"We can all improve our content writing by letting our true writing style shine through."

That last line just about says it all, great post Val

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author avatar Carol Roach
7th Apr 2015 (#)

I write in several styles, many sites ask for SEO style writing and so that is slightly different. I write personal articles, teaching articles, amusing articles, sad articles, short stories, novels you name it I do it

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author avatar Melissa Dawn
7th Apr 2015 (#)

Great article, thanks for sharing. I tend to pre-plan articles more for the bidding sites.

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author avatar M G Singh
7th Apr 2015 (#)

Great info

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author avatar Retired
8th Apr 2015 (#)

this is a really great share.

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author avatar TheBrit
8th Apr 2015 (#)

Good article Val. It pretty much says everything I do when on a spontaneous writing mission. I have pages in word half filled with content, and it's surprising how many I return to, finish the post, and publish.

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author avatar brendamarie
27th Apr 2015 (#)

Great article, it really depends on what I am writing about or hat site I am writing for ho I go about writing. I have written in many different ways and styles over the years.

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