Learn To Write For Online Readers

by Marjorie J ~

While at first glance Internet documents appear to mimic traditional print documents there are many major differences. One of the most important is the entry point.

A search engine may deliver readers to some point in the middle or end of your document. If you have written a coherent and cohesive piece then those readers may well move back to the beginning to read properly.

In response to the scanning readers, as many internet readers are, it is best to break longer documents into several stand-alone pieces that can work together as a whole or as separate documents if approached in that manner.

Writing To Capture Your Reader’s Attention

by Marjorie J ~

On the Internet the audience can move away from your words with a click of the button so you need to be focused and on target. You can’t take time for a slow buildup or meandering discussion. If you (the writer) do not seem to be delivering the goods then the reader will simply move on. This does not mean you need to cater to the lowest denominator but it does mean that you need to know your audience as well as how to respond to that audience’s needs and desires.

Another important point is that many Internet readers scan documents quickly before committing themselves to reading. It is important to write clearly and concisely as well as use punchy headlines and subheadings as well as catchy introductions and conclusions as these are key points for scanning.

Writing For The Internet

by Marjorie J ~

An important difference between traditional publications and Internet publications is lifespan. While the apparent lifespan of many electronic documents appears to be fleeting that is not in fact true. Newspaper and magazine articles in print publications may only be current for a day, week or month but be archived on the Internet. Internet publications are frequently archived on the Internet for years. So while it is important as a writer to be fresh and current also keep in mind that your reader may access your words at some undetermined point in the future.

Keeping these three key points — audience, format, and lifespan — in mind when writing for the Internet will help you achieve greater writing success.

How To Make Money Writing Articles

by Marjorie J ~

You probably have knowledge and expertise in your own field that others would pay for, in order to have quality content for their own newsletters. This method requires good writing skills, or you can hire a professional editor to help you. It also requires you master the art of marketing on the web in order to reach potential buyers of your articles. To market successfully, you can submit your articles to the many article directories on the Web, and quickly build traffic to your websites and blogs.

Would you like to know a winning formula on how to make money on the Web from writing articles? Here’s how I do it: I write an article, create 4-5 versions of it, and sell it for use by others in my same profession. In fact, just that one part of my business generates enough income to fully support myself comfortably. Just about anyone in any profession or business can copy this formula.

The idea is you just have to get started and do the writing. If you are struggling, you can get help.  What is the most important is you have to decide and begin to do it.

Topics To Write About Are Everywhere

by Marjorie J ~

Topics to write about are everywhere. All you have to do is look around and decide. If that seems too much for you then look for topics in an area that you enjoy to narrow down the choices.

Opinions are your specific take on a topic so add how you feel to conversations in writing just like you do when you add your idea to a conversation or if someone asks you what you think. There are lots of voice recognition software (s) available if typing or writing is a problem for you to do.

If you need help in deciding what type of writing you want to do, you can get help from my online exercises that give you sample exercises in a number of different types of writing. By doing the exercises you can better understand what type of writing you want to do so you can get started.

Writing is like going to a buffet of food. You like some of the items and others not so much. You choose the ones that you enjoy.

So come on over to the writing buffet and sample the different types or genres (john rahs) and see what suits you. You might be surprised at the types that really appeal to you.

But you won’t know unless you get started.

If you are in a hurry to get started with your writing you can get the exercises all together so you can do them in the book and mark the ones you like the best to help you more quickly get going on that project you already know is what you want to write about. Find the resource here for you if you like being more organized when you start a project.

Either way Just Begin!

You can make up a story about anything or report the facts about what you are seeing  just by looking around you and beginning to make your observations on paper.

Become A Great Writer By Becoming A Great Listener

by Marjorie J ~

Want to really accelerate AND sustain your writing success? Listen up.

In order to be a successful and effective communicator, you’ve GOT to be a highly effective listener.  As a leader, LISTENING skills are MORE IMPORTANT than your speaking or writing skills …. No question

1. Quiet your mind and make a space for you to listen.
2. Resist the need to be in charge of the conversation.
3. Listen for ideas and central themes. A great listener should be able to mine at least one great great idea from every conversation.
4. Pay attention only to content, not delivery. Teach yourself to focus on what a speaker is saying and keep the message above the manner or method that the message is being delivered in at the time.
5. Be engaged and engaging. Use your skills to keep alert and aware of the conversation so you do not tune out the speaker.
6. Avoid getting your exercise by jumping to conclusions. It’s easy to assume that you know the rest of a sentence or message after hearing the beginning. Much of the time we are formulating our come-backs in our minds before someone has completed their full sentence. Get the whole message then respond.
7. Take notes if you are in an environment that will allow you to do that. This way you can stay engaged and the benefits are it will also enhance your memory, recollection skills, sharpen your reception, understanding and retention of the information.
8. Concentrate and resist distraction. Internal as well as external things going on around you.
9. Summarize the message being received. Chunk down the ideas into smaller bits of information you can apply to what you could use in your life.
10. Control your emotions. Learn your emotional triggers and be alert. Try not to take what you are hearing personally unless, of course, it is content that impacts you directly and was meant to be directed to you personally.
11. Stretch and exercise your mind. I have heard it said that the mind can only take on and comprehend one new thought a day.
12. Be an active listener. Practice, practice,practice.

Then take what you are hearing or have heard and begin to see how you can use it to write or improve your writing.

Since writing is another form of speaking, learning to listen will give you a place to start to improve your skills as a  writer.

Writing Opportunities

by Marjorie J ~

There are so many places looking for someone to write something for them. Schools, local charities, theaters to name a few. Online magazines, newsletters and special reports. Writing short paragraphs will also allow you to make money again while you are practicing. Do you have 5 minutes?

Most businesses could use a hand with writing about their business so they can share it with their customers.

Think outside the normal writing  you might think of and add your ability to  their need to write about what they want to communicate with others.  Most people freeze up when it comes to writing and you can help them get un-thawed.

Why not find someone to help? You get to practice (don’t tell them that) and they get to benefit.

Everyone needs encouragement when it comes to writing and communicating with others. Help out while you are in the learning process.

Reasons To Write

by Marjorie J ~
  • The air is cooler

  • the light is golden

  • school has started

  • time for Fall

  • wonderful memories waiting to be created and remembered

Time to get your writing instruments ready to go and start recording all of the happenings around you. There are so many things going on that it would be very difficult not to be able to find something you could write about. Remember, even those authors who now have best sellers started somewhere. Make today your day to begin.

I’ll Write Later

by Marjorie J ~

Can’t you see, I’m too busy being distracted you tell yourself and the others around you. I’ll do ______later.

How many times have you heard yourself say or think those words? Or have you seen other activities that are not high on your priority list–they are just time fillers–take over your schedule so the things you really want to do you will put off to doing later.

The problem with procrastination is that you never get around to doing the things you really want to do. Your time is filled up with all of those unimportant activities.

Start today–action is what will get the job done. You have been saying for along time that you want to write. Make today your day to begin.

Remember Your Goal Is To Write

by Marjorie J ~

Oliver Wendell Holmes once said that “Man’s mind once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimension”. My hope is that your mind will be stretched by the ideas of this site and you will reach your potential to become a writer.

It takes action, so it is important to get started and do what you can as often as you can. There are many resources in the resource section that you see in the navigation bar. Everything from grammar to editing. There really is no excuse for not getting started now on that writing project you want to do.

I have heard it said that someone who is competing in a race will sometimes trip on a moonbeam at the end of the race and not be the winner. Those invisible moonbeams are everywhere in our lives so watch for them to be sure they do not trip you up on your goal to write.