The ninth edition in a series of posts that highlight one Expert Author who has achieved success by doing just one thing exceptionally well.
Shirley Bass always has her mind on finding her next article idea. Shirley, the owner of GiftBasketJewels.com, looks for inspiration when she is going through any shopping experience. She uses her experiences to inspire article ideas for her next writing session. Using this process, article ideas are never scarce and she doesn’t have to force herself through brainstorming sessions. She says, “One never knows where inspiration will come from unless they are tuned in to what’s going on around them.”
Often Shirley finds herself faced with a problem and wants to help others who face similar circumstances, so she writes an article on the topic. She says, “I thoroughly enjoy helping others get what they want. It’s exciting to me that we have the opportunity to write and have those words found by readers who want what we have to offer.” By feeding off of the needs of others for article concepts, she stays ahead of the game with new ideas.
Designing a Consistent Writing Formula
Shirley credits her success with finding a consistent writing formula which took her some time to discover. “Never allow what you think of your writing skills to influence your confidence. Play with it, have fun and keep working on it, because it will work itself out,” she says. Over time, she has come to the realization that readers crave details. Now, she uses real world examples to fuel future article ideas and then injects her own personal experiences to provide the extra details.
Focus on Keyword-Rich Titles
When Shirley has time, she strives to improve her article ideas by doing keyword research to make her article titles better. “Having keyword-rich titles increases your opportunity to help the people who are interested in what you have to say.” She continues. “That, to me, is what article writing and marketing is all about. That’s the fun of it.” Writing keyword-rich titles can make a big difference in how many people can find your articles through a search engine. By doing this, Shirley can be assured she’ll be helping as many people as possible with her writing.
Shirley passed along these little gifts of advice:
- Never stop looking for inspiration for your next topic. You’ll find ideas where you never thought to look.
- Make writing a habit – spend some time doing it every day and keep looking for your next writing idea.
- Writing on a topic is easier if you have personal experiences to look to when providing detailed information.
- Experience is the best way to develop good writing practices.
- Use keyword research to make titles of quality articles even better.
Try some of Shirley’s advice when you are writing your next set of high-quality original articles. And remember to leave a comment for Shirley. She’d be glad to hear from you.