How to keep your article flowing like a sailboat.
Information in your articles should flow to your readers like a sailboat going downwind on a lake. You have to keep the content moving in the right direction or your readers will jump ship and look elsewhere for the content.
If you’re able to keep the wind in your sails and keep the readers’ interest up, the article will flow and you’ll build a reputation for insightful content. If not, the article could get lost at sea.
There are a couple different things to think about when you’re trying to keep up a constant flow of information in your articles.
Mainly, the content in the article and how you present it will keep your writing flowing.
Here are four tips to help make your articles flow:
- Stay on Topic – Unrelated content can push you offtrack and away from the main message you’re trying to deliver. If you stick to one point or a set of similar points, you’ll be less likely to stray away from your message. Building your article with “fluff” content may get you to the minimum word requirement, but that content is of little value to readers.
- Pick One Theme – Try to step back from your article during the writing process and check that the main theme can be summarized in one or two sentences. If the theme can be easily defined, the article is pointed in the right direction. If the main point is unclear, you may have too many themes and that can distract readers.
- Break Paragraphs With Headers – Subheadings are great ways to break up large chunks of text or multiple paragraphs. If they’re used effectively, they give visual queues to the reader for what is important. If a reader is skimming your article, subheadings give them a quick idea of what you’re presenting.
- Use Organized Lists – Bulleted and numbered lists organize information in small snippets. They also keep your writing on point and moving in the right direction.
Use these tips now to write and submit your next set of high-quality, original articles. Leave a comment to share how you keep your own articles flowing.