Meet EzineArticles’ Expert Author Nancy O’Neill in Today’s Showcase
“Common sense is not so common.” – Voltaire
It’s not every day you meet an extraordinary Common Sense Consultant hailing from Southern California! Expert Author Nancy O’Neill provides effective measures to help her readers become more confident in their own abilities, as well as become more self-reliant.
For over 20 years, Nancy has shared her ideas, knowledge, and experience through short stories, poetry, and articles. In January 2011, Nancy established her first blog and it wasn’t long before she joined the EzineArticles Expert Author community.
“To be honest, I don’t think I’m that much different from other Expert Authors…” Nancy commented. “They write with passion, honesty, and directness, which is what I try to always do… I’ve enjoyed being one of EzineArticles writers and plan on continuing to submit articles for a long time to come… Getting more exposure for my writing this year has also helped me accomplish one of my long-time goals of publishing my first children’s book… scheduled for release in May 2012.”
Nancy’s Common Sense Writing Tips
1. Write so it makes sense.
I rarely submit an article or story to any publication without having someone else read it. It’s easy for a writer to think everything makes sense because it’s their words and thoughts. Having someone give it an once-over seems logical. Oftentimes my husband is my sanity check with my writing.
2. Write concisely.
I grew up in the Midwest [U.S.] where people tend to make long stories longer. So I often edit an article at least 5-6 times and sometimes more just to make it as concise as possible without losing the meaning and feel of the story.
3. Get more exposure.
Marketing is probably the hardest thing for most people. When I first started writing, I wrote for myself. Once I decided to go public, I used various forms of social media to get more exposure and EzineArticles has been a great source of marketing.
4. Cultivate inspiration.
Most of my inspiration comes from everyday life relating to family, parenting, education, entrepreneurialism, publishing, changes in society… I find that I’m more inspired to write when the weather is warm. I often head outside and love to write with a good old-fashioned pen and paper while soaking up the southern California sun.
5. Ward off writer’s block.
It’s hard for me to force my writing, but if I have to get a story or article done on a deadline and can’t think, I’ll do something completely the opposite of being creative like cleaning the house or grocery shopping. What also works sometimes is to just sit and let my mind wander.
Try Nancy’s common sense article writing and marketing tips for your next set of quality, original articles and unlock the key to your extraordinary success!
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