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Article Writing Tips to Retweet: February 2014

Every month @EzineArticles provides over 100 useful tidbits of information, motivation, and training for over 104,900 followers.

We’ve gathered some of the best ones from February right here. Retweet any of them for motivation or to share with your Twitter followers.

Just CLICK on  to Retweet.


Motivational Quotes and Writing Advice

  • When all else fails, write what your heart tells you. “You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” – Mark Twain
     
  • Use what you stand for and what you oppose as a foundation to write great content that resonates with readers and creates a ripple effect.
     
  • Stop procrastinating. Start doing. “Once you stop stalling and start working, it takes a whole lot less time to do things!” – Crystal Paine
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15 Ways to Boost Your Confidence in Your Writing: Kill the Doubt

Stop Doubting Your Ability to Write

The first blog post I had ever written for this blog scared me senseless. I knew the material after years assisting Expert Authors and leading an incredible group of editors, but that first post … I stared a blank screen. I wrote a few lines, deleted them, wrote a few lines, deleted them, and continued repeating the cycle. I checked email and caught up on a few other projects. When Penny hinted at my approaching deadline for it, I finally locked the door to my office and churned out one of the worst drafts I’ve likely ever written in my life.

But that’s okay! It’s just the first draft, so who cares?! The first draft is always the toughest, but it didn’t defeat me and it certainly doesn’t have to defeat you. Through confiding in Penny and getting feedback from other writers, it dawned on me, like many of you may have experienced when you began writing or are experiencing right now:

It’s not your skills getting in the way of your first draft. It’s your confidence in your writing that’s holding you back.

Here are 15 ways you can give your writing confidence a shot in the arm to get through any period of doubt and back into the writing saddle.
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Q&A: How Do I Create an Article Set?

From the Mailbag: The Questions and Answers of Article Writers and Content Marketers Shared Just Like You!

Whether you didn’t know to ask, were too busy to ask, or didn’t think it was important enough to ask, you know there’s a huge benefit to listening in to the responses of other people’s questions. It’s one of the reasons talk shows have been such a huge hit: We can learn from the experiences of others and gain expert advice to apply to our own lives.

With this benefit in mind, I’m excited to introduce a new series that will post our Expert Authors writing and content marketing questions and we’ll answer them – in great depth – right here for you. So let’s stop killing time and get to it!

Janice from New Zealand writes:

I recently wrote an article that was too long on its own, so I separated it into two articles. When I submitted them, I received a reply that they were not considered suitable for publication because they were not complete on their own. How do I create an article set so each article stands on its own, but it also connects to the other article?
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15 Powerful Ways Your Writing Can Make a Difference

“True joy comes when you inspire, encourage, and guide someone else on a path that benefits him or her.” – Zig Ziglar

The stages of writing an article, from initial brainstorming, researching, outlining, and completion, do not have to be overwhelming.

You know two things:

  • You need to grab your audience’s attention.
  • You need to become a formidable force in your niche.

How do you achieve this?

Think about where you want your work to take you. Next, consider the impact of your work and how it has affected your audience. No matter how many articles you produce, nothing will compare to the experience and emotion that readers experience because of your work.

A simple idea can transform someone’s life. An inspiring, positive message can cause a chain reaction that changes a mindset or belief. With your writing, you’re not merely giving your reader something to read to pass the time. You’re lighting a game-changing fire under the seat of their pants that challenges them to reach into their thoughts to consider what they’ve read as well as how it impacts their life and those closest to them.

Are your ready to make a positive impact? Make your writing stand out in an ocean of bland and uninspiring content with this list of ways you can impact others and truly make a difference.
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7 Reasons You Should Be Passionate About XYZ

Happy Valentine’s Day! Share the passion you have for writing articles using this free Article Template!

“Knowledge is power, but enthusiasm pulls the switch.” – Ivern Ball

Facts are waiting for anyone to pick them up and share them with others. However, facts are just facts without connection and enthusiasm. It’s your conviction, your belief, your immeasurable feelings, and your passion that compels your audience to stop and listen.

It’s for that reason you can positively electrify your writing by sharing your passion and connecting readers to the facts.

Give it a try with this article template!

7 Reasons You Should Be Passionate About XYZ Article Template

Introduction

Open with a great hook relevant to your topic: a quick anecdote that illustrates a story (dilemma or otherwise), a surprising statement that evokes interest, or a scene that places the reader in the future (either if they do or don’t become passionate about XYZ).
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Title Workshop: 5 Smart Ways to Give Your Titles Love

Even Titles Need Tender Loving Care

You need to focus more time on your titles because crummy titles will kill your success. Think about it like this:

Content x Title = Exposure

Now let’s take this a step further. Imagine you’ve spent hours or even days writing a quality, innovative article that’s loaded with originality, but zero (quality) time on your title. And what do you get when you multiply anything by zero? Zero.

Several hours or days writing content x 0 title writing = 0 Exposure

As you can see, it won’t make a difference how much time you spend on your article if you choose to spend zero time on the clickability of your title. Your title is the amplifier that determines your article’s exposure (i.e., the amount of readers who visit, share, and engage with your article). So you can see, skipping your title is like shooting yourself in the foot right before a race.

That’s not to say you should throw in the towel! DO spend time writing a quality, original article that creates value for your readers. And DO spend time crafting a quality, relevant title that piques a reader’s curiosity and encourages them to click for more information. Your efforts will not be in vain because your time will nurture great exposure.

Okay, so you admit: Your titles can be better. Let’s make it so.
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The Smitten Author – An EzineArticles Valentine’s Special

Love is in the air!

Writing is a lot like a relationship. There are great highs, terrible lows, as well as wonderful moments when the relationship between the author and their writing just clicks. However, sometimes there are also symptoms of blind love. This occurs when an author fails to recognize when their writing is flawed and still needs work. Alternately, there’s the over-controlling author who just won’t leave their writing alone and will over-edit their work.

Have a great relationship with your writing by finding balance: Know when you need to put time into your relationship with your writing and learn to let it go.

Whatever your relationship with your writing, remember:

It’s okay to love your writing. Just don’t love your writing.

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Hi Brand! Who Are You? An Exercise in Understanding Your Brand to Write Better Content

Have a Conversation With Your Brand

It’s been shouted from blogs, echoed through social media valleys, and whispered across the richest plains of the Internet:

Content is king.

Wait! Before your eyes glaze over because you’ve heard these three words so many times that they seem cliché, hear me out.

You understand that content creation (articles, social media posts, videos, and much more) is important to your success and exposure, but there’s another side to this story.

Does Your Content Resonate?

Content only works if it resonates in two ways:

  1. Resonates with your readers by compelling them to think, feel, or act.
  2. Resonates with your brand by inherently relating to your mission and values.

Merely posting content and sending it through various promotional channels may seem like it’s enough to resonate with your brand, but it takes more than that. You need to create a lasting ripple effect that traces all the way back to your brand.
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THE LIST: 30 Great Article Writing Ideas and Topics You Need

Open in Case of Writing Emergency!

You’re staring at a blank screen. You type a sentence and then delete it. Unsure how to begin or what to write, you remember: THE LIST.

This list (that the future you is just now recalling) features great writing ideas grouped by popular article topics to give your next writing session (and all future writing sessions) a running start!

From showing off your great management skills to creating a compelling connection with readers, check out each of these writing ideas to inform readers and leverage your authority as a leader in your niche.

Better Personal and Professional Management

  1. Prioritization Hacks: Help your readers hack their day! Provide a list of top priority, moderate priority and low priority things to help your readers find balance in their hectic lives.
     
  2. Effective Communication: The largest flaw for most businesses and relationships is ineffective communication. Present a list of common communication downfalls and solutions to overcome those hurdles.
     
  3. Calculated Risk: No growth is ever made without risk. Provide examples of areas your readers should take more risk and then also provide examples where they should rein in risk that is a bigger threat.
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Article Writing Tips to Retweet: January 2014

Every month @EzineArticles provides hundreds of useful tidbits of information, motivation, and training for over 103,000 followers.

We’ve gathered some of the best ones from January right here. Retweet any of them for motivation or to share with your Twitter followers.

Just CLICK on  to Retweet.


Writing Advice

  • Afraid of criticism? Life’s too short and it’s not supposed to be easy. Listen to what’s being said, accept it, and move on.
     
  • BELIEVE in yourself. That small voice in your head wants you to second guess yourself. Tell it to shut up. Focus on your remarkable value.
     
  • Find the time to write today. If you can only write one paragraph, then write one paragraph. One is better than none.

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