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25 Ideas for Writing Better Articles

Updated on March 28, 2013

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Writing Awesome Blogs & Articles

Learning to write online articles that capture the audiences attention takes practice and dedication. These 25 ideas should help inspire you if you are having writers block, encourage you to write frequently, and comfort you that there is always something else to try for a great article.

The following 25 ideas for writing better articles are things I have done over the last couple years while publishing articles & eBooks online. The best tip is to simply write and write a lot. Figuring out ways to continue to create unique and interesting content can be difficult, however, if you follow some basic guidelines you will be more likely to keep track of your ideas, develop techniques for expanding your areas of expertise, and become part of the online conversation concerning topics you have an interest in. Feel free to add any ideas in the comments that you feel could help others write better articles.

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Top 25 Ideas

  1. Read. Read. Read. Find favorite authors and experts in your areas of interest and read as much as you can.
  2. Eliminate distractions. Find a place that is comfortable to write and free of interruptions. For some it may be a specific location that helps you get isolated from distractions for others it may be the time of day that you write. I tend to do most of my best writing late into the evenings when the house is quite and everyone else is sleeping.
  3. Write about a hot / trending topic and force yourself to identify angles that allow your expertise to come through in the topic even though the overall theme may not be something you feel you are an expert in.
  4. Devote a specific time for writing and keep to it. While I may not be able to keep to my schedule everyday, I found that making myself write at a specific time I am more likely to get more done each week as I am less likely to skip a day of writing cause I got busy with other activities.
  5. Create a list of topics to write about when you think of them. When a great idea pops into your head it can be easy to get distracted and start working on the project, however if you just keep a log of the ideas you will be comfortable to know you will not loose the idea while it is fresh. This allows me to confidently move away from brainstorming and focus on getting the article I was writing finished first.
  6. Change where you write from time to time. I like to write on the couch with the laptop at least once a week even though I do most of my writing from my desk with a regular desktop computer having a laptop that allows you to be mobile lets you easily change up your writing location. I like to set up a table and chair on the back deck on nice sunny days and do a little writing outside.
  7. Take a long walk to clear your head before writing. I live near the beach and I frequently go for a beach walk to clear my thoughts or think about a new angle with a specific topic. You can also go for a bike ride or a run, but I have found getting a little exercise helps exercise the mind as well and allows me to write better articles.
  8. Bookmark articles about topics of interest for later use / reading. It can be easy to get distracted when doing research on a topic so create folders for additional ideas and bookmark relevant articles to read at a later time.
  9. Breakup large articles into bite size chunks. Whether it turns out to be several parts that are published individually, chapters in an eBook, or separate unique articles with their own titles.
  10. Start writing with the most interesting part of the article and expand from there. You can always add additional information at the beginning, but starting with the meat of the article can allow to really expand on the core ideas first.
  11. Finish your thoughts about a topic before stopping, even if it is just an outline, you will feel better to know that the next time you are sitting down to write you are either working off a complete outline that needs to be written or you are ready to start a completely new article.
  12. Don't say everything. It is OK to not say everything is required on a topic to make an article complete.
  13. Take a rest after completing an article and publishing. It is always good to give yourself some time to review an article and adjust any points that may need it before publishing to the web.
  14. Be inspired during your day go to an art exhibit, stop and listen to a street musician. You never know when you may gain a new perspective on a topic or at least you will get to relax your mind and enjoy something fun, which I have found puts me in a good mood and allows me to write better.
  15. Check spelling and grammar. When writing a blog post make sure and reread an article 3 or 4 times before making it go live. When composing larger works for eBooks or publications reading the works many many times will be required to edit and eliminate errors.
  16. Use an existing title from another article and make a unique article about the same topic. Never copy the article, however using a title can help get the juices flowing.
  17. Write on a topic that is new to you. This will help you improve your research skills and improve the way you identify new angles for subjects you are an expert in. It is always good to expand your areas of expertise. Continuing your own personal education will only make you a stronger writer in your preferred writing topics.
  18. Write an article based off a popular tweet in your industry of focus.
  19. Read a book from a new / not popular author. There are thousands of unknown authors inside of the Amazon kindle marketplace and take the opportunity to find a book that is interesting to you and read it. You just may find a new style you enjoy or learn about a subject that you otherwise would not have read about.
  20. Keep a log of interesting questions pertaining to topics of interest for you. As an industry or subject expert the questions that you have for yourself are likely to be questions others have as well and can be great starters for future blog posts or in depth articles.
  21. Use a self made drawing for an article image at least once. Even if you are not an artist it can be fun way to connect with your articles.
  22. Write with a real voice. When writing try and make it sound like a discussion, rather just ramblings and a collection of words.
  23. Try writing a story. Make sure to include a complete story from the start, middle, and ending. If you are used to just writing blog posts and short pieces about specific topics writing a story will be a unique experience and allow you to grow as a writer.
  24. Find a friend or family member that is available to proof read as well as someone that is open to brainstorming ideas about future article topics.
  25. Avoid profane words when possible. While necessary in certain dialogues it is best to refrain from slang and four letter words in articles.

Write as much as you can!

Write Something Today

If you have not written something today, take a few minutes and put your thoughts on paper or at least on the screen with the keyboard. I find that I often will take breaks from writing for whatever reason and the best thing I do to get back into the habit of writing is just putting whatever thoughts I am having down. It can be amazing the amount of work that can be developed by simply writing a few paragraphs about an idea. Writing tends to be the biggest trigger for writing more for me.

While it can be difficult, I try and write something every day even it ends up just being 500 words, sometimes it will inspire me to write a few thousand more and make an unproductive day into a very productive one, just by focusing on writing something each day.


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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      Great tips. I follow some of them already, but others are now added to my bag o' tricks thanks to this read (e.g., popular tweet, finding a new author). Thank you.

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      Kiddish 4 years ago

      These tips are awesome.I will try them.Thanks!

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      Amanda Littlejohn 5 years ago

      Wow, there's some great information here! As someone new to writing I found this article extremely helpful. These are great general points that can apply to most kinds of writing with a little imagination. Very useful and clearly written - you obviously take your own advice!

      One thing that I have to try and do more is settle down to write something every day.

      There is a lot of useful information in the Learning Center here on Hubpages, too, which I have been working through and it has really helped me understand what this site is about and how to make the best of it.

      Thanks for a great hub. Bless you. :)

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      Gail Meyers 5 years ago from Kansas City - United States

      Great list of ideas! I agree that virtually everyone can benefit from this list. I especially like the one about writing on a topic that is new to you. Voted up, useful and shared.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 5 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand


      These are all useful ideas for writing better articles. I especially like your ideas about reading a lot and jotting down immediately ideas about hubs. I prefer to write about familiar subjects that I have experienced in life, but it is a good idea to at times expand your horizons and research and write on an unfamiliar topic. Voted up as useful and sharing.

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      Jill Spencer 5 years ago from United States

      Hi CZCZCZ. Enjoyed your hub. Several of your ideas are ones I haven't tried but that I think would encourage me & keep writing fresh for me, like the drawing & using the same title. Great advice! Looking forward to trying it. Thanks. --Jill

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      CZCZCZ 5 years ago from Oregon

      Thanks for your comment, I agree that it can be hard to write in other locations. Some of the ideas are not for everyone, but hopefully give a few ways to keep the creative juices flowing after writing day after day. The walk through art events is a great idea for ways to be inspired for your next writing project.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 5 years ago from Templeton, CA

      You're done a good job on this. I already do most of these things. What is useful varies from person to person. I can't seem to write anywhere but in my office on my desktop, so changing where I write probably wouldn't help me. I definitely take the walks and do something different when I need to get fresh ideas. Some of my best work is a result of following art events in my community.

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      Kathy Sima 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What a great list! Thanks for sharing your writing tips. I enjoyed reading this article, and found a few new ideas to inspire me.

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      CZCZCZ 5 years ago from Oregon

      You are welcome I am glad you enjoyed reading through the list.

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      sirgeovan 5 years ago

      The line up of ideas are amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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      Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      These are superb ideas and will help to write an article. Thanks for sharing it. Voted up and helpful!

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      Shell Vera 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Great hub. I enjoyed these tips. I specifically need to work on the writing about what's trending, finishing my thoughts, and not including everything I am thinking! I will be revisiting this one a few fact, I probably should just print it. :)

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      CZCZCZ 5 years ago from Oregon

      thanks glad you have found them helpful.

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      Abhijit Aswath 5 years ago from India

      Very useful content for a newbie :)

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      CZCZCZ 5 years ago from Oregon

      Thanks for the comment, I am glad that you have found it interesting.

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      Alex Jose 5 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      lovely article. Very useful as well with great information so voted up as interesting.

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      CZCZCZ 5 years ago from Oregon

      Thanks for the nice comment. Glad that these ideas were helpful.

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      Great tips in here, and lots of them too. This was a very thoughtful and useful hub. Thanks so much for sharing these tips with the rest of us.

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      CZCZCZ 5 years ago from Oregon

      I agree.

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      Oyewole Folarin 5 years ago from Lagos

      This era of pandas, if your content is not unique and interesting, it will not be recognised by search engine bot/spider. Great ideas, and voted up.

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      CZCZCZ 5 years ago from Oregon

      Thanks for the nice comment.

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      CZCZCZ 5 years ago from Oregon

      I have had a couple unfinished hubs in the past and it always bugged me too that I was working on something else and it was still sitting in the queue. I now make a point to get them published and move on and if needed come back and add a little more content or an additional piece as long as the base is good.

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      CZCZCZ 5 years ago from Oregon

      Thanks for the comment, I agree eliminating distractions can be difficult, but I find that it really is a huge help in making sure I finish an article / hub in a timely fashion.

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      CZCZCZ 5 years ago from Oregon

      Thanks for the comment.

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      Lynn S. Murphy 5 years ago

      Great ideas - and at a time when I'm floundering around. I have a hamster zippin through my brain and its all stuck. I'm going to try a few of your suggestions!

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      These are great ideas. The finish your thoughts one is one that I really need to focus on. So many times, I come to an unfinished hub and not remember what I was going to discuss.

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      Saadia A 5 years ago

      Nice ideas to follow and practice.I will love to eliminate distractions on my part as this is the thing that really bothers me at times.

      Thank you for sharing your list for writing better.Vote up and useful!!!

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      way2workfromhome 5 years ago

      Great ideas. I like your hub.

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      CZCZCZ 5 years ago from Oregon

      Thanks for the kind words and share, much appreciated.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      You offer 25 super ideas for writing better articles here. Virtually everyone can benefit from this list. Good stuff, up and shared.