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How to Write Great Articles and Stay Motivated While Writing

Updated on August 1, 2020
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Nikhil is a BCA graduate by education and a technical writer by passion and choice. He loves staying up to date with the latest technologies

Introduction

When it comes to writing great articles, there are various things you should remember. A few of them that you may already know are using simple words and languages, writing short sentences, and avoiding repetition of words.

However, there are many perquisites you should remember before you start writing. These are the things that can decide whether your articles would be great or not.

In this article, I’m going to discuss some of the best ways on how to write great articles consistently. Let’s have a look at them below one by one:

How to write great articles
How to write great articles | Source

#1. Decide and Research on the Topic

Before you sit down and start writing, you must decide on the topic you want to write on. You should be clear about the topic you’re going to write for the target audience.

Do proper research for the demands for your topic in terms of search volume. Use free tools like Google Trends or Google search to get a rough idea about the popularity of the topic you want to write.

You don’t want to write on a topic that nobody searches for on the internet, right?

#2. Find Long-tail Keywords

In case you don’t know yet, long-tail keywords are those key phrases that consist of three or more related words. Using the long-tail keywords in your article helps you to rank better in the search engine results page. And this will bring more traffic to your article.

You can search for these keywords using various tools, such as ahrefs.com, answerthepublic.com, and ubersuggest.com. However, don’t force yourself to use long-tail keywords if it’s coming naturally in a sentence.

If you do that, there are chances Google will penalize your website or that particular web page.

Use more long-tail keywords naturally in your content
Use more long-tail keywords naturally in your content | Source

#3. Create a Catchy and Attractive Title

The article title is the first thing a reader will see before going through the content. Many experienced online writers and marketers suggest that a title holds as much importance as the content in the article.

So, it is clear that your article title is extremely important. Make sure to spend enough time to come up with attention-grabbing titles. They should entice people to go ahead and read your post.

But you must avoid using the clickbait technique to write exaggerated titles. Clickbait titles lead to misleading information for readers. And according to some experts, the continuous usage of exaggerated titles can lead to lower rankings in Google’s results page.

#4. Write Long-form and Captivating Content

Search engines, like Google, love long-form articles. So, you should aim for writing at least 700 words long articles.

When you’re writing such articles, be sure to use simple language. Readability plays an important role in online articles or blogs.

Although your article should be written for readers, you should not completely forget about search engines. It should be search-engine friendly.

Use tools like Grammarly to correct major spelling and grammar errors. Don’t just rely on text. Utilize rich media like images and videos of high-quality in your articles to make it more engaging.

Always proofread and edit your article several times before publishing it online.

#5. Give Proper Formatting and Presentation to your Article

Many writers focus on writing quality content. They don’t give much importance to the presentation and formatting of the article.

As much as the information you put in your article, the way you present it to the readers is also crucial.

Make sure you divide your article into small paragraphs. Use bulleted points, highlight the sub-headings, and underline the words as and when required. This will attract more readers to your article.

Presentation of your article is important
Presentation of your article is important | Source

So now, let me tell you some tips on how you can stay focused and motivated while writing an article:

Tips to Stay Motivated While Writing

1. Write Every day:

Writing is an art that can be improved through consistent efforts. Start writing every day to make it a habit. It will easier for you to write once you become regular in your writing.

Assign a fixed place and time for writing at your home or anywhere else. For most writers, morning till afternoon can be the ideal time for writing. However, there’s no rule of thumb for the same.

Avoid opening unnecessary tabs on your browser while researching for the topic to remove all distractions. Also, if possible, put your phone in silent mode during your writing process.

2. Take Short Breaks

Don’t force yourself to write continuously for long hours. Instead, take short breaks between your writing. It is essential to give your mind a short rest to allow the right flow of ideas and thoughts.

For every 1.5-2 hours of work, be sure to take at least 30 minutes of break to freshen up and give your mind a rest.

Take short breaks during long working hours
Take short breaks during long working hours | Source

3. Remember Why You're Writing

It is important to keep in mind the reason behind the writing. Is it to build your writing empire in the future? Do you want to fulfill your passion for writing? Or want to become a well-renowned author.

There could be countless reasons why you may be writing. Remember the reason in the back of your mind while writing and you’ll be inspired all the time.

4. Get Inspiration from Other Writers and Authors

You cannot become a good writer unless you read and take inspiration from more experienced writers or authors.

Explore various social media platforms to see what other writers are up to and how they’re interacting with the audience. Follow them and their published articles to get hold of how they write.

Analyze what exactly they do to engage readers. Slowly and gradually you will learn many things from them that you can apply to your writing as well.

Last but not the least, listen to motivational writing podcasts to stay focused on your writing goals and get new ideas.

Final Words

Writing is an art that is not everybody’s cup of tea. However, if you have an interest in writing, and you are ready to put some effort into the same, then nobody can stop you from writing great articles.

When you’re focused and inspired within, the words will flow from your mind effortlessly. By following the above tips, you can write awesome articles that engage the right audience and bring in more traffic.

Write engaging and great articles
Write engaging and great articles | Source

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Nikhil Sharma

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    • bhattuc profile image

      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      13 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Informative and useful tips for content writing.

    • sachnikh profile imageAUTHOR

      Nikhil Sharma 

      13 months ago from India

      Hey Avyukth!

      I strongly agree with you. Most of the people who are passionate about writing can write great articles. But they might not feel motivated all the time to write. And this is what stops them from becoming professional writers. Thanks for dropping this awesome comment. I'm glad that I was able to fortify your belief with my work. Stay connected!

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      Avyukth Krishna 

      13 months ago from Bangalore

      Hi Nikhil,

      I feel that a lot of people have a great writing skill. But they don't find the motivation to produce content consistently. I've always believed that quality and quantity are equally essential in this field. Your article has fortified my belief. Thank you !

    • sachnikh profile imageAUTHOR

      Nikhil Sharma 

      13 months ago from India

      Thanks a lot, Mr. Murlikrishna, for appreciating my work. It will boost my self-confidence to keep on writing such articles no matter the circumstances. Sure, I will definitely check your hubs too soon.

    • sachnikh profile imageAUTHOR

      Nikhil Sharma 

      13 months ago from India

      Thank you so much, Liz, for sharing your college memories with us. Yes, I completely agree with you. Although many people and even experts advocate that one must write every day, sometimes, it is essential to give your brain a needful rest. Not only it will bring fresh ideas and thoughts but it will also save you from jeopardizing your mental health. I really appreciate your kind words, Liz. Stay connected.

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      Halemane Muralikrishna 

      13 months ago from South India

      Well written Mr Nikhil. You may find some of the technicalities in some of my hubs as well. It is rightly pointed out by you that captivating contents are essential. Hope your article will be a lead for many new writers.

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      Liza 

      13 months ago from USA

      I remember when I was in university, and I enrolled in a writing essay class. It has gotten me into writing articles until today. Yes, I did take a break whilst I was writing. I think it's essential to give the brain a rest :) Thanks for sharing these useful tips about how to write great articles, Nikhil.

    • sachnikh profile imageAUTHOR

      Nikhil Sharma 

      13 months ago from India

      oh, why so Mr. Clive? Are you taking a short break from writing??

    • sachnikh profile imageAUTHOR

      Nikhil Sharma 

      13 months ago from India

      Wow, that's really awesome, Farrah. I feel honored to have helped you in removing the mind blocks on writing through my article. Thank you for your appreciating words.

    • sachnikh profile imageAUTHOR

      Nikhil Sharma 

      13 months ago from India

      Thank you so much, Chatra, for reading the article. I'm glad that you found this article very very useful.

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      Clive Williams 

      14 months ago from Jamaica

      I will stop writing soon.

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      Farrah Young 

      14 months ago from Lagos, Nigeria

      Great tips and coming at the perfect time for me. I currently have a writing gig but have been facing a kind of mind block.

      These tips just gave me the way out.

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      Liz Westwood 

      14 months ago from UK

      This is an interesting and very useful article. I have tried ubersuggest with varying degrees of success.

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      CHATRA RAM 

      14 months ago from BARMER INDIA

      Very very useful article for writing

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