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How to Write Original Content

Updated on January 21, 2014

It's a Common Problem

Some people have known this from the instant they started writing, but others have not yet discovered this or need a reminder. I myself have not used this technique until recently and it helps me create higher quality articles while letting me write them quicker and more efficient. Once again, don't get on my case about this being something you knew from 3rd grade because their are many people who need to learn this technique or need to be reminded like I did until several days ago. Without further ado, let me explain how to write your very own quality articles while not plagiarizing and being completely original.


Step 1: Know Your Topic

Before researching and beginning to write your article, you must know your topic. Pick a topic that you either know a lot about or you're willing to take the time to research thoroughly. If you are trying to get a lot of traffic and views and an overall good score, try and pick topics that will benefit the reader in some way. Or give the reader a reason to want to keep reading it. Once you know what you want to write about start your researching.

Step 2: Research!

Researching is really the heart of many successful articles. Without proper research your articles are going to most likely be poor quality and not enjoyable to read. This used to be my biggest struggle when writing about my topic because I found myself trying to write some mindless words in order to make my article long enough. All I needed to do was properly research my topic more thoroughly and I probably could have easily typed over 500 more words. Instead I would pull up several websites and try to memorize as much as I could in my head.

So what is "proper" research you may be wondering? Well in order to properly research your topic you must have either a piece of paper and pencil or a program like Microsoft Word with you at all times. I recommend you have paper and pencil because then you can write down some information while reading about your topic. Otherwise Microsoft Word will work just as well if you have two monitors. Once you are all set up, start visiting several trustworthy websites about your topics and take notes. Visit my guide to Evaluating Websites in order to determine whether they are trustworthy or not. To write original content, switch around the words in the sentence when writing down your notes. Make sure you get as many notes as possible even if some of the facts you write down seem completely worthless. After you feel you have thoroughly covered your topic, begin writing.

Step 3: Putting It All Together

Now after your hard work of researching, it is time to use all of that to your advantage. Remember how I told you earlier to switch around the wording of the sentences when taking notes? Well I want you to even change it a tiny bit more just to make sure it doesn't sound like the original. At this point you should also have any websites you used to do research closed. I found out that this has been my number one mistake. Instead of referring to my notes (which were far from "proper"), I would look at one of my open websites about my topic and would take one of their sentences but change it around a little bit. The problem with this is that you have little control over your planning. With thorough notes in front of you, you are able to group facts together and create a plan for writing your article. Another problem is that you can't be completely creative and original when you have a great example of your topic right in front of you! It becomes too easy to copy their format or their sentence structure, etc. That's my number one tip: Don't use anything but your notes and your brain when writing your article. Be sure to format your article in a way that attracts readers and makes them want to read all the way until the end (something I'm still working on).

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      xrocker30 6 years ago

      "I think one has to be willing to put in the time and do the research and be creative and not take the lazy way out. There are far too many stories and articles out there that sound alike; we should all strive for originality and more creativity."

      That's a great point Roxielady. Thanks for the comment

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      Roxielady 6 years ago

      Original content is difficult in itself. Your article gives great tips to make it easier to do. I think one has to be willing to put in the time and do the research and be creative and not take the lazy way out. There are far too many stories and articles out there that sound alike; we should all strive for originality and more creativity.