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Writing Online: Turning Ideas Into Articles

Updated on September 11, 2013

Turning Your Ideas Into Online Articles

Writing is a process that works differently from person to person. The trick is finding what works best for you and monopolising on that. These are the methods I have found work for me:

Ideas can come from anywhere and at any time, so I try to record them when they come to me rather than trying to remember them. I used to carry a note pad, which was a hassle as it meant having to remember to take it with me, but now I use a note pad app on my smart phone. Ideas can come at any time, for example, having a chat with a friend and think the subject we are discussing would make a great article. Or when I am using something I own and benefit from having. Good examples of this are my reusable gel hand warmers or my natural alarm clock. I think ‘I should share my views on this product and why I think it is a good product to have’. I start the bones of my article there and then if possible, while it is still fresh in my mind.

I try to always have a selection of ideas listed so I don't feel daunted about when the next idea will come. I used to work on crafting one article at a time, even if it felt like laboring through mud. The writing often would not flow and I was seldom happy with the results. So now I don’t get stuck working on the one article. Instead I will work on and add to individual articles when I feel in the mood to write about the topic in that particular article. Also, I will add to particular articles when I am in inspired surroundings. I started the article about the Samuel Smith pubs in London while in a one of these pubs. I will often go to places I know have an environment that will inspire me to write about a subject in some way linked to that place.

Only when I have a rough draft completed do I forward it to my laptop. I then proof read it, do a spell-check and make any final changes before posting. I have found this to be the most effective way for writing articles online and the least stressful. I enjoy the process of choosing different locations to write in, the joy of ideas occurring at random times, when I am doing other things, and then turning them into an article I enjoy writing. Most of all, I am not spending hours at a time, stuck in front of a blank computer screen, squeezing by brain for new ideas that are not forthcoming.

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Finding Alternative Places To Work Online When Working From Home Leaves You Uninspired.

If you, like me, find it easier to write in a stimulating environment, working at home is not always the best place. I often find the house too quiet, and because I spend a lot of time in it, it doesn’t have an ever changing environment that I find stimulating, and that helps with my writing. I also find too many distractions. Being away from the house allows me to focus on my work. I cannot empty the washing machine, fix the leaking tap, or be distracted by flicking on the TV. On the other hand, having life going on around me in a variety of different environments, while I write, keeps my mind fresh and helps me to be more creative with my thoughts. So where do I write? In order to work effectively and comfortably I need somewhere with comfortable seating, access to toilets, and where I can get a good tea or coffee. Not essential, as I can use a dongle, but definitely a bonus is free WIFI connection.

Museums. Many museums are free to enter and most have a café and seating areas. If possible, I will choose which museum I use with some reference to the articles I am writing or I feel in some way relates to how I would like to be inspired. What better place to write about a subject than within a place that has relevance to it.

Galleries. Similar to museums, galleries by their very nature are places that inspire creativity. Again, many of these are free to enter, and will have a good café, as well as the essential toilet facilities.

Cafes and coffee shops. What better place to get a good cup of tea or coffee to help keep the mind focused? Many coffee shops are introducing free WIFI access as they realise people will often choose such a place to work online and it is a way to attract regular customers in a bid to stay competitive.

McDonalds. May seem like an unusual choice but I have found that the coffee is pretty good and most of their restaurants have free WIFI. Choosing the right one and the right time is the key. Trying to write alongside a children’s birthday party in full swing, or when the kids have just spilled out of school and come in for a burger and shake is not the right time, in my book.

Happy Writing!

I hope by sharing how I find and turn ideas into articles for my online writing, and places where I find stimulating to write, I will having given you some suggestions that may help you with your own writing.


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      Adrian Smith 5 years ago from UK

      cybershelly - I love the writing for 15 mins a day idea! I have to admit, I am often hard on myself and expect a lot more but that has the habit of stopping me starting. I will try this idea, thank you! and for the vote up.

      chrisinhawaii - it sounds like you're on a roll! all the best with textbroker. :)

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      chrisinhawaii 5 years ago

      LOL Shelley...I'm sitting at McD right now, suckin' em UP! And pounding away at the keyboard...


      I just started on textbroker last night, and I gotta say...writer's block isn't an issue when you just take on assignments and do what you gotta do.

      Last night I submitted my first TB article on..."carpet extracting detergents". OH MY! What fun! But, at least I get paid upon acceptance instead of having to wait several days (or weeks) to accumulate the same amount on Yahoo or HP.

      Aloha y'all...

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      Shelley Watson 5 years ago

      I enjoyed this hub, and also use the iPhone. The one tip that has always helped me is - "just write for 15 minutes a day about anything, that way writers block will never get you and you will be amazed at how many ideas you get." It worked for me! I also enjoy McDonald's coffee. Up, interesting and useful.

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      Adrian Smith 5 years ago from UK

      Rebecca2904 - I often find writing induces a different kind of creative flow too. I think it's good to experiment and find what works best for you ins't it?

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      Adrian Smith 5 years ago from UK

      Hi chrisinhawaii - great to hear you do the same process. Getting the ideas into articles is the harder but more rewarding bit isn't it? Thanks for your support. :) Aloha!

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      Rebecca 5 years ago

      This is some great advice! I also prefer making a rough draft on paper first before typing it up on my laptop. I find it somehow so much more freeing writing on paper - you can do it anywhere; you can delete mistakes but still see them if you realise you actually did have something; plus I somehow just love seeing my ideas on paper, like I've created something real rather than just a few dots on a computer screen.

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      chrisinhawaii 5 years ago

      I do the exact same thing with my iPhone! I'm staring at my list right now. I need to stop hopping and start writing,'s...hard...

      Anyhow, this was a nice hub, Jen. Thanks for the useful tips. Aloha!

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      Adrian Smith 5 years ago from UK

      Julie DeNeen - thank you! I am glad you thought so.

      billybuc - it's so important to caputire those ideas as they come isn't it? Thanks for the support as always. :)

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      These are some excellent suggestions...

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I currently have six topic headings sitting on my laptop waiting for me to get to them; I carry a little notebook around with me and when an idea comes I just jot it down.

      Great suggestions in this hub; well done!