Writing Online: Turning Ideas Into Articles
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.
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.
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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