I’ve written many articles, over many years, and many of those many articles were about how to write articles! Here’s another tip that I find very useful…
That first sentence was me mucking around with words, really, and that’s all writing is basically – mucking around with words, pushing them around until they convey the message you want them to convey!
If that makes it sound simple, well, as a theory it *is* simple, and although there are things to consider about your target market, and the aim of the article, I do like to keep to simple structure and technique whenever I can.
In fact, today’s tip is a refinement of a technique I have used pretty much all the time. It’s one that I only move away from if I have to, and it’s one that seems natural to me, so what’s that technique..?
Keeping it natural!
Writing conversationally, in other words.
See, I’m doing it now! You can keep paragraphs short and sweet, between 1 and 3 sentences, which makes them easier to read, and you can use single lines of text and white space to create gaps that would appear in the spoken word.
It’s not something that comes easily to some people, who view writing as something they did at school, and feel they have to embark on an essay every time they start a new piece.
I would certainly recommend it, and I would also recommend the refinement that is the point of today’s article, which is to let it simmer!
Because I was happy with my conversational writing style, and people said they enjoyed reading it, I just carried on with that style, and also took another benefit from conversational writing, which is that you can write content very quickly. That’s because in effect you are simply writing down what you might say to someone over a coffee or on the phone.
I took pleasure in the fact that I could write an article, check for spelling mistakes, and pretty much publish it there and then, which is exactly what I did on a regular basis.
When I came across the idea of letting it simmer, it was in a post I read about editing. I had viewed editing as the simple spell checking previously mentioned, but since I like to try new things, I gave the simmer idea a go, and found some odd results…
Actually, the results weren’t odd at all, just odd to me! I found that if I stepped away from an article after I had written it, and then came back to it later, preferably the next day at a minimum, I found that I wanted to change things.
They might only be little things, but I might notice that I had used the same words too many times, or a sentence did not convey my point as well as I had thought. A little tweak here, or a little change there could really improve how I felt about the article.
I have found that this simmer technique can work even if you step away for as little as a few hours, but it just gives your brain the time to look at the article with fresh eyes.
As a tip, it isn’t exactly ground breaking, is it! I know that, and what I call ‘letting it simmer’ is basically ‘editing’, but hey, it’s a phrase that hits home for me, and it’s a technique that hits home for me.
I did say I like to keep it simple with article writing if I can, and this is certainly a tip which is simple to explain, but powerful when put into action, and hopefully you’ll get the same writing benefits as me from letting it simmer!
Do let me know what you think!
‘Til Next Time,
Health & happiness,
P.S. Here’s one of those other articles about writing – Struggling To Turn That Article Idea Into Actual Content?
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