1. Study it……Read for the following…(these are honestly almost the only types of questions almost any teacher can ask you about any subject…got me through grad school)……

  • Charts…(this shows that)…
  • Definitions…(this means that)…
  • Examples…(examples of this include)…
  • Functions…(this does what)…
  • Lists…(including the following)…
  • Parts…(this consists of)…
  • Steps…(this involves)… 

  2. Set it up…..Now arrange the notes that you’ve collected during research together… and figuring out what information you will include and what you will not in your article. two good ways to do this are mind mapping and outlining…
Mind Mapping…Mind mapping can help you see how all of the pieces of the puzzle fit together into an article or a series of articles.
Write a single keyword or Big Idea in the center of a whiteboard or piece of paper…

  1. Start linking associated ideas, words, and concepts around that keyword or Big Idea.
  2. Spend time moving topics around at will, grouping and regroupinginformation until it makes the most sense to you.
  3. Reread and evaluate the ideas you generated. 
  4. List all the ideas that you actually do want to include in your paper.
  5. Cross out any ideas that you do not want to include.
  6. Group related ideas together.
  7. Arrange these groups of ideas from the most general to the most specific.
  8. Label these arranged lists with main and sub headings

Outlining…Choose three main points to focus on about the topic at hand. Dedicate one paragraph per main point….one article per main point if writing a series. Sketch outlines for each of these three sections. Start putting together rough drafts..Creating an outline will helps a writer…
decide if you even really wants to write about this topic

  • decide if you really can write an article or series about this topic
  • decide if you needs to wait on writing about this topic
  • keep from going off on some irrelevant tangent
  • plan ahead
  • provide even more value to the reader
  • save time, stress, and worry
  • stay organized and on track

  3. Say It…As a writer you should try to write an article that “involves” the reader by…entertaining and making your readers laugh…inspiring your readers… offering advice based on your own past experience and expertise…teaching your readers how to do something or make something. A few good prompts to now start actually writing include….
Few people know that…

Few people realize that..

  • I believe that….
  • In response to…
  • In summary…
  • It has been my experience that…
  • Let me tell you a story about…
  • This is important because…

Choose a title…Choosing a title early in the writing process will help keep you focused on both your topic and your purpose. Create a title that identifies what your post is about…

Write an Introduction….The first paragraph should serve as a brief and simple introduction—what topic you’ll be covering, why it’s important, how the article will help to solve a problem or to answer a question.
Write a Conclusion…End with a call to action Offer encouragement or tips on how to reach the goal. Sum up your main idea. Tell your readers what to do next. 

  4. Scan It...Read back through what you have written, asking yourself…

  • Am I writing this from the right point of view?
  • Am I writing this with the right tone of voice?
  • Do all of the ideas in the article make sense?
  • Do any sections or sentences need to be explained further?
  • Does the article have a specific purpose?
  • Does the article accomplish its intended purpose?
  • Have you made your best points obviously stand out? 
  • Is any additional information needed?
  • Is it appropriate for my target audiences?
  • Is it clear?
  • Is it organized?
  • Is there any irrelevant information that should be deleted?
  • What is my “bottom line”? 
  • Am I satisfied with my conclusion?
  • What would you say is the most successful part of your article? Why?  

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