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    Actually, my favorite way of writing comes from sales training:

    1. Tell them what you are going to tell them (introduction)
    2. Tell them (body)
    3. Tell them what you told them (summary)

    Quote Originally Posted by ed shaw View Post
    Righto, Shyflower. Thanks. Just a little preventive worry on my part.
    The stock answer to adnetit's question is to "go to the library and join a writers' group."
    I wanted to make an impact and send a message quickly. I have been surprised when after taking time to format a post, (I use forums a lot,) to
    receive replies, "How did you do that?" I say, Geez, look at that little toolbar, up there
    Honestly, I understand and sympathize with young people starting out. The schools have appear to have decided not to push students too hard.
    I honestly think the best and the brightest gravitate to the internet, many of whom ask, "How does this thing actually work?" Quite a few receive
    their education that way. Sooner or later, they launch into the professional world, where writing and presentation have become what they
    are taking to market. Lucky for them, intelligent young people tend to catch on fast. This is not to say old guys like me can't learn a thing or
    two from them; we can, and do, if our eyes are open.
    The first part of the post -- hypothesis, evidence, and conclusion -- is right out of post graduate training. That's a guideline. There are
    all sorts of variations, such as "introduce pain and introduce the relief." All kinds of variations. The message is to have a structure in
    mind, a plan of action, before starting to put the words down.
    The second idea is a design principle: sometimes, less is better.
    The third comes right out of advertising and psychology. Get the reader's attention, lead him thru the presentation, and
    finish with a call to action -- call for details, more information, buy now! Get her phone number
    We could go on like this. The best song in the world amounts to nothing until someone hears it.
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    Can't beat it with a stick, can you?

    When writers write from the heart one day, messy as it can get, then wake up the
    next day and get to the task of structuring, bringing to bear all their training and experience,,
    the results can be impressive. Not too dry, not too sweet -0- kind of like a good Chardonnay.

    Getting rid of the "I mean"s and the "Goes to show"s. Plain Language. Still in fashion.

    Incidentally, Shyflower, that formula you quoted is a 1950 Hollywood standard for instructional
    media specialists. Still great advice.

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    I'll tell you that the focus on the text to be dynamic - ask rhetorical questions, underline the words that are important, do intervals, so that the text was friendly and readable. And most importantly you must show that you have something interesting to write
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    As far as writing contents on websites, front loading is the best method. Loading the front part itself with the information will make the visitor to stick to the post

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shyflower View Post
    After twelve years in this business, I've had plenty to do with ezine articles, especially when they posted my ripped content under one of their member's names. Why you would suggest that someone put their original work on any article farm merely to have their grammar checked is beyond my comprehension. Google penalizes content they find on farms and posting on one of them is certainly no way to build expertise or credibility as a writer.

    True, content checkers make some mistakes but they catch they major ones. Just like anything, if you disagree with something they have tagged, you need to make your own decision and there are plenty other credible resources on the web that can help you learn to do that.

    • Take a writing course or test at Brainbench.
    • Take the time to look through the AP manual of style.
    • Take advantage of sites like Purdue's Owl.



    Although writing well takes talent, it is basically a skill that just about anyone can improve upon. But it takes work. There are no easy roads. Shortcuts only serve to cut yourself short in the end.
    Yes, taking a Brainbench test would certainly be a very good option.

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    It is always advisable to begin with catchy and interesting phrase or statement that would invite readers to read more.
    Whatever the topic is, you just have to write something that stimulates the readers' interests, including yourself.
    Readers are also writers and, most of the times, critics in their own way. So, it is important to begin with a statement that intrigues them.
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    Most important factor in content writing is ORIGINALITY. You should go deep inside the topic, read it, do R&D and then move with you own thoughts. You can do it only if you have interest because writing on the same topic in various ways is not an easy task.

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    I believe you can only write good content if you're fully aware of the topic that you're writing about. Going google, getting to know the nuts and bolts of the topic usually gives shallow and superficial content.

    The idea is to keep the user engaged and get your point across. You can't sell a product effectively until you're fully aware of it's dynamics.

    Just my two cents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by addnetit View Post
    hi,

    while writing content, what will be the impressive way to start?
    I don't know for what you are writing content, but instead of writing if you create video of your content, then it is more impressive. Videos are more interactive and informative. People will prefer to see video rather than reading text.

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    The content should do justice to the topic. You can start with the way you want but make sure that the essence of the topic is not lost. Preferably the start should be impressive that makes the reader to read further.

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    Quote Originally Posted by midynamics View Post
    I believe you can only write good content if you're fully aware of the topic that you're writing about. Going google, getting to know the nuts and bolts of the topic usually gives shallow and superficial content.

    The idea is to keep the user engaged and get your point across. You can't sell a product effectively until you're fully aware of it's dynamics.

    Just my two cents.
    Yes midynamics, you are right. But we can not always have idea of each and everything and that's why need to take reference from any trusted resource. Engaging users is also an art and so that much powerful and interesting your content should be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StevePoster View Post
    While writing content focus not only on the needs of your targeted audience but the benefits it will be given to the users. Make it interesting and be creative to produce a signature in your story.
    When writing any content for your site, you have to create a summary or outline on what points you are going to tackle. Most topics that attract readers are those that would answer a problem. Choose a simple yet compelling title like How to or top ten.... Lists are very effective because it's simple and easy to digest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thompson_Rob View Post
    I don't know for what you are writing content, but instead of writing if you create video of your content, then it is more impressive. Videos are more interactive and informative. People will prefer to see video rather than reading text.
    Not true for me. I would much rather read a well written and well illustrated article than sit through someone's home-made video. Written articles allow you to look for the specific information you want rather than wait to see if the presentation answers your question.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shyflower View Post
    Not true for me. I would much rather read a well written and well illustrated article than sit through someone's home-made video. Written articles allow you to look for the specific information you want rather than wait to see if the presentation answers your question.
    I agree wholeheartedly. And with a written article, you don't miss the bit you were waiting for because the phone rings, or somebody comes to speak to you, etc. It's also much easier if you're in a public place. You can read an article quietly, whereas a video may be annoying to those around you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TechnoBear View Post
    I agree wholeheartedly. And with a written article, you don't miss the bit you were waiting for because the phone rings, or somebody comes to speak to you, etc. It's also much easier if you're in a public place. You can read an article quietly, whereas a video may be annoying to those around you.
    Good points. At our house it's the dog barks just when you were hearing the information you wanted. I also think, for most people, you retain more of what you read than what you look at. To me, reading is much more interactive than watching a video. I have the TV on right now, but I couldn't tell you much more than the name of the show I am "watching".
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    For me, I prefer videos for (some) entertainment, but reading for education.

    Whenever I try learning from a video I find I must "rewind" it several times to catch something I missed (too fast or too unclear) and to refer back to something said earlier. I don't have those problems with print media.

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    writing for what? there are different ways of writing a content based on the writing topic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marie4u View Post
    writing for what? there are different ways of writing a content based on the writing topic.
    I doubt we'll ever know the answer to that, as the OP has never returned.

    Thanks to everybody who contributed. Thread closed.


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