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Ways to Instantly Find the Right Words

14. 04. 2017
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Whether you are a student, teacher, blogger, or freelance writer, finding the right words to develop an article, essay, or create an exciting syllabus for your students can be the difference between an easily read piece, that is exciting and will be read through to the end, to a piece that is completely ambiguous and steals time by having the writer explain, do over, or lose money.

For the Freelance Writer

The internet has afforded those that love to write the opportunity to use their skills to make money from anywhere in the world. However, the competition is steep and content creation on the Web has to be unique, exciting, and helpful for freelancers to get their foot in the game.

One of the major aspects of content creation is understanding SEO (Site Engine Optimization). The creation of the right keywords to use to attract visitors to online based businesses. Freelancers need to keep two things in mind when writing for the Internet:

  • Problems
  • Solutions

Think about it. You go into a pharmacy because you have a problem with your allergies, this is a problem that you are looking for a solution to. When you get to the aisle that has the medication you are looking for, you are faced with hundreds of products that say they have the solution.

This is the same thing that happens on the Internet. Someone is looking for the solution to their problem or issue. They type keywords into their favorite search engine and just like magic hundreds of solutions appear.

Making Your Content Relevant

The freelance content creator, blogger, or creative writer must follow the following tips for writing an article to get their content to the top of the list on the search engines. You must:

  • Find out what your audience/client needs.
  • Focus. If your client asks you for content about cars, you do not want to go to a bicycle blog. Focus on cars and what about them your client is asking for.
  • Brainstorm what you already know. The best writing comes from our own personal experience.
  • Use word generators. I have used these and they are very helpful. One of the favorites for successful freelance writers and bloggers is synonym.com. It is easy to type in a word into this site and get one that is not as repetitive as the norms we use every day
  • From the brainstorm session and the word generator, list your keywords.

Some other sites that offer free to low-cost ways to generate words are:

  1. Name Robot
  2. Complex Sentence Generator
  3. Synonymy (this one is really easy)
  4. Name Acronym (really good for combining words)

Word generators keep your copy fresh and exciting. You do not want a visitor to keep clicking when they get to your site. You want them to stick around and read what you are pitching, and repeating the same words over and over again is a great way to lose them.

You Will Always Need New Writing Tips

No matter how many classes you may have taken to develop your creative writing, due to the ever-changing horizon of the Internet you will always need writing tips. Some of these may helpful:

  • Format, format, then format again. This may sound tongue in cheek but the truth of the matter is, every introduction must lead to what you just introduced, and conclude with what you just introduced again.
  • Give some meat to your articles. A good article will be at least 500-700 words. It may sound like a lot but once you begin writing words, have developed an outline, and inserted what you already know, you will be surprised how writing the number of words doesn’t matter.
  • Generate a list of headers for your article. The ideas for these may change over the course of the article and that is okay. Having the list will help you think clearer as you begin to write.
  • Write sectional rather than trying to see the whole article at once. It is much easier to come up with 100-120 words that you will need per paragraph than it is to try to think up 500 words at once.
  • Be consistent. If you reread each paragraph and its preceding paragraph while you are developing your article, you will find that consistency is less challenging. Do not allow your writing to become jumbled up and hard to follow.

For the Essayist

This is one type of writing that usually will have the most paper structure and directions given by a professor. When students start writing essays in high school and college they are first taught how to write a paper. Many students will tell you that, no matter how much they have been taught how to write a paper, they still have to go over the paper to make sure it contains the major parts of the paper structure:

  • The introduction
  • The body
  • And the supporting conclusion

Without these three components, the professor may give a lower grade than the student may be expecting, so choosing the right words, and putting them in the order that they will be understood properly is the first part of essay writing. But how do we find the right words?

Your Subject Leads to Your Words

Keep in mind that the what will lead to the how. Start your essay by reading through your assignment and taking the keywords that your professor uses in the assignment and making a list of them. He may use words such as:

  1. Analyze
  2. Argument driven
  3. Thesis driven
  4. Quotes required

Each of these words will have to be researched if you are not used to seeing them. When you research what your professor is looking for you will find the how to write the paper.

Also, during classes that lead up to the paper, always jot down what your professor writes on the board. Your professor has taught these classes hundreds of times and those thoughts that he is putting on the board are key to what he will expect you to remember for your paper.

The syllabus is your key for writing the number of words required and the style. Most college writing is done in MLA style but many are also done in APA style. Research these terms and if your professor asks for a particular type of writing style, then do it precisely as requested.

This particular tip on how to write a paper can also be used by those who freelance and need creative writing tips. They sometimes get specific requests from their clients and should follow through on these requests. Communication with those that hire you for articles is key to successful relationships online and in person. Happy Writing!