Writing: Getting Started

Writing for web content is one of the easiest ways for writers to get their work published. If you have yet to submit articles for syndication, you are missing out on a wonderful opportunity to share your knowledge as well as to promote your name. Getting started is not that difficult...you probably already have done so and you do not even know it!

How do you get started? First of all, you are already a writer if you participate on message boards or send out emails. No, I do not mean those one sentence responses on forums, rather your informative, concise, and persuasive responses to interesting and engaging discussions. Typically, we do not think of message board discussions as being good writing. Some is, some isn't. However, much of the writing is at the very least a seed to something greater: by expounding on the thoughts shared, your article will germinate and take root.

Emails can also be an important article seed. No, not a spammy/advertorial type letter, but your missives to friends, acquaintances, and business associates. Chances are some of your emails contain the backbone of a potential article.

To get started, examine what you have written, see if the topic is interesting, and then pull out three key points in your email to frame your article. Include a topic sentence, a killer title, expound on the three points, and add in a dynamic conclusion and you have an article that is interesting, informative, and persuasive. Your email seed is now an article plant ready to be transplanted to quality article submission sites.

You may have to rework your original email or message board contribution, but your original work can be the stepping stone you need to get started. A simple outline containing the points I made in the previous paragraph will help you get started. If you are still unsure about what you have written, have a friend review your writing. You can even start a new thread on a receptive forum and ask for comments. From there, you may modify your work accordingly.

Writing web content can be enjoyable as well as rewarding for you. Get your start today by reviewing your "portfolio" of informative emails and engaging message board discussions -- plant your article seed today and it will result in a bountiful harvest tomorrow.


Writing Prompts: Who Needs This Writing Help?

Writing prompts can offer tremendous writing help for writers at every level of experience and expertise. Who can use writing prompts?

Beginners can use writing prompts to help them learn and grow as writers as well as gain valuable experience in the craft. The only sure way to improve your writing is to write regularly and prompts can help you sharpen your skills on a regular basis. Perfection will never be in your writing future, but it is very true that regular practice is the only way to improve your work. While you may have a long list of ideas and projects to work on you may also want to employ prompts from time to time to fill in the gaps in your schedule.

Experienced writers can use writing prompts to stretch their writing muscles to prepare for their writing assignments or each day's work. They can also use exercises and prompts to create a swipe file of ideas for future reference.

Professional writers can use writing prompts to give them a creative jump start when necessary and to experiment with other forms of writing. If you feel your work is going stale or that you need some inspiration, then using prompts can make a huge difference in your creativity and overall work.

All writers can use writing prompts with writer's block and improving their work. No matter what level your word craft may be, every writer experiences some form of writer's block from time to time. Forcing yourself to write through it with a series of prompts can be a very effective way to tear down your writer's block. Many times we fall into a rut with our work and writing prompts can challenge us out of that rut. This stretching can greatly improve your writing. Every day, week, month and year that you work on your craft you improve as a writer.

Whether you are a beginning, experienced, or professional writer you can use writing prompts to help you improve your word craft.