I love this quote. And I strongly believe that this is how to achieve greatness—by being yourself and giving your all. However, when writing an article, a book or a blog, the most important aspect to consider is the reader.
Always ask yourself these questions:
- Who is the reader?
- What would the reader like to know?
- How can I make this easy for the reader to read?
Your goal is to give the reader what they want. With this in mind, you are ready to start writing. Here are some guidelines:
- Brainstorm your subject. Write down your objectives, the message you want to get across and the actions you would like your readers to take, etc.
- Write a plan/outline. Decide on a beginning, middle, and end.
- Start writing without editing. Keep an eye on your outline, but don’t worry if your plan changes.
- Write from the heart. Give it everything you’ve got.
- Proofread. Review grammar, punctuation, spelling, word usage and tone.
- Revise and re-organise if necessary. Delete any repetition or unnecessary words.
- Check that your opening is strong. What about your conclusion? Does the article flow?
Once you’ve checked your article and you’re satisfied that it’s complete, leave it for a couple of hours, better still leave it for a day, then read it as if you’re reading it for the first time. You’ll probably find several corrections that still need to be made.
Reread it again with your goal in mind. Have you reached the goal? Make any final changes, then submit to the editor.
Checking your work thoroughly before submitting will help the editor and give your article a better chance of being published.
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