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Online writing - A new frontier
Online writing has become a source of income for many working professionals. Particularly after the Covid pandemic of 2020, it is seen by many to offer several advantages over more traditional employment. Indeed, even before the pandemic, the industry had already mushroomed and flourished, to the extent where it is now possible to create one’s own community based on the articles one posts each day. Bloggers, authors, journalists and many others all write online, exploring their passions, and telling their stories, each with their own unique take on the matter at hand.
However, apathy comes for us all, and every so often, even the most passionate fast-typer needs that little bit of motivation to sit down at the keyboard and churn out the words. In this article, the author’s own experiences with a data-driven writing model are explored, as well as some basic suggestions and warnings for those just starting out. A list of things that are generally recommended, and some that the rookie writer would do well to take note of!
5 Writing Tips
Some basic writing tips
- Be organised. Track your projects and focus on managing them effectively. If possible, aim to finish one piece before embarking on the next. This is more easily achieved by breaking large projects down into smaller chunks which can be finished in a single sitting, or afternoon.
- Write first, edit later - simply getting the words down on paper is good enough on the first sitting. Just write down your thoughts and focus on filling up the page. The pruning and fine-tuning can all come later. For now just focus on the task at hand, because….
- Listen to yourself - as human thinkers, we tend to produce sentences as though we are going to say them. As such, we should allow the sentences to flow naturally onto the page, and then come back to look at them later.
- Track everything - A good writer uses their time effectively, and plans ahead so as to not get left behind by ‘writer’s block’ and other similar beasts. A good system to use is the pomodoro method, in which the writer works for 20-25 minutes and then rests for five. This allows for two sessions per hour, which can be used for either writing or editing.
- Take regular breaks and rests - If the words aren't coming, look out of the window, or go drink a glass of water. You’ll be surprised how good a rest can feel, and astounded by the effects that a change of scene can inspire. Make a snack, do some research, and get back to work 25 minutes later!