Writing Your Articles: An Organized Framework for Success!
Writing articles for an ezine, newsletter or as content for your web site can often
be a daunting prospect. There you sit, looking at a blank page and saying to yourself
"Where do I start?".
The first step is easy. Don't start with a blank page - try using a graphic organizer
The article you plan to write is probably an informative one, giving your reader
relevant facts about your idea, product, service or company. All you have to do
is organize your information in such a way that the article develops naturally and
without any conscious effort on your part.
This is where a graphic organizer can help you.
What is a graphic organizer? Despite the technical-sounding name, you probably use
one every day - your calendar! Your calendar is a set of boxes by which you 'organize'
your daily life. Now, supposing you had a graphic organizer to 'organize' the way
you write your articles? How much easier would that be?
Just like your calendar, graphic organizers can be paper-based or computer-based.
Paper-based organizers can be drawn up quickly using your ruler, pencil and eraser.
Computer-based organizers can be created using your word processor template features
or by inexpensive whiteboard software, like NotateIt for example, that has been
developed especially for the purpose.
Whiteboard software gives you amazing flexibility when you're preparing your articles.
The graphic organizer layout acts as a background and, over the top of that, you
add snippets of text, images or even movies to the 'board' to build up all the relevant
information. Then, you can move them all around, just like Post-It notes, to organize
Have you found that research can take up a lot of your time when you're writing
Here's a tip. Don't do your research first - do it when you know what answers you
need. By using a graphic organizer to determine what you know and what you need
to find out, you'll save whole heaps of time.
So, when you need to classify and organize information for your articles, try using
a graphic organizer to build your framework for success.
© 2005 Lynda Blake. All Rights Reserved.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lynda Blake is an independent writer, working with small UK businesses to improve
their web presence.
Resources used in preparing this article:
Whiteboard Software: http://www.notateit.com and