Help with article writing....

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Hi,

I have a problem. I don't know what to write. I have written 40 articles and my ideas have been exhausted. Can you suggest me how or where I can find new ideas on which to write.


Thanks
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  • Hi Newmarket. I assume your writing lots of articles mostly about the same sets of topics/subjects. You can aim the content of your next articles at sub groups under your specific target audience. Example Situation:

    Say the target audience of your previous articles consists of unmarried 20 to 30-year old American women interested in natural weight loss diet programs. You can direct the content of your next articles to young 20 to 30-year old American women, newly married, without children, interested in complimenting their daily fitness/exercise programs with organic diet programs. Afterwards: Your next batch of articles can be for 30 to 40-year old American women, married with kids, interested in natural weight loss diet and fitness/exercise programs which can also help them maintain the health of their bones, skin and hair. I'm sure you'll be able to take it from here. Hope this helps...
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  • Profile picture of the author DanielleLynnCopy
    Originally Posted by newmarket View Post

    Hi,

    I have a problem. I don't know what to write. I have written 40 articles and my ideas have been exhausted. Can you suggest me how or where I can find new ideas on which to write.


    Thanks
    When I don't know what to write, I start looking into detail and embellishing on it. If you're completely stuck, start writing an article about what you did when you ran out of article ideas (It actually helps get the creative juices flowing!)
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    • Profile picture of the author mikeroosa
      You could always go into the Google Wonder Wheel and get some ideas for related words. That may get the creative juices flowing.
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      • Profile picture of the author AnniePot
        Originally Posted by mikeroosa View Post

        You could always go into the Google Wonder Wheel and get some ideas for related words. That may get the creative juices flowing.
        Exactly what I was going to suggest
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        • Profile picture of the author webwriter
          A blogger, I've had to deal with this also. To find ideas, I look at which past entries received the most views and consider writing a blog post that extends or explains a point that needed more clarification. I've found related aspects and written about them as well.

          Another suggestion is reading news articles online that are related to your blog's topic and writing about them. Or you can establish a connection between seemingly unrelated news articles and your blog's topic.

          Still another is visiting sites as Amazon and Yahoo Questions for subjects that are related to your blog and writing articles about them.
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  • Profile picture of the author TiffLee
    Originally Posted by newmarket View Post

    Hi,

    I have a problem. I don't know what to write. I have written 40 articles and my ideas have been exhausted. Can you suggest me how or where I can find new ideas on which to write.


    Thanks
    Maybe just starting searching through the ClickBank marketplace and see what products catch your fancy? If any do, start throwing some words together about them -- or the general topic that the product revolves around.
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    • Profile picture of the author Tina Golden
      Do more research. If you have only written 40 articles and you're out of ideas, then you don't know enough about your topic.
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  • Profile picture of the author cliveohagan
    Hi Newmarket,

    believe me I know exactly how frustrating writing articles can be. I will give you my two cents for what its worth. I have found this to be the most effective method I have used for any article, give it a try and let me know how you get on. I must warn you though, you have to do it exactly as I lay it out otherwise it doesn't really work as well and is not enjoyable.

    First get yourself into a nice quiet place with no distractions. Turn off skype, email and phones. Get yourself a countdown timer with an alarm.

    Spend the first day researching your chosen topic and pick out some key points from other websites, blogs, ezines etc. Pick out some of the wow factors and take down some key points in relation to your articles and what you would like to expand on later on.

    If you have multiple topics do research for each of these separately and take them one at a time.

    When you think you have enough points, topics and headlines for your articles, STOP!

    Do no more for this day! put away the writing and do something else for the day and don't think about the articles. Your initial research is now done.

    The next day start writing your articles and we aqre going to use a technique called free writing, Look it up. This is where we are going to



    Pick a subject you want to write about and set the timer for 10 minutes and write about the first thing that comes into your head about your subject, trying to remember some of the more important points from the previous days research and let it flow.

    DO NOT

    Stop before the ten minutes are up.
    Correct any grammar or spelling
    Worry about the formatting
    Try to be technically accurate

    When stating technical facts in the document to express a point do not look it up just write "insert juicy fact here" and keep on writing about the next topic, just keep on going and do not stop for anything.

    This article will be a total mess, yes it is supposed to be. Once you have done this close it and leave it for another day.

    On the third day you are going to edit your articles and this is where you will add in your facts and format the document and make any changes to it.

    So recap.

    Day one research
    day two write
    day three edit and polish

    If you can train yourself into doing this believe me after the pain of waiting around for three days to finish the first ones you will never look back and you will be a powerhouse of article writing, a budding Stephen King as it were.

    Let me know if it works out or if you found a better method in the mean time.

    Clive.
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    • Profile picture of the author webwriter
      Note the wow factors down from your research, ie., simply copy the wow statement and develop a post from that. Remember to provide a different title. This isn't plaigerism. You're taking an idea and writing a post about it in your own words. I've done this for awhile and found that it works admirably.

      Also remember to jot down ideas that may occur to you while you are working with this wow statement. You can write posts from them directly or hold on to them until you have more time.

      Another thing is that you don't necessarily need a whole day. You can turn it into an ongoing project that will keep your posts fresh. I say this because it is very easy to just keep a record of the information you find. The inner procrastinator takes advantage of you and you soon finding yourself saying, "I'll do more with this tomorrow" or "I still need to look up this or that." Somehow, those posts never get written.

      I used to actually copy stuff into notebooks and never refer to it again for blog posts or anything else just because I listened to that inner procrastinator.
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        If you read this bookthis book , you'll probably never again run out of ideas for what to write articles about. (Wow, that's quite a claim to make, isn't it?).
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  • Profile picture of the author bnwebm
    Go to forums related to your topic and see what questions people are asking. Yahoo Answers is useful too, sometimes.
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  • Profile picture of the author NateRivers
    Just put in a few of your main keywords into the google keyword tool and it will spit out hundreds of keywords you can write articles about.
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    • Profile picture of the author aminwasu
      Just take a article and read it and then write in your own word. Never copy it, just get the idea. Once you have written many articles you'll get better at it. Every body learns and after some time you'll know the topics well and there will not be any problem. I used this technique and it really helped me. Now I do not need to read a article before writing, as I am good at that industry or field. Just remember DO NOT copy just get the idea.
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