How do you write you're content?

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Was wondering how you guys and girls write you're content for you're websites, Do you like to write and use Notepad or Microsoft word and take time on it than paste to you're dashbord or do you just wing it, I know sometimes if ya copy and past the formating and fonts are not the same when you paste to you're site. I like to use notepad and sometimes just wing it lol
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  • Profile picture of the author joaquin112
    without a 're in your.

    Seriously, though. You should get some writing lessons before you even consider trying to make money online. You can also try to outsource writing content, but it costs money. I'm not trying to sound harsh but don't run before you can walk.

    All the best,
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    • Profile picture of the author professorrosado
      It depends on my disposition at any given moment. Sometimes I use the WP editor, other times I compose thoughts and research in notepad and still at another I use speech recognition software and just start talking. Believe it or not, I also still do it the old fashioned way of pencil and pad - I prefer printing out the first draft and editing this way in all instances.

      Each method has its shortcomings but for the moment I employ them, the benefit outweighs the negatives.

      Another determining factor is my schedule - where I am at the time. But I always am writing something whenever I am not engaged in or waiting for a real world activity.

      Which reminds me of another method as I write this response from my ASUS Pad, I use the Pad's writing apps and then email the text to my email for later download into my desktop.
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    • Profile picture of the author Chris Silvey
      Originally Posted by joaquin112 View Post

      without a 're in your.

      Seriously, though. You should get some writing lessons before you even consider trying to make money online. You can also try to outsource writing content, but it costs money. I'm not trying to sound harsh but don't run before you can walk.

      All the best,
      Joaquin
      Not everyone is an english major, nor are there spelling police parked out side waiting to haul one in for one mispelled word.

      A spelling checker comes in handy.
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      • Profile picture of the author emini_guy
        Originally Posted by Chris Silvey View Post

        Not everyone is an english major, nor are there spelling police parked out side waiting to haul one in for one mispelled word.
        You don't need to be an English major for that. Since when this kind of thing requires a degree?
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      • Profile picture of the author UncleDearest
        Originally Posted by Chris Silvey View Post

        Not everyone is an english major, nor are there spelling police parked out side waiting to haul one in for one mispelled word.

        A spelling checker comes in handy.
        True, spell check is awesome for sure but I don't think the criticism about needing a few lessons was harsh. The OP has at least 8 grammatical errors in his short post! To answer his question though, I use notepad quite a bit.
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    • Profile picture of the author pvijeh
      Originally Posted by joaquin112 View Post

      without a 're in your.

      Seriously, though. You should get some writing lessons before you even consider trying to make money online. You can also try to outsource writing content, but it costs money. I'm not trying to sound harsh but don't run before you can walk.

      All the best,
      Joaquin
      wow a little harsh
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  • Profile picture of the author Anurag96
    I prefer to use the WordPress new post option to write as there is everything in it, I might need during writing and after writing the whole post, I check it via spell check in WordPress and at last I copy and paste the content in the Microsoft Word for the last check for spelling or any other errors. So, I write it myself.

    But in the coming days I would start guest posting on my blog. So, that my readers would write for my blog and get benefited with their guest posts.
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  • Profile picture of the author maddyy
    I like to make notes on my ipad note pad and then email it to myself to later check om MIcrosoft Word before its published... Therefore it can be checked and double checked
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  • Profile picture of the author prosper948
    People don't know you personally so the only thing they have to judge you by is what is on your website. Perhaps unfair, but true. If your written content is filled with spelling and grammatical errors they will tend to think that you aren't professional and you don't know what you're doing. The best way to give the impression of being knowledgeable is to have a good grasp on the language your site is written in. It also helps to just completely avoid the use of contractions if you are not sure when to use which one. Just because they sound the same doesn't mean they have the same meaning.

    You do not have to be an English major, or a scholar in whatever language your site is in, but filling it with errors in the most basic areas (like the language) is a sure path to being unsuccessful. People want to purchase from perceived experts, not the class drop out. If you don't know the language your site is in, ask for help. I wouldn't dare try to do a site in Spanish because I don't know the language, but I excel at English and can alter my use of the written word to give the impression I am either a Harvard English professor or a 14 year old boy on the BMX circuit depending on who my audience is. It's not rocket science, but it is necessary if you want to connect with your target buyer.
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  • Profile picture of the author sanhal
    I always write mine in notepad with wordwrap checked and then copy & paste into my WP blog after unchecking the wordwrap. It always pastes as I have written it and I have less problems that way than pasting from Word.

    I then do the headings and links in the editor.


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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Bard
    I like to write mine in Open Office and then when it's ready, can also make a PDF copy of what I just finished. Then I can offer a PDF version to blog subscribers.

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    • Profile picture of the author ejullya
      Originally Posted by Matt Maiden View Post

      I like to write mine in Open Office and then when it's ready, can also make a PDF copy of what I just finished. Then I can offer a PDF version to blog subscribers.

      I have a thread I just started a little while ago talking about how I can create several types of content from one sitting. I believe it's relevant to this topic.

      http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...e-sitting.html
      Matt, I enjoyed reading your great thread when you first published it.

      Often I first start the old fashioned way with pen and paper. After a few paragraphs I re-write it on my blog and then I'll stay on there (on my blog) until I am finished. For some reason I just can't get rid of that old habit. All it takes though is a couple of paragraphs on paper (I know it's weird, but it works like a charm).
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  • Profile picture of the author ScottWatson
    Drafts are written in OpenOffice so that I can take advantage of the spelling, grammar, word count and thesaurus tools. But because I am either writing for Wordpress or PLR articles, I save as .txt to remove any formatting issues.

    Any copy and pasting is done then from the .txt file in notepad, and the PLR packs are sold as .txt files
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  • Profile picture of the author Rob Harris
    I write the content in Word and then transfer it to wherever I'm putting it and format it where I post it, to make it look better/easier to read/add images etc.
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  • I don't write as much as I did in the beginning of my IM career, but I still do some writing.

    What I normally do is write directly in the Wordpress editor, so I can preview it at any time I want to. I've found this the best way for me, because I can just write and make it look neat at the same time.
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  • Profile picture of the author Curtis2011
    Without typos in the title.
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    • Originally Posted by Curtis2011 View Post

      Without typos in the title.
      This will also help your business :-D
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    • Profile picture of the author Lucian Lada
      Originally Posted by Curtis2011 View Post

      Without typos in the title.
      Come on already, if he's an American (FL I believe stands for Florida) these type of errors can be corrected in one hour, literally. How much time do you think he needs to get a quick grammar lesson for all the things he's forgotten since being in school?

      This type of posts remind me of one thread I had when I said I attached a photo, and because I didn't know how to do it properly, it didn't show up. And guess what? A bunch of people with too much free time at their disposal began populating my thread with things like "Dude, there's no picture, how can you expect us to understand what you want if there's no picture?". Of course, after remedying the problem they didn't stop by again to give their two cents worth of advice, and to be honest, I'm glad they didn't.

      So, for people who like to pick on others for small mistakes: get a life.
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      • Profile picture of the author Curtis2011
        Originally Posted by Lucian Lada View Post

        Come on already, if he's an American (FL I believe stands for Florida) these type of errors can be corrected in one hour, literally. How much time do you think he needs to get a quick grammar lesson for all the things he's forgotten since being in school?

        This type of posts remind me of one thread I had when I said I attached a photo, and because I didn't know how to do it properly, it didn't show up. And guess what? A bunch of people with too much free time at their disposal began populating my thread with things like "Dude, there's no picture, how can you expect us to understand what you want if there's no picture?". Of course, after remedying the problem they didn't stop by again to give their two cents worth of advice, and to be honest, I'm glad they didn't.

        So, for people who like to pick on others for small mistakes: get a life.
        Maybe the constant bashing of his typo is just a display for everyone about how important your primary headline can be.

        Get it right, and you'll get the response you want. Get it wrong, and you won't.

        Even though I just made that up, it's still a good lesson and a good demonstration of how important the details can be.
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  • Profile picture of the author Abhik
    I used to use Notepad (with text wrap off) to write my content. Now I am using MS Office 2013 and just loving it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bayo
    Personally the easiest way is to get it down somewhere, e.g. on a mindmap, in a Word document as a rough draft that starts with the headers and then the 'meat' is added later, or by using Audacity, the audio software to capture the thoughts which I can then listen to and move things a step forward and more concrete or if the recording is really long, I get it transcribed on Fiverr.com.
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  • Profile picture of the author Trev81
    The claws are definitely out in this thread!
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  • Profile picture of the author laracoates28
    I outsource all the copy writing or any article writing thing to marketplaces like Elance, oDesk. Also sometime I use fiverr.
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  • Profile picture of the author run
    I can't write English properly, so I have only 1 choice is outsourcing.
    If I use, I use notepad because it won't add any format inside it.
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    • Profile picture of the author butters
      The process I go through

      - Research the subject and get a broad understanding of the subject.
      - Narrow down my research to a specific point which I want to make.
      - Take down bullet pointed notes of the subject.
      - Write a purely factual article around the bullet points I have taken down.
      - Throw in the glossy stuff to make it an enjoyable read.
      - Proof read it.
      - Re visit it later that day or the next day and re-read it, if I like it, publishing time.

      I do all of this in either pages, text edit or MS word.
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  • Profile picture of the author jbsmith
    Typically write in Notepad (has minimal markup) and then cut&paste into WP + images I use. Mix this up with videos and audio podcasts to offer variety to my readers/followers.

    I like having plain text versions of my content as I can (and often do) re-purpose it in time (bundle it into reports, add it to ebooks, turn it into slide presentations, syndicate it on other platforms, etc...)

    Once in a while I write directly in the WP Editor, but I try not to do this - to have the discipline to save local copies in Notepad.

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  • Profile picture of the author 6figure101
    I never write my own articles... I am a perfectionist and it always takes me way too much time to complete.

    I also use Fiverr, Vworker (now Frelancer.com) and some Fiverr alternative sites
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  • Profile picture of the author Danit98765
    Hi,
    I always write my posts in notepad and check it with wordwrap and only then copy & paste into my blog. That way I have copies of my post for Backup reasons. Until now I hadn't any problems copying and pasting from notepad.
    Hopefully I helped.

    Good Luck,

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    • Profile picture of the author ElGuapo
      If I am writing about a subject with which I'm comfortable, then I use an app called WriteRoom. It's a little gimmicky (it gives you a full screen black background with green font), but I find I can knock out content very quickly without the distractions.

      If I need research to hand, then I use the Mac app TextEdit to write the content. Most of the formatting is then done within the Wordpress posting area, though this doesn't take more than a few minutes.

      If you are writing a long piece of content, such as an ebook, it might be worth trying to write it in Mindjet Mindmanager. The mindmapping facilities make it a natural for structuring your work, and the entire map can then be exported as a Word document for formatting.
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  • Profile picture of the author ymest
    Hi there!

    I use many different ways to avoid BOREDOM! Let's pick a topic: Cruises!

    I'll go read some sites on cruises but won't focus on anything! I'll then brainstorm ideas on PAPER, not on computer!

    Depending on the kind of article, or content my clients need, I'll write 4 or more points. Then, I'll research these specifically. I'll read 3 or 4 articles, blog posts or authority sites on that particular point. I do the same for all other points! Sometimes, if the topic is really familiar then, I'll spend less time doing so!

    I use instinct and creativity too and I write longhand sometimes when I don't want to hit those black keys! I don't know if you've ever tried it, but there is a real connection between the brain and your hand and writing this way when you have done and narrowed down your research is a piece of cake! And, it's usually far more original than when I type ( for me at least)!

    I also use mind maps and little drawings to create my articles outlines! I hate getting bored so that's really good! It's a nice way of expressing yourself without being influenced by the Internet and what someone has said or written!

    I never re-write other people's articles! This is called stealing!

    When I am done, I go back to my computer and write and edit and that's my favorite part because I know what I have done is original, totally original!

    There is a really good article that's been published today by Beth Hayden for CopyBlogger ! Here it is!

    How to Create Consistently Great Content for the Long Haul | Copyblogger

    Hope this helps!

    Happy writing!

    Yoan
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    • Profile picture of the author Jean Morgan
      I get ymest to write my articles for me...

      Seriously he is a really fantastic writer and has never disappointed me yet. I used to spend hours staring at a blank screen before.
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      • Profile picture of the author iwowwe4you
        There is no rule on how to do it. Some materials I just type in to my site straight from my head. My site has a good spelling check in case of mistyping, so this is not a problem. But some projects required more time and effort, so I use notepad+++ or Word. Those projects are usually done within few days to few weeks and I do re-read all the text, change or correct something add info...
        But recently I started replacing text with video. Honestly people like it better. Most of us are too lazy to read through the pages of (even very) useful information. So, make power point and add your voice to it. May be it will not come well from the first time, but with a bit of self training works good. Especially if you record voice separately and make one good version out of few tries. Can say, when I replaced some text with videos got better results very soon.
        Also some hosters offer an option to display video from youtube, so you save space on the site.
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      • Profile picture of the author ymest
        Originally Posted by Jean Morgan View Post

        I get ymest to write my articles for me...

        Seriously he is a really fantastic writer and has never disappointed me yet. I used to spend hours staring at a blank screen before.
        Thanks, Jean!!
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    • Profile picture of the author RedShifted
      Originally Posted by ymest View Post

      Hi there!

      I use many different ways to avoid BOREDOM! Let's pick a topic: Cruises!

      I'll go read some sites on cruises but won't focus on anything! I'll then brainstorm ideas on PAPER, not on computer!

      Depending on the kind of article, or content my clients need, I'll write 4 or more points. Then, I'll research these specifically. I'll read 3 or 4 articles, blog posts or authority sites on that particular point. I do the same for all other points! Sometimes, if the topic is really familiar then, I'll spend less time doing so!

      I use instinct and creativity too and I write longhand sometimes when I don't want to hit those black keys! I don't know if you've ever tried it, but there is a real connection between the brain and your hand and writing this way when you have done and narrowed down your research is a piece of cake! And, it's usually far more original than when I type ( for me at least)!

      I also use mind maps and little drawings to create my articles outlines! I hate getting bored so that's really good! It's a nice way of expressing yourself without being influenced by the Internet and what someone has said or written!

      I never re-write other people's articles! This is called stealing!

      When I am done, I go back to my computer and write and edit and that's my favorite part because I know what I have done is original, totally original!

      There is a really good article that's been published today by Beth Hayden for CopyBlogger ! Here it is!

      How to Create Consistently Great Content for the Long Haul | Copyblogger

      Hope this helps!

      Happy writing!

      Yoan
      So what you really mean... is use lots of exclamation points?

      But seriously. Even when they're over used I still find them strangly intriguing.

      The downside? You wind up doing too much pushing and too little pulling! (emotionally speaking).
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      • Profile picture of the author Norma Holt
        I write all day everyday just about and have over 300 Squidoo pages and almost as many articles on Ezine Articles and elsewhere. My advice is to write in Word if you have it. That automatically corrects spelling and will also mark badly done sentences so the syntax and structure can be redone. We all make mistakes and typos are common to everyone and sometimes I am shocked at how many might turn up in one of my articles if not careful. That means you have to edit several time before publishing.
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      • Profile picture of the author ymest
        Originally Posted by RedShifted View Post

        So what you really mean... is use lots of exclamation points?

        But seriously. Even when they're over used I still find them strangly intriguing.

        The downside? You wind up doing too much pushing and too little pulling! (emotionally speaking).
        Never realized I used them so much! That's strange indeed!!!!!!!!!!

        Lol.

        Yoan
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  • Profile picture of the author MartinPlatt
    Usually in Word, and save it away, then copy to notepad and paste (stops some formatting issues)
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  • Profile picture of the author armix
    So easy! Write a content that really relates to your website.
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    I write everything on OO, and save it in a file system. I copy and paste on my site........and if I decide to put it on EA or something, I copy and paste again. At that point if I don't have an appropriate resource box I also put that on the OO page with the appropriate keywords so I can just copy and paste at any time I decide to do anything else with it.
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  • Profile picture of the author GReason
    I prefer to write directly in the Wordpress post editor. And I saved it as Draft until I finalized it. Why? because you will find a lot of tools inside your dashboard. The only thing is, do not publish it until you reviewed and finalized your post.

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    • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
      Originally Posted by Curtis2011 View Post

      Get it right, and you'll get the response you want. Get it wrong, and you won't.
      I'll be honest here - the one word being off caused the one after it to have a completely different meaning. I was confused entering the page.

      If we are on a thread about writing, then yes - the OP's spelling and grammar are a piece of the debate.
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  • Profile picture of the author SuperDJ
    and here I thought The Student Room were elitist when it comes to spelling and grammar mistakes....
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  • Profile picture of the author jakerobinsonvt
    I like to write articles in MS Word then copy and paste them into wordpress. This way I have a copy saved on my computer just in case.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeff Lenney
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    Originally Posted by nitrojeff View Post

    Was wondering how you guys and girls write you're content for you're websites, Do you like to write and use Notepad or Microsoft word and take time on it than paste to you're dashbord or do you just wing it, I know sometimes if ya copy and past the formating and fonts are not the same when you paste to you're site. I like to use notepad and sometimes just wing it lol
    I don't like your attitude - YOU'RE a dashboard!

    Really though, you got it wrong multiple times
    Your=possessive - this is YOUR post, this is YOUR dashboard
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      You people that make fun of me make me laugh =)
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  • Profile picture of the author jchengery
    Hello nitrojeff,

    As was already mentioned, watch your use of homophones (your, you're) - need to make sure those are right in your writing.

    I usually like to use MS Word/OpenOffice because it's easier to see paragraphs and such as compared to Notepad. However, MS Word/OpenOffice can leave additional HTML code, so I remove that by pasting it into Notepad first, then pasting to whether I need the text.

    This is often how I write articles/blog entries for clients (unless, of course, they want the text in .doc or .docx format).

    Hope this helps- good luck with your writing, whether you choose to write it yourself, outsource it, or both. Just focus on quality (within a reasonable amount of time, of course), and you'll do well!

    Take care,

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    • Profile picture of the author roblcd
      I generally write down thoughts and other things I want to be sure to include in my content 1 or more days in advance. If it is a topic I really know, I don't have to do any research and can just write. If it is a topic I am not familiar with, I research it out online to learn about it. After that, I just use Word and start writing, making sure to include all my points that I originally wrote down.

      Then, depending on my requirements, I usually wait another day or so before publishing. You'll find after you come back the next day, you will catch errors, and other communication items that you want to change within your creation, that you initially overlooked.

      If you don't do this, you will read your content in a few days, and see little things, even one word, that you wished was different and now it is too late to change.

      For some people, writing is not easy. It would be better for them to still think about points they want to make and then hire a copywriter or someone who is able to write well.
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  • Profile picture of the author IamGrace
    Hi, It's easier for me to write my content on Microsoft Word or on Google Drive because your content will automatically be saved. After i finished writing, i proof read everything to make sure everything is well written, i also use a PROOF READING SOFTWARE to make it more easier. Here's one great proof reading software Grammar and Spell Checker for Better English Communication | Ginger Software try it.
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  • Profile picture of the author dbrwn
    I have to agree here because if you don't write well, then it will definitely affect your sales. If you write material that isn't easy to read and easy to understand, then how on Earth can you expect others to buy it and read it?

    The rule of thumb is is that you write between the 5th and 7th grade levels because those grade levels are the most effective reading levels that most people use for reading.

    Now if you're writing scientific material that requires more complex language, then that's different. However, for most things material written in the 5th or 7th grade level is quite suitable for most people.
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  • Profile picture of the author TanyaRebrov
    There are more advanced options if you choose MS words, so you can use and advanced format use and get the freedom of writing better than simple notepad. I only outsource my research data and I don't want to outsource the writing itself. And also, brainstorming is better if I use mind mapping application.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sara F
    An inspiration to write usually come to me when I am blogging, so I just write straight from my dashboard as well as research my data on one browser. Inspiration come to me when I wander around internet and read people's thread. The WordPress dashboard have a good enough tools to keep me from distraction.
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  • Profile picture of the author igg
    I use Microsoft Word, I usually go to google keywords and look for keywords that I have a chance to rank for then create sub-topics afterwards i proceed to write the article.
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    I write everything in MS word....But lately I have been using Google docs...
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    I like to open up LibreOffice Writer (Linux user here), research online, take plenty of notes, open another blank document, ensure both can be clearly seen on the screen and then get writing.

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