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A Writing Strategy for Beginners from a Beginner

By Edited Nov 30, 2016 23 17

Planning increases your chances of success

Have you ever heard of the saying, "If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail"?

This applies to writing as well.  As I continue to look for ways to keep myself knowledgeable and consistent on writing content I never thought that mapping out a plan to keep my desire to create content was important.  After a year of only writing  a few personal articles on how I'd become a great writer I just realized that I needed a roadmap on what exactly I would write about after finding Infobarrel.  Most importantly I realized that in order for me to keep moving forward I would need a variety of topics to get started.


Here is my writing plan:

  • Write 1 article per day using Infobarrel's Monthly Editorial list of daily topics
  • Write 1 article per week on subject matter related to my line of work.
  • Research, research, research.


Topic Diversification and Patience are Essential

Ok, so there's my shortlist.  Not quit an easy road ahead, but I'm glad to know what it's going to take in order for me to stay on track.  I have 2 methods of finding things to write about.  Writing about my primary job should speak for itself, but by choosing topics outside of my area of expertise should expose me to a variety of writing styles.  In particular, by selecting featured Infobarrel topics to write about daily, I won't run out of ideas too soon and it will also give me some exposure to other subject matter experts as well as keep the creative juices flowing.  I didn't do this the first time around and hit writers block instantaneously, just about after one or two articles.  So this time around I'm choosing to diversify.

Of course, by diversifying my topics I'll also be required to do some serious research and reading on the subject matter.  From what I have been reading this will be really challenging at the beginning but in time things should become easier once the process of research becomes routine and a writing style begins to blossom.

I must admit, it has taken me about 2 hours just to write this post but I am willing to go the distance and hopefully find some others in the IB community that are just starting out as well as those who have been around for some time.  Hopefully we can support and motivate each other to keep on writing.  Feedback is always appreciated and if there are any recommended articles to sharpen my writing skills, please let me know!




Sep 20, 2012 8:01pm
The greatest thing I can tell about your writing style so far is that you are 100% honest. Readers will love that aspect and appreciate you more for it. Believe it or not I found out that all it takes is a long list of actual articles that come from the heart of the writer who types his or her own thoughts. I said it before and I'll say it again, I can't wait to keep reading more of your articles. As for a quick tip on writers block...try writing about what blocks a person from writing. (^_^) It breaks the block every time because it helps us relinquish thoughts formed against us.
Sep 20, 2012 10:29pm
If you follow your plan, then I am certain that you will have success with your InfoBarrel income.
Thumbs up for your first InfoBarrel article.
Sep 21, 2012 3:00am
@PinewoodPaladin...Thanks for the words of encouragement. I'll have to try writing about writer's block the next time I have writer's block...awesome tip and as they say, 'When life gives you lemons, make some lemonade'. I look forward to reading the insight you provide in your articles.
@askformore...thanks for the comment...since I get most of my work done in the early hours of the morning (my son and wife are sound asleep:) I'm going to leverage that time before I have to go to the good old 9 to 5...I've always been a Jack of Trades (I don't include 'All' since that would encompass everything which just isn't true) and so IB feels like the perfect platform (as my eyes gaze below the 'Submit Comment' button to see all of the 'Explore InfoBarrel' topics that can be written about).
Sep 22, 2012 6:53am
The main thing is that you have created your first article on IB. Now you have to keep on writing more articles for other readers to learn something new from you. Information that helps others is always a good insurance to being read. Well there's no guarantee but it sure helps. Enjoy it here anyway.
Sep 22, 2012 7:04am
Thanks...just submitted my second article yesterday and waiting for it to be posted. You're absolutely correct about the 'what's in it for me' aspect of reading something. I'm excited to be an active member of the IB community and look forward to checking out some of your articles...wishing you well...
Sep 27, 2012 8:48am
I love the post, in fact it is timely. I'm a total beginner to writing article and am looking for methods and how to improve my writing skill. I post my first article today, waiting for approval..
Sep 27, 2012 10:59am
Thanks soloman. Glad you like it. That was my first article :) on IB. I'm learning that patience is a key attribute that you need to embrace as it takes time organizing your thoughts and getting them out in an organized manner. Good luck!
Oct 4, 2012 7:22pm
Hey thanks for this article on a road map for success for a beginner. I have only been on Info Barrel for three days and this opinion of yours will help me get started in the right direction.
Oct 5, 2012 5:51am
@jw-morgan...thanks for the comment. This has helped me when I feel that I have writer's block. The hardest thing to do is start writing something from nothing. I'm finding it easier to read more than write. This way, you will think of topics as a reaction to another person's article and this will help in building communication between fellow IB members with similar interests. I'm still a beginner, but this is what I'm finding in my early experiences to be a great motivator...good luck!
Oct 16, 2012 12:44am
thank you for this great article. now i know where to start and get my writing skills way ahead of everyone. well of course it will need a lot of patience and need to read a lot to be successful. thanks again for this great read!
Oct 16, 2012 4:29pm
You're welcome...glad you liked it. Yes, it does take a lot of patience but reading is your best asset in coming up with new ideas to write about...good luck!
Oct 27, 2012 11:54pm
thanks for the tip, definitely a beginner to the site and i appreciate your advice, we'll see how i fare, i guess!
Nov 8, 2012 9:15am
Thanks, sounds like you've got a plan. I'm a beginner like you, and I'm trying to figure out what the best strategy for me will be. As you put it, I think research will be the key thing here. Very encouraging to see there are others like me. Good luck with your writing!
Nov 20, 2012 6:27am
This is a great inspirational article for me, having just joined IB yesterday! I look forward to reading more from you!
Nov 20, 2012 6:27am
This is a great inspirational article for me, having just joined IB yesterday! I look forward to reading more from you!
Mar 22, 2013 5:13pm
This is an older post, but still very helpful. Thank you so much for the enlightening information and insight. Quite well for your first post. I do believe that you're going to go places!
Apr 4, 2013 2:40pm
Hello! I am very new to InfoBarrel; in fact, I have not written my first post just yet. I really appreciate your honesty, and it is truly helpful to read a beginner's experience as a beginner. The motivation and guidance that seems to be apparent among the members of the IB community is amazing. Thank you again, and keep the valuable tips and strategies coming!
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