What’s Online Writing All About? The First Steps in Online Writing
Just a few hours after I posted and shared “Thoughts of a Sick Writer“, a friend messaged me in Facebook, asking for tips about online writing.
My, was I really honored! My classmate from way, way back in my grade school days and one of the top students at that, asked me for tips….now that’s really something…maybe I really am on the right track. He he, congratulations to me.
So this post, as well as the coming posts are dedicated to you, my dearest friend…and I hope you gain a lot from them.
Let’s start by talking about what online writing is about.
How Should An Online Writer Write?
Obviously, you have to have a penchant for writing if you want to be an online writer. You must have a way with words and be able to express yourself the simplest way possible.
Why do you have to write as simple as possible? Because online writing is not about using highfalutin words that only well-versed people can understand. It’s not about showing off that you are a master of a certain topic so that you write your articles as if you’re preparing a lecture for graduate school students.
Online writing is about providing good, informative stuff that even fifth graders can understand. It’s like talking to a friend, teaching him stuff that he wants to know without sounding like Ms. Know-It-All.
Online writing prefers the use of short words and concise sentences. Paragraphs should be well thought of and intelligently constructed. Yes, a background in Journalism will be an advantage, but not really necessary.
How I Write My Articles
As I’ve stated in my earlier posts, writing is not as fun and exciting as it seems – that is, if you’re going to make a living out of it. It’s because you can’t choose your own topic or keep on writing on a subject that you’re good at.
You’ll have to do a lot of research and draft and edit and finalize until you come up with something readable. But just to give you an idea, here’s how I do it.
Once a topic or a keyword is given to me, I try to think not only as a writer, but a reader as well. For example, my topic is “grey wall in the living room”……
As a reader, I’d like to know:
1. What can grey wall in the living room do for me?
2. What colors go well with grey walls?
3. Will it look good in my home?
As a writer, I’d answer:
a. It has a neutral color, so it can blend easily with the other elements in the living room;
b. It has a cooling effect on a room, so homemakers can save electricity from not using cooling devices;
c. It can hide the fingerprints that a cuddly toddler makes so cleaning can wait, thus saving on time and effort.
So there, I’m done with one.
On to the next one, and to the next, until I have answered all the questions that the reader in me asks. Of course, the whole article must be within the 500 upwards word limit which is the usual length of online articles.
Want to learn more? Let’s save it for the next post, shall we?