4 Steps to Writing an Epic Article


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Do you know that you write an epic article within a very short time? For about two years, I have been writing actively. I have written articles that have gone viral. I have written and self-published a book, and currently writing another book.

 From my experience, which I believe other writers can relate with, the steps to writing an epic article include the following.

1.Think

The stage of thinking is the stage of conceptualization of the idea you want to write about.  Idea about your article topic can come from different sources. The more you become active in writing, the greater your tendency to stumble on ideas that will constitute your next post.

Most of the times, topic to write on comes to me while bathing. Sometimes while working along the road and sometimes while listening to other people’s teaching or reading a book. My sources for article topics are innumerable.

As soon as you come up with your topic, thinking involves your objective of the article, it means what you want your readers to learn or gain after reading your article. Thinking also involves the way you want to convey your message so that the goal of writing the article can be achieved.

During the thinking process, you will need to consider possible quotes, popular opinions, case studies, personal experiences, statistics, and facts that will add value to your article.

In summary, the thinking stage is the stage where you draft the blueprint of your article or topic.

Also Read: 6 Article Idea Sources for Personal Development Bloggers

2.Write

After the thinking stage, the next is writing stage. When writing, you don’t need to seek for perfection. The best thing to do is to pore down the ideas on the blank page of the paper before you or the blank screen of your computer as they occur to you. You can always edit your write up later.

Express your message as simple as possible, and make sure that it contains your core message. Once you are done with writing, don’t edit it immediately, leave the article for some hours, go and do something else. During the period you take your focus off the article, your subconscious mind will be working on your behalf.  As you keep doing something else, occasionally ideas will begin to drop in your conscious mind about the article you wrote. It is possible that there are certain points you didn’t add while writing, to your surprise, more ideas and points to add to make the article epic will begin to come to your mind.
During this period, you will get a clear knowledge of how best to arrange your thoughts in a way that will make your article powerful. All those ideas will be supplied by your subconscious mind. It would be nice to always keep a jotter with you so that you can jot down the ideas as they occur to you.

Edit  

The next stage is editing. Editing is one of the core aspects of writing.

When I started out as a newbie writer, I do make the mistake of writing and publishing post with obvious errors. Common errors or mistakes made by writers include: grammatical errors, contextual error, logical errors, spelling errors and fallacies. Editing is beyond mere correcting spellings and sentences, it goes beyond that.

In the editing stage, it is your duty to make sure that all your spellings are correct, all your sentences are well structured, and your punctuation marks are accurately used. You have the responsibility to ensure that your ideas are expressed as simple as possible in such a way that your readers can easily decode your message. There is no need using vocabularies that would confuse your readers.

Polish

Writing doesn’t end in editing, if you want your article to be epic, you must polish it. In my own experience polishing mean working on your article in such a way that readers can convincingly get your message. I do polish my articles by adding supporting quotes, case studies, statistics, facts and personal experiences as the case may be. When all these are done, then your article or book is ready for publishing

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24 comments:

  1. Well said. I like how you've separated the writing from the editing. Like many of my author friends, I struggle to keep from editing as I writing, which really slows the process. Thanks for the tips and inspiration!

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  2. Hi Marquita,
    I am glad to know that you can relate with this post based on your experience as a writer.
    Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  3. I find it easier to use your method of writing everything down, and then editing, when it's a subject that I already know all about. When the topic needs research and I have to refer to notes, and other sites, then I find I edit as I go. Then it usually needs editing again and polishing, which isn't the most efficient method is it. Thank you Taiwo, I'll keep your advice in mind for my future writing.

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    1. Hi Sue,
      Thanks for visiting my blog.
      The method I wrote here works very well for me, and I am glad you have been using it before now.
      Thanks for your contribution.

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  4. Hi Taiwo. This is a good method for writing. I took a little burden off myself by setting up a blog calendar for the year. I try to research over the weekend, write two posts on Monday and then edit and polishing and finding images on the days I publish. I'd like to get a bit faster at doing it, but I hope that will come with time. Thank you so much for these professional tips.

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    1. Hi DeeDee,
      I have just learnt something new from your comment. I think I need to implement that blog calender for the year idea. For now I publish new post on this blog every Sunday. Thanks for your wonderful contribution and thanks for visiting my blog.

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  5. Hi Taiwo. This is a great article. I agree with you on write first, and edit later. My favorite way to edit is to read the article out loud so that I can feel and hear the flow when I don't always see it on the screen. Thanks for the tips!

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    1. Hi Ruth,
      Thanks for your contribution. The idea of reading out loud during editing is a very helpful one. It enables one to easily identify errors that are present in the post. Thanks for your wonderful contribution and thanks for visiting my blog.

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  6. Hi Taiwo,
    Awesome post and tips for how to write an epic article! I always make sure that after I have written my post, I go back and re-read it again and again to catch anything that I missed and that needs to be edited. Thanks for sharing your valuable tips!

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    1. Hi Joan,
      Your method aligns with the one prescribed in this post.Thanks for your contribution.

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  7. Taiwo,
    You do make the process of writing seem so simple. I don't usually spend time thinking. It seems that something inspires my article and then I just begin writing. At some point, often right before writing or even during the process, I stop to locate the best image. Then I continue and polish the article. My system is not as clear cut as yours, but if someone follows your advice, they can write so much more easily and more often too.

    Warmly,

    Dr. Erica

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    1. Hi Dr.Erica,
      Thanks for your insightful contribution to this post.

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  8. Hi Taiwo, this is a good overview of how to write well. I love writing and always think about lots of great topics. Editing is very important, your writing must be up to scratch if you want people to read it and take you seriously.

    Enjoy the journey!

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    1. Hi Mandy,
      Thanks for contributing to this post.

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  9. Hi Taiwo,
    This is how I AIM to write my articles :-) I'm usually not too far off the mark, although I don't take the recommended course of "write without correcting". When I spot that I've made an error, it completely throws my thought process off kilter and I can't continue until I've returned to fix it.
    I'm rarely short of a topic to write about - they just "come to me". The articles I write most quickly are my "rant" posts LOL. Something upsets me and I'm going at the keyboard like there's no tomorrow.
    Luckily there IS a tomorrow (so far) and I tone it down before actually publishing.
    The tip about reading aloud is one that I wish more people would follow.
    Thanks for a advice that, if implemented, will help bloggers produce better posts.
    Joy - Blogging After Dark

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    1. Hi Joy,
      Thanks for sharing this insightful comment. I have also learned from your writing style.

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  10. Hi Taiwo,
    Great article! I think everyone writes a little differently but the basics here are a great guide. I now have a system that I find helps me. I get ideas - write them down on notepad on the computer. Mondays I start with a basic outline, editing & polishing and by Thur or Friday I have an article completed. Writing 2 or 3 other projects at the same time as well sometimes. This helps me be productive.

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    1. Hi Kathryn,
      Your comment is insightful. Your method of creating content is great too. Thanks for your contribution.

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  11. Hello Taiwo, You sure make it sound easy my friend HEHE
    Great tips here
    Chery :))

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    1. Hi Chery,
      Thanks for your comment. Writing is easy, and I am sure you know that.

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  12. Thanks for sharing these excellent steps! And especially, thanks for including the editing / proofreading stage! That's the one many people miss!

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    1. Hi K.Lee Banks,
      It is true that many people don't pay attention to editing. Not doing proper editing was a big challenge at the beginning of my writing career. However, I kept learning improving. I know today, I am more better at editing my work now than in the past.
      Thanks for your contribution.

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  13. Hi Taiwo,

    Interesting ideas about writing epic articles and books. Personally, I write most of my shorter stuff during what you referred to as the 'thinking stage'.

    While doing your 2nd stage, writing, I also edit as I get the thinking down. My process doesn't work very well with longer pieces. More's the pity...
    Edward

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    1. Hi Edward,
      Thanks for contributing to this post. During my thinking stage, I do make short note too. I jot down vital ideas that I will likely need when the actual writing begins.

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