There’s absolutely nothing wrong with writing only on a handful of topics, but what if a client asks you to write on a topic you know nothing (or very little) about? Can you afford to turn down work?
Before you find yourself in a position where you have to say no to a client, why not practice a little?
Here’s what I suggest:
1. What Will You Write About?
First, find something you’re not comfortable writing about. Yes, something you know almost nothing about. This can be anything from “how to earn money blogging” to “how to lose weight”. Anything goes, for as long as it’s something you’re not too familiar with.
2. Search for Articles in Article Directories
There are many good article directories like ezinearticles.com and goarticles.com where you can find articles on almost any topic. These sites have so many articles that it will take you some time to go through them all. Don’t waste your time, look for the ones with the best headlines.
3. Get Your Hands On Free E-books
Like articles, there are many free e-books available in the internet. Go to Google and do a search for free e-book+“your topic” and don’t be surprised if you get a lot of results. If you’re really serious you can always look for paid ebooks, go for the ones from expert authors in that particular niche and make sure you read reviews (if there are any) before you buy.
4. Practice Makes Perfect
No need to read every single article there is, but take notes, highlight the most interesting and useful parts, and bookmark sites you find relevant. Then when you feel you’ve gathered enough information, start writing ideas down (headlines). Try to create a list of at least 15-20 article/post ideas. Once you’re done with the headlines, start writing the article, you can always add some polish later.
5. Spice Things Up
The first paragraph of your article is very important. Ask intriguing questions in the first few lines, grab the reader’s attention right from the start. If you can, find images to add to your article. They say an image is worth a thousand words, and it’s true. Even though it’s just a ‘test’ article, imagine you’re doing it for a client. Put as much efforts into this as you would for a client.
Though the whole process may seem very time-consuming, it is not. It’s just a matter of how you manage your time and how busy you already are. If you can, set aside some time for experimentation and research. The more you do it the better you’ll get.
Once you’ve written your first article just rinse and repeat. You never know, your ‘test’ articles might be so good that you’ll want to publish them. :)
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