There are some people who love the thunderstorms. They love the flash of lightning. The sounds of rumbles in the sky. And even the rain that sometimes follows.
A good brainstorm can have the same effects on your writing.
Today, we’re going to talk about creating ideas – the lightening, outlining your blog posts – the thunder, and writing down their words that create your 400 word article – the rain.
I love it when it rains, don’t you? I love the smell of earth and freshness that it seems to leave behind. Just like your blog post should leave an everlasting impression on your readers.
It doesn’t take long to write 400 words. What takes the longest is making sure those 400 words say something to your audience. According to Copyblogger, you can write an article in 20 minutes.
But how is that possible?
Feel a storm coming on? Perhaps you’ve heard the old cliché’ “It’s time to put your thinking cap on.” Whatever you want to call is fine with me, because we’re about to brainstorm. And yes, you may need your umbrella.
Brainstorming is an essential part to any writer’s success in creating content for numerous mediums. You can achieve brainstorming many ways. When you brainstorm, you scribble down various ideas you have about a selected topic. Then you take those ideas and pick out the main ones, which will later one become your blog post titles. Except we’ll get to titles tomorrow. 🙂
So for example, we’ve been reading about this series, GET YOUR BLOG ON. If I were to brainstorm my ideas for blog posts they may be listed as follows:
Those are my four main topics, but then I’ll take those topics a little further and break them down. For example last week we discussed Layout/ Design. My list looked something like this:
See how that works now? If we wanted to brainstorm further we could take those a little further, such as widgets. We could go on to list all the different types of widgets available for bloggers.
When you’re all done, you may find you have a chart that looks something like the one below.
Once your brainstorm has ended, it’s time to start writing that article. When you start down to write, just write. A first draft is never a final draft. Once you’ve finished writing it, set it aside and we’ll pick it back up tomorrow.