Writing About Writing
What am I going to write about?
You can ask yourself endless questions on 'what' is going to be the subject of your article. Don't despair! This is not a problem . Any topic will do, and a lot of people will read your article as far as you pay attention to the top rule of the internet: Give away information.
This is the reason why people read articles, and that's why you are reading this article in the first place! Think for a moment: Why am I reading this article?
The best way to start writing straightaway is to think of an experience of yours. It could be any experience, good or bad, on any subject. I have started my writing career by writing about 'writing'. Sounds funny? It may be , but it has helped me sort out a lot of 'writing' related issues and find my way through them. Before starting writing articles for the web though, I read a lot. I practically read anything I came across online , from ads to news items, and from book reviews to ebooks. I became a reviewer to get into the 'things' faster, and I joined a lot of online communities as well. Then I started writing How-to articles.
One of my first ones focused on the Cover Letter, how to write a smashing letter fast and easily and then send it off to an editor/publisher. You can read this article for free at my site, http://lianametal.tripod.com , or http://liamet.tripod.com. In a short time I had produced a lot of articles on 'writing' , and then I came across the 'ebook' device. I said: Why not? It's free and now I can try to create my own ebook.
You can get Writing Basics from my site at: http://liamet.tripod.com
The odd thing is that a few years ago I did not even know how to operate a computer, and now I am creating e books! Isn't it amazing? And know what? Publishers want books about writing , and articles about writing are always very popular. So, why not give it a try yourself?
Liana Metal is a reviewer and writer living in Europe. She has written fiction and non fiction, and at the moment she is creating ebooks on a variety of subjects. Visit her at http://lianametal.tripod.com and become a contributor.
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