Simply Growing Simply

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We are in the business of sharing our thoughts, passions, hopes and dreams with as many people as we can in the hope of providing enough information so others can make an informed decision.  It’s a simple enough process really, yet is it so simple?  If we are trying to provide further education to entice others who may be far better educated than us, then surely we need to try to make the content a little more complex?  I believe that Simply Growing Simply is a great way of not just providing quality information in easy to eat bites, but the readers will appreciate the way that the information is being presented to them?

Choices, choices, choices

Every Day’s a School Day

At school, education is supplied in an easy to swallow, step by step way, so those who find it difficult to understand are given the time for the information be taken in, acknowledged, digested and retained, then we move to the next phase.  If we supply too much information too quickly then the chances of not only digesting the information but understanding the information are extremely limited, so we must supply the information simply, allow growth and simply supply more information.  If the subject that we are supplying is more technical, then the time given to understand the information will need to be extended in accordance with your audience.  You will be able to see if your audience have taken in the information during feedback discussions.

Slow, slow, quick, quick, slow

In the case of internet marketing, your feedback will result in either great sales or no sales, clicks or no clicks.  So we have to be careful in educating our audience and try not to make the content too simple or too difficult.  How is this achieved?  Well, we have to try and use a happy medium until we find what works and what doesn’t, again the results will be seen in the amount of clicks we receive or not.  The message you are trying to get out needs to be engaging enough for the reader to stay connected for long enough to make an informed decision, but not too complicated that the reader just gets fed up with what is being consumed.  In the case of technical information, the case may be the opposite where lots of detailed content is required and Simply Growing Simply may not apply.

Whatever the message is that we are trying to get across, the reader must be led in a simplified manner, but not so simple that we lose them in the first sentence.  The answer to what they are seeking has to be somewhere in the text and ideally should be within the first paragraph or at least eluded to and the answer found later on in the detail.  Don’t over technify the content or again the reader will just click away.  Lead them by the hand, give them enough information to make a decision and leave the rest to reader.

 

Getting Your Creative Juices Flowing

Writing an article doesn’t just mean putting down thoughts and words then typing and writing it out.  You have to capture the interest of your readers and get them to keep reading.  To send your messages across  you have to get the attention of the reader and have a firm grasp of their interests and pique their curiosity.  The main ingredient in baking up an article is a large doe of creativity.

While creativity may come  naturally to many people, some just get into a block or something to that effect that can drive someone crazy.  Many writers have literally torn their hair out when they have writers block and just cannot seem to get their creative juices flowing.  Putting words into images in the readers mind is an art.  A clear and crisp depiction requires a certain flair that only creativity can provide.

Smiles and metaphor’s help a lot, but by the way an article gets entwined word for word, sentence by sentence, then paragraph by paragraph, into a whole article develops the essence of the article.  So just what do you have to do when nothing comes to mind?

There is no sure fire way to get the perfect ideas but there are ways to get your creative juices flowing. Nobody can guarantee you of having the perfect mindset, but many methods may aid you in achieving that state of mind.  Here are 5 ways that may help:

  • Always keep a diary or journal with you.  Ideas can be triggered by anything that you see, hear, touch  or smell.  Your sensed are your radar in finding new and great ideas.  Write all of them into your diary or journal and keep it with you for future reference.  You can also put down anything that you have heard or read, or someone else’s ideas can be used to develop your own ideas, and this is not stealing.Remember that creativity and ideas can come from anywhere.  It’s the development of the idea that makes it unique.
  • Relax and take the time to sort things out.  A jumbled mind cannot create any space for new idea.  Everyone must have a clear mind if one wishes to have their creativity in full flow.  Get rid of any obstacles that can be a hindrance to your creativity.  If you are bothered by something, you cannot force your mind to stay focused.  Try to relax every time that you can and think about your experiences and interactions with other.  Your experiences are what shape your mindset and your opinions which could be reflected on your writings.
  • Try to discover yourself and what triggers your emotions.  Discover what inspires you and what ticks you off.  You can use these emotions to help you in expressing yourself and your ideas, with this you can grow your creativity.
  • Create a workspace that can inspire your creativeness.  Your workplace can be quite a hindrance if it doesn’t make you feel happy and relaxed.  Creativity comes from being in a relaxed state of mind, and a messed up workspace that causes distraction won’t be conducive tn firing up your creative flow.
  • Surround yourself with things that make you feel happy and relaxed.  You may put out pictures, scents, objects that inspire you, or anything that can get your creativeness cranking.  A clean and well organised also rids of distractions and unwanted hindrances.  With a good working place, you can work in peace and not notice the time passing by.
  • Set the mood.  Setting the mood requires you to just go with the moment or to induce yourself to feeling what makes your mind work best.  Finding out what makes you tick could help you find ways to get your creative juices flowing.  Set the pace and tempo for your mood and everything else will follow.
  • Go on a getaway and just do something crazy.  Letting yourself go and have some fun produces adrenaline that can make your imagination go wild.  Take an adventure or a solemn hike.  Whatever it is that is unusual from your daily routine can take the rut out of your schedule.  In no time at all your creativeness will take advantage of that experience and get your imagination to go onto overdrive.

Getting Your Articles Read

There are people who dread having to write articles or papers.  Many feel like its just too much work, it all goes to waste and nobody reads it anyway.  Well, articles are supposed to be read, that’s their purpose, to impart your message and information, then someone else looks through it, becomes inspired about it and act upon it.

Making a good article does not have to stressful or straining.  There are just some points needed to be reminded of and some guides to follow.  Once you get the hang of it, writing articles can not only be fun, but can be life changing.  of course writing articles should be based on knowledge that you already have.  Don’t just pick up a book, read a few pages and then think you are the font of all knowledge.  When you write about the topic, you won’t find it hard to write as you know all about the subject already.  It’s about making your topic interesting and creative.

To make sure that your articles are read and enjoyed, here are some of the things that you can do:

  • Use short paragraphs.  Gone re the days when a paragraph would be lines and lines which would only serve to deter the reader from continuing to read.  Today the reader would just get frustrated at the size of the paragraph, and should now can be a single sentence, sometimes a single word.
  • Make use of numbers or bullet points.  As each point is stressed out, numbers and bullet can easily make the point easy to remember and digest.
  • Use sub heading to define your content and sub-divide each point into sections.  It’s also easier for the reader to move from one point to another.  You will never lose the readers attention as well as  the point and direction toward where the article is heading.
  • Provide a good attention-grabbing header or title.  If a title can grab a persons curiosity, then you are halfway to getting the person to read your writing. Use statements and questions that utilise keywords that people are looking for.  Provide titles or headers that describe your content but should also be short and concise.
  • Keep the reader interested from the start to the finish. From your opening paragraph use life experiences, situations and answers.  Use statements and metaphors to drive your points home, but don’t overdue it.
  • Make the experience enjoyable and a pleasure.  Nobody wants to read something that makes them not want to do what the content is suggesting, but by making the reader feel like they are riding alongside you provides a mutual feeling of belonging.
  • Data and figures should be used where appropriate.  Visual impacts can tell a story of their own and if you are trying to convince someone to follow you, then you need to show them what you have achieved along the way, how it’s impacted on your life and how it can work for others.

At the end of it all remember that you are writing for others, but you are also writing for yourself.  You can see what works best for you by the degree of business that you get from writing, and you can use writing as a split test by seeing what is successful and what is not.

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