May 112012
 

The assignments are rolling in and you don’t know what you have to do and when you have to do.   Sound familiar?

As a freelancer, we all have times when clients want content all at once. While the money can be great, the anxiety of getting everything done can make your quality suffer and ruin your relationship with the client.

Learning how to simplify your content writing can greatly help you keep your quality up and the assignments coming in.  Here’s a post from one team member that explains how SHE does it…

 

Tip #1: Stay Organized

I have a weekly planner book that has big sections for each day where I can write what I have to do for each day. When I receive an assignment, I consider the deadline and jot down what I need to do in the days ahead of that due date to make sure the assignment is complete at least the day before. With giving myself one day, I ensure that if an emergency comes up, I won’t miss the deadline.

You can use a planner or you can use your computer to keep your content writing assignments organized. Some people use Google Calendar, and others use Outlook Calendar with alerts. My advice is to try a few different scheduling programs to see which one you like the best.

Tip #2: Research before Writing

Before I begin an article, I pin OneNote to the right side of my screen. I use my browser to research the topic, and cut and paste information I want to reference. OneNote has a nice feature of labeling information with the website where it came from, which makes referencing easy.

You don’t have to use OneNote, you can use any notepad type of program. Just be sure to copy down the website URL when you paste something to it so you can use it in your references at the end of the article.

Tip #3: Outline the Article

Once I have all the information I feel is pertinent to the topic, I spend time thinking about how I would like to organize it. I don’t typically write down an outline but many other writers do and find it helpful.

You don’t have to spend much time with this, simply know what you want to write in what order. The most important part of this is making sure it logically flows.

Tip #4: Write Referencing Your Research and Outline

Once you have your research and outline, you can start to write. Consult your outline to start the article, and then go back and forth with your research to make sure you include everything you want in the article.

Tip #5: Read Out Loud to Proofread

You’ve written your article and you think it’s great. Hold on, you need to proof it. You don’t want it littered with mistakes, right?

Read your article out loud because it’s less likely you’ll add in words that aren’t there because you remember writing them. If the article flows logically, has no misspellings and grammatically errors, you are done and ready for the next one on your list.

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