A bare bones rough draft is a blogger’s best friend in a times of need because it’s a time-saver. A rough draft that outlines your subject, your perspective and main points for expansion, and contains links to credible sources can be the start of something beautiful.
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Watching/listening to videos and podcasts on subjects you blog about can provide great ideas for new posts and so can subscribing to RSS Feeds. Every day events and special events can bring subjects to mind too. When you have a Blog It Ideas Checklist you are bound to have a collection of rough drafts on hand.
A rough draft is a rudimentary version of what will you will put together, polish and publish as a post. Many writers, myself included, use multiple rough drafts to construct a final draft. No attention is given to grammar and spelling in the first rough drafts. What’s communicated is the beginnings of what will be fleshed out and cleaned up in the edited version, ready for publication.
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Developing a rough draft fully can lead to publishing a top quality standard length post or even a longer essay that may become one of the most successful articles in your collection. So take a critical look at your rough drafts and see what you’ve tucked away in your dashboard that’s waiting for your creative touch.
As you develop you rough draft, keep the following tips in mind :
Write a strong introduction that will get the attention and interest of your readers. Open with your hook, use strong verbs and, state your thesis with clarity and confidence.
The body paragraphs of your rough draft are the main points you make and also provide the information that backs up your position or point of view. Use search engines to update your information as you develop your rough drafts because nothing is more embarrassing than being unaware of new developments.
A structure of five paragraphs each aimed at a separate aspect of the topic or theme linked together in logical chain can be ideal. You can use each paragraph to develop three or four supporting or explanatory points on a sub-topic. Be sure to create a clear hierarchy and position keywords in headings and sub-headings and in the natural flow of the text. – Structuring Your Post
Use transitional words and phrases to serve as bridges from one idea to the next, one sentence to the next, or one paragraph to the next, and help your readers see the bigger picture. Provide personal examples wherever you can and use the active voice wherever possible.
Your conclusion is your last chance to help readers truly understand the subject you are presenting and why it matters. Leave a lasting impression with your readers by placing emphasis on broader implications of the subject as a whole.
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