Freelance Writing: Simple Tips on Complicated Topics10 Refreshing Ideas for Writing Faster, Better and Easier
Let’s be honest: freelance writing sometimes gets insufferably dull. If the top classical recipes about being grateful and passionate don’t work for you, you may want to try something new.
And here’s what you can do. Check these 10 new ideas for writing, which may help you break your routines.
10 Fresh Ideas for Writing Awesome Papers
- Create a scrap file. Collect useful links, unused ideas, witty quotes and brilliant examples, all in one place. A scrap file can be your rocket fuel when you suffer from an unexpected writing crisis.
- Look through previous writing. Check your previous papers to see how well you can write and get the ideas rolling again. Sure, you can’t copy from your past papers. Yet, you can get inspired in no time.
- Grow your private library. Don’t hurry to press ‘delete’ after you used a file sent by the customer (especially if it’s a scholarly article or a book chapter). As all of us know, access to online libraries is a luxury (unless it’s a free account at JSTOR). That’s why, whenever the customer is so sweet to send you free scholarly resources, you really should keep them and not throw them out to the bin.
- Balance left and right sides of your brain Academic writing is probably the most fascinating writing niche ever. It requires both creative and analytical thinking, which use different sides of the brain. Use special exercises to keep both sides in balance.
- Recycle your ideas. Sure, self-plagiarism is out of the question. However, you can exploit the same ideas for writing new papers, viewing them from different angles.
- Draw stupidly simple parallels. Sometimes when we meet new people, our new acquaintances may resemble someone we already know. That’s the way our brain helps us adapt to new surroundings. The same goes for dealing with new topics. Compare them to something you already know, even if it’s something stupidly simple like buying a new pair of shoes, for example.
- Write a rough draft using slang. Relax by using simplest words to describe your topic. Then translate your writing into ‘academic language,’ using longer words and complex sentences.
- Echo your main idea. This doesn’t mean littering your writing with annoying repetitions. Echoing means connecting all materials with a single goal. Psychologists claim that echoes of the same idea throughout your project are good for persuading readers.
- Be in the know of the latest news. Speaking to your colleagues on forums and using new technologies are the perfect options to invest your time and effort.
- Eat good food, listen to good music, sleep well. This idea for writing better may seem too obvious, but it’s still underused. Check yourself whether you’re enjoying your life to the fullest.
What do you usually do when you need fresh ideas for writing?