12 Best Practices for Compelling Writing
You can say or show the world anything you like in your articles at iModeler. Here are a few tips you need to know to help you bring out the best of your writing.
1. Use paragraphs
No one likes to read writing that never pauses for a line break. To break your writing up into paragraphs, use double spaces between your paragraphs. iModeler will automatically detect these and format everything into nice paragraphs.
2. Visualize with pictures
Most concepts can greatly benefit from a clear, visual explanation with photos or drawings. Images make the articles colorful and viewers get to see what you are telling them about.
When writing long posts, break up your text with strategically placed images that follow and support your story. Use the
[pic1],[pic2]... tags to determine the placement of images – learn more….
3. Set a clear title
Write a subject line that is clear first, catchy second. Communicating clearly what your post is about should always be your first aim. If after you’ve drafted a clear subject line you can also make it catchy, funny, cute, whimsical, whatever – go for it; but never sacrifice clarity for the entertainment value!
4. Use subheadings
If you are writing long posts, break up the sections by using headings, small titles to highlight a change of subject. Headings should be marked by using
[heading] tag, like this:
[heading]Subtitle of Section[/heading]
In HTML, headings are set by the use of
<h1>, <h2>, <h3>, <h4>, and so on, and you are free to use these tags directly if that is your preference. By default, iModeler posts will use third-level headings in posts. All other levels will simply look the same as
You can enter your headline manually in the Text Editor by typing:
<h3>Subtitle of Section</h3>
5. Spell check and proof
Please make sure to double-check your text for errors when posting.
It is not unusual among serious writers to compose their posts in a text editor with spell check, then checking all the spelling and proofing it thoroughly before copying and pasting it at the web.
6. Use HTML or BBCode
You don’t have to know or use any special codes when writing your posts. iModeler will automatically add HTML formatting to each post, but if you do want precise control over different elements like headings, bold or italics, quotes, bullet lists and other additional elements, use HTML or BBCode.
7. Write about what you like
You’ve heard this a thousand times before and it sounds too cliched, but it is true. If you force yourself to write something that you don’t really enjoy, it will show. Perhaps you might not have a specific theme for writing when you just start, but that’s ok. You’ll become more focused later. Just enjoy the experience and write what you like.
8. Write frequently
Write as frequently as you can, but don’t let quantity get in the way of quality. Your viewers come for content, not to spend time reading useless stuff.
9. Avoid too much slang or obscure terminology
Not all the readers will be from your part of the world so make sure people can understand easily.
10. Don’t hide your emotions
Tempting as it might be, don’t hide your emotions about your subject. If you let your passion show, you’ll actually love the discussions it can lead to. The discussions will broaden your own thinking and you might end up making some really good friends.
11. Make use of comments
Comments let people share their ideas. Like real life, comments may be fun and not so fun at times, but they are almost always useful. Responding to comments is polite and shows your readers that you care about their feedback.
12. Keep writing!
Don’t stop writing. If you don’t have anything to write about, chances are, you are still holding back. Let loose. If nothing else works, just write a review on the latest kit, book, or product. Easy actually.