Surprisingly audacious reflections of a humble writer
Some people may call me a know-it-all.
They misunderstand. Truth is, I love sharing my knowledge with people. And that could come across as bossy or pushy. I like to write how-to pieces because people are hungry to discover ways to solve a problem or learn something new.
I'm not alone. Lots of people write how-to articles. Go ahead, and goggle "how-to" and you'll find
how to learn a language,
how to work with unprofessional people,
how to do laundry,
how to walk in heels,
how to make a car repair,
how to fix a toilet,
how to mend a broken heart,
yada yada yada it's all there on the Internet—anything your little heart desires to know.
Writers who want to build their bio can write a how-to article. These pieces are not difficult to write. It takes some research and good writing skills. Here's how to get started:
- Read your favorite publications to see what techniques writers use to write a how-to article.
- Choose a topic that interests you and one that will address your audience's needs.
- Research the topic using reliable sources.
- Outline the piece keeping important points grouped together.
- Begin the piece with a hook: an interesting fact, a startling statistic, an inspiring quote.
- Use a conversational tone.
- Tie the ending to the beginning.
- Have a second reader have a look at the article and check for grammatical errors.
- Edit the piece.
I'm always thinking about new topics for a how-to article. From my experience, I could advise writers on publishing with an indie press or finding marketing ideas.
Therefore, I could write about:
- trying to talk a police officer out of a ticket (it didn't work)
- playing racket ball in a dorm room (I don't recommend it)
- teaching a cat boundaries (don't waste your time)
I've lived these experiences; therefore, I would have plenty to write about.
So call me what you will, bossy or pushy, a know-it-all, whatever. It won't hurt my feelings. My mission is to inform the hungry reader.