OutdoorZ Writing Tips

Almost everyone has or wants to have an outdoorz story. Memorable vistas, a challenging hike, a beautiful river, or a kayaking outing all provide inspiring memories. Thinking of your first trail run, a solo hike, or another accomplishment brings a smile to your face. These events can motivate and inspire others.

You can do it…submit your story today!

Below are some writing tips to help you write about your OutdoorZ adventures:

  • Know your objective:
    • A good objective puts your reader first.
    • How can you provide help? Think “how to” lists or explanations that provide assistance.
    • How can you inspire? Encouragement in the form of “if I can do it, you can” can inspire others to try something new.
  • Understand what makes quality content:
    • Ann Handley, in her book Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content says that quality content has three components:
      • Utility: help people do something.
      • Inspiration: can come from creativity or data…or both.
      • Empathy: view the world through your reader’s eyes.
  • How to structure an article or post:
    • A great headline: this can be created before or after your article is written.
    • A compelling idea(s).
    • A story about the idea that is meaningful to you.
    • An ending that tells what you learned or how you were changed.
  • Refining a draft:
    • Write, edit, rest…and edit again. Always sleep on a draft and take a fresh look another day.
    • Reading your article aloud helps to hear how it will sound to others.
    • Find someone who can provide feedback.
    • Use spell check.
    • Sign-Up for a free Grammarly account and run your article through the online software.
  • Take a risk and publish:

Go for it…submit your story today!

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