How to write Racing Articles

How to write Racing Articles
by Don Terrill © -

For a couple years now I've tried to get people to write for my websites. The only thing I've accomplished is wasted breath. Maybe its just me, but trying to get people to do anything seems to be impossible these days—even if it's for their own good, they still won't do it.

Am I ranting? Sorry, it's just I know how good most people's writing skills are—a lot better than mine—and they still won't write. Well, if you'd like to prove me wrong about people, here's your chance.

Below is some guidance on writing your first racing article: (not that you need any)

Force yourself to write – Writing something, anything, is better than writing nothing at all. Just sit down and write, don't worry about spelling or punctuation. Your goal is to get the mush in your head, out.

Write comfortably – For me it's just a pen and paper. Even though I've got many computers, including a laptop, I still find it easier to write on paper. Find what works best for you.

Make it informative – No one wants to read about your trip to the Daytona 500. We want knowledge, advice, tips, anything that will make our lives better. For some of us, racing is our life. Here's the kind of content you should have in your article:

  • How to information – Teach the reader how to do something, or teach them what not to do.
  • Resources – Tell readers where they can buy the items mentioned in your article; list websites, part numbers, etc.

Make it easy to read – Most people's attention spans are too short to read things completely, they want to be able to scan the material for the highlights. Use the following three tips to make it easier on them.

  • Bullets – Just like the small dots to the left of these three items. They help to draw attention to key points.
  • Small paragraphs – It's a lot easier to read when text is broken up into small sections. Most people won't even read text that's one long paragraph.
  • Narrow text wrap – This refers to how many characters on a line before it wraps to the next line. When you use long lines it's easy for readers to lose their place.

Don't be afraid to give the goods – One thing I've learned over the years is how few people will actually take your advice and put it to good use. I'd say it's less than 1%. So, show the world how smart you are (Don't worry, nobody will do anything with the info anyway).

Forget perfection – If you wait for perfection, you'll never get anything done. This used to be my problem, not any more, now I understand the importance of finishing. Anyway, I think the writer will always be more critical of his own work. Readers are more concerned about content, not style.

Use an outline – Yes I know, you hated them in school. Still, outlines are the best way to write. I start with the title and just break it down form there; subheadings next; and then the paragraphs themselves. This way I’m just concentrating on one part at a time, not the entire project.

Did you find some mistakes in this article? Want to send me an email telling me how poor my writing skills are? That’s fine, at least I wrote something.

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