Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Effective Tips to Try in Reaching and Maximizing Word Count


"I am ten words short"

"My article has an excess of fifteen words"

"Is there any other way I could rephrase this so that I can reach my word count?"

"…just three words more so that I can finally reach the word count and hit publish"

Do these sound familiar?  I bet they do.

Whether you are a regular content provider for SEO companies that specialize in link building services or a blogger or just plainly writing for academic purposes, at some point in your writing endeavors, you have encountered this dilemma.

The word count.

That little insignificant number on the corner of your screen may be the cause of your biggest frustration and disdain for writing articles.

In some cases, it can stunt the quality of one's craft. It can go both ways, you can either be rephrasing the same paragraph over an hour just to meet the designated word count or chop your paragraphs endlessly so as not to exceed the limit.

This may seem insignificant to some but to those of us who are in the business of producing articles online, this little trivial number is taken in serious consideration. None of us want to produce articles too short so as not to make a significant ping in Google's search engine but neither of us wants to compose long-winded and excessively prolix write-ups either so as to make our readers bored with tedious writing.

So how do we come into terms with this? How do we harmonize word count and our workflow without having to compromise the quality of our craft?
Here are some tips specifically addressed to that predicament:


Do expansive research 

This one is self-explanatory and rather obvious, however, most writers overlook this incredibly simple and straightforward tip in favor of writing more articles in order to meet their quota. It pays to research your topic widely as this will aid you in writing your articles not only better but with authority as it is backed with well researched materials. It only makes sense, the more you know about a topic, the more you can write about it.

Practice every day

Designate a couple of hours to write each and every day even if you are not working. This will encourage you to write better articles and produce quality content. Additionally, this can help you meet your word count at ease. The more you write, the more ideas you will get. Think of a random topic and write about it and disregard the word count after you are done, go back and check how many words you have poured in. If you do this habitually, you will eventually see some progress in meeting your word count.

Think critically 

This tip will only work if you have done more than adequate research. When you are doing a research on a particular topic you are to write about, do not stop at having sufficient knowledge. Always aim for more. From this, you can sift and choose which ones you would like to include in your article and elaborate them well within the article. Expansive research helps you think critically and when you do think critically, the content you produce is not only of great quality but is backed by evidentiary facts as well.


Eliminate articles, adverbs, prepositions, pronouns, etc.

These articles are necessary in order to make transitions in our write-ups better. Additionally, they make something particularly clear. But more often than not, they are just fillers and they can be eliminated while retaining the core substance of your article.

Disregard anything that does not specifically relate to your main point 

Avoid long-winded discussions and unnecessary detailing so as to aid you in successfully meeting the word count without exceeding it. Not only will this drive your main point home, but it would successfully keep your readers attention on your article.

Wrap everything up in at a maximum of three sentences

Do not write excessive conclusions. Keep it short and wrap everything up in at least three sentences. Remember, if you still have to say it in the conclusion then maybe you could have elaborated on the body a bit more.

These are just a few of the tips you can follow in order to aid you in writing articles with a strict word count. Though getting the precise word count for you article is a hit or miss occurrence and there is no exact formula in order to get it, following these tips may aid you in your future writing endeavors. So apply these tips, get to writing and conquer the ever elusive art of mastering the word count.

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