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Tips: How to Start Writing an Article

HQ_2hands Everyone wants to write about something, the topic is clear to them, who it is addressed to and what they hope to achieve with the topic is also clear. But this phobia hits them:

How do I start? How do I order what I want to say?

Here are four important exercises of what to do before you start typing to the evil; Order does not matter, but each one is valuable and necessary. 

Making it handwritten is more practical, although over time it can also be done in the word processor in an almost automated way.

1. Take a mental inventory

This is just listing what we know on the subject. For example, if the topic were “The mouse is not working well”, we should highlight things like:

  • There are balls of balls and also optical.
  • Pellet mice fill up with grease and dust.
  • Optical mice have problems with red color or shiny surfaces.
  • The gomitas under the mouse serve to accumulate dust and to prevent that it goes away inside.
  • Mice are disposable.

The ideal is to have in the form of loose sentences the main topics that cover the subject, you should look for if they are accessible and easy famous phrases that exist, funny aspects if applicable. As an example: 

If you are Spanish and you travel to America to teach computer classes, never say: "Hold the mouse hard"

2. Ask yourself questions

It is also useful to ask questions, generally to structure the content:

  • What reasons cause a mouse to get dirty?
  • What advice can be given to prevent dirt on a mouse?
  • Do I include only the analog mice?
  • When should the mouse be sent to the trash?
  • How to clean a mouse?
  • What do my readers want to know about this topic?
  • Is a wool or plastic mouse pad better?

3. Connect the ideas

Then, it is convenient to connect the ideas, to structure the subject. For example:

  • If it is optical mouse, it gets dirty less, lasts longer, is more expensive.
  • If it is a ball mouse, it becomes more dirty, occupies flat surface.
  • To Clean the fat and dust, it can be done with the nail, with a small knife.
  • You have to clean the ball, the sticks that turn vertically and horizontally, the diagonal wheel, the outer gum, shake it, blow it.


4. Do more research.

With scratching the sketch, the need to investigate more arises, on aspects that require depth. It is not necessarily necessary to find out if someone spoke about the subject because that can infect or discourage us. Finally, we could be disappointed and not write, since almost everything has been discussed, but we can feel that it will never be the same, in case we find another author with the same subject, we can expand its content and cite it as a reference. 

To investigate goes beyond searching for what has already been said, is to learn what we do not know with certainty, for example:

  • What does the wikipedia say about the mouse pad, how to write it in Spanish. Who invented it.
  • When writing the casters, the curiosity may arise to know what they are called, how the mechanism works inside.
  • Reasons why red color affects the optical mouse, as it is called lightning, if it affects the view.
  • We're also going to need a few images, so we'll have to look at Google and that will lead us to learn a bit more.


Finally, we should have clear ideas of how to start writing the body of the document, be it an essay, an editorial or a simple 700-word post. It is ideal that the content can be made up of short sections, three or four sequential points; in the case of a longer document, it will give us an idea of ​​the index with its main chapters and sections. So, what comes next is to start writing based on those points, one of them can be the conclusion, although this occupies particular criteria that we will mention later.


Rescued from my writing course, which will take me four hours over several Mondays. Gajes of these and other trades that are enjoyed almost like taking an AutoCAD course. It does not matter if it is online or from the lectern where a group of new writers expect in six weeks to have put the basic principles of composition into practice.

Golgi Alvarez

Writer, researcher, specialist in Land Management Models. He has participated in the conceptualization and implementation of models such as: National Property Administration System SINAP in Honduras, Management Model of Joint Municipalities in Honduras, Integrated Cadastre-Registry Management Model in Nicaragua, Territory Administration System SAT in Colombia . Editor of the Geofumadas knowledge blog since 2007 and creator of the AulaGEO Academy that includes more than 100 courses on GIS - CAD - BIM - Digital Twins topics.

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  1. It was a Spanish that was rusting there, and the training imparted without charging. Not that it was a light.

  2. Error, I meant Why a Spaniard was going to give a computer course to America? In America there are people very prepared to do it. For example: Mexico and USA are much more computerized than Spain.

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