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The Internal Assessment in IB Economics gives students the opportunity to write a commentary on a news article of their choosing. In this lesson I’ll help students get off to a strong start on their first Econ IA: Where to learn about the requirements of the IA, how to find a good article, and what to do before you start writing the commentary itself.

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Writing a feature article can be a hazardous journey with many obstacles to overcome along the way. If you get your article right first time, you’re either very lucky, or you might have missed something. The majority of writers are likely to write several drafts until they are happy with the end result. Research is a key part of the writing process and many writers continue to research as they write. The first draft is very much a work in progress which enables the writer to see where they need to do more research.

To get back to basics, and this may sound obvious, but the most important thing you must do before you start writing is to know what you want to say about your chosen subject. For example, if you are writing a personal narrative about a recent holiday for a travel magazine, what do you want readers to know? If you are writing a profile based on a person you have interviewed, what is it you want to say about them?

You may find it useful to jot down up to 10 key points that you want to address in your narrative. These may well change as you write but you’ve got a starting point and structure to work with. You may find it useful to list these points in order of importance depending on the focus of your story.

Writers commonly experience what is known as “writers block” – that blank wall you hit when you cannot find the right words to convey your message or meaning. When this happens, take a break. And when you return, rather than try to carry on where you left off, you may find it easier to write notes in a paragraph about the sorts of things you are thinking of putting into that paragraph, and then move on to the next one.

It is whilst writing the first draft that you will discover whether or not you have all the necessary information to be able to complete your story.

Read your work

After you’ve finished your first draft and you’re happy with the content, cast a critical eye over it. Sometimes this can be difficult because you can get so close to your work that you fail to develop the necessary perspective on it. You may think your piece is really bad when it fact it is really good: the opposite can also be true. Try reading your work aloud either to yourself in front of a mirror or to a friend. This will help you develop a sense of flow in the narrative and reveal mistakes you may have made.

Seek constructive feedback

Another good tip is to give your piece to a friend or colleague who is keen to listen to what you’ve got to say. Encourage them to give you honest but constructive feedback. If they don’t like it, hopefully they will tell you so and give good reasons why. Whether you take on board their criticisms is up to you.

Consider the following important general questions when reading the first draft of your story:

– Does this story work?
– If it works, what makes it work?
– If it doesn’t work, what prevents it from working?
– What is this story trying to do?
– Who is it aimed at?

Once you’ve got answers to these questions, you’re well on your way to moving from a first draft to a second, or perhaps, final draft.

Ruth Barnard, Purple Chameleon Communications

Freelance writing is one of the many ways to make money on the Internet and is perhaps the easiest and fast is to get into. I started making a considerable amount of money out of it after just a couple of months which compared to many other genuine online business ventures, is certainly quick and easy money.

I use freelance writing to fund my travels nowadays and I greatly regret not getting into it several years ago as I would never have had to come home on a frequent basis to start working again and saving up for my next jaunt around Europe. Freelance writing is not so well suited to people who like to travel quickly but if you’re on the road for a long time, and you tend to travel slowly, then freelance writing is an amazingly effective way to keep on your travels. Of course, it is good for just about anyone who wants to be able to work from home and be at liberty to work when and where they want.

It is very easy to find freelance writing jobs and there are quite a lot of sites and directories to choose from where people regularly post all sorts of jobs from web design to content writing. Finding these jobs can literary happen overnight but it will take a little bit longer if you want to find a decent and well paid jobs. Making sure you uploaded decent profile is a great bonus as is being a native English speaker.

To get started, you will typically need to send some samples to prospective employers and yes, you do need to be able to write well. However, it is not the same as writing for newspapers and a lot of the work is indeed rewriting for search engine optimisation. The cheaper projects tend to supply all the research material you need so you can get the job done super quickly.

The amount of money you earn is not only dependent on how much the employer pays you, but even more importantly, how fast you can actually produce an article. If you are writing articles based on research that you have been supplied by the employer, you could probably turnover 5 to 6 articles an hour of four and to five hundred words each. Any respectable employer will pay you at least $ 2.50 for a 400 word article so that’s already up to $ 15.00 an hour. However, if you are fairly good at what you do, you can probably earn almost twice that.

The only things you need are a computer and Internet access and if you have a laptop, you can pretty much work anywhere in the world so long as there is an Internet supply. If you want the freedom of being able to work at home or on the go, then freelance writing is possibly the best way to start since it requires absolutely no investment, not much time to get into are not necessarily great deal of specialist knowledge.

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Make money online writing articles, yeah right, tell me another one! Is that what you are thinking? Well that is a perfectly legitimate thought, there are so many people out there preying on your everyday people that just need to pay the bills and make ends meet claiming that 1 article a day will make them millions in a week. Well whatever all the claims and the hype is out there I want to show you a few quick ways that you can actually make money online writing articles. Not a million dollars in a week but trust me there is money to be made.

Actually it’s quite simple and straight forward but there is definitely a learning curve in article marketing. Basically There are only 4 things you need to do.

1. Find a Niche – Niche is just another way of saying a group of people that have a strong interest and passion for a certain area. For instance a good niche to get into is health. Now that is very broad and you would want to get more specific but that would be a niche that is definitely worth getting into as they are looking to solve a problem and you are the one that is going to solve it.

2. Find a Product – The next thing that you want to do is find a specific product that will meet your niches specific need. A good place to start is Clickbank as they are free to join and offer over 10,000 digital products to choose from

3. Find Some Good Keywords – Go to Google and find some low competition high search volume keywords that you can write your articles on. Look for keywords with less than 10,000 competing pages when you put the keyword in quotes.

4. Start Writing – Here is where many people get weary and give up, don’t be one of them! Find 20 Keywords and write 20 articles for each campaign you set up and if you don’t make any sales move on to next campaign and do it all over again. Trust me, if you get enough articles online you will begin to see sales but if you stop writing you definitely won’t.

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