Creating content and writing is challenging for all of us. In this article, we will go through 10 tips that will help you write a great Story on Wikifactory:
1. Tell your story
People love to hear the story behind every innovative product. If you encountered problems and found fantastic solutions, why not take us all through your journey to inspire us?
Start by explaining what the problem was, and provide some context (e.g. where you were, what you were thinking at the time).
2. Have a clear goal
Write down the main purpose of your story. What is the one key thing you want the reader to learn from your story? Develop your story around it, mentioning other topics or ideas, but without forgetting the key goal.
3. Structure the content
Insert lists to guide readers step by step through your thinking and use the different formatting options to make it a fun reading experience. For example, in this article, I'm using different types of titles, lists and bold text.
4. Use clear vocabulary
Assume the readers have zero knowledge. Product development is full of technical vocabulary and it has a lot of layers. Lower the barrier as much as you can so that even a non-maker can understand your idea.
For example, if you are going to talk about PCBs, explain at the beginning that PCB means Printed Circuit Board and add an image. You never know your story could be the start of a press article.
5. Add examples and anecdotes
Everyone loves examples because they help to bring a concept to life. They help us understand complex topics and see where the concepts can be applied. For example, in this article, we've explained every recommendation to make it clearer, including this one.
6. Be original
Express your opinion, different points of view, and share original content. This not only helps you reach to more people, but readers also like to know what the author thinks about the topic or how they faced a challenge.
Don't copy content from other sources and if you need to do, mention the sources and try to add to it to make your story richer.
7. Add an introduction and a conclusion
The introduction explains what the story is about and convinces people to read it. The conclusion helps to settle the ideas the readers just discovered. It helps to start with a question and end with an answer.
8. Use images, videos, or 3D files
Visual elements are the best way to explain an idea. Change paragraphs for images to make the content accessible. A big wall of text is not attractive, and sometimes it isn't even enough to explain it. Plus, images make content much more shareable on social media if you decide to post your story to attract more readers.
If you're talking about a Wikifactory project, you can embed 3D models to the story.
9. Keep it simple
If you can choose between two words or phrases that mean the same thing, pick the shorter one. Shorter sentences and paragraphs are more appealing. You don't have to skip any useful information, just divide it into smaller bits.
10. Make it interesting
Ask yourself if you would read the story. If the answer is no, think about what's missing. The answer is normally the lack of images or a clear goal.
The last tip is to practice. The best way to improve your skills is by practising. Write a story every month until you understand the structure and content a great story has. Your content will look professional and the readers will interact with your content.