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How do I write a good Instructable? Answered

I'm new to writing Instructables. What are some things I can do to make sure that it's good?


It depends on what you mean good...

Well written, using the spellchecker and taking the time to proof read it and explain everything well is important.

Your main image is the important one for drawing people in to the 'ible, make it interesting and relevant, not having one is a no no.

All your images are important though, documenting the project well is important, if it's something small, check out 'ibles on taking macro pics Along with that there a few different instructables on photography as a whole, if you're restrained to a webcam or phone camera, I wrote an 'ible about using such things, it's possible to get a decent picture out of them, don't just give up because of that.

The topic of your 'ible can change the views but picking on certain things in an attempt to get notoriety or high viewcounts isn't the best way to go, often you'll start to forget about quality.

Doing things you're passionate about or work hard on is good though there's nothing wrong with documenting things you're new to or trying experiments, even if they're failures...

Honestly have a look at the what is an instructable page in the submit page. Have a look at featured instructables, an 'ible is featued on its own merits so don't try to get featured, just work on writing a good one. Look at instructables that have the highest ratings as well, the community tends to pick out very good ones. Don't worry about some being very complicated and all. If you do a small project present it as a small project. If it's something massive take your time and document it thouroughly, only splitting it in to parts if it can be easily.

Hopefully that helps a bit.

Some stuff to avoid:
- Leet speak
- Txt language
- Blurry pictures
- Unintellible images that are just dark blobs
- Massive chunks of text - I used to be bad for that, break it up in to paragraphs to ease reading
- Poor spelling, use the spellchecker

Stuff to go for:

- Clear, bright images
- Original Projects
- Well explained instructions

Clear pictures and instructions Complete projects Correct spelling Original subject

To make a good instructable, choose something you have actually done, not something that is merely theoretical. If you know how to do things, try and share it. People may nitpick you on definitions and spelling but don't let that deter you. Do the best you can and then let go. If you want it to be popular or get a lot of views, then do something that involves shelves. For some reason, Instructable members love shelves. The next best thing is to do something vaguely rebellious, like throwies or graffiti.

Clear language. Short steps. Clear, annotated photos. Imaginative subject.

no such thing as being Too detailed either


9 years ago

First of all,you should use correct spelling and grammar.You should also have some nice and crisp photos of your project.Include details to the project.


9 years ago

I agree: good, high quality (in focus!!) pictures are a must. Use full sentences, proper grammar and correct spelling in your instructions. Use paragraphs. Break up your ideas into logical sections. I try to write my instructables as if there were someone sitting beside me and I am teaching them to make something. You can make some assumptions about the reader (like knowing how to solder, or how to use a saw), but if you employ a unique technique then try to document it. Finally, don't be afraid to read other people's instructables and see what they have done first. If what you're making has been done before, then try to make yours different in some way - either add a twist of some sort, or go into more detail. If it hasn't been done, then strive to make your instructable the one to which future versions are compared to.

The first thing that I make sure is perfect, is the intro picture. The introduction picture draws people in to the Instructable. If the picture is sloppy, blurry, or poorly taken, then the users visiting will have a first impression to stay away. Have your pictures clearly show the final product. Make sure the lighting is suitable to make all the colors stand out. If it is food, take a close-up, and try to make your food as delicious looking as possible. Nothing attracts users more than delicious looking food. I can almost guarantee you, that if you introduction picture catches the eye, then your Instructable will receive more views and feedback. Of course, make sure the rest of your pictures are very good too.

Most of the good stuff was mentioned below, but here's a few more tips: - You need to take good pictures - You need good attitude - You need to give encouragement on a hard step - You need to make it easy enough while not taking too many pics I am DarthVader, you will see me throughout instructables (mainly knex) and good luck!

It's surprisingly easy to write a good 'ible, ignoring the fact that i've never done so. You need to be clear about what the project is, what you're doing, what you've done, etc.. Don't guess that everyone will know right off the bat. Proper grammar is a plus, but not terribly important, just gives it a bit of professionalism to the project. Don't forget to document what you're doing! Truthfully, to cut back on some "silly" comments, good documentation is very important. I'm not saying that any comments are, in fact, silly, but some would otherwise be unnecessary if it were more precisely stated in the Instructable. I'm sure there are other things that are important, but other people can probably help you more than I can. Anyway, good luck, and welcome to the community!