Writing Tips for Articles
Writing Tips for Articles
by Elmer Anthony20 Olaer21
Much like an art form, writing requires skill and dedication. Contrary to popular belief, writers too visualise their writing before they start writing. If you are looking for some pointers that can help you write better articles, here are a few tips to help you better utilize your writing skills:
Tip 1: The importance of research
Article writing may not require an exceptional imagination, but you should research and understand your topics before you start writing. If the topic you are working on is relatively new, it is vital to carry out extensive research on the topic. If you are quoting people or statistics, make sure you verify the sources before placing quotes in your articles. In a nutshell, before you start writing keep all your research material in one place. It is also important to have a concrete plan on how you want to approach the topic.
Tip 2: The framework
Irrespective of the nature of the article, you should have a framework in mind. If the article is lengthy or complicated, write down the main points on paper and create a brief outline. What differentiates a good writer from an average writer is the writer’s ability to present articles as a single coherent piece of writing.
Tip 3: Know your audience
Before you start writing, you should know who is going to be your target audience. If you are writing an article that will be read primarily by doctors, there is no point in trying to keep it simple; doctors are expected to understand articles that use medical jargon. As a rule of thumb, try and keep your articles simple and easy to read (unless you are explicitly asked to use jargon or make the article technical). Similarly, do not use big/difficult words unless you are confident your readers can understand them. A common mistake committed by most amateur writers, is trying to impress their audience by using difficult words. If the reader cannot understand half the words he reads, he will sooner give up reading the article than reach for the dictionary. In a nutshell, it is important to know who will read your articles.
Tip 4: Keep your sentences short
There is nothing grammatically incorrect with using long sentences; however, it pays to keep sentences as short as possible. Break down sentences into smaller, readable chunks, this will ensure the sentences are easier to read and also easy to proofread. Sometimes, it is difficult to avoid using longer sentences (a good example being legal articles that are filled with lengthy legal clauses), in such cases use paragraph spacing to divide the article into smaller more readable sections.
Tip 5: Maintaining focus
If you have trouble staying focused when you are writing longer articles, make sure you have a writing framework ready. It is not always possible to write an article in a single session; if this is the case, pace your writing, if required set yourself a deadline. Making up a deadline will keep you focused and help you concentrate.
Tip 6: Keeping a uniform tone
Maintaining a neutral tone is essential while reviewing products and services. If your article is biased, chances are the reader will not pay much attention to the article. For example, if you are reviewing a cell phone and the first lines of your article read “I love Nokia”, the reader will probably not give much thought to the article. While writing reviews it is important to maintain a neutral tone, and any praise or criticism should usually be reserved for the end of the article. It is important to let the reader form his own opinion; this ensures that your article is read in earnest and your opinion also holds more weight. A neutral tone ensures your writing is appreciated and you have a loyal following of readers.
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