"I was told just to write. My heart would do the rest and I would learn professional tips along the way…My writing pathway is now clear and moves forward…into the future." Sandy Giles
Do you sit in front of a computer for a long time to create a single blog post or article? Do you often ponder as to which factors contribute towards a good article?
Good article writing is an art and for that, you need to take care of a few points. There are a stack of things that can be told about writing a good article. Before you can write something really great, you should be comfortable with writing just good articles consistently. Rome was not built in a day! Similarly, writing takes practice and you have to work and develop your writing skills bit by bit. Here is a list of some valuable tips for writing a good article:
Know your audience
Put yourself in the shoes of your audience and think about the trending topics that the readers will be interested in reading. Nobody has the time to read an uninteresting article. Something like 95 per cent of the readers will leave the article if they found it valueless and useless in the first three sentences. So, the article must start with lines which grab the reader's attention. Give readers reasons to read and they will.
Do your research
It is always advisable to do a little research before writing any article. This will help you to write an effective and well informed article. You can also use direct quotes from interviews and enhance your articles with interesting facts and statistics. This will offer useful information for readers and add credibility to your article.
Use a journalistic style of writing
A well-written article will reflect a news-style of writing. The five W's and H (who, what, where, when, why, and how) should all be incorporated in an interesting opening statement. The remaining information should be answered in the subsequent paragraphs.
Always aim for clarity and simplicity in your writing. If you will use complex language structure and difficult words in your article, it might be difficult for some people to understand the basic idea behind your article which you want to convey. Your basic goal is to make other people understand what you want to tell them.
Use short sentences
Sentences should be as concise as you can make them. Give readers the essential information they need in the fewest words. That means you can't offer great detail, but you can give people an overview.
Always try to make your meaning clear
Ensure that your sentences are well structured and that your grammar is correct. Avoid using jargon or expressing personal opinions.
Avoid passive voice
Tell your readers what to do. Avoid the passive voice. Active verbs add power to your writing and carry paragraphs forward.
The headlines play an integral role in drawing the attention of the readers to your article. Write catchy titles to stand out from the plethora of other articles. Coming up with a good headline is not always an easy task. Avoid headlines that are too wordy. Try using an active noun/verb; offer a benefit, new development, etc.
You may add humour to lighten up the subject and make your readers connect with you. It should not be forced, it should appear natural. People deserve to smile while reading and they will like you for making their hectic day lighter.
One paragraph one idea
Many people write very long paragraphs that contain multiple ideas or assertions and stretch across multiple pages. Do not do that. A paragraph should contain one idea. It needs to be concise and to-the-point. People don't read pages, they scan them. So, having short, meaty paragraphs is better than long, rambling ones.
Tell us something new
"Oh, it's nothing new". This thought should not be crossing the readers' mind when they read your articles. If you want to stand out from the crowd, you need to give information, insight or outlook to the readers that they have not already heard a hundred times before. The readers should not think we have already been there, done that. The article is of interest if it provides them with facts that they did not know of.
Conclude your article
Do not forget to conclude your article at the end. Try to tell your actual idea behind the article in the last few lines. It is essential to remind your readers what they have read, so that they can summarise it in their mind.
Proofread your work
A good way to get overlooked is to submit an article that's difficult to understand, awkwardly worded or littered with grammatical and spelling mistakes. Typos and spelling errors will send people away from your page. Make sure you proofread your article before you submit it; even better, read it aloud so you can hear if it just doesn't sound right.
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