Good article = Good content and Good technique.
An article is a piece of writing written for a large audience. The main motive behind article writing is to convey logically, fact-based and researched information in a concise way to the audience so that it should be published in either newspapers, magazines, journals or websites. An article, by which a writer is having a direct conversation with the reader so article topic should be of writer’s interest or related to current issues.
Objectives of Article Writing
An article is written with the following objectives
- It brings out the topics or the matter of interest in the limelight
- The article provides information
Gives suggestions or pieces of advice
- The content was written for the sake of conveying meaning and understanding and telling the reader something based on facts and research.
- Arrange the information and the facts in a logical way
Format for Article Writing
An article must be organized in a proper way so as to draw the attention of the readers. The basic outline for an article writing format is
1. Heading / Title
2. A-line having the writer’s name
• Introductive Paragraph
• Descriptive Paragraph
4. Additional Information (If Needed)
5. Conclusion (Ending paragraph of the article with the opinion or recommendation, anticipation or an appeal)
While writing an article, always use proper grammar, spelling, proper punctuations and use vocabulary skills. Discuss the opinion and the matter in an organized and descriptive manner
Common Mistakes in the Article Writing Format
- Not using facts or quotes or similar cases
- Being too formal makes audience boring so avoid using too formal language
- For better understanding, easy language should be preferred.
- Not using a catchy and clearly understandable title
- No use of paragraphs
- Express personal views, not about yourself.
Keep an ideas list.
When the inspiration for a post strikes, jot it down in a notebook file. For many writers, bloggers and content creators, finding the topic to write about takes up half the time. Keeping an idea list lets you leap into a new post quickly when you’re ready to write.
- Topic should be Catchy, Attentive, Unique, Relevant and Easy to read
Which interests you as well as the targeted audience, focus on it for at least a week or two. If it’s broad, narrow it.
Then write a rough draft, including everything you can think of. Stay loose, avoid getting analytical, and enjoy the process of sharing what you know.
Opening of Article
- The introduction must be highly attentive, short and punchy by using vocabulary skills or try to use some interrogative words for the start.
- Paragraphs should be kept short and visually appealing text must be used.
- Write the uniquely and unambiguously
- Avoid using the points which interest you only and not to the general public
Audience Needs to be addressed
The basic and foremost need is information so make sure you convey relative and authentic information, then hit the targeted audience, Question yourself, for whom you are going to write an article (Media, Students, Officials, etc.)
Keeping your audience in mind, write a tighter draft incorporating the new supporting information you’ve collected
The research will ground your article in fact so for that authentic and research-based article has to be written. Good details to include:
- Quotes by well-known people
- Anecdotes (short, illustrative stories about yourself or someone else)
- Quotes and examples from people like the reader, or from popular books on the subject
- References to other media (film, television, radio)
- References to local venues or events (if for a regional/local publication)
- Helpful tools, resources or products (if many, consider creating a sidebar)
Collect everything you have gathered. You have to keep references or track of sources in a case, needed to verify later on.
Read, Revise and Repeat
Rewrite, read aloud, find a proofreader and, only when you’re satisfied you’ve written an effective article, submit your piece to publication with a short cover letter.
You may just want to revise what you have as you proceed, retaining a nice conversational tone by directly addressing your audience.
Here’s a quick list to help you catch errors or omissions:
- Did you adequately describe the ingredients/supplies needed in order for the reader to complete the task?
- Did you include all the important facts?
- Is the order logical?
- Did you use words that indicate sequence: first, next, then?
Syed Nek Muhammad
The writer is Student at Department of Political Science, University of Sindh, Jamshoro.