Writing articles can be rewarding. Unlike features, articles are small in size. Often, they involve a particular topic and a specified word limit. Articles are ideal for new writers. They help you to gain necessary experience and skills needed for taking on more challenging writing assignments. Articles enjoy a wide market. Newspapers, magazines, websites and technical publications are in constant need of informative and well-crafted articles.
Writing articles will be easier if you follow a few easy steps:
- Study your topic. While all forms of writing require research on the subject, it is particularly important for writing articles. Since articles usually have specific word limits, a thorough knowledge of the subject is helpful in condensing the large quantity of information into a few short paragraphs.
- Write in simple English/ This makes your articles easy to read and increases the number of people who will read them.
- Follow a clear sequence. Before you begin writing, decide what will be mentioned first and what will come next. If you are writing an article about a historical monument, for instance, it is helpful to first write a few lines about the people who built it and the era in which they lived. This gives your readers the historical perspective and they will be able to better appreciate your articles.
- Do not cram too much information into the article. Overloading it with information can put off readers. Readers may have difficulty to visualize what you are trying to say. Besides, there are times when details merely distract the reader.
- Use a good word processor. A good word processor can help when writing articles by identifying spelling mistakes and correcting grammatical inconsistencies. Most word processors also come equipped with dictionaries and can help with word choices.
- Read and re-read your article. After you have finished writing the article, it is time to polish it. Read the article for spelling mistakes, factual inaccuracies, etc. If possible, ask a friend or family member to read the article and ask for their opinion. If you feel that the paragraphs or sentences need pruning or modifying, do it meticulously.