Writing an article is not so difficult. You don’t have to be a professional writer to write a good one. There are no specific rules; however, there are portions which are needed to be consider and will likely affect your composition, such as the topic, time frame and the target audience. Basic habits and practices on writing will help you to produce an informative and interesting article at the same.
Do Your Research
When you already have a topic to write, don’t press the keyboard right away to write your article. Browse on the internet and do your research about the topic you decided to write. Teachers usually advice students to use credible sources like a content from .EDU and .GOV websites. One way is to visit forums where there is a discussion about your subject and check both sides of the coin, the pros and cons. Gather your facts and take note of your sources, which you may acknowledge at the bottom part of your article. Researching in advance will help to enhance the quality of your article.
Make Use of Facts
Now that you have the sources and information, make sure your writing is based on facts and may supported with figures. When you write, you don’t have to be very authoritative and formal in tone, try to sound light and avoid unnecessary words or be direct.
Have an Interesting Title
Choose a title that will make the reader want to continue and finish reading the article. Some technique on choosing the title is to create curiosity with a promising answer or solution to a question or a problem; however, make sure that the body of your article really defines your title.
Subheadings are Your Best Friend
Subheadings will serve as a guide of your subtopics and help the readers to easily understand the whole article. It will allow smooth and easy transition from one point to another.
Include Examples that the Reader Can Relate to
A life story or your own experiences are best example. Some effective writers use figures of speech to stimulate their reader’s imagination.
Use Proper Spelling and Grammar
The content of the article will be clearly understood if proper grammar is used. You can do spell-check before submitting it. As long as you can, avoid using difficult words and technical terms; these words will only confused or discourage some readers and likely readers will not continue and finish reading your article.
Text and Paragraph Formatting
Use readable font size and clean style of your text. Don’t apply too much color or not at all if it is not necessary. If you are not required to use single, double or multiple line spacing, ask yourself which one will work for you.
This part will depend if you are required to use APA, MLA or Chicago style. If not, then there is no necessary style you need to apply.
If you are assigned to write and promote a product or website, don’t overdo the selling part. Most people are not interested to read articles which sound like telemarketers and TV ads. Be creative and look for some options.
Proofread as Much as Possible
Some writers tend to skip proofreading due to lack of time or the deadline is looming ahead or very confident with their writing; however, proofreading is a must to spot errors that were not noticed beforehand. If you can’t proofread your article, find someone who will do it for you
Take Time Out
When you’re finish writing the article, take a break. Go out and have some fresh air. After a couple of hours, come back and check it. You may want to add or rewrite some paragraphs to make the flow much better.
You might want to introduce yourself a little and add links to your other related articles and/or to your website. Interested readers may actually interest to see more of your works. Newsletter can help you to have more readers; you can let them sign up for your newsletters which you could add in this corner.