Articles are the lifeline of any form of publication, whether it is on print or the web. The primary purpose of writing articles is to inform or entertain people about a certain topic. But what’s the point of trying to inform them if the article isn’t interesting? It is therefore also important that you try to pique your readers’ interest.
Want to write a better article? Let this list guide you through the process:
- Understand the character of the publication you’re writing for. This is important if you’re writing for something other than a blog that you own. That way, you learn what type of voice to use in the way you write. For example, you shouldn’t use contractions (e.g. shouldn’t, don’t), much less foul words if you’re writing for a scholarly journal.
- Also know the audience you’re writing for. You cannot get people to read your article if they cannot relate to it. So try as much as possible to connect with the audience of the publication. If you’re writing a guide, for example, write it in a conversational tone and use simple words to get your point across.
- Use simple words. Not to offend your readers, but always think that you have to spoon-feed them everytime you write an article. Make it easy for them to understand whatever it is you’re trying to say.
- As with other forms of writing, edit your article after you write it. Although give yourself some time away from your piece before you actually edit it. Believe it or not, what you think is a fantastic piece would look terrible five minutes after you’ve written it. But it’s a good thing because editing will almost always produce good, if not great, results.
How to Write an Article