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Welcome to The Daily Buzz, Yellow Scribe’s daily writer’s blog. We’re here to help you write and most importantly – publish that book! Today’s article talks about the way of writing an article. Articles are mostly research based. However, the way you put that research into words is all that matters! Articles mostly answer questions which makes them research based. They could cover either scientific, historic or literary topics. The article I am currently composing is a good example of a literary topic. As visible, the head line starts with a probing question. The content then answers it.
Articles also follow a particular format which needs to be taken care of. It should start with a catchy title (questioning one of course), then comes the by line mentioning the name of the author (could be optional), the introduction of the title (that which gives a snippet of the topic), the body that is the content and the conclusion. An article is expected to have at least a thousand words in it. So, two paragraphs of the content are sufficient enough.
Using a step by step approach, I will be introducing to you, the writing method of an article.
Research thoroughly upon a certain topic and then begin writing an article, especially if you are covering scientific, historic, psychological, and geographical or any such type of research based topic. You are not allowed to write your own preferences in the articles. Research confirms the accuracy of the information stated in the article. In short, accuracy in articles is essential since people rely completely on them when reading!
Slang Or Derogatory Terms? A Big No!
Your article should exclude slang words or derogatory terms that could offend the readers. You need to remain formal and descriptive when writing an article.
Include quotes by popular figures which are relevant to the topic. This would make your article seem interesting.
What About Some Pictures?
Insert pictures depicting the nature of your topic. Graphics would arouse interest and grab the attention of your readers. If you are writing about the discovery of a certain metal then include pictures of that metal. They would act as evidences and evoke a sense of curiosity in the readers!
Interactive Articles Make People Active!
Make your article interactive. You can ask questions to the audience you are addressing, through a particular article. For instance, ‘Don’t you think that this is a mind boggling discovery?” In short, make it look like a journalist who reports and interacts with the audience. This will make reading fun as the audience will be attracted to this concept of answering the questions in their heads!
Dogmatism Or Absolutism? No!
Do not resort to dogmatism when writing an article. This is because, an article is just a research paper and not your personal opinion. Remember to exclude all types of content that could display your share of acumen over the topic. Don’t be absolute when writing articles. A relativistic approach is expected. You need to respect other opinions too. In short, don’t be rude when addressing the people through your content.
Erroneous Basic Grammar, Enough To Mar The Article
Do not write an article if your vocabulary or basic grammar needs improvement. A poorly organized article could disrupt the image of your article while a poor vocabulary could damage the impression of the author in the first place.
Statistical Data – A True Evidence!
You can include statistical data in your article if needed. Pie charts, bar graphs or anything that would make your article look colourful, lively, and engrossing. Statistical data also proves as a better evidence since it is a type of data that can’t be forged. It is available only when researched.
Add A Heading To Each Number Paragraph!
If you use a step by step approach when writing articles (as I do) then you could add a heading to each number paragraph. Use a bold font and increase the font size so as to make it visible. In short, provide a gist to the number paragraphs through a headline! I know, it seems like a task but it makes the work seem captivating enough. Writing is all about that, isn’t it?
Lengthy Articles, Make Reading A Strengthy Task!
Take special care of not lengthening your articles. Don’t make reading a hard time for the audience. The word count, as specified earlier, is the maximal. Do not exclude that limit as it would arouse boredom.
Make Your Articles Universally Acceptable!
Writing an article needs universal approach to facts which needs to be taken care of. Your article shouldn’t end up being controversial. It should include facts equally acceptable to all.
A Good Conclusion Matters!
Lastly, you must provide a good conclusion that would sum up the topic effectively. Your conclusion must comprise of the entire topic. However, the challenge here is, that it must involve only a few words. Seventy to eighty words are enough for a conclusion. The conclusion shouldn’t ever go astray. It should only cover the topic. A conclusion is a summary of those two or three paragraphs you just composed! However, if you have to work according to a word count (as I have to) and don’t find much content on the topic then you could maximize the conclusion part a bit. It could be extended to a hundred words or so (in urgency of course). It is better to make it short anyway.
P.S. If you wish for an example of the above mentioned methods, then you may refer to this article.
Thus, I would conclude stating that an article needs to be specific, descriptive, interesting, factual, interactive and completely formal. A good article covers all the necessary data that is relevant to the topic. Complete research is essential. Vocabulary matters a lot. Grammatical errors are enough to spoil the reputation of you and your article. To write anything effectively, one needs to assume the role of the readers who would come across your write – up. To be specific, write your article considering the people who would read it. This will automatically increase your efficiency.
“Write what should not be forgotten.”
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