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How to Write a Good Article

The art of composing a good article is not only bestowed to professional writers, but it can easily be mastered by people who write with passion and technique. Passion is inborn, yet technique is something you can work on.

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Following is a step by step guide to your desired article on Devtome.

  • Make a plan: Planning and outlining the boundaries for your article is a first real step towards your ideal article. Here’s what you need to do:
  • Assign a title: To start off things, choose yourself a topic and assign it an appropriate title. Make sure that your title should be enticing, precise and cover all aspects of your writing. The title should not be a whole sentence but a phrase.
  • Know your audience: After you’re done with your title, you must be aware of your intended audience. Readers should get the feeling that the article is setup just for them. This engages and attracts people and conveys your content with more power and positivity.
  • Think from a reader’s point of view: You must think from your readers’ point of view and get hold of their psyche. Doing so will definitely answer their every What, Why, Who, Where, When and How, they have in their minds. You can also do extensive researches on your topic in order to feed your readers’ appetite.
  • Be Innovative: When writing about something which is common, don’t be afraid to experiment it with new things. Be unique in your approach and look at your topic from a different point of view. Better references and information can do wonders to your article. You can also assign a dramatic tone or approach your article with a fiction style of writing.
  • Honesty: Be honest towards your work. Apart from the technical’s, enthusiasm and passion are perhaps the most important things which determine the quality of your work. Just put your best on the paper and you’ll never be disappointed.
  • Research: Once you’re done with planning, it’s time to do some research.
  • Detailing: A detailed article with all the facts and figures is most appreciated. So don’t rush with things and give yourself time to go through your plan. Get a better understanding of your topic by talking to someone who shares your point. You can also look up to some books or internet sites for your assistance.
  • Get your facts right: Your readers trust your material, so be sure to feed them with correct information. Proving something which is fabricated and ill can dent your reputation as a writer. To avoid this, you must always double check your facts with reliable sources.
  • Avoid extras: While researching the topic, keep yourself away from the extra information as it can divert your attention from your primary objective. Writing something that is not required would not only increase the length of your article but also bore your reader.
  • Diversity of mediums: Out of the box thinking can add charm to your article. Look for some photographs, videos to go with your content. You can also create info graphics or charts. All this would eventually interest your readers more.
  • Start writing: Finally the time has come that you take your pen out and start inking pages.
  • Set boundaries: Now that you are sitting in front of your keyboard, you must assign boundaries to your article. Break it down into steps and name them according to your information. You can also keep a word count in your mind. These little things will serve as a roadmap to your article and you would be able to have a firm grip on your content.
  • Set a tone: You must write with a particular style, structure and voice, depending on your readership. Different topics require different tones so that they don’t sound dull.
  • Example: Writing a How-to article can be a lot different from academic style of writing. It can be written in a more informal language whereas an academic article requires a sound, formal language.
  • Use of vocabulary: Make sure that your article is understood by people of every age. As people don’t like to open their dictionaries while reading your article, using obscure words can sometime get you into trouble.
  • Be clear in your objective: Leaving readers under the influence of an article is perhaps the best feeling a writer can enjoy. In order to achieve such a feat, you must be clear in your claims and aims. Reaching out to hearts can be a difficult task to comprehend, but it can be done with a sharp and transparent motif.
  • Get some rest: If you’re stuck while writing, it is better that you take some break. Forcing yourself to write can affect your quality badly. Have some coffee, watch T.V and if inspiration strikes, get back to work.
  • Add different material: Now add those photographs or videos you found during your research to go with your amazingly written article. This will make your readers to come for more every time they read your material.
  • Edit your content: When you are done with inking, it is time to edit your work. It can be a long process which requires patience and concentration. Look for the spelling mistakes in your article. Make sure the structure makes sense. If you find some extra information, eliminate it. Just to be ultra-sure, rewrite the whole thing.
  • Give time to yourself: Writing a quality article is not a walk in the park, so give yourself some time to get done with it. Rushing through things can easily lower your work’s quality.
  • Be humble: Don’t be too over confident of your work as there is always room for improvement.
  • Use of keywords: When some one searches the internet or Devtome, the words in your article will assist you in your ranking. Be sure you use keywords that aid search engines. You can also add keywords that might be relevant to your topic by placing them at the bottom of your article in squiggly brackets. This makes them invisible to the viewed page. Use this function sparingly.

Example   {{writing, submit article, keywords, search engine ranking}} 

  • Switch topics when you get burned out: You might want to write the largest collection of drink recipes in the world - a massive goal when one searches existing work on the web. If this seems out of reach, or you get burned out on it (or another topic), switch tracks and write on something else. It will revitalize you and you will find that your writers block could well disappear. It is a good strategy to keep your self productive and contributing.
  • Be open to criticism: Last of all, you must be ready to face any criticism thrown in your way. Sometimes a constructive criticism is what a writer needs. However, if someone is deliberately trying to hurt your reputation by bashing your work, don’t fall into the trap and stay focus on your work.
  • Don’t plagiarize: Copying someone’s work without giving credits would easily earn you a bad reputation. To avoid this if your work is based upon another article, updated to include new information, be sure to include it on your “Users Page” under the collated heading. You learn more about plagiarism by clicking on the highlighted word.

References

1. How to Write an Article http://www.articleteller.com/how-to-write-an-article

2. Effective Writing: How to Write a Good Article http://www.moytura.com/internetmarketing/writing5.htm

3. What Are the Characteristics of Good Writing? - Writing is just work–there's no secret http://grammar.about.com/od/yourwriting/a/characteristics.htm

4. Writing is Thinking http://alistapart.com/article/writing-is-thinking

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