You know that you’re passionate about writing but for the life of you, you’ve got no clue as to why your articles have never been picked by publications – even if you have submitted tons of articles already.
You also don’t know why some poorly-written thoughts – at least in your opinion – see print whereas yours have never seen the light of day. Let’s break down the factors that contribute to a well-written piece in order for you to utilize within your next masterpiece of an article:
A huge turn-off in any article is poor grammar. If you wish to write in a language that is not your vernacular, follow grammar rules to a T. This cannot be emphasized enough.
You may have a very interesting topic to write about and in fact, you have already plotted in your mind how to attack the article.
However, unless you can write down your thoughts in impeccable grammar, your article is sure to be shelved even before your reader reaches the end of the first paragraph.
Therefore, go back to your grammar lessons and master the language before you start writing your article. You may also want to refer to your grammar book every once in awhile as you are writing your article just to make sure that you are writing in correct grammar form.
While you want to come up with a catchy title, make sure that you do not veer away from the content of your article. There are articles that have misleading titles wherein the readers find that what the title implied is nowhere to be found in the written piece.
So come up with an interesting title but make sure that what your article talks about is already evident in the title. In short, make your title relevant to your article. Don’t mislead your readers.
A well-written article is short and direct to the point. Do not bore your readers with high-falutin’ words. Injecting unnecessary technical terms could scare off your readers. Short, sweet and simple is the way to go when writing articles.
Also, make your first sentence stand out. This is very important. You want to catch the attention of your readers with your first words in order to have them reading your entire article. While you’re at it, try to stay away from too much drama.
Sometimes, articles contain so much dramatic undertones that they already come across as trying too hard to gain the sympathy of the readers. Remember, straight to point is always better than any lengthy beating-around-the-bush write-up.
Be Yourself – But Not Too Much
As much as possible, be yourself when writing your articles. These are your thoughts and your words after all. Do not pretend to be someone else as your article may turn out phony and insincere.
In short, use your own voice when writing but do not overdo it. Sometimes, writers overdo the “be yourself” bit that they get carried away with what they are saying and the article comes out as jumbled and incomprehensible already.
Worse, the writer appears to be on a personal vendetta against someone. Objectivity is lost – something that is essential in writing a non-biased piece.
Know Your Angles
There are articles that need to be written for entertainment and there are those that need to be written simply to inform. Do you use a business tone, a technical angle or do you inject humour into your article
Knowing which angle to use for your piece is of the essence here so you can target the right readers.
This has been an expert post contribution from Gary a free lancer writer of ZaheerSpeakers.com and he is sharing his knowledge regarding quality submissions.PS: Digging this story, news or review? Let us know! Comments open.
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