Have you ever needed to write an article or perhaps even a blog post for work or the club/company newsletter or website? How many of you have read articles and thought, “No, that’s not right!”, or “I want more in-depth information on the subject that the author only touched on, so I’m sure others will too”, or even “I want people to know my opinion or the way I would do such-and-such”.
There can be nothing more nerve wrecking than putting pen to paper and starting an article. Where do you start? How to you make sure you get your point across? Here’re some tips on where to start writing your own articles and blog posts.
Think of your reader:
Before you begin Nicola Prentis from examenglish.com advises that you know who you are writing for. Use simple language and make it easy to read and interesting for your audience. Knowing the type of audience that will be reading your writing will make a big difference in how you construct your tone and information.
Structure is key:
Start with a title. Establishing your theme and title will help you a lot when planning out the rest of your article. Leigh Peele suggests using lists or bullet points to keep people engaged and make your points stronger since this captures the reader’s attention almost instantly. This will also make the information a lot easier to read. Break up large sections of text into paragraphs with its own heading will also help you to layout your article in an easier to read format, plus help you structure the article into the different subtopics.
Stay on track:
Keeping on track and on the subject is prudent so you don’t lose your readers when you go off on a tangent. Re-reading, editing and allowing a trusted colleague or friend to read the article allows you to check if you have maintained a logical sequence to your article, says Christina Katz from writersdigest.com. Did you include all the important facts and does the article ‘read well’ – as you expect from the articles you read.
Trust your gut:
Finally, trust yourself and your knowledge. Give yourself time and (quiet) space to write without being rushed or distracted. Practice makes perfect so keep at it. Get worked up about your topic, the more excited you are about what you are writing about the easier it will be to write, even if you don’t know much about the topic at hand.
Simple can be smart. Don’t overthink your article and try and turn it into something it’s not.
Use others for inspiration.
We’re not suggesting copy and pasting the work of others, all work should be yours. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get ideas into reading other people’s work. Where can you dig deeper than them? Elaborate on what they said or even debate what they wrote.
Tie it all together:
Think about your ending – for an article it can give your readers something to think about, perhaps linking back to where you started. But keep it short and sweet.
Now that you know how to write an article, ever thought of putting your writing skills to the test, and writing for your colleagues?
Why not write an article for the PAnetwork? Is there something you think your colleagues would like to know about, perhaps something that has revolutionized the way you work, or something you’ve learnt that you would like to share with others? We would love to hear from you on email@example.com
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