Article Tips and Training Snippets
As an author your article(s) must showcase your originality and be informative.
Original, Informative and Unique
Your article should increase the overall knowledge of your reader, they should learn something from your article. The work should be informative (give information), instructive (share a method). Share your knowledge and your readers will respond.
- Ask yourself, "what will the reader gain from this article?". Is the article original, informative and unique?
- Articles which read like a diary or journal with little analysis or commentary are not considered informative.
- Sourced content is not considered original. Sourced content can enhance the clarity of the article but you must give added value.
- If the article is a rewrite or reworked article you’ve already submitted, the content isn’t original, it’s derivative.
Do you have 100% exclusive rights to the content? For your articles to remain original you must own the content. If you hired a ghost-writer, you still need to own exclusive rights to the content. Just imagine commissioning an article only to find the article distributed to hundreds of other authors.
- Be true to yourself, deliver fresh unique content only you own, you must have exclusive rights.
Your Own Unique Perspective
Write your articles from your unique viewpoint. Be yourself and deliver your prose with your unique style but keep standard language constructs in mind, too many nuances can destroy an otherwise excellent article.
Does your writing have personality? Readers relate to passionate articles with a strong voice which deliver concrete content.
- Your hard work in delivering unique content from your own unique perspective will pay off.
Do Not Mislead
Attract in your audience with good titles, but do NOT mislead them. An item purporting to be about children’s holiday camps that tries to sell medical supplies would probably be considered misleading.
- Do Not Mislead. Don’t let your articles fail to meet the reader’s expectations.
Do Not be Mysterious
Creating a mystery in a mystery novel is exciting but in short articles it can lead to disappointment.
- Do not be mysterious with your title or your summary, be explicit and tell your reader what to expect.
Accuracy, Accuracy, Accuracy
Spelling and grammar checkers are not infallible. Always review your articles for errors, preferably with the help of someone else.
My method is to (1) write the article (like this one), (2) review the article, (3) check the article for spelling and grammar, (4) have a cup of tea and a biscuit then (5) check the article for spelling and grammar again. Some authors prefer to leave 24 hours between checks.
- Be as accurate as possible when checking your content but don’t let that stop you publishing. It’s the content your reads want not necessarily your prose.
One Topic at a Time
It’s very easy to lose sight of the topic under discussion and wander into other areas, don’t lose sight of the story. Don’t think about the end product and where it will be published whilst you’re writing the article, you should have decided that before you started writing.
- Keep focused on the process of writing and concentrate on one topic at a time.
Stuck in a Rut
We all get stuck in a rut at some time or other, don’t worry about it, take a break. If you try to persevere, both you and your readers will get bored with your content and style of writing.
- Try writing something totally different, innovate, think outside of the box, think laterally, adapt new ideas into your articles.
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