Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Three Parts of a Magazine Article

Writing articles are easy - publishing is the hard part. However, the better your article, the better chance of becoming published or at least a better writer. If you've never written an article, use the three helpful tips below to begin. Don't put it off.

1. Tell them what you're gonna tell 'em. The first paragraph of an article will entice the reader into your article. Also, the lead-in could be comprised of several paragraphs if you choose to use an anecdote or a few bullet items or to talk about current trends. Most writers refer to this method as a "hook". After that, however, you need a sentence or a few sentences that tell your reader what the article is about - a statement of purpose, if you will. It is important to tell your audience what the article is about so they have an idea of where they are going. Hopefully, you've persuaded them into wanting to go there.

2. Tell 'em. This section represents the heart of your article. Here you will place all your supporting material, such as statistics, quotes from interviews and professional sources, additional anecdotes, your analysis, etc. Remember, however, that if you are writing a reported article, in most cases you must write in an objective manner; this means without an opinion. If you are writing a public opinion piece, you may voice your opinion as loudly as you like.

3. Tell 'em what you told 'em. Now write your conclusion. Sum up what you wrote about without simply repeating what you already said. That's right: Say it again but in a totally new way so your readers have no idea that they are reading the same information again. Give it a new angle. Put a new take on it. Treat the conclusion of your article as a summary and offer additional information to support what you've already offered. If possible, provide a bit broader view of a quote or information that takes the reader into the future. You know what they say - "Save the best for last."

Follow these helpful tips and you will begin to feel comfortable with article writing. Another thing to remember is to write about what you know and like. Keep in mind that most people are like you and struggle with daily issues. They need a source that will help find solutions and provide thought provoking subjects. Also no matter what your subject matter is, learn about it and understand it before you write.

Write it down,