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Article Writing- How to write and what to write

Updated on December 26, 2013

Article Writing- How to Write and What to Write

Whether writing to entertain, inform or send back links to your web page, the most important thing is to get the desired response from your targeted audience. This very article should help you develop your writing skills as well as provide you with the basic guidelines on how to present your thoughts in an effective readable format.

The process of writing involves gathering and arranging information and opinions to express a point of view. Before reading an article, a reader presumes the author of that particular piece knows much about the topic. As a matter of fact, a reader can only judge a content's credibility or how well a writer knows his topic after reading the content. It is therefore the responsibility of the writer to confirm such thought by first choosing a topic he knows well or do an extensive research on the topic before He/She writes. This helps the writer to come up with correct references and examples to support his claims; as a matter of fact, carefully researching on the topic before writing shows how much a writer cares about his audience and topic

Before writing any piece, browse the Internet to find out more about topic. Collect data from books, newspapers and magazines. Talk to people about topic.

After researching your topic and gathered the needed material, identify your potential reader. An appropriate level of the people who are going to read your material must be known. When a writer knows who his audience are and what they need from him, he is able to design a material suitable to the reading levels of the intended audience. Knowing your reader will also help you to know which questions they want answered; you can find a tone suitable for your audience and topic. It will also help you to choose an appropriate diction and examples that your readers can easily relate to.

Now you want to develop a format that you can write out your article: make an outline or list giving you main points. Choose a preliminary method of organization – you can choose from any patterns of organization in your writing or combine two or more patterns. Your order of arrangement will be determined by what you want to say in the contents.

In order to get the desired response from your readers, it’s very important to hold your reader up to the end. Here are some few useful strategies: choose an interesting title. A strong lead should also prompt the readers mind to find out more by reading the rest of the content. You could make use of a scene setting description. A quotation relating directly to your topic can also become a good opening line for your article. You can also begin with an example that previews the main point you are going to make. Such details work well because they focus on specific features that are apt to be interesting to the reader. And they give the reader a strong signal about what to expect in the rest of the article.

Occasionally, a reader may raise a mental block against certain claims in your material. Although you may have a very good point or idea sometimes, not being able to express yourself in the right manner could cause you to lose your reader. There are several ways an unknown writer could convey an ethical appeal:

State your ideas in a clear and convincing manner. Make reasonable claims and support them with correct and precise references. Your points must be straight forward, concrete and understandable.

Avoid the use of offensive language or words. Always keep a civil tongue in your head. If you want to convince your readers, they must feel you respect them.

Also avoid extreme and unfounded claims and handle very delicate matters with the utmost discretion. You do not want to live your reader questioning the contents credibility; neither do you wish to subject your assertions to cheap and bad criticism.

Make your writing personal rather than abstract and impersonal. Writing that has an authentic voice gives reader the feeling only that particular writer could have written that particular piece. It is stamped with the writers personality hence the reader can sense the presence of the writer behind what he or she is reading. A writer is more likely to project an authentic voice in their writing when they care about their topic.You can communicate your own voice by referring to personal experiences and special expertise. And by using specific examples to support your generalizations; personal references and images bring the writer right into the readers presence.

The essence of a good writing lies in its details. Although a good writing often looks simple, it should give readers plenty of clues and concrete examples. As a matter of fact, a comprehensive analysis of the subject reflects the writer’s deep knowledge about the topic or subject and how well it has been researched out.

As every professional writer is aware of, different groups of people have different views and ideologies – hence a piece of writing that works well for a particular group of readers may not work at all for a different group of readers. Accordingly, be aware and respect your audience – be sensitive to their feelings. Show respect for those who disagree with you; acknowledge there may be other points of view. This creates an atmosphere of co-operation and courtesy which readers can pay attention to what you are proposing because they are not forced to defend themselves.

As your last step in the composing process, review your text to be sure it is correct. Check your punctuations, spelling, capitalization and make certain you are using acceptable grammar.

As mentioned earlier, a bad philosophy only lives its reader questioning the contents credibility. However, a good writing should erase all doubts in the mind of its reader by answering all questions that the reader wants answered about a the topic; so after reading they feel relieved to find someone who shares his/her view. The central quality of a good writing, whether the purpose is to entertain, inform or persuade is this: a good writing is able to communicate a writer’s ideas effectively to the audience for whom its intended. The character of the writer comes through the writing and makes the reader feel that a confident person is trying to communicate ideas and information; the reader then feels drawn into that writer’s mind and stimulated to interact with it.

Please feel free to give your comment and suggestions below. You can also contact me if you want to write articles for your blogs, website or for any proof reading service. Contact me for also advice and tutorials on SEO or how you can upgrade your website in order to gain more traffic.

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