Points To Note When Writing an Article
There are different types of articles and each requires that you use a particular format. However, whichever article you may wish to write, simply follow these six (6) basic pointers to ensure your article is comprehensive enough for the assimilation of your audience or readers.
- 1. Layout
In writing an article, a well-grounded layout matters. A good article must begin with:
- Introduction- An informative article should begin with a brief introductory section which should come directly above the first header. This is where you get to introduce the topic, stating to your readers what the topic is all about and what they stand to benefit by going through your article.
- Paragraphs- Your readers may be bored to go through a lengthy paragraph no matter how informative it may be. So, your paragraph ought to be short enough to read and long enough to develop an idea. If your paragraph is lengthy such that there’s no way to compress it, then let it be. What you have to do is to break it down into sister paragraphs keeping in mind that they have to portray the idea of the content.
- Headings-Headings introduces to the reader information on subtopics to be presented. Headings help to simplify the articles and structures shown in the table of contents. The title of the article is the level 1 heading, so your subheadings should use a level 2 heading.
- Placing Images- Your images or pictures should be positioned close to the text they illustrate, that is if you choose to illustrate some of the contents with images.
- 2. Context
Provide context for the reader by making your article readable and understandable. Assume that your reader knows nothing about the subject, so endeavour to make your article as informative as possible. In the aspect of evaluating the context, your article should be easily accessible. A reader in another English-speaking country should be able to understand what your article is all about. At first glance, people should be able to tell what your article contains.
- 3. Be Concise
Endeavour to use precise, clear and accurate terms when writing an article. Avoid using unnecessary words or sentences in your article, cut down sentences to strictly essentials. Being concise doesn’t mean removing vital information from your article, but it means refraining from the use of subjective qualifiers. Take for instance, why use” at the present time” when you can just opt for “presently” or”currently”? Note that wordiness doesn’t add credibility to your articles.
- 4. Verify your facts
Write articles that are factual. State your facts by citing references to prove to your reader that your material isn’t just factious. Don’t write articles that are false so you won’t be called upon to verify your presumed facts.
- 5. Remain focused on the topic
Your material should remain focused on the original topic. You may find yourself digressing into a side subject. In cases like this, you can place extra information into a different article that still relates to your topic.
- 6. Take note of spellings
Browsers such as Google, Chrome, Mozilla, Firefox, Opera and Safari have the abilty to highlight wrongly-spelt words in text boxes. Other authors tend to link their articles to yours if all the words are well-spelt with good grammatical content.
Writing an article requires creativity, you also have to target your readers or audience by providing them with the basic information that they know little or nothing about. Take your time, carry out a lot of research and gather your facts. Lastly read, revise and repeat all you have written down before you publish.