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How to Improve Articles for Better Appreciation From Editors and Readers

Updated on December 21, 2019
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The author is postgraduate in Botany and experienced in IPR handling as well as agribusiness management with an MBA, lives in a farmhouse.

Article improvement

While writing articles, writers having good inspiration from peers and because of enthusiasm, quickly develop flowing contents. Due to time limits and hurry in publishing, they spend less time on refining it. Sometimes during quick writing writer may miss important guidelines. Within an hour or two an article for website content or blog post is demanded from them. It is also encouraged to do so, for greater productivity among the writers working in a team or while working for magazines.

If the editors turn down your article with just a note, informing that the content is too dull to the reader and is not fit for the publication, you might feel desperate. In fact, you should not feel desperate at all, as you’ve got a chance now to improve the existing article. Do not listen to those who may be a reader or your friend or family member for their advice. They may tell you to relax and change your platform.

Writing with a digital tools
Writing with a digital tools

Myths and reality

Myths

  • Good articles can be written by devoting sufficient time and only when the author gets a good mood for writing.
  • The first article of a great author will be perfect.
  • It is not possible to write 2 to 3 good articles in a day.

Reality

  • Authors cannot survive if they wait for the good times for writing.
  • Most of the authors have improved from mean levels to the top quality.
  • Once after getting sufficient experience, you will become an author, who can write 2 to 3 or more articles daily.
  • There is always a process of write – read – rewrite – make it perfect – publish sequence involved in the industry in common.

So, there is no worry for being rejected at the first instance. Improve and submit again, without much delay. Procrastination and relaxing at half-way are your enemies.

Step-by-step procedure for improving the articles

To improve the article, you need to perform only these simple ten-steps and get published.

1. Read again to identify major mistakes

Hurried writing concentrating on content body text development is naturally prone to some errors. A thorough reading will help to identify and correct such mistakes. Reader’s first sight will mostly go to the titles, subtitles, photos and the captions. Whereas, for the writers, the concentration will go mostly to the descriptions within the body text of the article.

As mentioned in the guidelines, titles should be in "Title Case" format with each word with the first letter in capitals and for the sub-titles, only the first letter needs to be in capital letter.

Instead of a very short title like this 'ISLAND HOLIDAY PLAN' or a very long one like this 'You can enjoy your summer holidays with family in Andaman islands' it is good to have: 'Enjoyable Family Holiday at the Andaman Islands'.

This follows the APA guidelines regarding the article title style.

Read the article text for errors, identify and correct inadvertent typographic errors, grammatical errors, spelling mistakes are all bound to happen. These are also quite natural mistakes, happening during the preparation of articles due to physical as well as auto-correction errors during word processing. Please take good care while correcting them by refining the proper flow and ease of understanding.

Don’t change the text style at different places and don’t make bold formatting within the paragraph to specifically emphasize something. Let the reader grasp those based on your writing style.

The present generation of writing style is by social media, which will not be in the required formal English. People are used for writing incomplete sentences, without capitalizing nouns, no punctuation and grammar.

2. Analyse the title with the content

See whether what is told in the title is properly described in the content. The title will be the face of the entire article. It is coming under the keyword search through search engines.

3. Give some creative touch

It is essential to retain the reader on the article until the last word. Always write with the reader’s perspective in a digestible style. Relating the articles to real-life situations and the real stories and inclusion of conversations, wherever possible will make the story interesting. Moments of personal experience are always connecting with readers.

4. Starting and conclusion

See whether the introduction draws the reader to the article and conclusion sums up well. Well begun articles retain the reader to go through further into the article. After completing the content, close the article properly giving a clear message from the author to the reader creating an impact.

5. Summarize for attraction

If the summary is at the top of the article, it occupies the role of meta text. So, search engines draw them for indexing. To be clear, concise and precise with tags and leads. It is important to spend some time on this with careful texting for the success of the article, next to the title.

Value addition to the articles

6. Images and callouts

Take good photographs to complement the article, which creatively connects with suitable impact for the reader about the article. It is said that an image is worth a thousand words. Placing attractive photos in between the text helps to continue from one section to the next and direct to read more. Long text content without callout texts also will be boring.

Personal photos and those having promotional displays might be considered as spamming elements. Therefore, images need to be carefully selected which can improve the value of the article.

7. Referral marketing

Add product/ book widgets only if it can be mentioned as a part of the article’s content. Including third party marketing other than the specified referral agency such as Amazon Inc., will be considered as spam.

8. Make the article long

If the article is too short, make it longer (1000 to 1250 words, excluding summary). In a normal case, bringing a topic to highlight, describe and draw to a conclusion, it takes some amount of elaboration and illustrations. Ultimately, the purpose of the article is to convince something.

9. Update regularly

Keep regularly updating the article information, so that it won't become outdated. Outdated contents not only become junk and non-contemporary at the same time de-value the publisher and author.

10. Show the power of digital technology

Show the difference between the conventional media and online digital hub by inserting your own video on the subject. Run a quiz or do a poll. In case of a travelogue use widgets related to it or for a recipe, nutrition and cooking related widget capsules. It is the actual power of digital writopreneurship characteristic which will take the reader through altogether a different experience.

Follow the guidelines

Established sites have their own manual of style for formatting the articles. For example, Hubpages has the ‘Hubpages Writing Style Guide’. Usually, strict adherence is anticipated from such established sites to maintain the quality and uniformity of their articles. However, for a writer to have in his collection the ‘Chicago Manual of Style’ is an important publication for guiding the authors. It is adopted by many traditional publications as such.

In the electronic platforms of preset forms, we have not much flexibility to alter the style too much as these are not having options to alter. Furthermore, know the preferences set by the platform well, so that your article and their purposes match.

Wish you all the best!

Hope that the readers will get an overall picture regarding how to improve their articles if they miss something and face warnings again and again without understanding what to do and whom to contact. Some authors leave the scene and quit the task and go in search of a better or simpler one.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2019 Halemane Muralikrishna

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    • Dt Cijini Manoj profile image

      Cijini Manoj 

      3 weeks ago from Kerala

      Sure...

    • hmkrishna profile imageAUTHOR

      Halemane Muralikrishna 

      3 weeks ago from South India

      Thank you Ms Cijini for spending your time on my article. If you are interested, you may also read http://hub.me/amViM for using some software tools for obtaining help for improvement of your article.

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      Cijini Manoj 

      3 weeks ago from Kerala

      Hi sir good one....

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      Jnanesh Sharma H 

      2 months ago from Kerala,India

      Wow, 5G is so amazing I'm very excited about the global release. I'm sure it will be in 2021 and ill surely be in the queue. Thank you.

    • hmkrishna profile imageAUTHOR

      Halemane Muralikrishna 

      2 months ago from South India

      Thank you very much Mr Prateek, you have a keen interest for writing. Best wishes.

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      Prateek Jain 

      2 months ago from Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh

      Wonderful article sir. And one major thing I learned from this is about Chicago manual of style. Thanks for sharing step by step guide for content writers. As a beginner I got so much concept clarity from your article.

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      Nitin Khaire 

      3 months ago from Mumbai

      This article was very helpful to me. I will be going through it again to polish my writing skills. There are many golden nuggets here.

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      Vidya21 

      3 months ago

      Very helpful guide for writing. Thanks for sharing valuable inputs.

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      Rohan Kalonia 

      3 months ago

      Being a newbie, this article helped me a lot and I used these guidelines in my previous content as well. This hub is flourished with the writing experincience of author, all the lessons that the author learned has been portrayed so nicely!

    • hmkrishna profile imageAUTHOR

      Halemane Muralikrishna 

      3 months ago from South India

      Thank you Ms Hemamala, you could spend some valuable time for reading this article and giving appreciation. It is an attempt to save increasing dropouts of beginners.

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      Hemamala B 

      3 months ago from Karnataka, South India

      Thank you very much for sharing such good insights about writing articles for Hubpages. This article is very useful for beginners.

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      S G Bhat 

      3 months ago

      Very informative and encouraging article with useful tips for the beginners and those who face the problem of stating trouble. Thank you for sharing.

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      Prantika Samanta 

      3 months ago from Kolkata, India

      Thank you for suggesting the tips and dos and don'ts.

      This will benefit the writers, specifically, the budding writers or who are new to any platform, such as HubPages, will understand the requirements and deliver accordingly.

    • hmkrishna profile imageAUTHOR

      Halemane Muralikrishna 

      3 months ago from South India

      Thank you Ms Joyette and Ms Suchismitha for you nice comments. Hope that my article would help new and emerging writers. Looking for some great content from you both.

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      Suchismita 

      3 months ago

      Very informative guide and tips.well illustrated.thanks for sharing

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      Joyette Fabien 

      3 months ago from Dominica

      Halemane Muralikrishna, thank you for sharing this information.

      Very interesting and relevant article.

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