How to Write a Good Story or Article

Carol RoachStarred Page By Carol Roach, 19th Feb 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This article provides some times for the novice writer as we all must go through the process of learning how to properly write articles for the Internet

Introduction

In my opinion there are several factors that contribute to writing a decent article. Whether your article is personal or academic several of the same conditions apply. Here are some tips on good writing.

Tips for good writing part 1

Your article must hold the reader's attention.

Although not every article will be liked by every reader, if it is on a subject that your readers generally like, it must hold their attention. If it is too boring then your writing is for naught.

Your article must be clear.

Even in a mystery the reader must be able to understand what is going on, even if they may not know "who did it" until the end of the article. There is nothing worse than a writer getting back several comments stating from a reader or worst still an editor stating,

" I didn't understand your article," I don't know what you are talking about," I have no idea what you are referring to," or what is your point in all of this."
These things should be made clear.

Your article should flow. You should clearly guide the reader from one point to another or from one idea to another. If your work is all over the place, you risk the pitfalls of point 1) and 2) above.

Tips for good writing part 2

Esthetically pleasing

Your article should be formatted correctly with particular attention paid to grammar and spelling. It should be spaced out and sectioned if academic, or at least put into nice little paragraphs if it is not. Or again you risk the pitfalls of point 1) and 2) above.
Back Up Your Position

If you are expressing an opinion, try to back it up with as many facts as you can. It is not good enough to say, "I think broccoli stinks." Why do you think so, is it because of the texture, the flavour, the produce growers fault, etc?

Or, "I think George Bush is the greatest American president;" if so why? Give as many examples as you can. This makes your piece more powerful and gives you credibility as a writer.

Back up all facts with sources:

Where did you find support for your opinion? If your piece is very subjective, for example, you are writing about why you are afraid of cats, your source may simply be your dad who was also afraid of cats and taught you as a young child to walk on the opposite side of the street when you saw one. It could be a bad experience you had with a cat etc. Or perhaps you think they are diabolical, whatever the reason is, let the reader know! That way they can be more involved in the article and perhaps more sympathetic to the cause.

Tips for good writing 3

Be imaginative.
Try to add something to your article that has not been done before. For example, we all loved our mothers and we have all read the countless articles about how we love our mothers "because she raised and cared for all of us,"

How about I loved my mother because she used to hiccup after every time she laughed." Anything different will add your own signature to your piece and will make for a much better read.

Study the works of your favourite writers.

When you are writing your own material, think about the type of pieces you love to read and the writers who write them. What compels you to read their works? What makes their work better than all the rest? Try to emulate that style or parts of their work that stands out. You will not suddenly become a modern day Faulkner simply because you try to write in that style, but you will be improving upon your own style, and creating your personal signature. You may pick up the technical style, but more importantly you will add your own personal experience and understanding of the world to your work.

Do Not Plagiarize

Copying somebody's writing style does not mean copying their words or their ideas. Writing a story about three cats who built a house and a big bad dog came and blew them away all except for the last one has been done before only with pigs and wolves.

Specifically in academic and journalistic writing you may want to emphasize point made by someone else but you must give that individual credit for it. You must quote the source in your own paper to separate the ideas of another from your own.

Writing is a two tier experience, you learn from the masters and you develop your own voice.


Last but not least have fun.


Do not stifle your creativity by worrying if you got all the technical aspects down pat.
Let your creative juices flow.

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After you have emptied your soul onto paper you can go back to review, rewrite, revise. But first, Write, write and write some more. Don't hold yourself back, just write!

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author avatar Carol Roach
Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
19th Feb 2015 (#)

Thanks for the great tips. I'm always open to new ideas. I've been writing for many years and I still learn new techniques.

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author avatar L. R. Laverde-Hansen
19th Feb 2015 (#)

I really liked this list! Some of these tips may appear self evident, but this is simply and clearly arrayed. Good illustrating examples too.

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author avatar L. R. Laverde-Hansen
19th Feb 2015 (#)

I really liked this list! Some of these tips may appear self evident, but this is simply and clearly arrayed. Good illustrating examples too.

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author avatar Kingwell
19th Feb 2015 (#)

Thank you for the great tips. We are always learning. Blessings.

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author avatar Sherri Granato
19th Feb 2015 (#)

When it comes to writing, I have learned that you never stop learning. Great pointers.

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author avatar Retired
20th Feb 2015 (#)

I find your "three little pigs" example interesting, in that you imply that one should not write about "three little cats".

Some very great works of literature (not to mention music and other art forms) have done precisely this - by taking a well-worn theme and giving it new clothes.

Indeed, it has been said that there are only seven possible stories that can be told, but an infinite variety of ways in which this can be done.

True originality is therefore impossible, and the line between being acceptably original and plagiarising is by no means always clear.

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author avatar Carol Roach
20th Feb 2015 (#)

John you read the article wrong, it is all inclusive that is why I wrote the fear of cats, to use as an example for personal experiences. This article is simply saying whatever you write, it should have these points. As you know I write about everything, I am eclectic and I will be putting my dog stories and cats stories on here as well.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Feb 2015 (#)

One should put heart and soul into the writing and with passion too. Nothing comes easy. Thanks for the tips - siva

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author avatar spirited
20th Feb 2015 (#)

" I didn't understand your article,"

I have heard this a few times and I get your general meaning, but at the same time even if not everybody will understand every one of our articles, we should endeavour to make it readable enough for most people to understand it, unless perhaps if it is poetry.

Sometimes poetry is written in such a way that it leaves the interpretation up to the reader in a way.

Good tips Carol, thanks.

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author avatar Carol Roach
20th Feb 2015 (#)

spirited I don't understand your article falls into the category of knowing your audience. Who are you writing for, English professors, engineers, college students, housewives, high school kids, general articles for the net? this is what you must define before starting your article

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author avatar spirited
20th Feb 2015 (#)

I meant I had heard that comment a few times about some of my own articles.

I actually like to write in a way that is slightly open to interpretation, even confusing, as I think it gets the reader thinking about what was really meant, if anything.

I like to get the reader to read it twice to get the meaning, but I am really talking about meaning not understanding I guess.

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