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When you're writing your seven articles for next seven days - -- and forever afterward --- don't be too enraptured or concerned with bait paragraph or paragraphs. Your bait is important, but not so important that you stall over it, and never get around to writing article.
The bait can only become a stumbling block if you let it. Get article written, and then you can worry about individual components like bait.
===> The Explanation
This part of your article explains article's subject, or thesis. If you're writing about a computer program, you can explain what program does in a nutshell, or why program is important. If you're writing a personality profile, explanation tells reader why he should read profile.
Sometimes you won't need an explanation, it will be covered in article's headline and bait.
===> The Step (s)
The Steps are your argument. They can be individual anecdotes, or pieces of evidence. If you're writing about a computer program, Steps could be various ways of using program, or how to get started with program. If you're writing a profile, Steps could be your subject's career, his family life, details of his run for office, or details of how he won tennis championship, what others say about him, and so on.
I usually write steps in any order, and then rearrange order with appropriate transitions as I work through later drafts.
In a short article of 300 words, you won't have space for more than one Step.
===> The Termination
The ending of article.
In case of article about computer program, it could be how many people have bought program, when next version will be available, or where you can buy it.
In your personality profile, ending could be a final quote from subject.
A circular ending, when you manage to refer to bait or explanation in ending, is satisfying, and is an easy way to wrap article up without working too hard.
Although BAIT formula seems prosaic, it will release your creativity. It gives you a structure, which is always hardest task in writing an article. So go ahead. Write an article a day for next seven days. At end of seven days, you'll be a better writer.
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Australian author, journalist and copywriter Angela Booth has been writing professionally for over twenty years. She writes business books and copy for businesses.