How To Write An Article By Luther Powell
The first step in writing an article is finding a topic or subject, something to write about. This might seem to be a huge task, but it does not need to be. There are many different avenues to finding a topic. The ability to use them will help you overcome your fear and enable you to start developing ideas for writing article.
One avenue to finding a topic is to brainstorm. I used this method when I taught Sophomore creative writing classes in high school. It requires you to think of as many topics as possible, concentrating on compiling a list of ideas as quickly as posssible. Write these ideas down as you think of them. You can judge (quality) of them later.
Now that you have a list of topics, you will want to go over them and choose one you want to write about. Once you have chosen topic, your next step is to outline. This gives you an opportunity to record, organize, and evaluate your topic before actual writing. For example, you may start by choosing general subject "ezines." As you outline your article, you will need to find a part of general subject to write about. For example, from "ezines," you might choose one of following:
What is an ezine? How to publish an ezine Ezine Ads Ezine subscribers
Once you have chosen a specific topic on which to write, you should decide on reason or purpose for writing. A purpose for writing an article usually falls into one of four groups: to describe something, to tell a story about something, to explain something, or to persuade your readers to do something. For example, let us say you chose to write about ezine subscribers. You purpose for writing article may one of following:
How to obtain subscribers for your ezine. How to keep subscribers once you have them.
With your purpose in mind, you should write a sentence that states your main idea. When you are ready to start writing your article, you may use this sentence as topic sentence In addition, sentence will help you to organize your thoughts and ideas In writing about ezine subscribers, you might write one of following topic sentences.
The subscribers are life blood of an ezine. An exine and its subscriber base are two parts of a single whole.
You must also consider your reader. During outlining stage, you should keep in mind who your readers are and what are their interests. Why would they be interested in your article? Not everyone is interested in ezines and subscribers. You must target you article to those who are interested. Who are they? Ezine publishers, those who are considering publishing an ezine, and those who have considered publishing, but have dropped idea and need a little encouragement.