Written by Craig Lock

Firstly, carefully research and study your subject matter.

Think it all through very carefully, WHAT you are going to say and HOW you are going to say it.

I believerepparttar essence of writing a good interesting article is simplicity, but with a touch (or could it be "tinge" ofrepparttar 129910 unusual).

Always aim for clarity and simplicity in your writing.

How long should your article be?

In writing for newspapers or popular magazinesrepparttar 129911 length is probably around 500-750 words (or one to 2 pages).

I would far rather read a 1000 word article giving information that would help me, than a breezy 3000 word article of waffle that doesn't say much at all.

Always try to put yourself inrepparttar 129912 position ofrepparttar 129913 reader.

After completion, re-read your article a number of times.

Polish it up by changing words and expressions.

Ensure that your article reads quickly and easily.

Otherwise if an article is too longrepparttar 129914 reader can easily lose concentration and give up.

Examine your sentences and paragraphs carefully to ensure thatrepparttar 129915 words flow smoothly.

A paragraph should deal with one idea, developed in one or more sentences that logically advancesrepparttar 129916 points you are trying to make, add meaning or develop thestory you are telling (the plot).

Always try to make your meaning clear.

Ensure that your sentences are well structured and that your grammar iscorrect.

The first words of your article are of vital importance to grab yourreader's attention.

You are doing a "selling" job to entice them to read more - so makerepparttar 129917 reader want to read more.

Develop your theme logically. Carefully plan what you are going to say.

Make a list of your main points.

Then progress from one to another (logically), so that they lead to a conclusion.

For example

"...and that is why I thinkrepparttar 129918 resource management act is good forrepparttar 129919 local environment."


"and that is why I believe all accountants and actuaries should be set in concrete and used as traffic bollards"

Oops sorry accountants and actuaries!

Do you know what an actuary is?

An accountant who didn't haverepparttar 129920 personality! An Example Of An Article

Eg: You are writing aboutrepparttar 129921 growing popularity of home computers.

Identify 4 or 5 main points:


* cost

* who is buying them

* how they are being used


* implications forrepparttar 129922 future.

In a short article each of these points will be a paragraph.

In a longer article,repparttar 129923 points will be developed.

Arrange your points logically.

You can include sub-points under each main point.

Inrepparttar 129924 example on computers you may include:

* word processing

* computer games

* accounts


* school work.

There are three main parts of any article.

Your article should have an introduction.

This introducesrepparttar 129925 reader torepparttar 129926 subject.

Thenrepparttar 129927 main body ofrepparttar 129928 article which comprises most

of an article.

This then leads logically to a final deduction or conclusion.


Written by Craig Lock

Here is my "dime's worth" (see learning "American English" , or at least your expressions already) onrepparttar subject of writing for an international audience onrepparttar 129909 world wide web. The Web offers you an opportunity, unique in history, to speak directly to millions of potential customers. Some commentators advise that if you want to be listened to, speak to them "in their language". I only partially agree (but then, I'm always breakingrepparttar 129910 rules!)...

When I write articles for "the international market" ofrepparttar 129911 net, I don't target particular countries and try to adapt my writing style. I've found that people aroundrepparttar 129912 world don't seem to mindrepparttar 129913 fact that I may use "funny" words or spelling - small details, like "s's" instead of "z's", color or long asrepparttar 129914 grammar is reasonably correct. I just try to write in my "natural style" - one in which I feel comfortable (seeing I was brought up in South Africa with British English) and suggest you writers dorepparttar 129915 same.

Incidentally, I put this short note atrepparttar 129916 end of all my articles...

"PS: Dear Americans, please excuse my British English spelling. Very Colonial! I just write and use my own style and spelling, one that I'm accustomed to (sounds funny that ending sentence in a "preppie"). I am quite happy for these articles to be used and distributed by other electronic and other magazines. If they help others out there in any way, then I'm happy."

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