Monday, 23 September 2013

HOW TO WRITE "GENERAL" ARTICLES!




Let the readers know what is in store for them by the " blaze" in



your first paragraphs of an article. There are two kinds of



articles; those which cover things in general and can be



published at most any time, and current events. The best place to



start with these kind of articles is the local newspaper with a



goal of syndication to many other media.





In order dor acceptance by the editor there must be a local twist



of personal interest to the readers. The ununusual and odd things



abot people and their vocation and gives the reader a departure



from the daily drudgery are the best and most saleable articles



to write about. This includes adventure,mystery, murder, money,



accidents, discoveries, economy, history, illness, jail,



jealousy, obsessions, quacks, struggles, taxes, etc.





You must attract attention from the first words when writing



feature stories for a newspaper type publication, where as a



novel or short story for a magazine builds to a climax and



generally clears up all the loose ends at completion





For a magazine article to sell to the publisher "action" in the



first and last part is a must, while the body copy is devoted to



narrative or explanations with a number of vital incidents to



keep the action alive. Keep the writing "flowing" in such a



manner the reader will anxiously read ahead to see what happens



next.





When it is possible to do so without distorting the truth, add



some fiction to your life stories to keep them interesting and



alive! Submit 8x 10 glossy print photos if possible as often the



picture will be the difference between acceptance and rejection.



It will pay you to get a good camera so you can snap pictures to



go along with the articles.





When submitting your copy, put your name, address and phone



number at the upper left cover of the first page and total number



of words containeed in the article on the upper right side. If



you are submitting an article to the newspaper a title will not



be necessary as the editor will usually determine after reviewing



the article.





Leave plently of room at the top of the pages, use double spacing



and wide margins so there is plenty of space for editing. Number



the pages at the top. preferable on the right hand side. Type



only on the front side of each page. Enclose a Stamped, self



addressed return envelope. Lay it out so your name always appears



with the article so that you will gain recognition as a writer.





There are millions of things to write about so you should nver be



without ideas for your articles. To get the ideas all you need to



do is go through the dictionary and write about anything and



everything that comes to mind, based on the more practical words.

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