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How to write an article

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Liliana Zamora

on 23 November 2016

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Transcript of How to write an article

What is an article?
An article
• is a piece of writing usually intended for publication in a newspaper, magazine or journal
• is written for a wide audience, so it is essential to attract and retain the readers’ attention
• may include amusing stories, reported speech and descriptions
• can be formal or informal, depending on the target audience
• should be written in an interesting or entertaining manner
• should give opinions and thoughts, as well as facts
• is in a less formal style than a report

An article can
• describe an experience, event, person or place
• present an opinion or balanced argument
• compare and contrast
• provide information
• offer suggestions
• offer advice

REMEMBER
Before you begin writing it is important to consider:

• where is the article going to appear - in a newspaper or magazine?


• who are the intended readers - a specific group such as students or teenagers, or adults in general?
• what is the aim of the article - to advise, suggest, inform, compare and contrast, describe, etc.?
Determine the information you are going to use and organize your ideas carefully into paragraphs.
Each paragraph should have a clear topic sentence.
The article could be formal, semi-formal or informal, depending on your intended audience.
Use vocabulary and descriptive language appropriate for the article.
Linking words and expressions, and a variety of vocabulary will only improve your work and make it more interesting.

DO NOT use over-personal or over-emotional language or simplistic vocabulary.
DO NOT talk about yourself. You are writing for the general public, not a close circle of friends.
Your opinions are only interesting to other people if you can make them amusing, justify them or explain them.

Engaging the reader:
Have you ever...?
Do you find that ....?
Are you one of those people who .....?
Making suggestions:
Imagine...
Let's suppose....
Why not ...?
Have you thought of .....?
Try .....
giving examples:
Take...
For example/instance...
Expressing opinion:
As I see it .... I believe that....
To my mind... In my view...
As far as I'm concerned......
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