Writing long form articles and essays isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but they are a way of life for students, presenters, and professionals who deal with communications. Essays can be used to tell a story, persuade an audience on an issue or report on something newsworthy. There are essentially four types of long-form essays, and subtypes exist within each.
What Makes a Good Article?
A good story is about something the audience decides is interesting or important. A better story uses storytelling to make important news interesting. The complication comes because the public is exceptionally diverse in their variety of concerns and interests. So anything can be news, but not everything is newsworthy.
A good story adds value to the topic by becoming “storytelling with a purpose.” Creating a good article means finding important or interesting information, verifying the details, and then presenting it in a way that draws the audience in. Good stories are part of what make journalism different, and more valuable than other content in the media universe.
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Writing a great article demands that you observe the correct structure and construct it in a way that flows well. To accomplish this, it is essential that you conduct research, choose your paragraph subheadings wisely, write at least two body paragraphs and tie things in a nice, neat bow with a conclusion that summarizes and sometimes provides supplemental information. Keep reading to learn this process. Here is a brief summary of the parts of an article that flows well and is properly structured.
Conduct research before you start to draft your essay. Embark on a long-form writing assignment without any thought to the order in which you intend to present material, the final piece will come across as random and unfocused.
Write the introduction
Introduce your readers to the topic. Think of it in terms of how you act when you first meet someone for the first time: you say who you are, shake hands and say something general about yourself. Everything brought up in the introduction must be addressed in the body paragraphs.
Develop paragraph subheadings
Develop paragraph subheadings that give your readers a clue about what they are going to read. Paragraph subheadings should stay relatively short, and when possible, make them witty and engaging.
Build the body paragraphs
Write the body paragraphs—the meat of your article. This is where you can use the detailed information that you gathered during the research phase. Avoid writing exceptionally long paragraphs, as this discourages readers from actually reading what you write. For a good article, you should have at least two body paragraphs with a minimum of two sentences each.
Create flow with smooth transitions
Create flow with smooth transition from one paragraph to the next. Look at the first sentence of each new paragraph and make sure it leads into the next subject. How you do this is entirely a personal decision, but providing a transition from one paragraph to the next greatly increases the readability of your article as well as its overall flow.
Write the conclusion
Close with a brief summary of what you just told readers. Provide information or suggestions for further investigation or include a few additional suggestions your readers can use to learn on their own. Avoid going too far off topic, though, and stay concise. Doing so ensures your well-written article stays that way through the very last word.
Do’s and Don’ts of Article Writing
DO pay attention to your introductory paragraph
Pay the most amount of attention to the introduction paragraph of your essay. The introductory paragraph not only gives the reader an idea of what you will talk about but also shows them how you will talk about it. Put more effort into crafting a compelling and engaging the introduction and you will be rewarded accordingly.
DO NOT use passive voice or I/my
Avoid personal pronouns like I, My, or Me. Try instead to be more general and you will have your reader hooked. Additionally, using active voice, wherein the subjects direct actions rather than let the actions “happen to” them – “he scored a 97%” instead of “he was given a 97%” – is a much more powerful and attention-grabbing way to write.
DO tie things together
Make the first sentence of your body paragraphs work double time to create natural transitions from one paragraph to the next. Not only should it open with a transition that signals the change from one idea to the next but also it should (ideally) also have a common thread which ties all of the body paragraphs together.
DO NOT be too general
Make sure all examples are relevant to the thesis. It can be hard to summarize the full richness of a given example in just a few lines so make them count. Details make all the difference when it comes to drawing the audience into the world you are recreating in the essay.
DO be powerful
Leave plenty of time to invest in the conclusion and use it to leverage all of your research points at once. The conclusion paragraph can be a difficult paragraph to write effectively but, as it is your last chance to leave a lasting impression on the reader. Take this opportunity to restate your thesis with confidence
DO NOT copy the first paragraph
Although you can reuse the same keywords in the conclusion as you did in the introduction, try not to copy whole phrases word for word. Instead, try to use this last paragraph to really show your skills as a writer by being as artful in your rephrasing as possible.
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A professional article writer is trained in seeking out answers.
A professional will adhere to ethical standards of journalism, plus they have a knowledge of investigating and verifying information.
Some writers are trained in additional skills such as media law, shorthand, social media or editing.
Writers have the uncanny ability to rapidly sift through a haystack of information to find the important and interesting needles.
To ensure your articles are well written, you must remember the basic tenant of structure: tell readers what you are going to write, write it in the body paragraph and write it again in the conclusion in a summarized fashion. Do the proper research, utilize paragraph subheadings, write relevant and informative body paragraphs and wrap things up nicely with a conclusive paragraph. Through it all, transition well and create a flow that enhances readability. If you follow these guidelines, you are sure to write one great article after another. And when you need to, hire a professional to write excellent essays every time.
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