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This article is a guide and a ready reckoner for writing articles with proper paragraphs and sentence construction. You will learn how to present an article better and useful tips on how to improve the quality of an article.
First, you need to understand – What is writing?
You compose a letter to the school Principal explaining your kid’s absence from school. You pen down romantic lines to your sweetheart, expressing your love.
The above activities are forms of writing. What you are essentially doing in each activity is communicating. Writing, though, is not just about communicating. You are, literally, connecting. That connection, of course, could be just a fleeting moment, but it is there.
Then there are other forms of writing. For example, you jot down the points of a meeting to keep a record; or you carve out words on a wooden block to form your name.
Whatever the nature of the writing activity, you must keep in mind that you are trying to convey something. It could be general information, knowledge on something specific or a detailed explanation. Hence it is essential that you get your writing right. Put the facts, data, and details together in a coherent manner and what you get is not just a piece of writing but a work of art!
This article will explain in simple words how to put words and sentences together to write in order to form a good article and It is hoped that these tips provided here help to launch you as a proficient freelance writer!
A Simple Guide to Writing a Good Article
Select A Good title
1. Always keep the title of your article short. It should not be such a long string of words which a search engine is unlikely to pick up.
2. Even a single catchy word can sometimes be more effective than a title with multiple words.
3. Decide on the aspects of the topic selected
4. Will your article be general in nature or will it focus on certain specific aspects? For example, let us say you decide to write on London. Consider the following topics you can write on:
- London in general
- London’s tourist spots
- London’s educational institutes
- Skiing spots in London
- Travel tips for those visiting London
- One particular place in London, such as the London Bridge
- Types of accommodation in London
- Transportation in London; etc.
Spread Out The Information
Do not crowd sentences together. If you bunch a whole lot of information together, readers will lose interest. At the same time, do not go to the other extreme by writing one sentence on each line at a time, with space between one line and the next. This is where the use of paragraphs becomes important.
1. Commas, full stops (periods), semicolons, etc. all have a role to play in a sentence. Remember, though, not to utilize them in an extra free manner. You should not use punctuations in such a manner that they look like they have fallen like raindrops or snowflakes from the sky!
- Know more about punctuations here: Importance of Punctuation Marks and their usage
- Use capital letters properly
- Never type entire words in capital letters. It is as though you are shouting at the reader. A capital letter has its own place in a sentence, specifically at the very beginning.
2. Find out all about capitals here: Correct Use of Capital Letters.
Use Sub-Headings and/or Bulleted Points
A sub-heading can be used if you are breaking up your text into different sections. You can also put points in a numbered or bulleted format, such as (1), (2),-, •, etc. That way, if a reader wishes to know about a particular aspect/feature, he can see it at a single glance and go directly to that part of the text.
In the case of articles submitted here at ISC, please use HTML tags for sub-headings by using <h2> </h2> and <h3> </h3> tags and for points and bullets (for further information on tags see point #8 below).
Your text will attract high readership via search engines if you use good keywords and highlight these words in bold. However, note that you should not overdo it. Put only 2 or 3 words in bold for a lengthy article.
Use HTML Tags
To highlight a word in bold or in italics or to underline a word, make use of the correct HTML tag. Similarly, make use of HTML tags for your sub-headings. If you are not familiar with the use of HTML tags, don’t use them. The wrong usage of HTML tags can create a lot of havoc! Please see attachment for commonly used HTML tags. [Note: these HTML tags were provided by another ISC member and not prepared by me so full credit to that member for the list.]
This is an optional aspect of your article. You don’t need to put in images for every text, but if, for example, you are writing on a travel topic, a mobile phone, etc; you could insert an image in-between the text to make your article look better.
Check Spellings and Grammar
This is the most important part of an article. Before you submit an article, you must double check the spellings and grammar of the text.
Here’s how to check:
- Type your article in a Word document on your computer
- Go to the starting point of your text
- Click on ‘Review’ at the top menu bar of your screen
- Go to Spelling and Grammar in the proofing tab of the Review Ribbon.
Note: It is best to first set the language. This is available at the review in the Menu bar and then in the Language tab of the Ribbon, select English (India).
Keep the above ten tips on writing a good quality article and you will soon be set for a career as a writer!