We all remember our school life when we were asked to write articles. And we (generally) hated it. Yet here I am writing an article about how to write one. Before I go with the hows, let me try to convince you to grow your interest in writing articles.
One of the best ways to put forth ideas is the pen, backed by the age-old adage, ‘The pen is mightier than the sword’. but to write an article and to pen one, I believe, are two startlingly different tasks. And, I hope that by the end of this piece, I will be able to give you a brief, and sufficient idea about the latter. If I succeed, my article is a good example, if I fail, it is a bad one!
More often than not, it is the case that one is not able to be vocal about opinions, issues, or even emotions. Not surprising, because, we as humans cannot handle too many emotions at the same time. Also, not everyone can kindle the rationale impromptu. Thus, it becomes imperative to sustain the better method: writing. The best part about article writing is that it gives the reader only the final, gleaming portrait of what could once have been tatters. You can;t in any way know how many lines I would’ve ‘backspaced’ or how many lines I may have re-written.
Now about the hows. With the advent of the post-modernist era, and with liberalism rearing its head in almost every sphere of life, the conventional is constantly being discarded and norms being redefined. So, let me make clear here that there is no hard-and-fast rule about how one should go about the task.
- Firstly, research about the topic you wish to write about. That is, assuming that you already know what you want to write about. Research is not restricted to scanning Wikipedia. You can also read newspaper articles, scour libraries, and so on.
- Once your database is firm, proceed to categorize your information in sub-groups based on what you wish your article to be about. For instance, in this article, I have categorized data in groups like “WHY”, “HOW”, and so on. This not only helps you have a clearer picture but also helps the reader assimilate information swifter and with more clarity.
- Once you begin writing, remember to highlight the keywords, if any. This is not a compulsory step, but why not?
- Make sure that you divide paragraphs based on the content you’re writing in the same.
- A very important point to note is that you should refrain from plagiarism at any cost (be it having to extend your deadlines or poor content quality).
- Spell-check and Grammar-check your content. This step isn’t very necessary if you’re using a writer like, say, MS Word™ since they have their own mechanisms in place for the same. Nonetheless, it is better to proofread your document once, by yourself.
- Once all this is done, ensure that nothing you’ve written is ethically incorrect, because, in written form, the accountability is at maximum. Also, don’t overuse the All Caps fonts.
These should help you in going ahead with writing your articles. Of course, you can add visual graphics, or tags (if you’re writing/publishing online), because of they firstly, make your article presentable, and secondly, they add more viewership. I reiterate what I said beforehand, there is no fixed way to write an article. Sometimes, it could be haphazardly placed sentences that make an article more appealing, it could be the use of devices, or what not. It is entirely up to your discretion.
Also, don’t step back from trying new formats, unless you’re in school and need those marks!