Writing: Learn To Write Articles
Posted by Anna Everson on March 13th, 2019
The act of writing is a mystery to many people, especially readers. Most readers are left clueless and scared when the rare opportunity or obligation for them to write raises its challenging head. Why? We take the art and craft of writing for granted. However, with just a few tips, almost anyone can write about almost anything. I kid you not.
To write, a person has to think. This means thinking logically about the subject at hand, and presenting it in an orderly (step-by-step) manner. But, how is this done? Isn’t the subject matter the problem? No. Organizing it is.
The 5 Ws and H
The simple 5 Ws and H are the key to writing orderly. Yes, the old “Who, what, when, where, why, and how” is the key. If you can answer each of these questions in your article, it will be logical, informative, and orderly. These questions are the basis for your content.
Now, what about structure? Where do you start? How? What about the ending? Does one method work better than others? I think so, others may not.
The first paragraph of an article should explain and present the overall topic. A thesis sentence is always a good idea. Given that each paragraph should begin with a strong topical sentence, the thesis will be the second or third one in the article, column, or essay. Following the thesis, a sentence should be written to break the thesis down into parts. Each part will then get its own paragraph.
Remember, each paragraph must have a good topical sentence. Following this, there should be 3 or 4 subject-oriented sentences. Next, each paragraph should end with a closing sentence that leads into the next paragraph.
So far, so good. Right? We know we should answer the 5 Ws and H amid orderly paragraphs that lead into each other. Simple. I hope that you agree.
Writing Conclusions & Summary
Next, have a paragraph that makes conclusions about what you have written. Present and write the basics. Compose the point of it all, for the reader. Teach them something in a nutshell.
Lastly, write one final paragraph that re-tells what you have already told them, a summary. Let them know what they have learned and read. This also stresses the key points of the reading, and makes the allotted time worthwhile. Furthermore, it makes the reader feel smart, and somewhat educated about the subject matter.
If you follow the steps provided in this article, as read, you will be successful in most forms of article, essay, and column writing. If the subject matter itself is extremely difficult, or is meant to attract customers or clients, that is when you consider hiring a professional writer.