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Top 10 Tips to Write a Better E-Zine Article
by Brian Scott
There are two keys to writing a good ezine article. The first key is that the writer must be familiar with the subject on which he or she is writing. If the writer is unfamiliar with the topic, then he must do extensive research. People believe what they read in print, so it's important that the information they read is correct.
The second key is that the ezine article is well-written. It doesn't matter if the information is correct or notif a potential reader can't make sense of the information, then the writer has failed at communicating his message. Conversely, a writer can make a dull subject more interesting if he presents the subject properly.
Below are the top 10 tips on writing an ezine article that everyone will want to read. I've divided them into two parts -five tips on choosing a topic and researching the article, and five tips on how to write the article to make readers want to read it.
1. Choose a topic that interests you. It is possible to write on any subject you wish, of course, but if you are already familiar with the topic, then this will reduce research time, and you will enjoy writing the article much more.
2. Do extensive research. Even if you are well-versed in the topic on which you are writing, it is still necessary to research your topic. You always want to make sure you are current on the latest news. For example, you may have visited a city last year and want to write about some of the best restaurants to visit. The problem is, within that timeframe, some of those restaurants may have closed. So always verify your facts.
3. Keep a bibliography. When you do your research, you'll be consulting several books, newspapers, magazines and websites. It's importantat least, it could be importantthat you know where every scrap of information comes from. Should someone email you with questions about your article, you'll want to send them the exact chapter and verse of where each fact came from.
4. Share your bibliography, and "webography," at the bottom of your article. This will add a bit of professionalism to the article, and also cut down on questions from your readershipthey'll be able to look everything up themselves!
5. Write your topic with a narrow focus. If you want to write an article about World War II, for example...you can't write a 500 word article on the whole war! Narrow it down to one specific topic. The narrower the better.
Now that you know what to put into your article, you now need to know how to write it.
1. Always cover the Who, What, When, Where and Why
Every Ezine article benefits from this reporter's creed, whether you're writing a travel article, a history article or an opinion piece. Following the "Five Ys" will also help you if you have writer's block or just don't know where to start.
2. Write in a straightforward manner.
Isaac Asimov, when putting together an essay about fiction writing, said there were two types of writing-"the mosaic and the plate glass." The mosaic was beautiful writing, but hard to understand. The plate glass was clear and unadorned. The same premise holds true for non-fiction writing.
3. Use the latest Word Processing application
Make sure you have one that alerts you to misspelled words and ungrammatical sentences.
4. Proofread your work
Your word-processing application may tell you if you've misspelled a word, but it won't tell you if you've used a wrong word. "Their" and "there" are often mixed up, for example.
5. Set your article aside for a time
Once you have completed your article, set your it aside for at least 24 hours to a week (if possible). After you have allowed your article to sit for some time, go back to it and read it as a newcomer-the same way your audience will read it-and make any necessary corrections.
Follow these ten tips, and every Ezine article you write will be a masterpiece.