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Basic Content Structure In Articles
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Basic Content Structure In Articles

Writing interesting and engaging articles is one of the best abilities any writer can possess. Basic content structure in articles isn't actually a particularly difficult task, as long as the writer is willing to follow a basic outline of how an article should be constructed so the content flows smoothly and clearly for the reader. How to write a great article begins with an idea above all else, of course, but you must have the rest to bring that idea to your readers.

First, basic content structure in articles should start out with what is called the attention-grabber or the hook. The hook can range from one to three paragraphs (depending on the length of the total article) and should provide the reader with an eye-catching or thought provoking piece of information to draw the reader into the article. For example, many articles begin with a specific image or idea to draw in the reader. Instead of telling the reader about how to lose over one-hundred pounds the writer can begin by telling the story of real person who lost one-hundred pounds in less than three months. This kind of concrete, real life example hooks readers in and makes them want to learn more about the article content because the beginning was so engaging. I like to consider this the sort of ‘head’ of the content.

Second, after the hook should be the thesis or ‘body’ of the article with basic content structure in articles. After the reader has been drawn in with a hook it's important to get straight to the point and clearly state what the major argument is that will be made in the article. This taps into the human mind's natural capacity for categorizing and outlining. Once a reader understands the basic thesis of the article the rest of the content will flow more smoothly and be processed in a logical way.

With hook and thesis established, the rest of the article is the basic content. This should be outlined into major chunks and each paragraph should flow and develop upon the one that came before it. Major content ideas should be grouped together and clear markers or transitions should indicate when a switch from one content idea is made to another. For example, one part of the article might talk about financial benefits and another part might discussion health benefits. These two sections should have logical statements about the benefits with examples, and a clear transition between each section should be noted in the writing.

Finally, the end of the article or ‘foot’, should include a brief, one or two sentence conclusion that wraps up the major idea of the article for the reader to remember the overall point, and will complete the flow of the article. Basic content structure in articles is basic, and following those basics will allow your readers to understand what you are trying to convey in your content. How to write a great article is easy when you break it down into these simple basics.


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Good points. Thanks for these ideas, especially that of the hook!

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