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Mistakes To Avoid When Article Writing – Advice For Newbies
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Mistakes To Avoid When Article Writing – Advice For Newbies

If you’re going to be writing content for your website or blog you will want to give visitors the best quality information that you can. Although your content doesn’t have to be perfect, it should be original, capture the interest of the reader and be easy to understand. If this is a whole new world to you and you’re concerned about your writing ability don't be. Everyone makes mistakes at one time or another and it's all part of a natural learning process. Here are 5 mistakes to avoid when article writing.

Copying

If you do some quick research in one of the search engines you probably wouldn’t find it too difficult to find the same work attributed to different people. Don’t ever copy someone else’s work. Not only are you cheating your visitors by offering them content which isn’t yours, you could find in extreme cases that your site could be closed down. It’s not worth the risk.

Using unverified ‘facts’

A common mistake that new writers often make is to present information as ‘facts’ without giving any verifiable source. Often this information is more to do with theirs or someone else’s beliefs. If you're presenting facts make sure you quote the source and use a reputable one.

Muddled structure

Most articles are written using an essay style structure. Eg An introduction, a middle section comprising of 4 or more paragraphs emphasising separate points and some type of conclusion or summary that draws the whole article together. It’s important that your writing is structured in a logical way. Don’t make the mistake of jumping from one point to another and then back again. Nor should you add any new information into your summary if it hasn’t been mentioned earlier in the article.

Acronyms with no explanation

There will be times when you want to use acronyms but a common writing mistakes is to assume your readers will automatically know what you’re talking about without any explanation. A recent example of how they can easily be misunderstood involved the British Prime Minister David Cameron. It was revealed by Rebecca Brooks, the former Chief Executive of News International that Mr Cameron used to send her text messages which he finished with 'LOL' believing that he was signing off ‘Lots of Love’. She had to point out that in internet slang it means ‘ laughing out loud’ (or‘laugh out loud’, or ‘lots of laughs’). Quite a difference. Always give an explanation the first time you use an acronym.

Too many ‘I’s

Many people start up blogs or websites about topics that they are very passionate about and have experience they want to share. However, a common writing mistake is to use too many‘I’s. The greatest focus should be on your readers not yourself. When you edit you may need to change some of the ‘I’s to ‘You’s.

Summary

When you start out writing articles, they may not be as good as you want and you may make some of the common article writing mistakes but it’s better that you get articles published rather than trying for perfection. Having said that, there are some writing mistakes that you can avoid such as not copying other people’s work, presenting unverified facts, having a poor structure that makes it difficult to read and putting too much emphasis on yourself rather than on your website visitors and potential customers.

Article writing takes practice. Keep writing


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Thanks!

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That is great advice and I have heard it often. In the end on the network most people will skim and then go back if they find what they are looking for when they skim. Great advice

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Thanks for taking the time to comment Gayle. Yes a lot of people do skim partly because we all live life at such a fast pace.

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