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I wanted to share some article writing tips in the online article writing perspective. I said online since writing article traditionally such as those for newspapers and magazines is somewhat different. I'm a communication graduate and we learned in our journalism subject how to write news and feature articles. When I came to writing articles online however, I realized that it is somewhat different though those things I learned before somewhat helped a bit as well. Let me then share them to you.

Three Parts of An Article

There are three basic parts of an article as it is also done in any kinds of writing such as screen writing and essay writing. These are the introduction, body, and conclusion.

1. Introduction

In journalism, this is called the lead. This is the part where you wanted to entice your audience to read through your article. Therefore, you must do your best to make it interesting.

There are so many ways to start an article. You can begin by asking a question, giving a quotation, or just say whatever you want as long as it introduces the topic you wanted to talk about. In writing online, you can be very informal. Don't spend a lot of times thinking of an introduction. Just speak what's on your mind about the topic you wanted to share. Just make it short though because this part is just an introduction.

2. Body

This is now the part where you will discuss the things that you wanted to talk about. For example, if you are writing about a product review, you can mention all the positive and negative features of that product here and say your opinion. You can even share your personal experiences if you yourself used that product. If you don't have any first hand experience with the product though, you can still share others' experiences with it.

Since this is the main part of the article, it is expected to be longer. However, you must still try your best to say things in a shorter way because reading a very long article online is also not so good. Chances are audience will not continue to read the article if it is too long.

3. Conclusion

In this part, try to say closing statements. Using my example about a product review earlier, this is the part where you can say your overall opinion about a certain product. You can then recommend it to others or warn the buyers if it is not good. Make this part short as well.

So those are the three parts of an article that you can apply while writing. When writing articles online, bear in mind that you just have to do it very informally. Think of yourself talking to your best friend and sharing an information instead or writing an article for academic purposes. In this way, your article will have more personal touch to audience for them to be able to relate more to it.

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Jane Eyre  

Very helpful to me, thanks for the tips.

  about 1 decade ago

Great article Cham! It is quite different in the online world, and your advice of being informal and writing like you are talking to your best friend does help a lot. It helps you to be engaging to your audience.

  about 1 decade ago
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