Monday, December 1, 2014

Write for an Audience

I've bumped into several women who feel God has called them to write a book. Usually it's about their life story.  It often ends up being a memoir of sorts.  Or it reads like a Christian devotional.

One trait I often see is women copying the voice of published authors they've read.  They may not do it intentionally.  I know I often write similar to a couple myself.  Nevertheless, it's important to examine your writing to see if you've done that.  If you have, your work may not have the believability you want it to have.  Very few authors can get away with calling their reader "blessed one" or "dear."

Well-published authors have a platform.  Their voice works for them because of their platform.  I urge you to be cautious of this copycat type of writing.  Edit out fluff and phrasing your reader might identify as being from someone else, as best you can.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Three Tips for Good Article Writing

I haven't added to this blog lately, but today heard good advice on article writing.  So I want to share it with aspiring writers.

To write a full-bodied unique article you will need to include several key ingredients. Every article should have these three parts:

1.  An introduction that tells the reader what you're going to tell them.
2.  The body where you tell them.
3.  The conclusion where you tell the reader what you've told them.

It's easy for those of us who like to get to the point to forego an introduction.  It's also annoying to have to wrap it up with a conclusion.  But good editors will reject articles that don't have these ingredients.

Also most articles that have lists need to have examples that demonstrate the reason the item is in the article. The explanation should be tailored to prove the hypothesis, thesis, or introduction.

There are a few exceptions to the rule.  I think if I were to explain the points in the numbered list above further, it would take away their strength.  But most lists benefit from explanations because doing so makes the article unique. It's the way you get to put a spin on an idea.

When no explanation is given to listed items, the article may resemble an article another person has already written.

You can write your introduction last.  I often do.  You can also write a good conclusion by re-reading your introduction.

Above all, make sure your body really does prove a point, not go off on a bunny trail.

Use these tips to tighten up your writing.

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