Writing an Article

Articles are generally defined as short pieces of writing of a non-fiction nature. They are used widely in journalism, creative writing, and online and offline publishing.

When being asked to write an article, a writer should keep certain information in mind: the subject, the topic, the required length, and the audience or target market of readers. Then, there is the all-important aspect of what the article’s use or intention is.

Articles are used to sell, to persuade, to inform, to furnish details, and to entertain. The tone of an article can be casual, academic, or technical.

Steps for Writing an Article

  1. Make sure you know the purpose or use of the article.
  2. Gather all information you want to present in one folder.
  3. Assemble as much material as you can on the chosen topic or subject.
  4. Take notes and consolidate them thoroughly to facilitate organization.
  5. Start a point list to cover subject, topic, length, market, and intention.
  6. Check the legalities and ethical issues related to the topic.
  7. Draft brief paragraphs to highlight a set of relevant points.
  8. Write an introductory paragraph last in order to encapsulate the topic and rationale properly.


Key Points to Consider

  • Tone and narrative must match the ones in use by the magazine, newspaper, or website that will publish the article.
  • Before writing an article for a specific publisher, such as a newspaper, university journal, topical magazine, scholarly publication, or technical website, make yourself familiar with the kind of articles already published by that periodical.
  • Check that your subject and topic are compatible with the