Ten Tips On Writing An Article

Posted at 15:01pm on 13th May 2009

Part 1 of 6 in a Series on Article Writing

Article writing, or journalism, is an art-form quite unlike anything else. And yet, in many ways, the fundamentals are identical to the way in which you’d go about writing a book. It’s these differences and similarities which I’m going to look at today.


In this post I’m simply going to outline the main features of a successful piece of writing, which we’ll look at in more detail at a later date. What you need to understand is that what follows may be applied not only to writing an article for a magazine or newspaper, but also to blogging, or article writing for the internet.


  1. What is the gender, age and the socio-economic profile of your readers?
  2. What are their interests; their hobbies and pursuits?
  3. What is their status: domestically (i.e. married, single, divorced, remarried, cohabiting) / politically / in the workforce?
  4. Understand publishing market trends Any number of issues affect what will sell: changes in fashion; technology; social trends; and fads.
  5. Study different publications – Does the magazine you’ve selected have a single focus (i.e. photography, gardening, money-making) or is it multi-faceted? i.e. a compendium of diverse subjects?
  6. Is it gender-based: a women’s magazine? Or age related: over 50’s.
  7. What type of articles feature in the publication? Are they informative / do they have a particular bias / do they make assumptions about the profile of readers / or are they impartial?
  8. Get to know the editor of the magazine.
  9. Some of the features of a magazine article are similar to a novel in that there has to be a beginning, a middle and an end.
  10. Develop a strategy to build on success

Over the next few weeks, I’m going to be developing each of these headings. So be sure to subscribe by clicking on the RSS feeder. Don’t miss this great new series!


Part 2 of 6: The Secrets Of Article Writing: Know Your Market, Know Yourself

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Your Comments:

13th May 2009
at 7:44pm

And you practice what you preach. Very informative and easy to
understand article. Stumbled on you by link from Twitter. Look
forward to reading rest of series.

Mel Menzies
20th May 2009
at 8:29pm

Thank you for your kind words, John: always an encouragement. I
hope the remainder of the series lives up to expectation.

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