How to Write a Good Article
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Article Title: How to Write a Good Article (from Online Writing Course)
Author Name: Craig Lock
Category (key words): Writing, Creative Writing, Writing tips/hints, articles, writing articles
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~ Franz Kafka

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“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”
(a lesson extracted from the “original” Online Creative Writing Course)

Whether you are writing offline or to promote your web site on the ‘net’, here are a few tips based on our writing experiences …

“It’s easy being a writer… the hardest part is figuring how to
make a living, whilst one does so.”

Firstly, carefully research and study your subject matter. Think
it all through very carefully, WHAT you are going to say and HOW
you are going to say it. I believe the essence of writing a good
interesting article is simplicity, but with a touch (or could it
be “tinge” of the unusual). Always aim for clarity and simplicity
in your writing. How long should your article be? In writing for
newspapers or popular magazines the length is probably around
500-750 words (or one to 2 pages). I would far rather read a 1000
word article giving information that would help me, than a breezy
3000 word article of waffle that doesn’t say much at all. Always
try to put yourself in the position of the reader.

After completion, re-read your article a number of times. Polish
it up by changing words and expressions.

Ensure that your article reads quickly and easily. Otherwise if
an article is too long the reader can easily lose concentration
and give up. Examine your sentences and paragraphs carefully to
ensure that the words flow smoothly. A paragraph should deal with
one idea, developed in one or more sentences that logically
advances the points you are trying to make, add meaning or
develop the story you are telling (the plot). Always try to make
your meaning clear. Ensure that your sentences are well
structured and that your grammar is correct.

The first words of your article are of vital importance to grab
your reader’s attention. You are doing a “selling” job to entice
them to read more – so make the reader want to read more. Develop
your theme logically. Carefully plan what you are going to say.

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Author's Bio: 

Craig is an extensive world traveller (on a "shoestring budget") and failed professional emigrater who has spent most of his lifes savings on airfares. He is still sliding down the razor blade of life on the beautiful undiscovered island that is New Zealand, somewhere near the bottom (rude!) of the world near Antarctica. There he talks to the 60 million sheep!

Through a rather strange set of circumstances and finding himself in a small town near the bottom of the world ...and with nothing else to do, he started writing.
Craig loves to encourage and empower people to be the best they can possibly be, and to encourage, help and support people in creating what they most want in life

“Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials...and strive for and perhaps one sunny day even achieve their wildest dreams.”

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