10 tips for Writing a Good Article

We write for mainly two reasons: a. for our own satisfaction and b. for earning some money. There are other reasons too but these two are perhaps the most common. We all want to write good articles but very few of us can actually do so and that is why who can write well become successful in earning money as well as making a name for themselves. In this article I like to give some tips from my 10 years of writing experience. Of course, I am not a very successful writer internationally but in my own country I have achieved some good name as a young writer or in other words I have excelled to some extent in my field of writing- ICT journalism.

Know your readers?
We write for others not for ourselves. So, always try to think of your readers. For this it is most important to know for whom you are going to write. For example, I am going to write this article for those people who are looking for materials in Internet about doing well in writing. There is little chance that very famous writers will bother to go through this article. Thus, try to imagine who your readers can be. Then try to know about their likes and dislikes. Try to assume what they are looking for from your article and how you can give them. For this, observe people as much as you can and know about their likes and dislikes.

Not the easiest work!!
This is the mistake that many people make about writing. They feel that writing is a very easy work but my own experience and the experience of thousands of writers and journalists around the world show a different picture. Unfortunately, writing is not a very easy work. First of all, it needs a lot of time and effort to write and more than that earning money by writing is even a more difficult work. If we look at the history of any major literature in the world, we can find that many poets and writers received little recognition when they were alive. So, if you think that writing is something very easy and you are going to earn money with everything that you write then you are surely living in fool’s paradise. Knock! Knock! Get awake because the dream is over. Of course, earning money through writing is as difficult as any job and even perhaps more difficult than computer programming.

Don’t show off
Many times, after reading an article I feel that the writer has given me a lot of pain by using too many difficult words which I do not know. Many would be writers have the notion that to show that they are different than ordinary people they must write in very difficult language or else they would earn their deserved respect and fame in the eyes of the readers. Many writers have a tendency to look down upon those writers who write in everyday plain language. Of course, in poetry you need to play with your words. However, if you want to write something about registering a domain or American War of Independence using too many difficult and uncommon words will only alienate the readers. One of the best things to do is after writing an article giving it to someone to read. We should always remember that in any kind of work we like those people who can make life easy for us. Always remember that a good writer is he/she who can present the most difficult matter in the easiest way not

Polish up your grammar and spelling
Word Processors like Microsoft Word provide excellent support for correcting spellings in English language. Still, when we search over the Net, we can find many spelling and grammatical mistakes. If you do not want to spend money for a word processor then there is the Open Office which is free. Or you can search for other free word processors in download.com. Dictionary is another great tool and in www.dictionary.com you can check words too. However, those who like to become skilled writers it is always important that they spend at least 30 minutes daily for studying and practicing English grammar.

No one is perfect: So revise again
I do not know how many people are there who can write without any mistake. I know for sure that I am not of them. If you are one of them then ignore this tip but those who are not sure about their being perfect in the first attempt should give enough time and attention for making the writing error free. The fewer mistakes you have the better. Revising helps you another way. It can give you new ideas to enrich your article.

Read a lot
This is perhaps the most common advise given to every would be writer. There is two things to consider however: a. should I read only about my field of writing? B. Should I read a lot about other fields too? Suppose, I am a sports writer and I write about Football or Basketball. Of course, it is very important to know about my field (basketball or football) but reading about other fields will not harm me at all. Rather the more we can read outside of our field the more we can enrich our articles.

A catchy title
Many times we just get attracted to an article by its exceptional title. The ability to make a title catchy is like winning half the battle. For acquiring such abilities reading daily newspaper is a must as they come up with very good titles to attract their readers. However, please keep in mind that this ability can be acquired only after long time of effort. On the other hand, it is not a good idea to become too much obsessed with making a catchy title.

Long or short?

Most probably all of us are worried for the length of an article. Is it too long or too short? It is very difficult to determine whether an article is too short or too long. Some writers have given the advice of 400-500 words for the net. On the other hand, a magazine article is often around 800-1000 words. So, the length of an article depends on the target market.

Which topic?
This is another dilemma almost every new writer faces. Should I write about the topic that I know very well or should I write about a topic that has good demand in the market? This is a very difficult question to answer. My own opinion is that we should try to make a balance about this matter. However, I am in no was suggesting that you should write about a topic without knowing anything. What I am saying is that in addition to writing about the topic that you know a lot you can try to know about a topic that has good demand and then write about it.

Never copy
Copying or plagiarizing is a serious offence and if an article is copied from any source improperly then it is a very bad offence for any writer. There are many websites about helping students and writers to learn about using materials from different sources in a proper way. MLA and APA are the common styles and there are quite a few websites in which you can get information about these styles.

Finally, we all should remember that writing articles is not a very easy work but so is earning money in other fields too. So, be confident and get into writing.

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  1. I am too much elate after reading this outstanding post about writing capasity. Your incentive towards us truly praiseworthy dear writer. Undoubtedly your brilliant discussion about enhancing writing capacity I hope that everyone can find their question answer from this post.

    How nicely you have describe really I feel pleasure. We have to write for others by fulfilling our own satisfaction as well as earning money, it is truth. Others line you have noticed that most of the writer are using unknow words, obviously it is right. In newspaper or some writers article I couldn’t understand even after using dictionary. They are using unknow and extraordinary word but they don’t look on that the readers are not perfect to understand his/her article. But in this article top to bottom I have understand without any help of dictionary. Using easy word is the best writing. Dear writer your extraordinary advised to read more and for increasing writing skill really exact write. In shah Allah I will obey your instraction.

  2. I am too much elate after reading this outstanding post about writing capasity. Your incentive towards us truly praiseworthy dear writer. Undoubtedly your brilliant discussion about enhancing writing capacity I hope that everyone can find their question answer from this post.

    How nicely you have describe really I feel pleasure. We have to write for others by fulfilling our own satisfaction as well as earning money, it is truth. Others line you have noticed that most of the writer are using unknow words, obviously it is right. In newspaper or some writers article I couldn’t understand even after using dictionary. They are using unknow and extraordinary word but they don’t look on that the readers are not perfect to understand his/her article. But in this article top to bottom I have understand without any help of dictionary. Using easy word is the best writing. Dear writer your extraordinary advised to read more and for increasing writing skill really exact write. In shah Allah I will obey your instraction.

  3. I am too much elate after reading this outstanding post about writing capasity. Your incentive towards us truly praiseworthy dear writer. Undoubtedly your brilliant discussion about enhancing writing capacity I hope that everyone can find their question answer from this post.

    How nicely you have describe really I feel pleasure. We have to write for others by fulfilling our own satisfaction as well as earning money, it is truth. Others line you have noticed that most of the writer are using unknow words, obviously it is right. In newspaper or some writers article I couldn’t understand even after using dictionary. They are using unknow and extraordinary word but they don’t look on that the readers are not perfect to understand his/her article. But in this article top to bottom I have understand without any help of dictionary. Using easy word is the best writing. Dear writer your extraordinary advised to read more and for increasing writing skill really exact write. In shah Allah I will obey your instraction. Thankyou so much.

  4. At very out set , I do convey my thanks & gratitude to the writer for presenting such a pricy & eye catchy write up for those people who are eagger to improve further as to establish themselves as a praise worthy writer in order to earn name & fame not only here in his native land but also beyond the boundary………
    Secondly, it is not a cup of tea to be a good writer. It demands a lot of time & hard work. A writer himself has to be very intelligent & far sighted as as a good philosopher too. Because he needs to study about his reader taste well . Keeping in mind that his writing not for himself but his reader.
    Also a writer has to give up the mentality of showing off…by using hard uncommon vocabulary & sentence complexity. ….

    It also important equally to spend a little time on grammatical accuracy to check it out & get updated.
    In addition, you must read as much as possible. It is because to get ideas on different topic & writing style.
    Again, you have to be smart enough to select a catchy tittle for your topic.
    Last but not the least, you should never copy of other work .it is a serious offense. Still, you may borrow idea & style.
    Actually, this is what I understood from the above topic. It will be highly appreciated if anyone give me some feed back ! Is there any one to help me out ?

  5. Thank you so much for providing these useful suggestionss. Of course, it is not that easy to write on a good topic and also picking up a subject for writing is tough one. I never stress on choosing a title. Because it makes me confused.

  6. At first, I want to congratulate Razib Ahmed sir for delivering an outstanding content that helps many learners who are desiring to establish themselves as a content writer. There is much important point in this article which is effective for being a professional content writer. Really earning money by writing is one of the most difficult tasks for anybody. Writing is not an easy task. For being a writer, one person needs much practice. There are many successful writers around the world who worked hard so much for the development of their writings and as a result, they have been successful. some have been successful before the death and some have been successful after the death.

  7. Wow great post sir…i am speechless reading ur good suggestion of writing ..but in my open writing field, i just select a word to write about this word as like as diligence, patience, trying, loving, liking, walking, speaking, listening. I seem every word is my one post.yeah it is true to me..thank a lot..please pray for me sir

  8. Thanks a lot sir. Its very effective post for thise who want to make a career on content writing. Each and every topic that is neccessary for a good content, you desctibed very nicely.
    At first we need to study about our readers demand. if readers are not interested to read the article then all the hardwork done by a writer is effortless. So well recognition of readers mind is very necessary for the writers.
    They should read a lot. when someone reads huge number of articles or writings then he must get a huge knowlege from there and also gets some ideas of writing. He can get the way to research about the way of writing effectuvely.
    Word choice is very necessary for a successful content. if the readers are elite persons or well skilled in english then hare words can be used. this wont have any big problem for them. But we target the general people as readers then we must use simple words that general people can get easity. otherwise thet will feel bore during teading.

    Grammatical mistakes and misspelled words harms the quality of any article.so we should take care of this matter. we can revise after writing and rectify the faults happened diring writing..
    Title also plays very important role of an article. If the title is attractive then readers feel the thrust to read read the post. if the title is not unic or fascinating then reader wont feel the need of reading that one.

    Article should be of moderate lenglth and also have the ability to keep the readers interest throughout the whole post.

    I read it and get this from it. Thanks a lot sir. 🙂

  9. I didn’t know what was the actual benefit of reading and why I should read an article. From today I knew the benefit of reading and why I should read, you know how? After reading your outstanding article. The article is really helpful for all who are interested in writing in future. Whatever it may for own satisfaction, name or famous or earning money. From this article I just knew that without reading quite impossible to write better something.
    First of all we have to know the method of writing and how I can make attractive my writing to the reader.
    It’s so tough to convince and get attracted to the reader. For that I have to decorate my writing article definitely understandable,readable and attracting to the reader. The ten tops of this article really can bring pinnacle change in life of any writer. Catchy title is the most important issue to make attracting the article to reader. Because most of the reader follow or read first od all the heading then they decide what they should do,read or avoid.
    Sentence making is the another important way to make attracting an article to the reader. Every reader searchs the easy writing that is easy to understand and thinkable. But it is so difficult to write an article using easy word whole the article.Sometimes I have to write tough article and easy article but it depends on completely reader. That is why I have to read the reader, who are actually reader of my article.It is very important for writing content and getting the value of writing. Show off and copyright is the worst thinking of writing as a well content writer. We all should avoid copy others. We can follow others but don’t try to do copy. I feel glad to read it because I have known massive things from this article. All the best.

  10. Thank you so much sir for this awesome post to make us acknowledged about the crucial parts of a article to make it perfect for our readers.
    Actually, No task is not easy as we say. But one should try it harder to achieve it for his own. And earning from writing is also a hard job, I think.
    While writing, we all should keep in mind that, How much acknowledged about the topic which we are writing and what our reader need actually from that writing.
    We must use a catchy tittle as our headline but should not cheat our readers by our bad writing.
    One could be skilled only when he will do hard job for it .
    Some others and most important things are,
    We are non native in English so we must do follow the perfect correction of spelling and grammatical rules.
    There are no alternatives to study for grammar which is most important.
    And we all should write for our writers so, we should use easy words to make it easier to readers.

  11. Firstly I thank Razib vai for suggestion to see the 10 tips for writing a good article.
    You are really a respectable person. Because you always search how to easy for us!!!! how to improve for us!! how. I read,write, speak.
    Now when read this article I become astonished , you say always try write with easy word. Using hard word sometimes newly member don’t understand clearly.
    Sometime somebody want to show themselves as a brilliant writer with using hard words,but it’s not good for little knowing members.
    I pay my heartiest thank you, because your smoothly writing show me interesting to read your article.

  12. I have already read the article for 3 times…. The all friendly advises of the writer will help us. Who wrote the article he or she is very well writer. This types of article will help us more for the betterment of our writing skill. No one can be a well writer without putting heart and soul works. Hope all the articles this one category will be a source of knowledge and guideline. Thanks to all

  13. Wonderful writing indeed. So much effective instruction for new writers like me. When ever I read a post from this website, it push me to write more and more…

  14. It seems to me sometimes writing is tough work but not all the time. It is a good guidance about writing. As newbie in this field it will be exploited for me.

  15. Really this article boosted me to write more and more articles.I have known many new things from this write ups that helps me to write decorately and nicely in my writing.

  16. I have learnt a lot from the article. There are some points what I want to emphasize more are:

    1) It would be better for a writer to read a lot in different topics to enrich the writing to his/her particular topic

    2) There is no guarantee of making huge money from writing as free hand writing is tougher than computer programming. There are many well known writers who did not get recognition while they were alive. But I thing there are more opportunities now than ever to earn from writing as for the advancement of technology beside having the options of book writing.

    3) A plagiarist can’t hide in this digital age (by taking writing as a career).

    4) Writing should be fun where we should get enjoyment from the words, sentence structure rather dying for money.

    5) A good writer read a lots.

  17. From this article i learn that i have to care of my writing. Though i am not writer, i am learner.. yet i will try to give attention reader. You are really great writer.when i read this article, i deep into.

  18. Owo! outstanding tips for us.
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    Its very valuable post for all the newbie writer. If they follow this tips surely they could be successful.
    It also help us to write in our fb timeline. it will help us to be popular in our friend list.I will try to follow this tips.
    That’s why we have to read a lot. I will follow this rules because by joining here Reading is being my favourite hobby.I want to Charis it.so I have to read aa lot. It will increase my knowledge and I will be well prepared for attending BCS exam. I wish I will be a BCS cader.And insha alllah I could by follow this tips.
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    Thanks

  19. Thanks a lot vaia, There is really we get some effective tips to enrich our writing . I am sure if we can go this way then obviously our writing will be much more improved…

  20. it’s a very important article for us i got so much tips and information from here it will be very helpful in our future amazing matter is that by reading this website we can practice english also get information

  21. I am so much doubted about the upcoming or incoming writers,s/he read or knew about this post.I think all types of writer should know about this tips you wrote here.
    I understood maximum meaning of this post.Thank you sir for creating a long post with using easy words.

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