Category Archives: Beginners’ Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features

Feature Articles about People are Popular

Features about people are always in demand. We are naturally curious, and we love to read about other people who do interesting things. It’s uncommon to find people who don’t like to talk about themselves, if they have interesting lives. … Continue reading

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Feature Articles: Get These Ten Great Ideas!

I discuss ten popular topics of feature articles in my book, Beginners’ Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features, that I wrote several years ago when I taught journalism. I will list them here. These are especially suitable for local … Continue reading

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Feature Writers: Consider Your Description

When I taught  journalism, I harped on students to be more descriptive in writing features for publication. Below are some descriptive sentences that I’ve pulled from some of their papers: 1)  Soft drinks shoot out of a gun that looks … Continue reading

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Feature Writers: Avoid Stale Language

When writers resort to using stale expressions and words, that signals that they are getting lazy. Below are some stale expressions that I’ve run across in newspapers and magazines, that have no place in writing: 1) better half 2) better … Continue reading

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Feature Article Ideas Abound!

If you are short of ideas for feature articles, let me give you 42 of them, based on articles I wrote and published in the past year. 1) a municipal band leader 2) a barbershop quartet 3) a genealogical society … Continue reading

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Feature Writers: Use This Checklist

Mark Twain often spoke of  writing in an unpretentious way,  simplicity of language, accuracy, and “naturalness.” These are points that should be uppermost in feature writers’ minds when they write for newspapers and magazines. Heed these key points about your … Continue reading

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Find Ideas for Freelance Feature Writing Everywhere

When you’re a freelance writer, everything you do in your day can lead to something to write about. Features are all about human interest. A broad field, no doubt. Whether your idea yields a full-blown article, a short news item … Continue reading

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