Category Archives: News Writing

On Language Patrol: Avoid These Expressions

I’ve been keeping track again of stale language I’ve read in newspapers and magazines these past few weeks. Feature writers and columnists shouldn’t resort to using these hackneyed terms and phrases: 1) pork barrel 2) acid test 3) bone of … Continue reading

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Consider Your Future as a Successful Writer

Like any other goal in life, if you want to be a successful writer, you have to define where you are now and where you want to go. If you define your writing goals, you can achieve them. They must … Continue reading

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Writers of All Genres: Get Back to Basics and Get a Reality Check

No matter what genre we write in,  most of us struggle at certain points with motivating ourselves through writer’s block and the revision process. When we find ourselves languishing, often it’s time to start considering the basics again. Even an … 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 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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Feature Articles: Learn How to Humanize Them

What do we mean when we say humanizing the feature article? That can mean two things: writing in a human interest style, and often, dealing with incongruity. Human interest means that which interests people. That could involve, writing about other … Continue reading

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Feature Writers: Engage Your Readers in Your Newspaper & Magazine Articles

With feature articles, keep these 10 points in mind to capture and hold the attention of your newspaper and magazine readers: 1) The “head,” the title of the article, is important. Does the head have an interesting or picturesque verb … Continue reading

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