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Feature Writers: Make Your Work Publishable and Praised by Readers

When you write for newspapers and magazines, you must always consider whether your article is not only likely to be published by editors, but if it will be praised by readers. Popularity of writers leads to more writing assignments for … 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: Do You Need More Article Ideas?

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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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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Authors: Book Covers Are Vital to Your Book’s Success

If you read the comments after my post, “Writing a Book? Your Title Is Key,” you noticed that William Sheehan, one of my followers, asked me to address the topic of book covers. The Wall Street Journal once published, “You … Continue reading

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Feature Writers and Columnists: Make Your Writing Shine

As feature writers and columnists, keep these tips uppermost in your mind. 1) If you don’t know what to write about, look around you, go out and do something, and observe. Drive past something–a business or an organization, and write … 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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What Makes a Good Feature Article?

Feature articles are called feature “stories.” However, they are not fictional. This is just like a news article that is called a news story. Story is synonymous with article in journalism language. I interpret the word story in journalism as … Continue reading

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Write Feature Articles About People

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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