Do you want to write articles that will earn you millions of readership while you also earn from it? What if I told you that I can teach you how to write compelling pieces that can be posted on the best blogs available today and shared by thousands on social media? Someone once said that everyone wants to get to heaven but nobody wants to die. Nothing could be further from the truth. As you follow my lead on these four important tips for writing a great article, it is my prayer that you will religiously follow these steps way after you are done reading this article. So help you, God!
Research your Foundation
Most aspiring, even seasoned writers face 'writer's block'. Writer's block can be defined as a creative meltdown process where a writer can no longer have a lucid, free-flow of ideas to pen down. Nevertheless, you won't spend the rest of your life having a pity party and fall apart like a two-dollar suitcase.
Great article writing demands that you spend a reasonable amount of time expanding your pot of ideas. You may not be a fun of cricket, but at the same time, you can't write the compelling piece about the game if you don't understand its' rules.
Brainstorm on your topic, do a proper research and get your facts right. Come up with sub- headings that serve to link the readers to the key topic. Visit libraries, speak to people knowledgeable in that field and use online resources to dig out collaborative sources of information to make your article authentic. Essentially all work is done here at the preparation stage; proper research will lead to the great article.
Go for topics that you are passionate about but also worthwhile to your target audience. An enthusiastic approach to your article will engage the audience and prolong its shelf life way after the writer has moved on. The title tells it all
The title of your article has the potential to either make you or break you. It doesn't matter if you write your title first before you do the story or vice versa. You must have a catchy title that draws in your reader, in business terms, this is called the USP- Unique Selling Position.
Of what value is it to the reader if he takes his time to read through their article? An effective headline is a teaser that tells us what the article is all about without giving away much but promises a particular value to the reader.
Presenting your idea
The article should begin with a hook, this is crucial to get your readers glued to what you are talking about. There are various methods to introduce your article and this includes but not limited to the use of shocking statistics or facts, posting a thought- provoking the question, debunking conventional myths or sharing some personal information.
PAINT A PICTURE
Novelty to your article is the definition of your artistic ability to tell the story. Any great article must be written in a creative, coherent and sequential manner that is easy for the reader to read, comprehend, learn and also be entertained. This is where you prioritize events/ actions, choice of words and their timing on when and where they appear will have an overall effect on your article.
A little bit of humor can go a long way in making your article interesting although this should be used sparingly. Too much of humor can water down its intended effect to the reader. The same applies to the use of vocabularies and terminologies. Not unless you are writing a scientific article and you are compelled to write terminologies not known to the average reader, stick to words commonly used in our day to day conversation. Whatever it is you are writing about, etch a mental picture into the mind of the reader as they read along.
CALL TO ACTION
The essence of writing an article is to want people to respond in a particular predetermined manner. This is the call to action and it comes to the conclusion to your story. What lessons do you want people to take away from your article?
AN IMAGE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS
If you really must use a picture as part of your story, employ emotional intelligence while selecting it. Photos or pictures should minister to the subconscious and amplify those aspects that you could not put in black and white. It should largely contribute to the overall tone of your article drawn from its artistic perspective which could be humor, or a sense of urgency, curiosity or creativity.
Write! Write! Write! Repetition is the mother of learning. Being a great article writer is not an overnight success. You must practice time and again by writing more articles until you perfect the art. Don't be discouraged by naysayers, keep researching, keep reading, keep asking, and keep writing. I repeat, repetition is the mother of learning.
I always have a point of view. It may not be right, but it's my own.-Baz Luhrmann Four years ago, I watched Luhrmann's The Great Gatsbyon the big cinema screen. As the film ended after 143 minutes, a long silence settled over the auditorium. It was a silence I had never experienced before, almost a reverence, a moment that was needed to process the story that had been flowing with a relentless pace. Luhrmann picks up classics from Fitzgerald and Shakespeare, considering their work as relevant as ever, and adapts them for large audiences, incorporating his very unique style and viewpoint. His films organically flow from scene to scene in an outstanding way, incorporating bizarre and emotional elements into an almost orchestral piece, leaving the spectator breathless. How does he do this? 10 Laws of Flow From Visionary Director Baz Luhrmann Let me introduce you to ten laws of flow that might change the way you see your story style.
1. The Narrative Circle The camera slowly flies over the water towards a coast by night, and then the green light emerges. This is the beginning of Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby. Two hours and nine minutes later, there is the green light again. We fly back over the water until the light fades. The music feels like the beginning and later like the ending of a beautiful symphony. In Romeo + Juliet, there is a 90s TV screen with a news speaker announcing the violent family feud in fair Verona. This is how the movie begins and ends. Luhrmann always brings the story to a full circle, the beginning and end mirroring each other's visuals, music, and narrative. He uses important symbols and objects to emphasize this narrative circle, stunning imagery that gains meaning throughout the story, compounding their effectiveness by the end. Whatever your novel starts with, make sure it has meaning and pays off in the end, bringing your story full circle. If you can mirror beginning and ending in more ways than one-an image, a symbol, narration, tone-your story will feel like a satisfying masterpiece. 2. One Main Symbol Symbolism is a great way to make a story special. But there is a technique Luhrmann uses in The Great Gatsbythat gives symbolism a stunning effect. He introduces one main symbol, which he explores throughout the story, giving it more and more meaning, far beyond simple functionality: the green light. It is the light at the end of Daisy's bridge. Luhrmann and Fitzgerald transform it into so much more. Just read those final words: Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. The green light symbolized the entire theme. It is built throughout the story, up until the very end, where it has the most powerful impact.
3. Consistency of Writing Style and Tone Luhrmann is a master of tone and style. His movies are a big symphony of colors and art, the costumes and set design perfectly synchronized. The music follows the tempo of the editing. Luhrmann makes stylistic choices that consider every detail, and he is never afraid to bring in his point of view and incorporate the extraordinary. You can see how much thought he has put into everything outside the story; every choice seems conscious and choreographed. He really creates a world, one thatplays by its own rules. But because everything fits so perfectly, the audience gladly accepts those rules and plays along. World building is an essential part of writing, and cannot be neglected if you want to carry your reader into an adventure.
To create a world that is convincing, exciting, and fitting to your characters, set an overall tone and stick to it in everything you do. 4. Seamless Scene Transitions Especially in Gatsby, the story flows seamlessly from one place to another, thanks to transitions achieved through camera movement and music. CGI allows the camera to shift from one place to another in one single movement, no cuts needed. In terms of narrative, the scenes also flow. They are interlocked, leading toward one another in a logical sequence. Often, writers work on scenes but neglect the transitions. How do the last sentence and the first sentence of the new scene fit together? Have you created a skillful yet seamless transition that flows organically? 5. The Story Within the Story In Gatsby, there is the framing story of Nick trying to overcome a trauma. The main story though is the story of Jay Gatsby. In Romeo + Juliet, Luhrmann frames the story with the news speaker explaining the long feud between the two families. Then, we dive into the love story of Romeo and Juliet. This technique allows great setup. With Nick, we wonder what happened to cause his trauma. In Romeo + Juliet, the news hints something terrible is about to happen. Additionally, a contextual frame is created. It allows the author to tell the story in a slightly different light, creating that closed circle that makes the story flow. 6. Contrasts Gatsby is a contrast to the whole society around him. He is comparatively selfless, driven by his desire to live the life he dreamed up for Daisy and himself. Likewise, Romeo is a contrast to his family: the only romantic, the one who is thoughtful and sensitive. Juliet, too, is a tender soul, but also someone who seems more mature than her family members. Luhrmann contrasts his main characters to the group and the society around them. He makes them special, extraordinary, rebels trying to change what is wrong with their worlds. This technique does so many things: makes the character change believable, evokes sympathy, creates unforgettable characters. 7. Excessive Tempo Luhrmann's films move to an excessive tempo: car chases, parties, music, fireworks, crowds. His movies always move, something necessary to hold the attention of modern audiences. The spectators need speed to intrigue them and carry them away. In the other hand, the moment the crazy tempo suddenly stops in certain scenes (such as when Romeo meets Juliet for the first time, or Gatsby sees Daisy after all those years), the emphasis on those moments seems even more significant. It feels like an insane car ride suddenly brought to a halt. 8. Magical Introduction of Characters Luhrmann introduces characters in a rich way, telling us everything we need to know and more. He gives characters a grand entrance. In just a few minutes, we are shown Tom Buchanan's trophies, his big mansion, the way he manipulates and pressures Nick, and a call from a mistress. When we are introduced to Daisy, white curtains are flying across the room, and laughter resounds. She wears a cozy but elegant white dress that emphasizes Nick's thought in the voice over: the golden girl, radiating a special warmth. We fall in love with her instantly. Gatsby remains a mystery in the beginning of the story. We see only shapes of him, and when we do, there is a change of music and tone, indicating something terrible will happen. When we finally see Gatsby's face for the first time, fireworks sparkle in the background, and triumphant music resounds as Gatsby's look captivates us. Luhrmann creates pure magic here.
The takeaway is important: When introducing your main characters, make sure you do it well. Bring in foreshadowing, think about how your characters are dressed, and present them in a way that reveals as many of their character traits as possible. 9. Relevance In both films, Luhrmann incorporates real-life footage: Verona for Romeo + Julietandfootage from New York in the twenties in The Great Gatsby. This way, he makes both stories realistic, accessible, and relevant. With Romeo + Juliet, he even goes one step further, bringing the whole story into a modern-day setting. 10. The Beauty and Tragic Irony of the Last Moment Luhrmann carefully orchestrates the last moment of the story's catastrophe to maximize impact. Gatsby dies thinking that Daisy called him, that she loved him. Even the audience is misled at first. But then, Luhrmann reveals Daisy never called, but rather that Nick was the only one who cared about him. Gatsby crashes dead into the pool, and while he falls, he moves away from the green light forever. The moment is so powerful because many elements come together: symbolism, stunning visual imagery, the music, and of course, the irony and tragedy that Daisy never really loved him. We find the same irony and tragedy in the well-known ending of Romeo and Juliet. Romeo thinks Juliet dead and kills himself just as she awakens. Juliet, seeing her beloved Romeo dead, takes her own life. In the end, they lie on a beautiful altar full of flowers and candles, sacrificial lambs to a cause far beyond their own.
This is the moment where the story within the story comes into play. Even if both endings are outright tragic, there is a small victory for the second story, giving the audience at least some satisfaction: Nick can overcome the trauma by writing his book. The violent feud between Montague and Capulet ends. *** Find your own point of view and make it shine in your story. Luhrmann's highly-stylized films may not suit everybody's taste, but he is a master of his craft. In the same way, strive to master your own craft. Never be unafraid to express your unique viewpoint. Wordplayers, tell me your opinion! How would you describe your own own unique writing style? Tell me in the comments! The post 10 Steps to Perfecting Your Writing Style appeared first on Helping Writers Become Authors.
According to one longstanding theory, our Solar System's formation was triggered by a shock wave from an exploding supernova. It injected material from the exploding star into a neighboring cloud of dust and gas, causing it to collapse in on itself and form the Sun and its surrounding planets. New work offers fresh evidence supporting this theory, modeling the Solar System's formation beyond the initial cloud collapse and into the intermediate stages of star formation.
Want some activity ideas for your kiddos that will provide fun and education. Always! As a big fan of unschooling, even though my children are in public school, I am big on games, crafts, field trips, and activities that involve learning without really trying. Enter Geology Lab for Kids 52 Projects to explore rocks, gems, geodes, crystals, fossils, and other wonders of the earth's surface. The book breaks up into 12 fun unit studies so this is really kind of perfect for homeschoolers and unschoolers who want to use it for some science learning and fun. It is a year's worth of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) activities. Here are a few of the fun things you will discover The first labis on crystals and one of the first projects is how to make sugar crystalswe just happen to love to do.Learn about the science behind crystals and make rock candy. What kid will object to this unit study?
Labfive has a nifty unit for learning about crystal structure and you and your kids get to make a nest of needles. Lab seven shows you how to make a cluster of geodes from common kitchen chemicals, like borax. This project also gives you a clever re-use idea for those leftover plastic easter eggs. Lab 15 mimics what happens to lava flow when it cools and the project is super yummylava cakes! Lab 39 encases a gummybug or worm just like the way amber encases fossilized insects. Make a batch and watch Jurassic Park. Lab 45 puts you on the hunt for micrometeorites. Lab 48 includes a recipe for magnetic slime. Cool! This book is quite literally a gem for curious mind. It provides many, many hours of educational and fun activities. Your kids might just be begging you to read this with them and try every single activity. Enjoy!
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