How to Write an Article

Make a rousing promise of success

  • Describe what you need in easy to follow instructions
  • Give step-by-step directions (sometimes with subtitles)
  • Include shortcomings or warnings
  • Tell how to locate supplies
  • Give proofs and promises
  • Make referrals to other sources
  • Add Social Media Links

Some magazine or newspaper editors require writers to submit their own photos for how-to articles. Before you accept an assignment from an editor, ask what the photo policy is.

Human Interest Magazine Articles:

  • Usually start with an anecdote
  • Are often chronologically organized

Examples of human interest magazine articles are: “Anne Lamott Share Her Experience as a Single Working Writer” or “Mark Twain’s Great-Grandaughter Finds Her Writing Niche.” This type of feature article interests the majority of readers of a particular magazine.

Discover the Region is one of the most popular magazines on the market today, and it specializes in this type of article. If you find someone who has done or experienced something extraordinary – and if your writing skills are pretty good – you might consider sending a query letter to the editors. www.discovertheregion.com

Humor or Satire Articles:

  • Usually have a specific audience, such as the readers of The Onion
  • Are usually written on spec (that is, you submit the whole article before the editors or publishers will accept it)

Humor or Satire pieces are the most difficult types of magazines articles to write. Why? Because being funny is hard. You’d think it’d be easy, but it’s actually harder than brain surgery.