to write a magazine article
a new writer, just starting out in your writing career? If so,
you probably wonder how exactly to write an article for a
magazine. Certainly, by now, you have read hundreds or
thousands of journalistic style pieces. Until now, you most
likely took them at face value and didn't give the writing
process a second thought. Writing a magazine article is a fun
and simple activity when you are interested in the subject
The first thing to do is find a topic of interest. Then, make
a list of the major points of interest about your topic. For
example, if your topic is real estate you would want to list
buying and selling. Once you have the major points of
interest, you need to decide if you will write a general
article about the major points, or delve deeper in to the sub
topics under each of those major points listed above.
In the real estate example, under buying you might include
financing or what to look for in a home. Under selling, you
might see how to price a home or how to prepare a home for
sale. As you can see, there are a dozen different directions
that your article can take. Let's assume you have selected the
topic of how to prepare a home for sale. Get out your scratch
paper again and make a list of the things that come to mind.
that list, and do some online research to see what the experts
have to say. You can look at websites on home remodeling, real
estate sales or even decorating. Make some notes about what
you find, and perhaps record some quotes (don't forget the URL
for citations!) and start organizing your article.
Pick 3 items on which to focus and write a paragraph on each.
Then, write an introduction with a statement that mentioned
the 3 items you would like to feature. And do the same as a
conclusion paragraph. Remember that the voice you should use
when writing for a magazine is casual, almost like you are
talking to a group of friends. If you follow this formula,
your writing career will be successful and you will keep your
readers coming back for more.