Tips for the Different Stages of Feature Writingby noid (English | Writing | Craft/How-to)
A few months ago, I started freelance writing again and finished writing three feature articles for two publications. In the process, I have learned or, perhaps more accurately, re-learned a few things. The gist of what I "re-learned" is that writing features consists, at least for me, of stages. In this article, I will share with you these stages of writing as I re-discovered them and also share the things that I have "re-learned" during these stages.
Also, an editor's deadline really helps, and forces you to write. If your editor did not give you a deadline, ask for one.
Finding the Lead
Writing the First Draft
Then, when you feel you've done all that you can for the piece in terms of substantial revision, comes the polishing of the individual sentences. Running the spell and grammar check of your word processor -- I use Microsoft Word -- signals to the writer that he is near the end of the road.
Throughout the entire revision process, I usually save and/or print several drafts to help me view the piece with a cold and an objective eye each time. Printing a draft also gives me a sense of accomplishment. It's as if I was holding, each time I print, a prototype of the future product, and this gives me impetus to go on with the writing process.
Sending Out the Article
So those are the steps that I usually go through during the writing of a feature article. What about you? What techniques do you use to motivate yourself to produce that finished written work?
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