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Get To The Point: Writing An Article In 1,000 Words Or Less

teacher avatar Anna Livia Brady, Lover Of Writing And Photography

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Lessons in This Class

7 Lessons (12m)
    • 1. Introduction

      0:42
    • 2. Class Project

      0:40
    • 3. Deciding On What To Write

      2:41
    • 4. Planning Your Article

      2:54
    • 5. Keeping It Interesting

      2:59
    • 6. Grammar Check And Word Count

      1:41
    • 7. Closing Thoughts

      0:18
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About This Class

In this lesson, I’ll be sharing my knowledge and experience of writing short-form editorial content for Society 19, Pixoul Inc, and Verily Magazine so that you can walk away with the confidence to write short articles, too!

This class is for beginners who want to learn a bit about the online editorial process or for those who want to gain a bit more confidence in their short-form/persuasive writing skills. 

 

This course is useful because I’ll be breaking down how to convey ideas in engaging, concise ways as well as how to incorporate strong words and CTAs to invoke a certain response from one’s audience. This type of writing is something that many companies and employers could benefit from. 

 

Software required: Computer with Internet Access, Notebook, and Pen For Jotting Down Inspo.

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1. Introduction: They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes 1000 words are worth 1000 words. Hi, my name is Olivia Brady and recent communications graduate and passionate about using writing and visual arts to draw people closer to the best things that life has to offer. My work has been published in society 19 barely magazine, every magazine. And on the pixel eight block, I specialized in lifestyle content, but I've covered a variety of topics. Keep watching to see how you can affect it, can communicate an idea and a 1000 words or less, using my tips and tricks. 2. Class Project: The project I chose for this class is an introductory paragraph using the rhetorical tips I'll be providing in this video. This is the first paragraph you'll use in your eventual full length article. Your paragraph should be three to six sentences, including a strong introductory sentence, such as www dot Asia, a subject opener or something like that, and ending with a CTA or call to action. If you can include a related image below your paragraph, upslope a screenshot to the project gallery so we can all learn from each other. No idea where to begin. Keep watching to find out more. 3. Deciding On What To Write: Before we begin, try to have a few editorial pieces in the back of your mind for inspiration. When was the last time you picked up a magazine or read something online that you just couldn't put down. Why were you so interested in reading about it? Now, jot down a few themes or types of articles that you're drawn to. After you've done that, mark the ones you feel you could have a good amount to say on, or at least could do after doing the good amount of research. Now that I have my basic theme down, I'm going to create another list of everything that I want to write about within this main idea. Don't worry if you feel like you have too many ideas, you can narrow it down later when you plan your article. By the way. 4. Planning Your Article: Now that you have a clear idea of what to write about, it's time to pick a title and break up your freak future article. You may find it easier to write things as they come to you and then break up your piece later. Or you may want to assign yourself different tidbits of your article ahead time. Personally, I find it more conducive to create a numbered list based on my title and then go from there. In my case, I want to write about interior design as well as mental health. Now I'm going to write out five sub-themes that can convey the information I'll be communicating in a clear, concise way. Looking back at the abstract list, I think that with enough research, I could write about these five things over here. Great. Now I've got my title and my outline. Now, the real work begins. Every killer article starts with a killer intro. And I'm going to hook my reader from the first sentence. I know that this piece will cater to young professional women. So I need them to resonate with this piece from the start. My audience like the nose, a little bit about interior design and Mental Health already. So I could start with something along the lines of interior design. It's everywhere. That's concise and I grab the reader's attention because it immediately talk about what they came to read about. If you feel a subject opener isn't right, try opening with an adverbial phrase. I know, I know you thought that once you cause I've been the gradient beat down with grammar forever. But bear with me. Www.asia.org is an acronym that stands for when, while, where as, since, if, although, Whereas, unless, because. Let's try running something interesting using one of these phrases. Now, the rest of the paragraph should flow pretty easily. So long as you end with a strong CTA call to action. Your call to action will tell your reader that they need to keep reading and get the take-away. A good CTA could begin with something like keep reading or here's why. Don't think about it too much. Grammar early as well as a second look can help out later. If phrasing is awkward, just write as if you were talking to a room full of people, even if they get nothing else from your article. What are you saying in three to five sentences that they can still learn from? Great. Now I can go ahead with the rest of my piece. 5. Keeping It Interesting: As an individual who can browse Pinterest while listening to Netflix and knitting. I know firsthand how difficult it is to hold someone's attention. In fact, if you're multitasking right now, I'm not even mad. But if you want to write a really compelling article, you'll want to make sure your audience's paying good attention. So how do you do that? Personally, I like to place a related inmates underneath every paragraph. You can find tons of copyright-free, beautiful images on ans slash.com. Simply download this to your computer and resize them to keep them consistent throughout your article. To resize, I used photo resize or.com and stick with the 1024 by 600 dimensions. I use those downloaded images in my article. It also helps to Bolden or use a different font for your subheadings so your readers know exactly what you're talking about. Now I won't preach on what the perfect article looks like because everyone has their own style. But try and keep the flow and theme of your reading consistent, staying on track and avoiding flowery language or tangents from its drafting your reader. Stephen King once said to never use adverbs such as hardly, barely, et cetera, and instead to replace them with strong nouns and verbs. This is a pretty good rule of thumb. For example, if I said that, you know, this mouse was terribly small, I should instead say this mouse is miniscule. The reader is trusting you with their time. So don't waste it. Introduce or address each of your themes in the first sentence of each paragraph. If you feel it's absolutely necessary, break up longer paragraphs into smaller segments. For the sake of this lesson, we're going to keep all of our information in a single paragraph so as to stay at or below the 1000 word limit. Again, right? I see would speak. The more you write like this, the easier it will be to solidify your personal style. At the end of my article, I like to add a closing thoughts section. When I had my internships, I would say something like, if you liked this article, Check out more like it on our blog. This is a chance to drive what traffic, where you want it, or even to self promote. I could talk about SEO, but I think that's a topic for another day. I'll see you in a bit when I have this rough draft finished and we'll talk about checking our grammar and word count. 6. Grammar Check And Word Count: Alright, now that I've got my rough draft over here, the first thing I want to do is make sure I've reached or state under the 1000 word limit. I will just copy and paste my piece from Google Docs to a website called Bread counter.com. What's great about this site is that besides telling you how many words you have, it also telling you what you're writing level is and give a few insights into your keyword density. Don't be discouraged if it reads at a lower level, that means you're a clear communicator. If your article is too long, go back and get rid of a few words. It's better to have something shorter, especially when you're catering to specific audience. After half the word count that I want, I will copy and paste my piece into grammar li.com. Please. I speak from experience of having work out there on the internet right now with grammatical and spelling mistakes, you need grammar. Grammar. The Beta works well when you're typing on Google Docs because it lets you know about any typos and it will tell you the overall tone of your passage. But the actual website gives you a score on the upper right corner of the screen, as well as delivery, clarity, and overall correctness. I am for my pieces to be in the nineties, with clarity being a primary, primary goal. If the article is lacking a bit, I edit some more on the site until I feel confident with it. 7. Closing Thoughts: I hope that you enjoyed this lesson and learned a lot from it. Short form writing is a big passion of mine, and I love teaching what I know to others. Please don't hesitate to let me know how your articles go, where they end up, and what you'd like to see in the future. I can't wait to see what you create happy writing.