"WRITING A MAGAZINE FEATURE ARTICLE"
WRITING A MAGAZINE FEATURE ARTICLE Your headline and kicker can wait until you have written the feature article – don’t forget to include a headline that gains the reader’s attention and a kicker to kick-start the story by posing a question or summarising the feature article. You will also need to add the by-line (the writer’s name) at the beginning. The intro: The purpose of the intro or lead is to capture the attention of the readers and entice them to read further into the story. The following are several well-known ways to do this: The question intro poses a question of the readers. If they want to find out the answer, then they must read on. The anecdote intro uses a short account of some interesting or humorous experience to get the readers interested. The quote intro lets the subject of the article do the talking right from the beginning. It is often used in personality profiles. The action/adventure intro begins with a high point of excitement. The description intro can describe either places or people. The summary intro gives details about the subject in a brief lead. These details have to be interesting enough to made the readers want to continue. The shock/horror intro uses sensational information to get the readers to read on. The body: Am I allowed in? A magazine writer can use ‘I’ in certain circumstances. However, writers must remember the readers are not interested in them, but instead in the subject of the article. Administration D:\Docstoc\Working\pdf\7e2a6513-72a9-4efa-abff-5866054f2dc5.doc Quotations can be used to add life and personality to an article. However, a quote should appear only when necessary. Long, drawn out and ordinary quotes should be avoided. Quotes normally give a sense of getting to know a person and readers expect a quote to reveal something important. Pace. A magazine feature article should develop to give the reader only as much information in each paragraph as is needed. Too much too soon kills the article and has the effect of boring the reader. How long should a paragraph be? It should not be so long as to discourage readers from reading it, but unlike the newspaper feature article, it can be of any length. Nevertheless, a regular pattern is usually preferred. Moving right along…Paragraphs should flow so that the reader does not feel any sudden jolting changes of subject. The trick is to use a transitional/connecting word or phrase. The conclusion: A conclusion should tie everything together and sum up the article. There are many ways to conclude. A few are listed below: an anecdote or story that explains the point of the article a return to some earlier statement that now means more than it did saving an explosive piece of information until the last paragraph an unexpected twist a ‘call to action’ or a recommendation. * (Remember to edit your work so there are no errors and you will also need to consider the lay-out) Administration D:\Docstoc\Working\pdf\7e2a6513-72a9-4efa-abff-5866054f2dc5.doc