Writer’s Links 03/30/2014 (p.m.)

  • Tags: 2014, how to, article, WriteLink, copywriting, tips, list

    • When your article assignment is to write 1,000 words and you turn in 2,000 words, it creates all kinds of problems for your editor. She’ll need to comb through your article and decide which 1,000 words she can cut. After all, she has only so much space, so she has to make it fit.

      Now, don’t get all wishy-washy on me and turn the extra material into a bonus sidebar. Just squish all those extra words in there and let your editor deal with it.

    • Avoid showing even a modicum of personality. If you want your article killed, it should look like it was written by a robot…a robot that doesn’t speak English.
    • When you get an assignment, your client will send you a little thing called an assignment letter, which details the specs of the assignment.

      Ignore this.

    • If those don’t work out, over-rely on source-finding services like ProfNet and Help a Reporter Out, using whoever happens to respond — and whatever you do, do NOT check out the sources you get from there to make sure they’re credible.
    • When the editor asks you for backup on your facts, tell him you’re the backup. And whenever you get the chance, inject your opinion into the article.
  • Tags: 2014, WriteLink, writing, grammar, vocabulary, words

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