Low quality writing loses readers. It’s a good idea to write clearly enough that a 12 year old could understand what you’re saying. It’s not a good idea to produce work that looks like it was written by a 12 year old. There are a few simple points to check before releasing your article to the world.
A Checklist for Avoiding Low Quality
1. Your headline must make it clear what the article is about.
2. The first paragraph may be your only opportunity to get some visitors to read the entire article. Tell them the main points and they will have reasons to read it.
3. The length of your article should be between 500 and 2000 words. In some cases, your topic may force you to a length outside this range. Otherwise, a quick note or long winded essay isn’t going to make your “most popular articles” list.
4. Use subtitles to break up the article. Subtitles give your readers a chance to pause and think about what you’ve written so far. When an article has none, readers can feel it’s going on too long and give up before the end.
5. Your conclusion needs to wrap up your topic or prompt the reader to action. When they get to the last word, they need to feel they’ve reached the end.
6. Use a spellchecker and also read your article for spelling errors. Spellcheckers can’t catch a wrong weird spelled correctly.
7. Read your article aloud to reveal run on sentences and passages that just don’t make sense when you hear them.
8. The last check is also the most important. Read through your article and make sure it flows. The headline relates to the article. The intro is what the article is really about. The body text follows a logical order. And the conclusion has a feel of finality.
I’ve failed point 3 and written an article of less than 500 words. I hope you’ve managed to enjoy it anyway.
Article by Ivan Izo.