Ways To Improve Your Article Before Submission
updated 9 months ago
Return back to the Writer's Guide
To improve your article before submitting to us, consider the 3 methods below:
Ask yourself these 5 questions:
- Where am I unsure about the wording or intent? If I’m not clear, the reader will be confused.
- Where have I failed to tell the reader something they needed to know?
- Have I been consistent in style and tone?
- Where have I repeated myself or bombarded the reader with clutter?
- Does it follow the S.U.C.C.E.S. guideline? Simple. Unexpected. Concrete. Credible. Emotional. Story.
Send your article to colleagues, friends, and family (and ideally to a target reader) for feedback because it can:
- Give you a perspective on your topic
- Help clarify your thoughts and ideas
- Help verify and validate sources
- Help you identify missing or incomplete information
Article Vs Blog
Check that your piece of writing is an article, rather than a blog. While blog posts have their place, MoT is looking for content that is written and structured in a more formalised way. Below are some indicators of whether you have an article or a blog.
It Might Be An Article If:
- The content has a distinct structure.
- More than simple paragraphs.
- Sections are subtitled or have subheaders.
- Good use of white space.
- Has a consistent idea or presents ideas to the reader in an organised manner.
- The content has a balanced viewpoint even if you disagree with several of the views represented and say so while explaining the one you do agree with.
- The content is mindful of the narrative perspective. Remains in the second or third person mostly.
- The content has a distinct audience. A reader can instantly decide if the content is for them or not.
- The content is less opinionated. Mostly stays away from the first person narrative perspective.