Ways To Improve Your Article Before Submission

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By Mark Winteringham

updated about 2 months ago

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To improve your article before submitting to us, consider the 3 methods below:

Self-Editing

Ask yourself these 5 questions:

  1. Where am I unsure about the wording or intent? If I’m not clear, the reader will be confused.
  2. Where have I failed to tell the reader something they needed to know?
  3. Have I been consistent in style and tone?
  4. Where have I repeated myself or bombarded the reader with clutter?
  5. Does it follow the S.U.C.C.E.S. guideline? Simple. Unexpected. Concrete. Credible. Emotional. Story.

Peer Review/Feedback

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.

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