It’s a regular occurrence for journalists to write around six to ten articles a week which is part of the job. Writing multiple articles is typical for this job but what sets every journalist apart from each other is the ability to meet the deadlines that sets them apart from people who write only as a hobby. As a journalist myself, I could give you tips that I learned myself for handling the hectic schedule and short deadlines without weakening the quality and content of the article. Even if you are a beginner or a professional journalist, these three tips could quickly make your life painless.
Write before editing
Every writer, no matter how much of an expert you are, have experienced being in a situation where you are hours before the deadline, and you find it hard to focus. Scratch that, you see it’s even hard to stay awake. It sometimes takes you several hours to write a single page which is a tough situation to be.
When we’re at this point, we often write and edit at the same time to try to meet the deadline. We try to edit every sentence that we finish so that there would be no more rewriting to do after. Well, this is where you’re mistaken as this a waste of time. Writing and editing are two different tasks that both involve the application of different techniques. When you’re writing, we use the creative side of our brain while when we edit, we try to use our critical thinking in criticizing our output. If done simultaneously, it could cause our mind to restart to apply the different skillset regularly.
Writing is something that must be done when our brain is still alive while editing does not require more active use of mind. If you can properly manage your time, you could do the writing first without editing the article, which would usually take the first few hours of the job and focus on writing more ideas onto the paper. Don’t bother to edit the grammar or the context, focus on keeping the ideas flowing and get the job done correctly.
Answer these three questions
Before you even write anything, ask yourself these essential questions:
Who is your audience?
What are their interests and what would make them take notice of your article?
What is in your article that makes it attractive for them?
As long as you’re able to answer these questions satisfactorily, your article is good to go. These questions would be the founding pillars of your article that would make it stable and keep you from doing and redoing the material over and over again.
You can only have a proper topic sentence once you have the answer to these questions and with these questions, you can create your headline. Creating the topic sentence is the first step of your article writing since this is more than just click bait for you to gain more readers, this is also the very core foundation of your article. From this topic sentence or headline, you can quickly create the body of your article without having to reconstruct your material from time to time.
Start your thesis from the back
Writers could be compared to inquisitors that have to guide the readers to the point and root of the topic. While sometimes this could end to a dead end, you have to make sure that you have a topic sentence before doing anything else. From this topic, gather many data to support your claim, and that is only then you’ll begin to understand the standpoint of your article. Start from knowing the topic and from there, build your article into something whole and coherent.
These tips may have been already familiar to you, or you’re currently using this. But continuous reinforcement and gaining new knowledge is something that we writers ought to seek. Merely writing for the sake of being able to produce something is not passionate at all. We should aim to write something that speaks for the people and is contributory to the masses. In journalism, we have to be coherent about our point and stay professional especially when giving out information that is essential. Writing may be a hassle or a hardship for anyone, but you’ll soon see the rewards of the hard work that you do when we build a better and properly informed society for everyone