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Feature Articles: How to Write Them?

Ruby is a freelance writer from the Philippines. She teaches communication courses and enjoys gardening and reading as her other pastimes.


Feature Article

What is it? A feature piece goes beyond the facts to present a fascinating tale. It's a nonfiction essay on a certain topic. It provides an in-depth look at a subject, event, or location. An excellent feature story keeps the reader's interest until the finish, generating a lasting impression.

What makes a feature article?

Let's look in more depth at a feature article's attributes now that we have a broad concept of what it is.
In a feature piece, it:

  • examines a subject or issue of contemporary concern.
  • adheres to narratorial rules. It may not be exactly a story but it is similar to a story, in the sense that, it has a plot, complication, and conclusion.
  • is composed of brief paragraphs
  • combines data and viewpoints
  • Gives your viewpoint on the subject or problem
  • includes appealing elements

Then, check or look again at the types of features here.

The Structure of a feature article

Like a human being, think of your feature article as a living person standing. It has a Head, Body, and Feet, or Introduction, Body, and Conclusion.

The Introduction: Premise Iterate. The first paragraphs should hook readers with a query, a tale, or a description. Writing the introductory paragraph last is generally a smart idea. Or compose it and come back to it later. Often, the first paragraph we write is rubbish, and we cut it or the editor does.
Your first or second paragraph should summarize the feature so the reader knows what to expect.
The Body Text: This part comprises the majority of the story's information, statistics, expert statements, etc., and can be divided into paragraphs. Keep reading after hooking your readers. Your writer's ability to create a logically progressing story is key. Each paragraph advances the tale and informs the reader. Each paragraph should reveal a new fact.
You're telling a tale with characters, so let them talk if you've interviewed them. Their voices will animate your feature.
Don't ramble. Spread out your material so it flows smoothly.
If you can't fit all the data, reduce your sentences rather than sacrificing knowledge.
The Conclusion:. Create a satisfying finale so readers know the tale is over. Don't let a strong feature tail off or make it bottom-heavy by cramming in unnecessary information. Real life is difficult and doesn't always end neatly in feature writing. One-liners or a terrific quote that summarizes the essay are effective ways to close

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How to Write a feature article?

1. Plan and do research. Feature pieces need proof, not just facts and information. Quotes, anecdotes, and interviews are important for feature stories. Hearing witnesses' or family members' experiences may help your narrative feel more three-dimensional, helping you to construct a more vivid and intriguing tale.
2. Write a catchy title. Feature articles rely on a writer's ability to keep a reader's attention, yet one of the hardest aspects is getting them interested. Your title is the first thing readers see, so it must be compelling or pose a question they want to be answered.

3. Show rather than tell.

One writing tip that is frequently taught is "show, don't tell." Instead of just reporting or "telling" what is happening, it calls on pupils to explain and "display" what is happening.
Look at this illustration:
Tell: After ascending the hill, Marcus was exhausted.
Show: As Marcus pushed himself up the slope, his legs were throbbing. He was gasping for air, and his cheeks were flushed and swollen.

4. Review the basic structure of a feature article as mentioned above. Focus on the content of each. Remember each piece of writing normally follows this IBC structure which is very fundamental. Understanding each section well guides you on what to every section of your article. Always keep this in mind as you start or even before starting to write.

Finally, before diving into your first piece, remember these important biblical concepts of writing. These principles are the most basic to any form of writing. Take time to review these basic principles worth embracing as a writer. Review them by clicking these important concepts here.

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