This Article by the New York Times shares clear 3 steps on how to become successful at writing opinion pieces. It’s helpful for Open-Ed writers or bloggers like me who use blogging as a mean of expressing their observations, experiences and personal views.
For the lazy readers, I will share the list below. But if you would like to explore them in more depth, read the article. [Source: New York Times. ]
15 Opinion Writing Tips
- Every sentence matters, especially the first.
- Write for the ‘normal’ reader.
- Write with the purpose of just offering an opinion.
- Authority matters.
- Follow the 80-20 rule.
- Seek to inform.
- Play devil’s advocate.
- Do sweat the small stuff
- Advance the discussion.
- Kill the
- Use the writing process: Edit, Edit, Edit.
- Treat your editor with respect.
- Make conscious choices.
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
― Maya Angelou,
These straightforward writing tips are for everyone. As for bloggers like me, who are second language learners, I find they are an excellent way to improve ESOL writing skills.
Proactive solution: Writing practice
Do you have any tips for aspiring bloggers or PV/opinion writers? Please leave them in the comments.