Tips for Aspiring Op-Ed Writers: shared by Pixie Glo

Tips for Aspiring Op-Ed Writers

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

  1. Every sentence matters, especially the first. 
  2. Write for the ‘normal’ reader. 
  3. Write with the purpose of just offering an opinion.
  4. Authority matters.
  5.  Follow the 80-20 rule.
  6. Seek to inform.
  7. Avoid passive voice.
  8. Play devil’s advocate.
  9. Do sweat the small stuff
  10. Simplify.
  11. Advance the discussion. 
  12. Kill the cliches
  13. Use the writing process: Edit, Edit, Edit. 
  14. Treat your editor with respect. 
  15. Make conscious choices. 

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
― Maya AngelouI Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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.


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Do you have any tips for aspiring bloggers or PV/opinion writers? Please leave them in the comments.


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