Monday, January 22, 2007

weekly writing coach: stronger op-eds

Strong starts and finishes draw your readers in and leave them with your article's full impact -- and op-ed or opinion articles demonstrate that principle daily in your newspaper. Next time you're online or at the table with morning coffee, choose any opinion article or editorial in your newspaper of choice. Read the first paragraph, skip the middle, then read the last. The author's opinion should ring true in just those two paragraphs. Next time you're writing an opinion piece, make your first step writing both the start and the finish, then fill in your arguments, data and proof in the middle. And when you find examples that prove this tip, save them as good examples of strong opinion pieces. (Just don't tell anyone your secret for skimming the viewpoints pages!)

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