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  • #863
    Consider the time element when writing the lead to your story. Are you the first to report it, or will most of your audience already know about it?
    Aug 01, 2017
    The Lead Lab
    Reporting, Writing
  • #850
    Try ending your story with a “payoff.” This does not require a happy ending, but a satisfying one, a reward for a journey concluded, a secret revealed, a mystery solved.
    Jun 01, 2017
  • #849
    Summary leads generally answer the five W’s: who, what, where, when and why. The best ones also answer "how" and "so what."
    May 31, 2017
    The Lead Lab
  • #844
    Drafts hold the promise of the final version. Look for the possibilities in raw copy instead of dismissing the effort as a failure.
    May 16, 2017
  • #841
    Get close enough to detect anger, fear, dread, sorrow, irony--the full range of human emotions--in the faces of those you are writing about.
    Apr 10, 2017
  • #839
    One way to end your story: Let the ending echo the beginning.
    Apr 05, 2017
  • #830
    One component to guide your voice as a writer: What is the length and structure of your typical sentence? Is it short and simple? Long and complex? Or mixed?
    Mar 16, 2017
  • #829
    While your review will have opinions (and don't be afraid to share yours), make sure you are accurate, factual and fair.
    Mar 15, 2017
  • #819
    Use adverbs sparingly. At their best, they spice up a verb or adjective. At their worst, they express a meaning already contained in the sentence.
    Feb 15, 2017
  • #816
    One way to write shorter: Start the story as close to the end of the narrative line as possible.
    Feb 07, 2017