Stages of the writing process
Conceive the idea – what was the most interesting item from your reporting?
Collect the information – get the basics: w, w, w, w, w, and h
Construct the story – plan an order of context
Correct and edit – context, accuracy, cut jargon, check grammar
The writer’s art
Guide to good writing
– make sure you understand the event, start writing after you find the focus, show (don’t tell), put good quotes and human interest high in story, put relevant illustrations or anecdotes high, avoid judgements and inferences-facts will talk, don’t raise questions you can not answer in writing, [write simply, succinctly, honestly, and quickly]
Things to think about;
– Clarity: must be make sense for the reader
– Punctuation: English class helps here
– Sentence length: each sentence should carry only one idea. Cut if it’s not
*contrasts; but, however, nevertheless, instead, on the other hand, otherwise, yet, nonetheless, farther.
*comparisons; likewise, similarly