How to write an article

An article is the bread-and-butter of a journalist's or freelance writer's portfolio. By definition a non-fiction work, this type of writing allows for a minimum of creative writing quirks. To be successful, an article must communicate new, and factual, information in an interesting way.

Confirm guidelines.

Outline your article.

Interview experts.

Write the article.

Check your facts.

Proofread. Even the best, most clever article is nothing if it's filled with spelling and grammatical errors. Make sure to read over your article before you send or submit it. Better yet, have a friend or spouse read through it.

About the Author

Sandy Mitchell is an Ohio-based writer, blogger and editor. She writes for "The Better Drink" and other online publications. Before devoting herself full-time to writing, Mitchell was a travel agent and cruise school instructor for 18 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Bowling Green State University.