Writing 04 - Write a Magazine Article
Writing is more art than science and we have heard of fabulous writers from Shakespeare to R K Narayan, from Charles Dickens to V S Naipaul and from Paulo Coelho to Anita Nair. Writing manifests itself in several forms. The writers named earlier are ones who are associated with fiction writing. Fiction writing is written from imagination but non-fiction writing is about real situations and real life incidents.
There are several types of non-fiction writing, such as news reporting, biographies, autobiographies and magazine article writing. You would have your own favourite magazines such as India Today, Outlook
among the English magazines from India and Time, Fortune
among the foreign magazines. Within these favourite magazines you could also have your favourite writer.
Writing non-fiction calls for a good grasp of the subject and a good knowledge of the language. The magazine article writer has to capture the interest of the reader with his handling of the subject and by writing it creatively. He should be able to convey to the reader the gist of what he wants to say but also give the reader sufficient space so that he can think about the subject and make up his own mind on what is being discussed.
Magazine article writing requires research to be conducted on the subject and may involve personal interviews. The writer then puts all that he has learnt into the article and lets the reader be the judge of what he has written. Just like any other kind of writing the magazine article must have a central idea. The article must lead into the central idea, expand on it in the middle and finally conclude with the reinforcement of the message that is being conveyed.
Getting the hang of writing a magazine article would help children in their future personal and professional lives. The quiz that follows helps you to understand the rudiments of magazine article writing.