Tips to Write a Good "How-To" Article

Author : RyanFeest
Publish Date : 2021-04-09


Tips to Write a Good "How-To" Article

Writing a technical article can be extremely... well, technical. You must first determine the degree of complexity you are going to strive to achieve dependent upon your targeted audience.

You would not want to write a 20 page in depth and technically challenging article describing a new heart surgery procedure, to a group of first year nursing students.

Like wise, you wouldn't write a one page article detailing the steps of how to take a patient's blood pressure, to a surgeon's medical magazine.

I believe you get the drift, know who you are writing for, understand their needs, what their looking for and how much they may or may not already understand about the subject.

Understanding your audience may sound basically simplistic, but in reality it's what distinguishes the great article writer from the good or so - so writers, and is much more difficult than may initially be realized.

For instance, you have been given an assignment to write an article about little league baseball and how to coach it. Piece of cake. Baseball is America's game and everyone knows everything about the sport, all you have to do is come up with some clever new twist to an old subject.

Allow me in interrupt to ask a question. You know how to start and drive an automobile, do you know how to repair the transmission? Ah, a little light bulb hopefully just popped on. You can never assume everyone has the same knowledge level as every one else on the particular topic you're writing about.

Now, let's begin again. You're writing about how to coach little league baseball and the estimated market is 200,000 for the magazine article. Obviously this large of an audience will include persons from all walks of life, all parts of the country and all different knowledge and skill levels.

You won't be able to write an article which will be interesting to everyone seeking information on the subject. You'll lose part of your audience through boredom if you write too simplistic, or too complex and above the readers' understanding or too mumble jumbo by trying to appease all levels.

You must narrow your focus and write for a particular segment of the niche. If you're writing a basic, this is coaching advise pertaining to Tee Ball through 9 year olds, do just that, but let the reader know in advance, through the title, to attract people interested in only that type of information.

Should you decide to write for the advanced portion of the niche, do your homework. You may think you're an expert and know more than your audience, but for the most part... you're wrong. You may know more than some, or even most, but not all.

Do you're homework because there's not much worse than writing an article giving expert advise when the audience reading it know more about the subject than you and will consider you an arrogant idiot.

Bottom line is. Narrow and know the exact nature, intelligence, needs, etc, of your audience and write to that segment of the niche. Write as detailed or as simple, as the audience dictates and you'll enjoy success.

Jim was a social activist, writer and researcher for the UAW while working as a plumber/pipe fitter for Chrysler Corp.
Jim (Coach) Bain is a former Minor League Baseball Player and successful Coach of Youth Baseball for over a decade and a half. He has drawn from fellow successful coaches' experiences and combined them with his own extensive experience to create a Baseball Teaching Website. The site is packed with 100s of tips, drills, history and instruction on how to play and coach the game of baseball.

Writing a technical article can be extremely... well, technical. You must first determine the degree of complexity you are going to strive to achieve dependent upon your targeted audience.

You would not want to write a 20 page in depth and technically challenging article describing a new heart surgery procedure, to a group of first year nursing students.

Like wise, you wouldn't write a one page article detailing the steps of how to take a patient's blood pressure, to a surgeon's medical magazine.

I believe you get the drift, know who you are writing for, understand their needs, what their looking for and how much they may or may not already understand about the subject.

Understanding your audience may sound basically simplistic, but in reality it's what distinguishes the great article writer from the good or so - so writers, and is much more difficult than may initially be realized.

For instance, you have been given an assignment to write an article about little league baseball and how to coach it. Piece of cake. Baseball is America's game and everyone knows everything about the sport, all you have to do is come up with some clever new twist to an old subject.

Allow me in interrupt to ask a question. You know how to start and drive an automobile, do you know how to repair the transmission? Ah, a little light bulb hopefully just popped on. You can never assume everyone has the same knowledge level as every one else on the particular topic you're writing about.

Now, let's begin again. You're writing about how to coach little league baseball and the estimated market is 200,000 for the magazine article. Obviously this large of an audience will include persons from all walks of life, all parts of the country and all different knowledge and skill levels.

You won't be able to write an article which will be interesting to everyone seeking information on the subject. You'll lose part of your audience through boredom if you write too simplistic, or too complex and above the readers' understanding or too mumble jumbo by trying to appease all levels.

You must narrow your focus and write for a particular segment of the niche. If you're writing a basic, this is coaching advise pertaining to Tee Ball through 9 year olds, do just that, but let the reader know in advance, through the title, to attract people interested in only that type of information.

Should you decide to write for the advanced portion of the niche, do your homework. You may think you're an expert and know more than your audience, but for the most part... you're wrong. You may know more than some, or even most, but not all.

Do you're homework because there's not much worse than writing an article giving expert advise when the audience reading it know more about the subject than you and will consider you an arrogant idiot.

Bottom line is. Narrow and know the exact nature, intelligence, needs, etc, of your audience and write to that segment of the niche. Write as detailed or as simple, as the audience dictates and you'll enjoy success.

Jim was a social activist, writer and researcher for the UAW while working as a plumber/pipe fitter for Chrysler Corp.
Jim (Coach) Bain is a former Minor League Baseball Player and successful Coach of Youth Baseball for over a decade and a half. He has drawn from fellow successful coaches' experiences and combined them with his own extensive experience to create a Baseball Teaching Website. The site is packed with 100s of tips, drills, history and instruction on how to play and coach the game of baseball.

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