HOW TO WRITE A FEATURE ARTICLE

Feature articles are stories that focus in on issues, experience and ideas. They are designed to appeal to a specific range of audience. A feature article is not meant to be a major groundbreaking article on an event that has just occurred. It is mostly meant to entertain their targeted audience. There is no need for a feature article to use the inverted pyramid technique because the reader isn’t interested in the cold hard facts. An author has more time to refine their story, when working with feature articles, because they have more time to work on their piece without a major deadline to inform the public of an event.

There are various types of categories feature articles fall into. For example, there are human interest pieces which focus on a person or group of people in an emotional or empathetic way. You want to reader to relate or understand what the article is describing and what the main characters fell or have been through. Another type of feature article could be a how-to article which is self-explanatory, but can be interesting using tone and experience. There are also articles on an author’s opinions, entertaining funny articles, interviews with important or famous people, and narratives or even background information articles. A feature story can be so many different things but with the same goal which is to be a published work. You want your audience to be entertained or interested from beginning to end. You are most likely telling a story so you can use colorful language and personal opinions to help the reader relate and become enthralled by your writings. You are able to use a more informal tone with your readers and even exaggerate here and there to make your non-fiction story more interesting.

You can still make an important impact on your readers with a feature or “fluff” piece. At the end of your article you are able to encourage a reader to change their opinion about a certain topic, or challenge your audience to make a difference within your writings. Just because you are writing a feature piece does not mean that you are incapable of reaching someone or a group of people throughout the course of your articles. Feature writing falls into so many categories that you are given a free range to express yourself and your opinions more than you would be able to when writing a news article where you spew cold hard facts to a specific audience.

Works Cited

Curtis, Anthony. (2011). How to Write a Feature Story. Retrieved from

http://www2.uncp.edu/home/acurtis/Courses/ResourcesForCourses/WritingFeatureStories.html

Rogers, Tony. Five Key Ingredients for Cooking up Terrific Feature Stories. Retrieved from

http://journalism.about.com/od/writing/a/featurecomponents.htm

Five Simple Tips for Writing a Feature Article. Retrieved from

http://freelancewritingsolutions.com/how-to-write-a-feature-article/

How to write a Great feature Article. Retrieved from

http://similarsam.hubpages.com/hub/feature-article

WAPTAC. (2014). Writing Feature Stories. Retrieved from

http://www.waptac.org/Print-Media/Feature-Stories.aspx

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