Latest Posts

Browse Our Awesome Collection of Avatar Memes

The marketing industry is still new in many ways, but one area it's always excelled in are memes. People love them, and they get...

Benefits of Buying a Life and Style Magazine

It's a fact that all of us have been reading magazines for quite some time. And as you are probably aware, there is a...

Knockout City Game – How To Play And Win

The game Knockout City is the newest trend on the block. Knockout City is a new social game that lets you play against your...

The Best SEO Companies In India

Search engine optimization companies in India have emerged as effective tools to promote your business on the web. So whether you need to boost...

What Is a Feature Article and What Sets It Apart From Other Writing?




So many people lead such fascinating lives, and there are so many fascinating places on our earth. The feature writer seeks to show that fascination so that readers will want to know about it too.

What Is a Feature Article and What Sets It Apart From Other Writing? 1

What is a ‘feature article’?

The definitions are varied, and the differences can be confusing. A ‘feature,’ like the word ‘item,’ can mean a whole thing or part of that whole. My Oxford dictionary lists several meanings of ‘feature,’ including (in brief):

Characteristic, face, a special attraction, and (written) article.

My own definition of ‘feature article’ comes from a merge of the last two meanings: ‘A written non-fiction article/story that is intended as a focal point of a magazine publication so that it will attract readers.’

What sets a ‘feature article’ apart from other writing?

· It usually tells about a person, group, or topic in some depth, though it may focus on a place instead, such as in a travel article.

· There is usually more than one feature article per magazine edition.

· It is usually written in a more relaxed conversational tone than a typical news item or essay, with quotes, dialogue, and personal anecdotes. It is more of a ‘story’ than just a report.

· The writer’s personal style can show through more clearly than with many other non-fiction items, and the writer’s opinions and experiences can be voiced.

Related Articles : 

· Although feature articles are regularly included in magazines, they are not the same as regular columns and commentaries, usually on one specific topic. Feature articles usually deal with a person, place, and/or topic relevant to the magazine’s focus.

· They could be authored by the same writer each edition, such as the editor. They usually provide a good opportunity for freelance writers as well, though, and enable the editor to see the writer’s skill. This may result in a regular job with that publication.

· Feature articles don’t have a concise style such as that of a newspaper article. The article’s length is often longer than other items in the publication and depends on the individual editor’s requirements.

· They take a prominent place in the magazine, though not necessarily on the first pages, and their titles are usually noted on the front cover.

What are the advantages of writing feature articles?

· They enable you to gain experience in writing for publication without the huge outlay of time and effort involved in writing a book, and they are much easier to get published – especially for the beginner writer. If you aim to write a book, this experience will prove invaluable.

· You will learn how to really craft a piece of writing as you continue writing them.

· Copies of published feature articles become part of your CV, which you can then show to other editors for whom you would like to write.

· A by-line (your name attributed to the article), and possibly a short bio and picture as well, enable readers to identify you and recognize you in further editions or publications. If they like your writing style, they are more likely to seek your articles (and books) to read in the future.

· They are seldom as pressured as news articles and allow you to develop and reveal your personal writing style.

· If you enjoy writing about people (as I do), the greater depth of a feature article will enable you to have more involvement with your subjects.

Many book authors actually continue to write feature articles even while working on their books. This could be for financial reasons (writing a book can mean a long wait for payment), a break from their book subject, or increasing their exposure as a writer on their subject to show readers they will have something worthwhile to offer when the book is published.

There are many reasons to write feature articles and many benefits to doing so.

Do you need help to write better? Do you want some inspiration to put your thoughts into words? Could you do with some encouragement to develop your writing skills?

Click here to visit http://www.wordsandscenes.co.nz by Janice Gillgren

The blog on this site offers inspiration, encouragement, and useful tips to writers at all levels.




Latest Posts

Browse Our Awesome Collection of Avatar Memes

The marketing industry is still new in many ways, but one area it's always excelled in are memes. People love them, and they get...

Benefits of Buying a Life and Style Magazine

It's a fact that all of us have been reading magazines for quite some time. And as you are probably aware, there is a...

Knockout City Game – How To Play And Win

The game Knockout City is the newest trend on the block. Knockout City is a new social game that lets you play against your...

The Best SEO Companies In India

Search engine optimization companies in India have emerged as effective tools to promote your business on the web. So whether you need to boost...

Don't Miss

Dump Truck Financing – It’s Easier Than You Think

Financing a dump truck is different from financing a car, pickup truck, or any other vehicle. A dump truck buyer will probably find dump...

Google’s mysterious new Fuchsia mobile OS operating system.

How Can Mobile Games Influence One's Life? Children of now are more uncovered to generation than we had been in our youth. This is because...

Windows vs Linux: what’s the best operating system?

Is Linux or Windows VPS Hosting Right for You? So you have determined that a virtual personal server is a way to head to your...

Why Many Old Operating Systems Never Really Die

Make an Old Home New With a Home Renovation Contractor in Brampton. Buying a domestic in Brampton isn't any funny story. Home costs are...

Google Offers Peek at New Fuchsia Operating System

The Pros and Cons of Accepting or Rejecting Counter Offers. A DILEMMA: Having taken a selection to depart your agency for greener pastures after receiving...

Stay in touch

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.