Writer’s Guidelines

We live in a fast-paced world. Information bombards us at every turn. Femnista’s goal  is to get readers to read through and enjoy each article by presenting them with new and unique perspectives. These guidelines should help you hold their attention.

Bring “You” to the Article.

You have a unique perspective and voice. Bring yourself into everything you write. Why should you be the person to write about this topic? What do you have to say that they will hear nowhere else? What does it mean to you? Let your article sparkle with your passion for the topic. Let your enthusiasm (or disdain or frustration or any other emotion) shine.

Please do not just recount “what happens.” If the reader is familiar with the material, it brings nothing new they do not already know, and it spoils the plot for someone unfamiliar with it. Find a perspective to draw in people familiar with what you’re talking about and a way to hook people who have never heard of it. Don’t reveal the entire plot.

Keep it Simple & Straightforward.

Better to cover one angle well than six poorly. It is also much easier to be precise and have a clean-cut article if you focus on one major point. Remember you are writing for all ages, so use easily accessible language. And try not to be too vague or abstract. Explain yourself so the reader knows exactly what you mean or how you feel.

Grab Their Attention and End Well.

In an online article, you have one paragraph to grab someone’s attention. Focus on hooking them with it, either with your passion, the topic itself, or what they will learn beneath the cut. Keep it short. 800 words or less. Many people now read Femnista on their phones. Much longer than that, people skim-read.

You can often shorten your articles by letting them sit then reading them over with fresh eyes. Ask yourself what needs to be there, and what is “filler.” Ask yourself if you can express yourself in a simpler way. Simple and concise writing is hard, but often produces the best writing.

Article Polishing Tips:

Avoid past-tense. It adds unnecessary words. You can avoid “was” and “were” by re-framing sentences. (“So and so was born in 1873” vs. “Born in 1873, So and so…”)

Leave most of the adverbs at home. Look for stronger verbs. Only leave in adverbs that pack a punch.

Read your article aloud to find any awkward or unclear sentences.

Check your grammar. (The editor uses Pro Writing Aid.)

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