word-countWriting comes natural to some people, it’s a talent and an art so the qualifications required to be one aren’t always clear. Anyone with a passion for getting their hands dirty with a little research and the ability to pitch their work to the right platforms can become a great magazine writer. To producing good articles that keep your readers interested and constantly make your editor come back to you, you must generate strong ideas and focus on keeping your content in great shape. How do you do that?

Stay within the word count

Every magazine or webpage has a very calculated space designated for any particular type of content to enhance readability and keep within the limit. Over-exceeding or staying well below it can cause problems for both you and your employer. Always keep it compact and sharp when it comes to the word count. You can use online services like countwordsfree.com that will do the job for you, count characters and words inside your draft and help you stay within course.

Know who your readers are

This is one the most important things to do before writing an article. After going through the main topic or idea of the article you have to write on, analyze the kind of readers that it will likely target. For instance, if you’re going to write about pop culture and latest fashion trends, the bulk of its target audience will be teenagers and youngsters in their 20s and your style must be very laid-back. Similarly, if you choose to write about latest global politics, your readers are likely to be middle-aged, mature adults who require an elaborate and detailed content with a straightforward demeanor.

Pay attention to its structure

It takes a lot of practice to write well. It will take you months and even years of practice to shape your article perfectly and distribute the components of your content in a well-oriented and structured manner. The best way to ensure this is reading other articles a lot and observing how different authors present their ideas and enclose it in their writing. Pay due attention while opening your arguments and how you lead to closing them off. A good introduction is paramount to lure your readers into the latter part of your article before ending your arguments in a comprehensive manner leaving your readers with fine finishing.

Editing your article

Always go through your work before submitting it and never rush into it. You can be your own editor and can rectify your mistakes better than someone else because you carry it all the way through. It’s better to spend a little time correcting your grammar and punctuation than turning in a piece riddled with errors.

Submit it in time

It goes without saying, you should always be punctual in submitting your work. Not following the deadlines even by an hour shows unprofessional conduct and leaves a bad impression on your content no matter how well you wrote it.


Plagiarism: How to avoid it?

Whether you’re a content writer writing an article or a teacher checking student assignments, you surely have to compare texts and likely come across plagiarism hundreds of times. It’s quite frustrating even when it seems someone’s not doing it on purpose, especially when that someone is you and you don’t know how you got there.

What really is plagiarism?

plagiarismPlagiarism is quite simply the act of copying whole or a portion of someone’s intellectual property, their words or their ideas, without properly citing their original source and taking credit for it as one’s own property. It’s immoral, unethical and warrants serious consequences for heinous intellectual dishonesty.

In academic circles it can create an irreparable damage to your reputation and lead to your termination and expulsion. If the content you copied from is copyright protected, it can lead to legal proceedings, public shaming and eventually get penalized with heavy fines.

Ways to detect plagiarism

You can ensure the originality of your own work or check if someone else is borrowing from it without citing you with just one click on the web.

Searching on Google

The easiest way to detect plagiarism is by copying a small section of the document and pasting it on a search engine like Google. If the content is not original, it will show the original sources it has been copied from.

Using a free online tool

Searching on Google can be a very time-consuming process and it cannot give you a sentence-by-sentence check. There are many free websites that take your content, compare and process it for free using online tools which let you compare texts by allowing you to paste both the original and the target text (the one you want to compare it with) and checking for any similarities.

Use commercial services

If you require a more thorough examination of your documents or the number of pages are too large, you can probably pay a service to help you. The best of them are TurnitIn.com and EVE. Softwares and tools like these are extremely effective in catching already-written sentences and helping you find the original source to give attributes to.

Kinds of plagiarism

The best way to avoid accidental plagiarism or checking for it is to understand the concept first.

Direct Plagiarism:

It is involved with the direct copying of someone’s work and using it word-to-word without citing any original sources, or using quotation marks to indicate something like it.

Rewriting or Paraphrase Plagiarism:

Making a few cosmetic changes to someone’s work and passing it as your own content is also plagiarism if you don’t add proper attribution to your sources unless the idea is public knowledge or a common fact.

Unintentional Plagiarism:

May occur when citations are incomplete or sources are attributed incorrectly. Even if you think of giving proper attributions and credits but fail to provide them correctly, you have committed literary theft and are liable to be sued and shamed for having done plagiarism because there is no way possible to prove your intentions to anyone.