Feature writing is a mash-up between journalistic news writing and creative writing. In this video, I go over what a feature article is and how one is written. Nonetheless, here's some quick points to take away!
Feature articles can be written either very creatively or not-so creatively. Either way, feature writing delves into creativity to help engage readers to and provide a more deeper look at a story compared to concise news writing.
When producing a feature story, preparation takes up about 80% of the time and writing 20% of time. This is because feature articles are built by a clear understanding on a specific topic, extensive interviews with a range of voices that provide the educated insight into the topic, and the planning around what quotations relate to the topic and what doesn't suit it. If all of this preparation is strong, the writing should come naturally!
There is also the important aspect in ensuring there is a central theme to the article. This is a universal principal like 'love conquers all' or 'good things come to those who wait'. Having a clear theme will help aid the construction of the article and will keep you from choosing the wrong or irrelevant quotations.
The beginning and end of a feature article is super important and they should link with each other. The beginning needs a great lead that intrigues the reader to read on. This could be through a zinger, an interesting quotation or a whole bunch of mind-blowing facts.
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Charlotte is a reading and writing lover who has completed a creative writing intensive course at the University of Oxford and is a current university student studying a double degree in journalism and creative writing. If you are curious to learn more, check out the 'About' page.