How to Write an Editorial: An Editorial

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By: Teresa Sarkela –

Step one: Choose a Topic – With whatever you choose to write about, the topic should be important to you and the work you are affiliated with. What do you like? What do you like about it? Who are you writing for? Who will be involved in reading it? Will readers notice your potentially terrible grammar and word decisions? Have you asked yourself these questions all at once? It’s important that you understand all the details of what you have decided to explore and how it fits into the giant piece of paper around you.

Step two: Form an Opinion – Your opinion is the guiding force for engaging people in the deep kiddie pools of your thoughts. Decide on how you feel about the topic. You may feel stressed, officially choosing what you want to write about for the rest of your page. It is highly possible you will discover several other sides to the original opinion you wished to explore. If so, it is best to acknowledge the fact that your opinion may change or evolve when you least expect it to.

Step three: Build a Plan – Some writers may stress that this is the most essential aspect of writing: structure and guidance. Even if you hate having a foundation to grow around, it can help you stay focused on exploring your interests. While a plan can be a laughable creation, you may end up one step closer to selecting what words best suit what you are ultimately trying to say.

Step four: Writing – This is where it counts: grab the readers’ attention. Startle, shock, spill. Make people interested in what you have to say. Take risks with new words and new places. Go forth and conquer that blank Word Document before you.

Step five: Concluding the Editorial – As you step out to the stands, know that you are not going to create a perfect editorial right away. To those who read, the best that you can do is hope you’ve planted a seed as they explore the writing. To the writer, even if you have to erase, scratch, and start over, you never know what you can create if you don’t go after what you are interested in.


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