• Pick a subject that clearly relates to the theme and purpose of the publication or blog for which you would like to write.
• List the points you want to make. [Hint: Give your ideas time to surface.]
• Select the most significant, timely, and/or freshest points.
• Arrange those points in order of importance.
Next, evaluate how long your article will probably need to be.
If you have one main point or fresh perspective you want to discuss in, say, 200 to 300 words, that would be about the right length for a blog post.
If you have 3 to 5 points you’d like to develop in, say, 1500 to 3000 words, that could be a magazine article.
If you have a long list of points that will require research and/or take time to explain, you might have the makings of a book!
If you’re interested in suggestions on ways to develop each point, let me know in the Comment space below, and, Lord willing, we can talk about that next time.
by Mary Harwell Sayler, © 2015
Besides a couple dozen books in all genres for Christian and educational markets, Mary has placed over 1,500 articles, devotionals, and other short manuscripts with traditional and indie publishers. She also wrote the Christian Writers Guide e-book on writing, revising, and publishing to help you in your Christian writing life.