A feature article is the main story in the magazine that focuses on a special event, place or person in great detail.\r\n\r\nThere are many types of feature articles, whether they\u2019re creatively focused or newsworthy, however, they always have one thing in common: human interest.\r\n\r\nWriting feature articles for magazines (and newspapers) is a great way for emerging writers and authors to build up their portfolio of work.\r\n\r\nHowever, there are many different elements to magazine writing and publishing that the feature writer needs to consider.\r\n\r\nWe've put together a little guide on what to research and what to include when it comes to writing a high quality feature article...\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nDon't have time to read the whole post right now?\r\nNo problem. 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For example, if you\u2019re writing for a well-known magazine\u00a0such as the\u00a0Women\u2019s Weekly\u00a0the article needs to focus on an emotional level, using pictures and quotes that reflect the reader\u2019s thought on everyday life.\r\n\r\nHowever, if you\u2019re writing for a small independent magazine like\u00a0The Morning Bell\u00a0the style is more flexible, you have a lot more freedom in terms of subject matter,\u00a0just as long as the content is clear and appropriate to the magazine\u2019s theme.\r\n\r\nAlso depending on the publication, not all magazines concentrate on trends and current events; those are mostly for weekly or daily magazines.\r\n\r\nThere are publications that print annually, quarterly, bi-monthly, or monthly, which in these cases, trends are less of a focus because trends have come and gone\u00a0by the time\u00a0the mag goes to print.\r\n\r\nSo what do\u00a0magazines focus on if\u00a0not\u00a0recent issues? Usually, the magazine has\u00a0a theme to base their stories on.\r\n\r\nFor example, Australian literary journal,\u00a0Kill Your Darlings, focuses on commentary essays, politics and reviews.\r\n\r\nOne issue could be about the Australian Government and another on memoir; the main feature article details this theme in depth.\r\n\r\nGet to know the magazine and what kind of content they publish; we strongly suggest reading their previous articles before submitting one of your own.\r\n\r\nLook through the publication\u2019s submission guidelines and identify aspects of their house style in their published content.\r\n\r\nWhen you're ready, here's a step-by-step process in creating a feature article that will impress.\r\nMission for Story and the Publication:\r\nSome magazines will give you a topic for you to research and write about, but if you\u2019re submitting toa magazine then you\u2019ll probably have to\u00a0pitch one yourself.\r\n\r\nThis is where you're able to\u00a0brainstorm ideas and define what area you would like to write about.\r\n\r\nHowever, this is no simple task because the piece you are writing has to be detailed and must provide examples and evidence along\u00a0with the facts you\u2019re providing.\r\nFREELANCE:\r\nTo be able to work as a freelance writer, the writer\u00a0is\u00a0self-employed, also known as a contractor. They can write for one or more publications at the same time and are paid per article or per word.\r\n\r\nThough freelancing technically allows you the freedom to write for whatever publications you'd like - writers must be wary of the fact that more and more companies are out-sourcing their content production, and so freelancers nowadays (especially new freelancers) must take the jobs they can get.\r\n\r\nExtensive research will still be a major part of your job, and depending on how you're getting paid (per word, per article or per hour) you need to be cautious of how you spend your time.\r\n\r\nFreelancers are in charge of their own invoicing and tax.\u00a0However, one of the much-loved benefits of freelancing is the fact that these writers get to work at their own pace, on their own schedule.\r\nIN-HOUSE:\r\nSome magazines or\u00a0websites\u00a0have\u00a0employees who write for them within a team.\r\n\r\nIf you\u2019re an in-house writer, you\u2019ll most likely have a topics assigned to you, or you'll at least receive a brief.\r\n\r\nYour work will be passed to editors who will give you feedback on how to improve the article.\r\n\r\nUsually the team and you will have regular meetings to decide on future content scheduling and subject matter.\r\n\r\nDuring content meetings the writers usually\u00a0brainstorm ideas for articles, and present statistics and research that will benefit the publication.\r\n\r\nA good idea is to explore what people are reading about at the time you\u2019re writing. Is it interesting enough to write about?\r\n\r\nLook at the news; is an\u00a0event powerful enough for a main article? Search your local community and what\u2019s been happening. Is it newsworthy?\r\n\r\nAs author of Writer\u2019s Digest, Chuck Sambuchino said:\r\nThe idea\u2019s the thing. If you build your story around a unique and compelling idea, your odds of publishing it increase dramatically. Often, a perfectly good project will go unpublished because the premise on which it is based is too predictable, commonplace, or over-published.\u201d\r\nOnce you\u2019ve chosen your idea, proper research will cover the bones of your story with lots of meat and soul. Just gather information.\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n\t \r\n \t Stay up to date with the most popular posts on Writer's Edit.\r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n\t\t\r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n You're Subscribed!\r\n \r\n\r\nThe Mean Old Structure:\r\nLike other articles, the feature has a basic structure.\r\n\r\nThe shape depends on the style of your magazine varies but most feature articles have three acts, just like a story or an essay.\r\n\r\nIt has a headline, an introduction; forming as one, then a main body and a conclusion.\r\n\r\nStructure is very important when telling a story, especially for a feature article, it is what holds the piece together clearly.\r\n\r\nWithout structure, the article will fall apart and\u00a0the readers will\u00a0become confused and disinterested.\r\n\r\nAs writer, Robert Frost said, \u201cif there is no tears in the writer, no tears in the reader; there is no surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.\u201d\r\n\r\nTo clarify the structure, we'll\u00a0break it down in more detail.\r\nCheers to the Headline:\r\nProbably one of the important tasks of writing a feature article for a magazine is coming up with an effective headline.\r\n\r\nThis is\u00a0a short and simple line that grabs the reader\u2019s attention and convinces\u00a0them to\u00a0read the piece.\r\n\r\nA headline means to highlight the central idea of the article in a catchy, clever way.\r\n\r\nThe editor of the magazine always has the final say in what the headline says,\u00a0though the writer comes up with a number of options for the editor to choose from.\r\nHello, Introduction:\r\nThink of this as a preview to the rest of your feature article.\r\n\r\nIt 'introduces' the ideas you're about to explore and as a general rule, is about 10% of the overall word count.\r\n\r\nThe introduction draws the reader in from the headline and provokes their interest by\u00a0injecting a good dose of intrigue and speculation.\r\n\r\nWith the introduction the reader makes a conscious decision on what side of the story they believe in or whether it\u2019s interesting enough to keep reading.\r\n\r\nThe introduction needs to be compelling enough that it is seen at a publishable standard.\r\n\r\nMake the editor think it's worthy; sell it to them so they can sell it to the reader.\r\n\r\nNot only does it create the article\u2019s tone it also establishes a relationship between the reader and the writer.\r\nMain Body Magnetism:\r\nThis is where all the details of who, what, why and how are revealed.\r\n\r\nIt is the explanation and the proof. Include all your facts, statistics, and quotes to support your argument.\r\n\r\nThis is where all your hard-earned work pays off by resulting in a compelling and accurate piece.\r\n\r\nDepending on the publication, some magazines require their writers to supply original images or photographs as well.\r\nThe Finishing Touch:\r\nA conclusion is the final statement that brings together all your ideas and evidence.\r\n\r\nConclusions need to be strong, concise and thought-provoking, inviting\u00a0the reader\u2019s opinion.\r\n\r\nThe writer, the editor and the publisher don't want the conversation to end at the full-stop of the feature article.\r\n\r\nThe best feature articles encourage the continuation of debate\u00a0on social media platforms, comment pages and discussion forums.