Writing Tips


We all want to win readers over. But sending a dozen roses out with each copy of the magazine—while thoughtful—isn’t practical. A box of chocolates or candy hearts won’t work, either. How can you spark true love between readers and your stories? Our assistant editors offer four tried-and-true ways to help readers fall in love with your stories.

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Breaking the News

Breaking the News


Posted By on Jan 31, 2018

You need to get the word out. But how can you pitch a story to catch a reporter’s interest? A longtime news desk guardian—Ruralite Editor Leon Espinoza was at The Seattle Times for 27 years before joining Ruralite—shares his tips for ways to get your story shared.

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Last month I helped judge South Carolina Living’s Co-op News contest. A dozen electric co-ops from across the Palmetto State competed on how well they help member and utility news shine on their local pages. Some pages were great. Others showed promise, but need a few tweaks. Use the tips I shared in my judging comments to strengthen your own local pages.

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Harness Colorful Language

Harness Colorful Language


Posted By on Oct 18, 2017

Adjectives and adverbs modify a word by emphasizing information. Just as color adds depth to a photograph, modifiers add meaning and color to stories. But too much saturation leaves readers feeling overwhelmed. These three tips help harness colorful language.

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Peer editing shouldn’t trigger panic. Instead, think of it as a safety net. When you write an article, it’s easy to overlook missing words or phrases that don’t quite make sense. You know what you meant to say, so you may miss potential stumbling blocks for your readers.

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