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Tips in Feature Writing

64 Comments 🕔28.Jul 2009

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Here are some simple tips in enhancing your feature writing.

1. Use alliterations.

Example:

“We happily hopped out the truck…”

“[The rain] waltzed with the wind!”

“Nothing super specific. Nothing deadly demanding. Nothing surprisingly strange.”

“The only things duplicated close to reality were our smiles exuding excitement.”

“…it could mean a warm welcome, a bubbly birthday greeting, a great gratitude, a crowning congratulations, a friendly farewell…”

2. Use rhymes.

The tone of your piece is vital. Sprinkling some rhymes will make the feature more readable. But be aware not to overdo it, or your write-up will end up as a poem.

Example:

“So, you better be there in the flesh and feel the blood come up your head!”

pen_paper_cartoon3. Make good use of the Figures of Speech — simile, metaphor, personification, and hyperbole.

The Figures of Speech is an effective tool in enhancing you feature writing. Make use of them frequently.

Example:

Simile:

“My abdomen began to itch like ants infesting it.”

“[The showers were ] like pure, wet silk gently wiping my forehead down to my chin.”

“…smoothly swinging like a fine golden lace.

Metaphor:

“Emotionally, I was…caught in a cyclone!”

Personification:

“…colorful and transparent stripes rested upon the green leaves of a petite coconut tree; almost kissing the ground.”

“…allowed the [rain] showers tickle my tired face.”

I am amazed by the electronic box that swallowed up my one-dollar fare…”

Hyperbole:

[The waves ] really were overwhelming, they could swallow a mountain.

“[The leis] almost drowned my face.”

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4. Avoid redundancy or unnecessary repetition. Use pronouns, synonyms of words, or alternative description/terms.

Example:

(to avoid too much usage of “rainbows”)

“They say that at the end of a rainbow rests a pot of gold. It was only in Hawaii where I have seen the literal end of those mysterious bows of colors. It was morning when I was strolling down the campus of BYUH when colorful and transparent stripes...Surprisingly, those perfect bows across the Hawaiian sky at times come with another, equally exquisite!”

(to avoid too much usage of “Aloha”)

“These are the things “Aloha” is famous for; but I learned that this sweet five-letter word means more than a greeting; even more than an expression of love — the “Ha” in it means “the breath of life.” “Aloha” is more than a mere word or a simple greeting. It is love; it is life, it is also the spirit of a supreme being.”

* “it” used with grace

(to avoid too much usage of “scratch” and its forms)

My abdomen began to itch like ants infesting it; and scratching was a no-no. At times I just can’t fight the strong urge to run my nails up and down my belly.

(to avoid too much usage of  “cry” and its forms)

“…I suddenly woke up howling in pain…My screams and cries got him carried away, he didn’t know what to do. Without any tinge of exaggeration, the bawling didn’t stop…”

5. Use repetition with purpose and with grace.

Example:

“No morning sickness. No dizziness. No nausea.”

“It is love; it is life, it is also the spirit of a supreme being.”

Image526. Play with hyphenated adjectives. Possibilities are almost unlimited; you could even make up your own.

Example:

“…zit-free skin people noticed it.

“Dancing the enchanting hula, on the other hand is a very relaxing and love-filled experience.”

“…caught helpless in a car-clogged road.”

“That clearly explains the y-shaped gesture.”

“…this sweet five-letter word means more than a greeting.”

“…a self-controlled giggle with a kid-like rubbing of feet on the bed.”

“The robotic, close-to-human voice of the bus still runs through my head.”

“…we were on a swim-at-your-own-risk beach.”

7. Use a variation of sentences– from a one-word sentence to simple, compound, complex, and compound complex sentences.

Example:

“No morning sickness. No dizziness. No nausea. My practitioner said, “Good for you.” Indeed; it was a blessing. No early and unwanted signs of the first trimester. I wanted and needed to work. Otherwise I’ll be as bedridden, immobilized, and could possibly be hospitalized as how my Mother was when she was conceiving me.”

“My bulge began to show; people stared at it and I wasn’t used to it, I wore a jacket. Awkward.”

“Later I realized the irony: the person who bought me my first craving for my first baby was my student, instead of my husband! Funny. My emotions, as well, got the most of me. It was a bit unusually intolerable.”

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8. Use ironic descriptions.

Example:

“It was a site both beautiful and dreadful.”

“…stretching our hands out pointing at the furious yet flaunting sea.”

9. “Show” your readers rather than “tell.”

(even in narrative features, let them see and actually imagine what you have written)

Example:

Gray, coarse sand; non-exhilarating waves; and murky shore; that’ how beaches looked like to me until I had my first plunge into the Hawaiian waters — white, fine sand; thrill-filled waves; and clear, blue waters.”

“The first sight of the azure sky, crystal-clear waters, boosted by the calm kiss of fresh air and the soothing touch of the non-scorching sun, made us charge the tempting sea!”

“…we inevitably panicked holding our heads as high as we could; with lips firmly closed to avoid swallowing saltwater.

10. Use words that are not too elementary nor highfaluting words.

Example:

happy = joyful, blissful

sad = gloomy, cheerless

beautiful = stunning, striking

funny = amusing, hilarious

If unfamiliar or too uncommon words are inevitable, make sure to inject context clues for your reader’s better comprehension.

If using elementary words can not be avoided, use it with purpose — to avoid redundancy, or merely stating/describing a simple idea.

resume-writing11. Don’t overuse or “under use” a word.

Example:

“The kid was blissful because he saw  his missing pencil.”

“Blissful” connotes a feeling deeper than “happiness.” The thought of the sentence doesn’t require a very strong feeling of gladness. Hence, “blissful” is inappropriate.

“The kid was cheerful because he saw his missing pencil,” is more appropriate.

Another Example:

“The clown was funny; I laughed my heart out.”

The sentence’s idea was more than a “funny clown.” “Funny” is not enough to express the full meaning of the line.

“The clown was hilarious; I laughed my heart out,” is better.

12. Be innovative and creative — you could actually make up your own words!

(make sure it has context clues and simply logical, comprehensible to your readers, not compromising good grammar).

“…*swelling with pain, a few touch or movement, even the pull of gravity ouched me.”

* context clue

64 Comments

  1. 🕔 8:30, 29.Jul 2009

    lourdes

    Hi Tet!

    Excellent inputs for writing features!

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  2. 🕔 8:33, 29.Jul 2009

    hungrynez

    i need this very badly. :)

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  3. 🕔 11:13, 31.Jul 2009

    Markus

    I’m enjoying this series about feature writing. More to come please! :D

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  4. 🕔 6:11, 03.Aug 2009

    Ron

    Here’s a good article on context clues that may help out!
    _http://penningtonpublishing.com/blog/reading/how-to-use-context-clues-to-improve-reading-comprehension-and-vocabulary/

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  5. 🕔 12:30, 10.Aug 2009

    Ludy Ann Touch

    I guess I need to broaden my vocabullary before I could write a good one. Excellent examples!

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  6. 🕔 12:39, 11.Aug 2009

    lourdes

    Increase your vocabulary by reading a lot! that’s one thing. we can post some tips later about this.

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  7. 🕔 18:25, 02.Sep 2009

    pia

    thank you i learned….. -pia

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  8. 🕔 20:04, 02.Sep 2009

    pia

    your lectures are very interesting…… i hope there are still a lot of people that going to be learned from youre lectures…..

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  9. 🕔 10:31, 28.Oct 2009

    abel

    These tips will surely help me! :) These are the best I have read. Thank you I will use this on my next article :D

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  10. 🕔 10:37, 10.Nov 2009

    wolfie

    you did great guys..amazing

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  11. 🕔 9:11, 22.Nov 2009

    losTie

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  12. 🕔 6:40, 10.Aug 2010

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  13. 🕔 0:13, 20.Aug 2010

    Laii

    well, this post is very helpful.
    even my mentor copy and paste it as our lesson.

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  14. 🕔 17:18, 23.Aug 2010

    Gershom

    Thanks for this post.
    its very useful and very informative…

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  15. 🕔 17:19, 23.Aug 2010

    Gershom

    Thanks for this post.
    its very useful and very informative…
    young journalists like us will surely appreciate this

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  16. 🕔 21:40, 20.Sep 2010

    Chris

    really helps me a lot…
    tnx…i love tip #11 and tip # 4
    weeeee….nice website

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  17. 🕔 11:07, 04.Oct 2010

    mz.mhine

    oh my.,.,very useful.,.,as a writer i hardly need it.,.,

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  18. 🕔 23:19, 07.Oct 2010

    Werner Burkart

    well done!nice job!

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  19. 🕔 20:03, 17.Nov 2010

    Sammii Canillo

    nice one…. super!! it helped a lot, its because im a feature writer in our school paper… :) )

    xd
    xoxo

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  20. 🕔 20:19, 17.Nov 2010

    Janette Ann Reid

    Nice Tips… I really need this. I learned a lot, BTW :) )

    anyway, there’s no such word as OUCHED (last sentence) you could’ve just said HURT. That would be better. Still, this article’s very helpful.

    two thumbs up :bd

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  21. 🕔 18:17, 25.Nov 2010

    Fullner D.

    This is such a great resource that you are providing and you give it away for free. I enjoy seeing websites that understand the value of providing a prime resource for free. I truly loved reading your post. Thanks!

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  22. 🕔 5:23, 07.Dec 2010

    claire

    Great! Keep up the good work you have shared a lot to the journalists… God bless.

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  23. 🕔 5:36, 07.Dec 2010

    claire

    Great! Keep up the good work and God bless.

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  24. 🕔 13:24, 04.Jan 2011

    Deavine Aprille Cardente Tortola

    it is very useful for me.. especially because i am a journalism student of our school at Central Mindanao University Laboratory High School.

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  25. 🕔 19:58, 01.Sep 2011

    jay ann

    thank you!!!

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  26. 🕔 17:12, 06.Sep 2011

    LOLLLIE

    LOVE IT! THANKS! Keep up the good work. You will make me a journalist. Oh and proudtobeaswiftie.thetaylornation.com

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  27. 🕔 10:45, 16.Sep 2011

    jason

    this are amazing tips………….it can help on our contest on journalism contest………….even that im just a kid

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    • 🕔 12:32, 11.Nov 2011

      xerxes

      what country are you?

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      • 🕔 2:52, 14.Nov 2011

        journaliz Author

        Proud to be from the Republic of the Philippines! :)

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        • 🕔 20:17, 25.Sep 2012

          SMA student (graders)

          Anyways thanks journalist, It really helped me a lot! I’m good and kicking.. These will cheer my spirits up.. Nothing less If I blow my contest. I will be CHEERLESS. Be enthusiastic ,_,,.. Think positive.. That’s what I believe when I’m down and depressed

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  28. 🕔 10:47, 16.Sep 2011

    jason

    really wow :) ^_^ :3 o:) :D

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  29. 🕔 14:18, 19.Sep 2011

    john collen

    thanks a lot t!! that was great i’ve learned many things ’bout it .. It really helps to me in writing feature articles… GREAT JOB!!!!!!!! :-)

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  30. 🕔 23:14, 19.Sep 2011

    LOIDA M. HERSAN

    THANKS YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING….

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  31. 🕔 9:16, 30.Oct 2011

    jimwel dematera

    hilarious!they are simply true…

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  32. 🕔 12:30, 11.Nov 2011

    xerxes

    thanks for all this will help in feature writing contest here in Philippines now I’m in high spirits to a contest

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    • 🕔 2:52, 14.Nov 2011

      journaliz Author

      You are welcome Xerxes, and goodluck in your feature writing contest!

      reply comment
  33. 🕔 6:22, 18.Nov 2011

    lorena bolanos basco

    hello!a great thanks!i badly need this information for coaching (as a new skul paper adviser…

    reply comment
    • 🕔 10:58, 05.Dec 2011

      journaliz Author

      Good luck Lorena Bolanos! By the way, my mom was also a school paper adviser for many years! :)

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  34. 🕔 18:24, 30.Nov 2011

    asia cathrine mahayag

    thank you for the information yo gave on me!thank you very much

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    • 🕔 11:00, 05.Dec 2011

      journaliz Author

      you are welcome Asia Catherine Mahayag! Make writing your passion and you will write wonderful features!

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  35. 🕔 1:15, 01.Dec 2011

    ELIJAH DHANDA

    thanks we need more of this type of information

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    • 🕔 11:00, 05.Dec 2011

      journaliz Author

      You are welcome Elijah! there will be more coming so keep on browsinG!

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  36. 🕔 23:26, 10.Dec 2011

    ralph abes

    hoo! tnx a ton! It really helps a lot, even though the competition is done it still helped me. tnx again!

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  37. 🕔 13:31, 14.Jan 2012

    kevin

    thanks a lot.. i needed this so much for my article..hehe..
    it helped me alot to improve my writing skills.. now im blissful.. haha

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  38. 🕔 9:16, 19.Jan 2012

    assumpta_feature

    thank you for this website. it helped me a lot. Thanks for the tips. :) (3 :D

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  39. 🕔 16:31, 23.Jan 2012

    Christian

    TY ..

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  40. 🕔 8:56, 24.Jan 2012

    assumpta_feature

    thanks again!!!! ;D

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  41. 🕔 18:28, 21.Mar 2012

    Rheanna Tuazon

    Thanks for the tips, I really need it..

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  42. 🕔 16:21, 28.Mar 2012

    dominic

    thanks very much

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  43. 🕔 4:42, 07.Apr 2012

    Buba saminu

    Your lecture was very interesting,i really learned from it so i would like to read more of your articles

    reply comment
  44. 🕔 12:57, 27.Jun 2012

    julie ann abundabar

    wow! i learned a lot from it :)

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    • 🕔 17:00, 10.Sep 2012

      kulokoy

      thanks men im a very good i feature you want to battle me against feature writing so come on

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  45. 🕔 16:42, 13.Aug 2012

    mimijapoy_18

    …. very helpful!…. i would’nt have to struggle hard on how to writa an article… thanks much!!… mwahh..

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  46. 🕔 7:56, 18.Aug 2012

    nikka

    this is so cool. it would be my first time to write a feature and this helped me a lot! thanks :)

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  47. 🕔 18:52, 11.Sep 2012

    Irish Nicolette Sicat

    love it!! thanks,really need it for my feature writing contest!!!!

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  48. 🕔 20:26, 17.Sep 2012

    anjoline cate

    know i know how

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  49. 🕔 11:32, 19.Sep 2012

    ameni villena

    That’s why I love Feature writing.. Thanks I learned a lot from it.. :D

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  50. 🕔 12:31, 25.Sep 2012

    roxtadz

    wow! what a great help . .
    I was about to do a feature article for our journalism class. Thank you. GOD bless you.
    looking forward to learn more from you :D

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  51. 🕔 20:08, 25.Sep 2012

    SMA student (graders)

    Hi I really learned something.. I really need details and tips.. Yeah I guess I’m to childish for that tips up there.. I’ll really love it If you can somehow post full potential articles so that we can get a close eye.. So that we can learn more.. That’s my suggestion, If you can agree with me..

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  52. 🕔 19:13, 07.Nov 2012

    Beca:">>

    very helpful ! thanks ,

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  53. 🕔 8:42, 12.Nov 2012

    jonathan

    I LOVE READING YOUR TIPS ABOUT FEATURE WRITING

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