Share your stories with the world
We all have many stories or experiences to share. Telling your story in your own words is not only exhilarating but also extremely rewarding. Your words can genuinely have meaning and touch the lives of people all over the world.
It only takes a little time, pen and papers, so start writing today.
We have created this page to help you in crafting your article and detailed the process for submitting your completed article to Gayther.
In this section, we will provide guidance and tips around writing an article.
The most thing to remember is that you are telling a story, and every story is made up of three parts, the beginning, the middle and the end.
- As a guide, your article should ideally be no more than 500 words
- Your article can not contain offensive, defamatory or abusive content
- Cannot be libellous, you should avoid slanderous or unsubstantiated facts about well-known or public individuals
- You should use well-known and reliable sources for any facts and figures (remember to quote any sources/references used)
USE BULLET POINTS
When preparing your article, start by writing all the points, angles and areas you want to cover in bullet form, for example:
- Left university and was homeless
- Divorced and penniless
Often when creating an article, the hardest part is creating a catchy title. The title not only has to capture the essence of your story but also at the same time, generate interest and intrigue. I will typically create a draft title and edit it throughout the article drafting process.
The title should ideally be meaningful but not too wordy. You will often see short headlines with subtext such as “Save a life: 7 ways to save a life”.
- Capture the essence of your story
- Ideally, the title should be less than 15 words
- Should create intrigue and capture the interest of the reader
- Cannot be misleading
If you aim to keep your story within 500 words, you should aim to keep the beginning to approximately 166 words (1/3 of the total article word count).
The purpose of the beginning is to outline the aim of what the article is set out to achieve. The beginning or opening sets the scene, but also the tone and direction of the article.
The beginning should be the “why”, why this article was written and why the reader should continue reading. For example, if you were setting the scene for a coming-out story, you might say something like “You are dead to me”, words you never want to hear from your family when coming out, how I coped and the strategy I followed to achieve the great relationship I now with my family.”
- Set the scene, what is the article about and why is it essential that the reader continues reading the article
- Describe the problem or situation you had to overcome or want to provide the solution through the article
- Keep the pace, try not to be too wordy, be too sweeping or use complicated language
- Set the tone (upbeat, serious, or whatever it might be)
- Most important - keep the reader's interest
Using the same structure as the beginning, you should aim to keep the middle section to 166 words (1/3 of the article). You have explained the purpose and set the scene, now you are into the heart of the story, the key message or point to be made.
If this were a story about someone’s life it is the turning point, if about social injustice the options or solutions. The middle is key to making the point, to explain the journey, what is or will be changing. Without the right middle section, your story will lack substance.
- Make your point but try to make it fact-based, less about your view or opinion
- If you use data or quotes, ensure you have included a source of who said it
- If using data, spend less time explaining the data and more about what it means
- In the middle, you have spiked that reader’s interest so keep it interesting
- Passion is good; arrogance is not
- Write like you are speaking to one person
Using the same structure as the beginning and middle, you should aim to keep the ending section to 166 words (1/3 of the article). You have set the scene, given the reader all the facts, where to next?
In the ending, you want to summarise the point/position of the article and issue a call to action.
In a life story, the ending might be a summary of the key lessons learnt and what you are doing or have planned next and in an interest piece, concluding your article, making the final summaries or conclusions.
- Summarise and replay your key lessons, points, issues etc.
- End on a positive note or offer a solution, for example, it is never too late for the world to change
- What are you hoping the reading will take away from your article, if important you should restate it
- Share your thoughts and opinions, but try to be unbiased or offer alternative viewpoints
Raise awareness about you, the writer
Your biography should be a summary of you, your life, your experiences anything you wish to share. Your biography will help by providing them with some context about you, the person who wrote the article.
- Think of an elevator speech – you have 1 minute to tell people what makes you, you
- Share the essence of the real you, how would others describe you?
- Include links to your social media pages; it will give your readers the opportunity to learn more about you and potentially increase the number of followers you have
- Lastly, don’t forget to show off your beautiful smile
You can include a picture. photo or illustration with your article; however, you need to ensure you have the appropriate copyright and licensing permissions to share.
Sites such as Pixabay offer royalty-free and attribution free images free of charge.
You have written your fantastic article, and you now want to submit it
2 – Under your Gayther account, select “Gayther Account” and “Share with Gayther”
3 – Fill out all of the required fields
4 – Select the most appropriate category and press submit
Congratulations you have successfully submitted your article
CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT AN ARTICLE
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