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How To Write An Op-ed
There’s a formula that we call the “ABCs” that can be used to write compelling op-eds, columns, or blogs. The same formula can also be used to write almost any document that offers up an argument or gives advice. This is a “news flash lede,” a comment which will make sense in a moment.
The ABC Formula
This formula for writing op-eds is based on our experience and our op-eds that appeared in the New York Times,the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. I first came across a version of this formula while I was at US News and World Report. It was called “FLUCK,” and we have tweaked it a bit since then.
This is probably obvious, but this ABC formula is meant to guide writers rather than restrict them. In other words, these are recommendations, not a rigid set of instructions.
Better yet, think of the formula as a flexible template for making an effective argument in print—one that you personalize with your specific style, topic and intended audience in mind.
This guide is divided into five parts.
Part I: Introduction: In this section, we give a brief overview of the approach and discuss the importance of writing and opinion.
Part II: The ABCs: Here we cover the important steps in writing for your audience: Attention, Billboard and Context.
PART III: The ABCS in Example: In this section we give you different examples of the ABC’s in action and how to effectively use them.
PART IV: Pitching: Here we will go over how to effectively pitch ideas and submit ideas to an editor for publication.
PART V: Final tips and FAQs: Here we go over a few more key things to do and answer the most commonly asked questions.
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