I wrote out a formula called FNUACK for writing compelling op-eds, columns, or blogs. The same formula can also be used to write almost any document that offers up an argument. This is my “news flash lede,” a comment which will make sense in a moment.
This formula for writing op-eds is based on my own experience, and I have written op-eds and columns in a variety of small and large outlets, including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. I have also ghostwritten op-eds and placed pieces in outlets such as the Washington Post.
I first came across this “formula” for writing articles while working with my editors at US News and World Report. I’ve tweaked the approach a bit since then.
It’s important to note, too, that a wide variation in writing styles exists when it comes to writing columns, op-eds, and blogs, and this FNUACK formula is meant to guide writers rather than restrict them.
In short, these are recommendations, not a rigid set of instructions. Better yet, think of FNUACK 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.
A few other things to keep in mind.
PART 1: Dissecting the FNUACK approach
Formula. There are six items that make up the FNUACK method They are:
PART 2: More examples, tips and resources
Example: Now that we have gone over the basic FNUACK approach, let's examine a recent blog item and identify where and how the six FNUACK techniques apply.
Written by E.A. Crunden, the piece appeared in ThinkProgress and is titled, “Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is embroiled in more than one scandal.”
Other things to keep in mind . . .