Article components or layout of article

THIS IS JUST ONE EXAMPLE OF A WELL-STRUCTURED ARTICLE

This MAP of an article shows three components: narrative, direct quotes and indirect quotes.

The Narrative

Narrative is you the writer telling the story.  Narrative usually makes up most of a well-structured article, interspersed with direct and indirect quotes.  Narrative might contain anecdotes, research, examples, happenings, facts you gathered, plus your observations (what you saw during or around the interview) and maybe your opinions.

Direct Quotes

Direct quotes are a person’s almost-exact words as spoken to you and written inside “……” (quote marks).  Direct quotes are best when they are about opinions and feelings, rather than about facts.

Indirect Quotes

Indirect quotes (without quote marks) are what the person said, but translated into the writer’s words, usually to compress facts and other information.

Don’t write huge slabs of quotes.  Don’t be a human recorder simply regurgitating spoken words.  Almost no talent is involved in transcribing a recording.

Sample Layout Of an Article

 

Your lively (say)  15-word heading

By (your name)                  Wordcount:??

 

OPENING NARRATIVE

OPENING NARRATIVE

Maybe a HAPPENING to grab your readers’ attention.

HAPPENING

HAPPENING

HAPPENING

HAPPENING

HAPPENING

DIRECT QUOTE

DIRECT QUOTE

DIRECT QUOTE

DIRECT QUOTE

DIRECT QUOTE

DIRECT QUOTE

NARRATIVE

Fact

Fact

Fact

NARRATIVE

Your observations

Your observations

Your observations

Your observations

Your observations

Your observations

Your observations

Your observations

NARRATIVE

NARRATIVE

NARRATIVE

NARRATIVE

NARRATIVE

NARRATIVE

NARRATIVE

DIRECT QUOTE

DIRECT QUOTE

DIRECT QUOTE

INDIRECT QUOTES

INDIRECT QUOTES

INDIRECT QUOTES

INDIRECT QUOTES

NARRATIVE

Your opinion

Your opinion

DIRECT QUOTE

DIRECT QUOTE

DIRECT QUOTE

DIRECT QUOTE

NARRATIVE

NARRATIVE

NARRATIVE

NARRATIVE

NARRATIVE

NARRATIVE

DIRECT QUOTE

DIRECT QUOTE

DIRECT QUOTE

NARRATIVE

NARRATIVE

NARRATIVE

NARRATIVE

INDIRECT QUOTES

INDIRECT QUOTES

INDIRECT QUOTES

NARRATIVE

Facts you gathered

Facts you gathered

Facts you gathered

DIRECT QUOTE

DIRECT QUOTE

DIRECT QUOTE

NARRATIVE

Description, perhaps a pen picture of the interviewee.

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NARRATIVE

Researched facts maybe

Researched facts

Researched facts

Researched facts

Researched facts

Researched facts

Researched facts

Researched facts

INDIRECT QUOTE

INDIRECT QUOTE

INDIRECT QUOTE

 

DIRECT QUOTES

DIRECT QUOTES

DIRECT QUOTES

DIRECT QUOTES

DIRECT QUOTES

DIRECT QUOTES

DIRECT QUOTES

INDIRECT QUOTE

INDIRECT QUOTE

INDIRECT QUOTE

INDIRECT QUOTE

INDIRECT QUOTE

DIRECT QUOTE

DIRECT QUOTE

DIRECT QUOTE

INDIRECT QUOTE

INDIRECT QUOTE

INDIRECT QUOTE

INDIRECT QUOTE

NARRATIVE

NARRATIVE

NARRATIVE

NARRATIVE

NARRATIVE

NARRATIVE

NARRATIVE

NARRATIVE

NARRATIVE

NARRATIVE

NARRATIVE

DIRECT QUOTE

DIRECT QUOTE

NARRATIVE

Your observations

Your observations

Your observations

INDIRECT QUOTES

INDIRECT QUOTES

INDIRECT QUOTES

INDIRECT QUOTES

INDIRECT QUOTES

NARRATIVE

NARRATIVE

NARRATIVE

NARRATIVE

DIRECT QUOTES

DIRECT QUOTES

DIRECT QUOTES

DIRECT QUOTES

DIRECT QUOTES

DIRECT QUOTES

NARRATIVE

 

THE END

(don’t write “The End” if you are out of primary school)

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