WRITING: The Best Recipe for a Great Article

Ellen Stafford

, Lifestyle

In my last article I gave you techniques for writing a short article (under 500 words) in WRITING: Online Magazines. This time I want to give you step-by-step examples using a published article of mine.


How do you pick your topic?

Some topics are easy — you look at the suggested categories and pick one, such as Lifestyle. Then, you get more specific. In the Kitchen is one of my favorite columns at LKNConnectCommunity.com. This topic is best served by selecting a recipe that you enjoy making and that you love to cook or bake.


Enhancing your article — start with “Why?”

Now that you picked a recipe, you need to add some spice to it in the form of personalization. Last summer I wrote On a Quest for the Perfect Sugar Cookie. The first question I needed to answer was “Why this recipe?”

Baking for me is always a spur-of-the-moment thing, so the best recipe for me is one that is easy, requires ingredients that I have in my cupboard, and the best part — looks impressive and tastes great.


Continuing the 5 W’s of a great article — What?

The “What?” in a recipe is simple — your ingredients list with the quantities clearly explained using standard abbreviations. In LKNConnect, the standards are Tbsp for Tablespoon and tsp for teaspoon. Capitalize the first letter of each ingredient, but not the comments like this: Onion, diced.


Where? — Use the proper crediting

It’s important for both your article and for copyright that you let people know where this recipe came from, such as “my first Betty Crocker cookbook” or “allrecipes.com”. If it’s an online source, include a link so your readers can compare your recipe to the original. (If you are like me, I never stick to the original recipe. There is always something I change to add my own style.)


Who? — Is there a personal connection? A funny anecdote?

In my cookie recipe, you’ll see that I used a cookbook that I inherited from my mother-in-law, Mary T. Beckerman. I could have made the article better by including a bit of history — this particular Boston Cooking School cookbook actually became the Fanny Farmer cookbook because Fanny Farmer taught at this school.


The best recipes include photos — the “How?”

Put your personal stamp on your recipe by adding your own step-by-step photos and instructions. You’ll notice in my recipe that my first batch of cookies was flat because my baking powder was over 3 years old! The most experienced chefs and bakers just “know” certain things from years of practice that ensure great results. Any hints or techniques you can share will make your article better.

There you have it: the perfect recipe for a great article, whether it’s for your blog or LKNConnect!


Pictures courtesy of Pixabay



Ellen Stafford is the former managing editor for LKNConnect.com. She is currently writing a book about time travel. The Facebook group Impromptu: Spontaneous Writing and Flash Fiction is her way of giving back to the writing community. She firmly believes that you need to silence your inner critic and simply write. There is always time for editing later.






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