Op-Ed Writing

I ran across this helpful article the other day: “10 Rules for Writing Opinion Pieces,” by Susan Shapiro. Here is a summary, but I suggest you read the entire article.

  1. Be timely or early.
  2. Be very opinionated.
  3. Convey a strong link to your subject.
  4. Add unknown facts.
  5. Don’t share the obvious slant.
  6. Keep it short and sweet.
  7. Be aware of your audience.
  8. Don’t be afraid to be Sybil.
  9. Don’t comment on another commentary.
  10. Follow up.

This article appeared in the May/June issue of Writer’s Digest. Click here to order your copy in print. If you prefer a digital download of the issue, click here.