There's something incredibly satisfying about writing an article. From the exciting conception of that first idea, the approaching of the editors to the first draft, the final draft to sending the article off there's a buzz. It's the buzz of potential and the possibilities that exist from that one idea - which angle will you take? Where will you go with this? Whose story will you tell and what is it you want to say?
It's important to get to the heart of what you want to say in your article. And asking the questions above can help you to tighten your thoughts up on the subject and write an article that doesn't go off on tangents but keeps to the brief. Any other ideas you have off the back of that article idea are a bonus and can be worked up into another article.
Thinking about what you really want to say in your article and it's essence will help you focus your writing which will be all the better for it. This really helps with the writing of the pitch too and can help you to keep your pitch succinct and to the point. So next time an idea for an article pops into your head, slow down and think about what it is you're actually writing about.
Happy writing! Julie xx