Writing Good Abstracts
The abstract serves as an advertisement for your article. It is displayed along with the article title where ever your article is listed on the Associated Content site (front page, library section, CP home page, etc.). A well written abstract will mean the difference in dozens of hits versus hundreds of hits.
A well crafted, easy to read paragraph is crucial. It should highlight the main theme of the article and entice the reader. Think of it as your article’s resume. If it gets the reader’s attention, they are likely to “hire” your article.
- Write a short, pithy sentence
- Repeat your title/subtitle
- Telegraph the punch line (humor articles)
- Explain the main topic/theme
- Hype your article to pique a reader’s interest
- Keep it to 2 or 3 sentences
Title: Top 10 Songs of the 1970s.
Bad: 10 Best songs of the the 70s.
Good: Explore a pivotal decade in rock music. Find out why these 10 songs represent a fundamental sociological change in American culture. Elton John v Iron Butterfly? Let’s get ready to rumble!