Carel Kolchinski
ILLUMINATION
Published in
3 min readApr 27, 2021

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Crafting a Quality Article

The Drunkard’s Article Writing System

5 steps after 5 pints of beer

Crafting a quality article, Carel Kolchinski
Image by Markus Winkler from Pixabay

I was fortunate to have worked with a talented sub-editor who took the time to teach me how to craft an article. An article that was interesting and that would attract readers. His emphasis was always on quality.

“Don’t just write crap,” he used to say, with a smouldering cigarette dangling from the corner of his mouth. “Always aim high. Be the best you can and f — -ck everyone else.”

The daily five pints of beer he consumed in the local pub at lunchtime usually ignited his bouts of swearing. I think he liked me because I could match him with his drinking — most of the time; though I still cringe now when I think of the lift he gave me to the local train station in his battered, second-hand car with eight pints of beer under his belt, driving on a slippery snow covered road in the middle of winter.

However, we survived.

But this subby taught me an easy five step system for writing a quality article. So, in his memory (I’m afraid the alcohol triumphed over his liver in the end) I thought I’d pass it on and hope that it will be useful to somebody.

Before we explore the system, make sure that you know what you are going to write about. You’ve done your research and you have…

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Carel Kolchinski
ILLUMINATION

Past lives as a journalist, PR poseur and commercial slave. Now an aged teetotaller, cyclist, enthusiastic musician and painter. Certified writing addict.