Sunday, December 17, 2006

how to write a letter to the editor

This morning I came across this article at the Christian Research Institute website entitled How to Write a Letter to the Editor. Here are the main points:

1. Remember that your ultimate aim should be to communicate truth for God’s glory (Matt. 6:33; 1 Cor. 10:31).

2. Choose a subject that you understand, feel strongly about, and concerning which you can express yourself clearly.

3. Make only one central point.

4. Write clearly, directly, and logically.

5. Avoid ineffective kinds of letters.

6. Make your letter pertinent to some recent issue that the publication to which you are writing has covered.

7. Keep your letter less than 150–200 words, unless the editorial page stipulates otherwise.

8. When writing for a non-Christian publication, remember that much of your audience is not familiar with Christian terms or concepts.

9. Use persuasion, not just proclamation.

10. Ridicule and rhetorical sharpness are dangerous, but sometimes effective, tools of writing; use them cautiously.

11. Be realistic about your chances of publication.

12. Remember to pray.

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