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wikiHow:Romana wikiHow Project/Writer's Guide

These instructions will help you to write an article in our how-to format. Your first attempts may not be perfect, but everything is fixable. Just do your best and have fun!


EditPrior to Writing an Article

  • Carefully select a suitable topic.
  • Research facts and techniques from a variety of sources and your own experiences.
    • Express ideas in your own words, but always credit your sources to avoid plagiarism.
    • Obtain explicit permission from another author to legally import copyrighted content.

EditTitle of an Article

  • Review the Title policy.
    • Use the "most concise, most commonly searched words" to best describe an article's content.
    • It should reflect a "distinct or specific technique".
    • Begin each title with a verb.
    • The words How to are automatically added for you.

EditCategorize an Article

  • Review how to categorize an article.
    • All wikiHow articles need to be categorized.
    • This keeps similar articles grouped together and helps readers to locate them.
    • Use the drop down menus to choose a category and then a subcategory.

EditIntroduction

  • Introductions should summarize the content of an article.
    • Generally, they have up to five sentences.
    • Include the purpose of the article to quickly inform the reader.
    • The opening statement may begin with a question to capture a reader's interest.
  • Examples of an opening statement:
    • Have you ever wondered how to write an engaging introduction?
    • Writing a great introduction is easy when you know how.
  • Examples of a closing statement:
    • Here are a few easy steps:
    • Just follow these steps for a great result:
    • Read on to find out:


EditSteps

This section describes how to write the step-by-step instructions of a wikiHow article.

  1. 1
    Post content with the understanding that it will be expanded, modified and rewritten.
    • Remove extraneous or redundant concepts.
    • Retain pertinent information from a previous version.
  2. 2
    Write in Standard English.
    • Both British and American English are acceptable, but be consistent with one or the other.
    • Capitalize the first word of each sentence and end with a period (full stop).
    • Rarely, a sentence may end with an exclamation mark or a question mark, and never with more than one exclamation mark or an exclamation mark with a question mark.
    • Avoid using ALL CAPS, shorthand and emoticons.
  3. 3
    Do not add numbers prior to each step.
    • Number (#) is automatically added for you.
    • Do not include "Step One or Step 1."
    • Do not use introductory words or phrases, such as "Then", "Now", or "Next".
  4. 4
    Make each step action-oriented.
    • One of the many ways to do this is to begin each step with a verb.
    • When possible, use active rather than passive sentences.
    • Examples: "Gather your ingredients" or "Find an experienced helper."
  5. 5
    Limit each step to one main idea.
    • Keep sentences short and simple to make instructions easier to follow.
    • Be concise yet specific and descriptive.
  6. 6
    Clarify with detailed explanation.
    • Example: "Fill the caulking gun" is not very helpful.
    • Example: "Position the nozzle of the caulking tube away from the trigger before inserting it into the caulking gun" is more helpful.
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    Avoid using personal reference.
    • Use "you" or "your" to address the reader. You're means "you are."
    • Use terms to address the general public and a world-wide audience.
    • Address a certain age group or gender if it is specific to the title.
  8. 8
    Embed links to other wikiHow articles closely related to the term for further reference.

  9. 9
    Add photographs to clarify instructions.
  10. 10
    Add wiki syntax to enhance the presentation of an article.
    • Embolden or italize words to emphasize a concept.
    • Use bulleted or numbered lists to provide organization.

EditTips

  • Include instruction that is helpful, but not essential to accomplishing a task.
  • Clarify common mistakes or misconceptions.
  • Include advice. Example: "Parental supervision is advised."
  • Provide alternatives. Example: “Add an additional 5 grams of sugar to sweeten this recipe.”

EditWarnings

  • Include precautions with possible solutions. Example: "Always wear goggles when using power tools."
  • Use "never" or "do not" for extreme danger. Example: "Never mix chlorine bleach with other cleaning fluids, because the mixture emits a lethal gas."
  • Use italics or embolden words, if needed.

EditThings You'll Need

  • Include a list of non-food supplies, such as a hammer and nails.
  • Do not include non-physical things like "patience", "time", "courage" or good ideas.

EditIngredients

  • Include a list of food supplies for recipes.
  • List other types of ingredients for homemade cleaning preparations, perfumes, etc.
  • Provide alternatives for items that may be difficult to find.

EditRelated wikiHows

EditSources and Citations

  • Use wiki markup to provide a link to an external source of information.
  • Do not add external links without creating or significantly improving an article.
  • Review specifics for commercial topics to prevent deletion of your article.

EditSubmit an Article

  1. Copyedit for spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors.
  2. Click on Preview, at the bottom of a page, to review your changes.
  3. Only submit your final draft.
  4. Write a note in the Edit Summary, at the bottom of the article, to clarify your edit.
  5. Click on Publish, at the bottom of a page, to save your changes.

EditOur Mission

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In other languages:

العربية: دليل الكاتب, Deutsch: Wie man einen wikihow Artikel schreibt, Español: Guía del escritor, Français: Guide de l'auteur, Nederlands: Schrijf Gids, Polski: poradnik autora, Português: Guia do Escritor

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